Jan 31

Strange But Good: Peanut Butter Cake in a Squash

Cake can be an acceptable breakfast.


It’s cooked in a squash, so it’s practically a vegetable dish.

Microwaves are the greatest invention since sliced bread.  Or sliced squash?

The idea of a freshly baked breakfast was particularly appealing in Atlanta’s ice/snow disaster.  I was eyeing Kierston’s bites, but was having a hunger problem.  It takes too long to pre-heat the oven and wait for something to bake!

PB Cake in a squash


Thanks to my meal prep, I had half a butternut squash pre-roasted and ready to eat.  I whipped up my peanut flour cake batter and poured it in.  Less than 1 min in the microwave later, I had a fancy-looking cake for breakfast.  You could even make this quick-cake vegan with a flax egg!

Take a big bite.  The fluffy, warm peanut butter cake paired with the natural sweetness of the softened squash is fantastic.  You’ll be hard-pressed to figure out what to save for the last bite.

Butternut Squash Cake


When life calls for instant gratification, why wait?  The best part is that if it doesn’t turn out, you can make another in 45 seconds.  Not that I would know…


Peanut Butter Cake in a Squash

Peanut Butter Cake in a Squash

  • 2 T peanut flour*
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • 2-3 drops liquid stevia
  • 2 T egg whites (or flax egg)
  • 1/2 small butternut squash, pre-roasted


Mix dry ingredients in a small bowl.  Add wet ingredients and stir to combine.  

Pour mixture in the “bowl” of the squash.  Microwave ~45 seconds.

Top as desired (I used sugar-free syrup and pomegranate arils).  Enjoy!

Note: I order my peanut flour from iHerb.  Use discount code USO924 for $5-10 off your order!  If you don’t have peanut flour, you can sub 2T protein powder.


How have you enjoyed making co-workers, friends, or family stare with strange but good creations this week? The link up rules can be found here or by clicking on “Strange But Good” in the menu bar above. In short, I want to see what concoctions have earned you weird looks from co-workers, family and friends! Post your Strange But Good creations, grab the logo below for your blog, and link up here.

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Do you “bake” in the microwave?

What’s your favorite hot breakfast?



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  1. Christine @ Oatmeal Bowl

    I absolutely LOVE the combination! Guess I need to carry some spaghetti squash in my house! And I’ve only ever made a mug cake in the microwave that took 2 min to make. was divine. not healthy though. ;)

    1. Laura

      Thank you! I love microwave cakes. My chocolate on doesn’t even taste healthy. ;)

  2. Debbie @ Live from La Quinta

    Hmm, this sounds amazingly good. Thanks for the vegan version!

  3. Lisa @ RunWiki

    Anything healthy that can be made in 45 seconds gets my full attention. This sounds so good and oh so easy!

    1. Laura

      Only thing better than heathy is fast and healthy. And tasty. ;)

  4. GiGi Eats Celebrities

    Everything should be… IN A SQUASH.

    Bacon – in a squash.

    Salmon – in a squash.

    Zevia – in a squash.

    Balls – in a squash.

    Yep, theory is correct.

    1. lindsay

      LOL! zevia? cream soda squash?

      1. Laura

        Well, you could make a Zevia cake… didn’t we both do one with the cola?

  5. Lucie@FitSwissChick

    Oh how i love microwave cakes!! The best part is watching them grow in the microwave. Can you believe I only work with one since a little more than a year?
    I once almost burned down our office when making microwave popcorn and then shied away from it for years, lol.

    1. Laura

      LOL! I bet that smelled wonderful…

  6. Angela @ Happy Fit Mama

    Genius! I’m all about warm foods right now and when I can’t wait for the oven, the microwave rules.

  7. lindsay

    okay, so sometimes i just steam everything in the microwave. Yep, too hot in TX to use the oven during summer. So, can i steam the squash there first too? Please say yes.

    1. Hayley@healthyregardshayley

      yes you can! I have with spaghetti squash so I think it would work with others!

      1. Laura

        You can! I linked to the micro instructions for a spaghetti squash on the gratin post the day before this post. you can also do it with a whole squash – just pop it in and go! It’s a good way to soften stubborn kabochas too. ;)

  8. Fran@BCDC

    This sounds great. I have GOT to get some peanut flour. This might keep me from standing over the peanut butter jar with a spoon!! Have a great day, Laura!!

    1. Laura

      YES! It is life-changing. :)

  9. Brittany @ Delights and Delectables

    I love me some microwave muffins!!! :) Yes please….

  10. janet @ the taste space

    Sometimes I need food in a jiffy, too!!

  11. Heather (Where's the Beach)

    That sounds so good, and easy. Do you think canned pumpkin would be too soft in lieu of the squash?

    1. Heather (Where's the Beach)

      Never mind that above comment – I just realized that the squash wasn’t actually mixed into the batter. Clearly I need to wake up a little more before commenting !

  12. Hayley@healthyregardshayley

    Yep, I am game for anything squash related. Squash life xoxoxo

    1. Laura

      LOL @ squash life. That needs to be the new hash tag. ;)

  13. Sam @ Better With Sprinkles

    I’m all for eating squash at any meal! I’m with you on the baked breakfasts – I never have the patience to wait for them!

  14. Alex @ therunwithin

    I keep experimenting with peanut flour so thank you for this one. plus who doesn’t love butternut squash

    1. Laura

      Thanks Alex! Let me know if you try it out. :)

  15. RavieNomNoms

    YUM! I love me some peanut flour, I gotta try this!

  16. Maria @ The Good Life

    mmmmm…. this looks and sounds so good right now especially since snow is coming down here in Kansas.

    1. Laura

      Ugh… I’m so over winter!

  17. Nicole @ FruitnFitness

    Oh this sounds good! I haven’t roasted up squash in awhile, I was eating it all the time this fall. This sounds like it would be a perfect late afternoon snack. I often eat a big afternoon snack and then small dinner if dinner is after 10 on class nights.

  18. Shashi @ http://runninsrilankan.com

    I eat kabocha with Peanutbutter – so this recipe of yours sounds pretty darn fantastic!
    Hope you were not caught in any of the 11+ hour commutes I have been hearing about. Snow is forcasted for us again this Friday – hope it doesn’t stick.

    1. Laura

      I jumped on MARTA, but it took my co-worker 14 hours!!

  19. Morganne @ NutButterRunner

    YUMMM! I love butternut squash with peanut butter! I bet this is delicious!

  20. Jody - Fit at 56

    You mean I have to pre-roast a squash??? :) I just had to tease you cause you know how lazy I am! ;) Looks delish!

  21. Kierston

    TOO FUNNY! oh my goodnes. Thanks for linking up to my recipe btw.

    I do microwave too…you know, when the oven takes too long to pre-heat lol

  22. Whitney @ To Live & Diet in L.A.

    Yum, yum, yum! You had me at peanut butter….and then at cake…and then at butternut. Ahhhh.

  23. Jill @ Fitness, Health and Happiness

    What an amazing Strange But Good recipe! I think I have everything I need to make it today :)

    1. Laura

      Thanks! Did you try it???

  24. Choc Chip Uru

    I love how this cake just… works :D

    Choc Chip Uru

    1. Laura

      Cake is always the answer. :)

  25. Gina @ Health, Love, and Chocolate

    I was going through cake in squash porn withdrawal after they stopped popping up so frequently on Instagram, so this was much appreciated. ;-)

    1. Laura

      Right?! It was every day for a while!

  26. Allie

    This definitely sounds good! A vegetable… cake… what more could you want?!

  27. Carmela

    Could you use Almond flour in lieu of peanut flour??

    1. Laura

      Maybe… it would be a different texture, and you may need to cut back on the liquid since almond flour is not de-fatted and hold more moisture/oil.

  28. Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets

    The pomegranate arils look so pretty on top.

    1. Laura

      That’s what she said.

  29. Tina Muir

    Love it! totally agree cake can be for breakfast…..especially when i get back from my 9 mile runs ravishingly hungry, and want something sweet! I would love to have some of that cake right now! Yum!!!!

  30. Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli

    Dude, I would seriously die without my microwave! Screw all those micro-haters out there! Mug cakes are my jam! Favorite hot breakfast? The whole spread: eggs, biscuits, hashbrowns, and BACON! I’d say pancakes, but I take so long to take pictures that they’re almost always cold! Ha!

    1. Laura

      There IS something to be said for iPhone photography. ;)

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