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#Vegan Coconut Bulgur & Butternut Squash Bowl - a healthy grain bowl that is easy to make!
5 from 4 votes
Servings: 4
Author: Lisa Lin

Toasted Coconut, Bulgur and Butternut Squash Bowl

This recipe is great with any grains, such as quinoa, freekeh, millet or barley. Feel free to substitute the bulgur for any grains you prefer.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time35 mins


  • 1 cup uncooked bulgur
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 small butternut squash, about 1 and 1/2 pounds
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/3 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 6 ounces baby spinach
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 stalk of scallion, sliced
  • 1/4 cup pomegranate arils


  • Add the water and bulgur in a saucepan, and bring the water to boil. Reduce the heat to low, put a lid on the saucepan, and let the bulgur gently simmer until the liquids are nearly evaporated, about 10-13 minutes. Turn off the heat and keep the lid on the saucepan. The bulgur will continue to soften.
  • Preheat the oven to 375ºF. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Peel and deseed the butternut squash. Chop the squash into 1/2-inch cubes. Toss the cubed squash with 1 1/2 tablespoons of olive oil and a pinch of salt. Spread the squash onto the baking sheet in a single layer. Bake the squash for 22 to 25 minutes, or until the cubes can be easily pierced with a fork.
  • While the squash is cooking, toast the coconut in a pan. Heat the pan over medium heat, and spread the coconut inside. When the coconut starts to turn light tan, start stirring. Keep stirring until about half of the coconut is browned. Remove the pan from heat and transfer the coconut to a plate immediately. Otherwise, the coconut will continue to brown and it might burn.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to the pan over medium heat. When the pan is hot, add the spinach and start stirring. Cook the spinach for about 1 to 2 minutes, until it starts to wilt.
  • In a large bowl, mix the cooked bulgur with the soy sauce and sesame oil. Add the butternut squash, toasted coconut, spinach, scallions and pomegranate arils.
  • Serve immediately. Refrigerate any leftovers in an airtight container.


Coconut can burn very quickly. It takes a little while for the coconut to start turning brown, but once it does, it will start turning into deeper shades of brown very quickly.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 373kcal | Carbohydrates: 52.6g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 17.4g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Sodium: 782mg | Fiber: 10.5g | Sugar: 6.2g
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