I adore the use of coconut oil in this recipe. It creates great flavor and aroma without tasting overtly of coconut. A hint of pure maple syrup is delightful as well, but honey and olive oil may be used in place of these ingredients.
A sharp chef’s knife makes cutting winter squash easier. However, if you struggle to do this, you may microwave or bake the whole squash just long enough to slightly soften. Pierce the skin with a knife first. In this case, simply adjust the later baking time down slightly.