Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Soup with Maple Roasted Chickpeas

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Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Soup with Maple Roasted Chickpeas – a simple, delicious, healthy butternut squash soup perfect for Fall. Made with fresh squash, apples, carrots, and onions – this is also a vegan butternut squash soup recipe!

Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Soup topped with maple roasted chickpeas

Crockpot Butternut Squash Soup

We have been on a major cleaning spree. I know spring is usually the season for getting organized, but I can’t wait that long. Our house is cluttered and I am putting an end to it right now. Fall cleaning is the new trend…at least at our house:)

We cleaned out our storage room and I found our slow cooker! It was hiding under our holiday wrapping and gift bags. I brought it upstairs and we made Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Soup with Maple Roasted Chickpeas. I love that we can walk through our storage room and I really love that our cleaning spree lead to this delicious butternut squash soup. ย I am so glad we dusted off the old slow cooker! And keep reading because we are giving away a slow cooker today:)

crockpot butternut squash soup with roasted chickpeas

Making Butternut Squash Soup Extra Special

Since this crockpot butternut squash soup is so easy to make, I decided to jazz it up a bit by making Maple Roasted Chickpeas. They are the perfect garnish for the creamy butternut squash soup since it has a touch of maple syrup.

I tossed chickpeas with a little oil, pure maple syrup, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt. I roasted them until the were nice and crispy…and then I tried not to eat them all before dinner time. They are SO good and the perfect topping for the soup.

Maple Roasted Chickpeas for Vegan Butternut Squash Soup

Healthy Butternut Squash Soup

Butternut squash soup is one of my all-time favorite soups. It’s loaded with healthy squash, carrots, onion, and apple. It always hits the spot. I love this recipe because you can throw everything in the slow cooker and walk away. In a few hours, you have a tasty soup waiting for you! Oh, and your house will smell amazing while it is cooking away!

Crockpot Butternut Squash Soup Cooking in Slow Cooker and Blended

Blending the Butternut Squash Soup

When the vegetables are nice and soft from cooking in the slow cooker, I use my trustyย immersion blender to create a creamy and smooth soup. If you don’t own one, you can transfer to a blender. I add cinnamon, nutmeg, and a splash of maple syrup, the perfect flavors for fall butternut squash soup. I then ladle the soup into bowls and garnish each bowl with maple roasted chickpeas.

Healthy Butternut Squash Soup with Roasted Chickpeas

Spoonful of Vegan Butternut Squash Soup and Roasted Chickpea garnish

And…this Butternut Squash Soup is Vegan!

This butternutย squash soup has it all! It is silky, smooth, and slightly sweet. The maple roasted chickpeas add a nice crunch and are the perfect little “croutons” for the soup. And, this butternut squash soup is healthy and easy to make.

Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Soup with Maple Roasted Chickpeas is a must-make recipe for fall! And if you are looking for a soup to serve at your Thanksgiving feast, let this be the one! It is so easy and so good! Plus, it is vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free! So if you are having guests with dietary restrictions, they will have something to enjoy!

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Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Soup with Maple Roasted Chickpeas

Our favorite butternut squash soup recipe...and the best part? It is made in the slow cooker! Garnish with maple roasted chickpeas for an extra special soup!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time
20 minutes
Total Time
3 hours 20 minutes

Ingredients

For the Butternut Squash Soup:

  • 1 medium yellow onion chopped
  • 3 medium carrots peeled and chopped
  • 1 medium butternut squash peeled, seeded and chopped into 1-inch cubes (about 5 cups)
  • 1 large apple peeled and chopped (I used Granny Smith)
  • 2 14 oz cans low sodium vegetable broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

For the Maple Roasted Chickpeas:

  • 1 15 oz can chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Add the onion, carrots, butternut squash, and apple to the slow cooker. Pour the vegetable broth over all of the ingredients. Cook on low for 6 hours or on high for 3 to 4 hours or until the vegetables are soft.
  2. Once vegetables are cooked and soft, puree the soup using an immersion blender. Add the cinnamon, nutmeg, and maple syrup. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. If you don't have an immersion blender, you can carefully transfer the soup to a blender (in batches) and puree until smooth. Pour the soup back into the slow cooker and season with spices and maple syrup.
  3. While the soup is cooking in the slow cooker, make the maple roasted chickpeas. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Rinse and drain the chickpeas and pat dry with a towel. Remove the skins by rolling them on the towel. In a small bowl, combine the canola oil, maple syrup, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Place the chickpeas on a large baking sheet. Pour the maple syrup mixture over the chickpeas and toss until chickpeas are well coated. Place in the oven and bake for 40-45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes or so. Remove from the oven when chickpeas are crunchy.
  4. Pour soup into bowls and garnish with maple roasted chickpeas. Serve immediately.

Maria

I’m Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. This looks wonderful! I never would have thought to roast chickpeas with maple syrup. I’m going to try it this week.

  2. This soup looks so creamy! My favorite soup is a tomato-vegetable. There is not really a recipe other than tomatoes and veggies…sometimes chickpeas.

  3. This is perfect. We have been trying to find one vegetarian slower cooker meal as we do our weekly menus. We’ll be making this next week!

  4. Mmmmm I love roasted chick peas but have never tried them with maple syrup. I will have to try that. Sounds delicious!

  5. I just made butternut squash soup in my slow cooker yesterday and found this recipe in my inbox this morning! What are the odds? Tis the season for squash I guess. Seasoned my soup with sage and thyme and added a little yogurt at the end. My husband and I both loved it. Next time I’ll go the cinnamon and nutmeg route as you did here. And must try the maple roasted chickpeas too ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. I love this recipe, Maria. I’m especially crazy for the maple roasted chickpeas–what a creative and delicious garnish! Chickpeas are one of my favorite beans. I’m definitely printing this recipe out to add to my recipe binder. Miss you! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. I love the twist with the chick peas/garbanzos! I love slow cooker meals, I’ve worn out my slow cooker with them!!!

  8. This sounds incredible! And soooo easy, hope to win the Slowcooker so I can try it along with so many other yummy and festive recipes!!

  9. butternut squash soup with some spicy sausage is a go to for me. Never thought to play up the sweetness with maple. Definitely gonna try that next time.

  10. Looking for recommendation for an immersion blender that works as well as the food processor or blender. It would be much easier and less messy. Thank you .

  11. Those roasted chickpeas sounded so good I made some even though I didn’t have a butternut squash around for the soup. But in my oven, they burned at 400. Maybe I’ll try a slower oven. Any suggestions?

  12. I love fall for the squash and pumpkin soups! Also, am a big fan of garbanzo beans. What a creative way to serve these two great foods. Can’t wait to try your recipe.

  13. Butternut squash is one of my favorite ingredients because it is so versatile. I don’t think it has an extremely pungent flavor either, which makes it easy to introduce to people. This recipe looks like a great one for cold winter nights. I would probably leave out the maple roasted chickpeas though and just add plain chickpeas. I’ve never been a huge fan of the sweet and savory duo.

  14. I love soup recipes in the slow cooker. I’ve actually found a lot of dinner recipes for the slow cooker, perfect for the fall/winters here in mn!

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  16. The best soup I ever tasted was a butternut squash soup pureed with some chipotle chili and a tiny bit of cream. To. Die. For!

  17. Yummy! I tried an Acorn Squash soup at Panera Bread for the very first time this week! I LOVED it! I’m def making this today for dinner!

  18. I just made the chickpea and totally burned them ๐Ÿ™ I baked them as the instructions said: 375 for 50 minutes, stirring a couple of times. I recommended checking them well before the 50 minutes. I think mine could have come out at 35-40 minutes.
    The soup is in the slow cooker and smelly good. Hoping that turns out yummy!

  19. I made this today and I have to tell you it is fabulous! I cant quit thinking about it. And, bonus, so incredibly healthy.

  20. I made this soup yesterday (without the chickpeas) – delicious and so easy!! I do want to make the chickpeas next time around (bc I will make this soup again) but I was confused by the last step, mentioning they’re placed on a baking sheet then tossed in a bowl. Should they bake on a baking sheet or in a bowl?

  21. Chick peas need only 30 min or so, last 15 minutes burnt mine!!! And I worked so hard on mine bought from organic bulk bin, soaked in fridge for 5 days, rinsed, dried and removed all those pesky shells by “rolling in towel” whilst splitting ALL of them doing so. 3 hours wasted! ๐Ÿ™

  22. This was definitely easy but unfortunately was not good for me and my family. The texture was more just a baby food type puree than soup. Oh well!

  23. I made this for dinner last night and it was absolutely fantastic! I am vegan but staying with my omnivorous family for the week, so I’ve been cooking a vegan meal each night to open them up to how yummy foods can be without meat or dairy. This recipe was PERFECT! Every one loved it and it was gone so quickly!! The chickpeas were the perfect touch! Have saved it and already know I will be making this again and again! Thank you!!

  24. My boyfriend and I have made butternut squash soup before. Mostly, it’s just bland bland and more bland. This, however, was something completely different. It was so nice just getting to throw it in the slow cooker, and having the option of how long we wanted to cook it for (we did about 4 hours on high.) It was delicious! And the chickpeas were a fantastic way to break up the monotony of the same textured soup, while still remaining healthy. Will definitely make again! The only thing is, when cooking the chickpeas, be sure to use a sheet pan you don’t hold near and dear. Ours took hours to scrub off the scalded maple syrup haha.

  25. Hi there!
    Would love to know what you could use if one (me!) doesn’t have an immersion blender? Just a regular blender? Kitchen aid? I’m new to cooking so thanks for bearing with me!!

  26. soup recipe is solid, though I think I might skip the apple in the future (I found the flavor a little overpowering). I had the same experience as another reviewer regarding the sugar in the chickpeas starting to burn before they got crispy. I think it the future I would roast the chick peas and make a glaze on the stove and the coat the roasted chick peas and bake for just a couple of minutes to brown.

  27. I am really wanting to try this recipe. I do not have a slow cooker, however. Any thoughts about how to cook on stove top? BTW, I am new to your website and have really loved your thoughtful recipes and beautiful photography of the food. Very enticing! Well done!

  28. Made this today! The soup turned out pretty well… I feel like it’s missing something but I can’t quite put my finger on it. The chickpeas would be the PERFECT garnish if only mine didn’t come out burnt to a crisp ๐Ÿ™ Not sure where I went wrong. I plucked the few salvageable ones for my own test-bowl, and I wish they had all turned out, they really make the meal!

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  30. this recipe is amazing! I get rave reviews every time I made this! I usually made this on the stovetop and the chickpeas are delish!! thanks for sharing

  31. Made it tonight except I omitted the chickpeas only because I didn’t have any on hand. I did garnish with dried cranberries instead. I cooked the soup how you said and it came out delicious! I just added some pumpkin pie spice and some brown sugar because I like my butternut squash soup to be a little sweeter. I also added half vegetable broth and half water. I didn’t have an immersion blender so I used my food processor instead..takes more time but came out perfect. I’m going to try to freeze some for those cold winter nights…Thanks for the easy and healthy recipe!

  32. I made the soup and its delicious. I froze it to use at a dinner party next week. I’m hoping to get an answer about the chickpeas. The soup is very healthy. No fat and only about 25 calories per serving for the maple syrup. The test is just vegetables and fruit.

  33. Great soup!!! I knew it was a success when some of my more skeptical and picky eaters ate it and said the roasted garbanzo beans tasted better than croutons! Thank you for the great recipie!

  34. Delicious! Very creamy, yet no dairy – a real win. Since the soup is slightly sweet, the syrup on the garbanzos is probably not necessary, but loved the crunch they provided.
    Thank you!

  35. YUM! Just made this last night and I loved it, what an amazing way to use our CSA butternut squash. The hint of apple is really just delightful, I used 2 small sweet red apples and they really picked up the cinnamon nicely. Thank you!

  36. Just wanted to let you know I served this at Thanksgiving yesterday and it was a smash! I was looking for a vegan dish that was not too “in your face” to serve to a diverse group (food likes wise) and this was it! From the strictest vegan to the biggest carnivore, everyone LOVED it. I cheated and used fresh cleaned and cut butternut squash that I found prepackaged in the supermarket. Definitely a keeper!

  37. For Allison- Doubling should be no problem if you are using a large one (6 quart) . I tripled the recipe and needed a second smaller crock pot.

  38. This soup was really good! I loved the chickpeas. But it had an applesauce consistency, how would I make it smoother and creamier, and not so applesauce-y?

  39. I tried this, did double the recipe as it sounded so yummy. The soup was a bit sweeter than I thought it should be, although very good. The taking off of the out layer of the chickpeas had to be done by hand which took a bit (given I did 2x) but was worth it. Thanks for the great vegan suggestion. Will share!

  40. Just pureed the soup and mine has turned out doo-doo brown! I cooked it on high for 3.5 hours and followed the directions to a T. Do you the think the squash were just overcooked? Has this ever happened to you?

  41. The soup is fantastic! I added some cayenne to the chickpeas before roasting and that little hint of heat really cut through the richness of the soup! I also served with a bit of chevre, again to add a different texture and to add a tartness.

  42. I want to make this tomorrow, I am prepping the slow cooker now and I made a mistake and added the spices and maple syrup with the uncooked vegetables. ย Will this make a difference in the taste or be a problem?ย 
    Should I rinse off the vegetables?

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  45. This soup is delicious! And those chickpeas………………they vanished almost before the soup was served. We loved both dishes and will make them often this fall.

  46. This sounds delicious. And I just happen to have some butternut squash…sounds yummy with the roasted chickpeas with maple syrup. Can’t wait to make this.


  47. This is a wonderful butternut squash soup recipe. I made one change – added 1/2 block of cream cheese at the same time as the spices and maple syrup.

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