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Carrot Fries: My Simple New Healthy Frenemy

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Carrot Fries, I hate that term. My brain knows what fries are supposed to taste like and these do not taste like fries. Don’t get me wrong, they are delicious but they don’t taste like French Fries.

Having a very strong sweet tooth, I absolutely love these! After any meal, I crave something sweet. I’m fairly convinced it’s because I’m on the road to diabetes but I digress….

We had ours as a side with tuna sandwiches on our most recent game night and they were absolutely delicious!

I especially love that they are healthy, low sodium, easy to make and fairly quick!

Carrot Fries: A recipe better than words can say! Sweetness from the carrots, they're a perfect side to mix things up PLUS they are healthy!

How to Make Delicious Carrot Fries

Be sure and check the tips below the recipe. They may be just what you need to make your Carrot fries taste just the way you want them!

  • 1 lb Medium Carrots (more or less if you’d like!)
  • 1 TBSP Olive Oil
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp cracked black pepper
  1. Carrot Fries: My Simple New Healthy FrenemyRinse your carrots, it’s not necessary to peel them but you’ll want to pull (or scrub) off any roots that are trying to grow out of them.
  2. Cut the carrots into thirds (or fourths if they are super long). Then cut each of the thicker pieces in half, then those halves in half again. So, basically cut them into fourths. However, if those are still super thick you may need to cut the halves into three pieces instead of two. For the thinner parts, you’ll want to cut them in half. Try to get all of the pieces in the same general size so that they’ll cook evenly.
  3. Now is the time to begin pre-heating the oven to 425 degrees.
  4. Place carrots in a large mixing bowl (we love the restaurant style ones because they are easy to work with and wash like the one pictured in our grill review), pour in the olive oil and toss so that the carrots are covered. If you have to add more oil, do so very sparingly. If too much gets added, they’ll end up being greasy rather than crispy.
  5. Sprinkle in the other ingredients, one at a time tossing after each addition to coat the carrots completely.
  6. Here’s where you have some options, pick the choice below that works for you:
    • Place on baking sheet, spreading them apart as much as possible so that they don’t end up steaming each other rather than baking
    • Place on  wire baking rack with squares small enough that the carrot fries don’t fall through.
    • Place aluminum foil on baking sheet, spray with non stick spray, and spread the carrots out from each other.
  7. Bake for 10 minutes, then remove them and flip the carrots. Bake an additional 10 minutes.

Tips for the Perfect Baked Carrot Fry

  • If they aren’t crispy enough, add a couple of minutes to the baking time. Just remember to check them until you figure out the perfect level of crispiness for you.
  • If you’d like to ‘mix things up,’ you can add some garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, cumin, or whatever seasonings your family loves!
  • You can also add a sprinkle of salt if you prefer.  About a quarter to a half teaspoon is enough.
  • Why fresh cracked black pepper? When you crack the pepper yourself, you are releasing the oils from the peppercorns that give food an additional bit of flavor we just can’t get out of pre-cracked pepper. Plus, there are additives in that pepper than take the flavor down. If that’s not enough of a reason to buy a pepper grinder, it’s also cheaper to buy peppercorns than it is to buy a can of pepper that will go stale long before you use it! **Note: The pepper grinder link above is to the pepper grinder we have in our kitchen. We have two, one for fresh pepper and one for sea salt. You can get the pair here. Both, are my affiliate links and I appreciate your support!

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Kaycee

Hi all! My name is Kaycee. I live in Arkansas with my husband of over 12 years! We have a grown daughter, a son-in-love and 2 grandson. Just love being Nonna! We also have an angel waiting on us to join her one day, she was 11 months old when she went to Heaven. We also have two great Chihuahuas and a Great Dane, along with several fish in our koi pond. My educational background is in Psychology and Child Development but my heart is in ministry, crafts, fun, reviews and my website, My Crafty Zoo. I look forward to continuing to share my life through word and pictures with you and love hearing your feedback! Thank you for taking the time to read and allowing me to share! I look forward to reading your comments!

8 thoughts on “Carrot Fries: My Simple New Healthy Frenemy

  • January 27, 2021 at 12:10 pm
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    Thank you for sharing this on Traffic Jam Weekend! It has been chosen as a fave feature for this week’s party that goes live on Thursday at 5:00 pm CST.

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    • January 28, 2021 at 7:48 am
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      That’s awesome! So glad they are loved, it’s definitely a favorite new recipe in our house! Thanks for hosting!

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  • January 26, 2021 at 10:15 pm
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    Hi! Happy WW! Those carrot fries look yummy! I love sweet potato fries, so I’m sure I’d like these, too. I hope you are having a great week!

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    • January 28, 2021 at 7:47 am
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      Sweet potato fries are the best!!! I love that these can use full size carrots as they are super cheap! Right up until they get popular I suppose. haha. Enjoy!

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  • January 26, 2021 at 10:05 am
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    These are a great alternative to potato fries. My family loves carrots so I will definitely give this one a try. Best of all, it’s a simple recipe too. Thank you for sharing and co-hosting with #omhgww. Great article. See you next week.

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    • January 28, 2021 at 7:46 am
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      When I was a kid, I thought I hated carrots. I think it’s the reputation. LOL. As an adult, they are growing on me.

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  • January 22, 2021 at 11:29 am
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    Oh what a nice take on fries. I will have to give this a try! #trafficjamweekend

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    • January 25, 2021 at 7:53 am
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      Hope you love them as much as we did! I was resistant, I’m a total junk food junkie but these have definitely changed my mind! Not only are they super easy, they give that sweetness that I’m always wanting without the extra calories!

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