These healthy baked carrot fries, or carrot chips as they are more commonly known in the UK, are a delicious side dish, but could also be served as a tasty and nutritious after-school snack for kids, with dips like hummus or homemade ketchup!
My kids LOVE fries, and would probably eat them every day if given the opportunity. These healthy baked carrot fries are a nutritious alternative to regular fries that are baked in the oven rather than fried.
✔️ Why should you try it?
- Healthier than regular fries
- A nutritious after school snack for kids
- Crispy on the outside, soft and sweet in the middle
The ingredients list for these tasty carrot fries is so simple. You will need carrots (500g), cornflour, rapeseed oil (or olive oil), smoked paprika, cayenne pepper and salt.
Why are carrots so good for you?
Carrots are low in calories (25 calories per half a cup) and packed full of nutrients such as vitamin C, vitamin A and potassium. They are also rich in beta-carotene, which helps keep your eyes healthy.
A vegetable peeler, sharp knife, and a baking sheet are all you need to make these healthy carrot fries.
The recipe card with ingredient quantities and detailed instructions can be found at the bottom of the post
Carrot fries are so easy to make!
One: Wash and peel your carrots and cut into batons.
Two: In a bowl, mix together the cornflour, oil, smoked paprika, and cayenne pepper. Pour over the carrots and use a spoon to make sure they are all coated. Season with salt.
Three: Spread the carrots onto a baking sheet. Bake in the oven for 40 minutes.
Four: Serve as a tasty snack or as a side dish to a main meal.
Carrots are lovely and sweet, so a wide variety of robust spices can be used to flavour them. In this recipe, I've used smoked paprika and cayenne pepper, but ground cumin and coriander would also work well. If you don't like strongly spiced food, then just use sea salt.
If you were serving these fries as part of a main meal, a sprinkling of fresh thyme at the end of cooking would also taste great.
🍴 Serving suggestions
The carrot fries go great with burgers (particularly these courgette & feta burgers), homemade chicken nuggets, air fryer chicken breasts, puff pastry sausage rolls, cheese & bacon turnovers, and slow-cooked pulled beef.
They also make a tasty after-school snack for kids. I usually serve the carrot fries with homemade hummus, homemade ketchup, and guacamole. They definitely help stave off those post-school hunger pangs!
Other root vegetables could be used, either instead of, or in combination with carrots. Sweet potatoes and parsnips would be the best options, to get that crispy outside and soft middle.
Some more tasty side dishes;
- Easy roast sweet potatoes - flavoured with smoked paprika and cayenne pepper. A great alternative to traditional roast potatoes.
- Air fryer roast potatoes - crunchy air fryer roast potatoes are super quick to make and require no par-boiling!
- Apple coleslaw - crunchy, sweet coleslaw perfect with salad, burgers, or in sandwiches.
- Loaded parsnip fries - loaded Roasted Parsnip Fries are seasoned lightly with garlic, salt, and pepper, then topped with crispy, crumbled jalapeño bacon, drizzled in a zesty horseradish sauce, and topped with sliced scallions.
- Slow cooker candied carrots - candied carrots are a wonderful side dish for any meal!
- Easy beetroot coleslaw - this beetroot coleslaw recipe is deliciously crisp & refreshingly earthy. This vegan beetroot salad is the perfect side or show-stopping main salad, on burgers, tacos, or hotdogs.
- Sheet pan roasted fingerling potatoes - deliciously simple, extra crispy, and super easy to prepare!
- Microwave sweet potato gratin - a tasty classic Sweet Potato Gratin that you can make in half an hour. A simplified recipe without reducing its deliciousness.
- Scottish Rumbledethumps - a traditional Scottish pie made with potatoes and cabbage. It's a very comforting side dish that's cheap to make.
- Whole roasted onions - a simple and delicious vegetable side dish that is full of flavor. These whole roasted onions in foil are ready to roast in just 5 minutes and are perfectly creamy and soft.
- Honey roast parsnips and carrots - sliced carrots and parsnips are tossed in honey and thyme, then oven-roasted until tender.
After-school snack ideas to try!
Baked Carrot Fries
- Vegetable Peeler
- Baking Sheets
- Measuring Spoons
- 500 g Carrots peeled and cut into batons
- 1 tablespoon Cornflour
- 2 tablespoon Rapeseed oil or use olive oil
- ½ teaspoon Smoked Paprika
- ¼ teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
- ¼ teaspoon Salt
- Preheat the oven to 200°c (180 fan/ 400F/ Gas 6)). Peel and cut your carrots into batons and place in a bowl.
- In a separate bowl, mix together the cornflour, oil and seasonings, then pour over the carrots. Use a spoon to make sure all the carrots are coated.
- Spread onto a baking sheet and bake in the oven for 35 minutes. Give them a shake half way through cooking to ensure all sides of the carrot are cooked and crispy.
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