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Carrot Fries (Whole30, Vegan)

The perfect weeknight side dish! Carrot fries are a healthy alternative to traditional fries and are packed full of nutrition.

These whole30 carrot fries are so easy to make and they pair well with almost any recipe. Even better, they are gluten free, grain free, paleo, Whole30, vegan and a great way to get in more veggies!

Carrot fries over a white plate with a side of ketchup in a silver bowl over a white napkin. Ketchup in the background

Why this recipe works

  • Carrot fries are baked in the oven and not fried! These are a fun alternative to sweet potato fries and are low in calories but full of fiber, vitamins and beta-carotene.
  • Great for snacking! Carrot fries are a great snack for kids or adults, don’t be surprised when they disappear quickly!
  • Perfect for any occasion! Who can say no to fries! These are perfect for weeknight dinners or for parties with friends! Great for dipping too!
  • No peeling required, simple to make and are done in about 30 minutes.
  • Pair them with air fryer chicken nuggets or simple salmon bites for a finger food evening everyone will love! 
  • A healthy recipe that your kids are sure to love! This recipe is naturally Whole30, vegan, and gluten-free.
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How to Make Carrots Fries

  • Step 1: Start by cutting the top and bottom off the carrot and then dividing in half to create a top and a bottom.
How to cut carrots into fries step 1.
  • Step 2: Take one of the halves created, and cut that in half from top to bottom longwise, creating two long half moon shaped carrot pieces.
How to cut carrots into fries step 2.
  • Step 3: Take one of the half moon shaped pieces and cut it either one or two times (depending on how thick it is) from top to bottom longwise to create carrot spears.
How to cut carrots into fries step 3.
  • Step 4: Repeat this process with the rest of the carrot. I normally  get between 8 and 12 “fries”
Bowl of carrot fries before baking.

Tip: You can use baby carrots cut in half (will make fries sweeter) or crinkle-cut but cook time may vary according to the size and thickness.

Step by step instructions to bake

  • Once the carrots are cut down into fries, add a silicone mat or parchment paper to a rimmed cookie sheet.
  • Spray the silicone mat/parchment with non-stick spray and add the carrots.
  • Sprinkle the seasoning over the carrots evenly and toss with clean hands or a large spoon.
  • After tossing the carrots, be sure to try to re-distribute them on the cookie sheet so they can cook evenly.
Carrot fries on baking sheet before cooking
  • Bake in the oven in high heat (425F-450F) for 20-30 minutes, flipping at least one time.

How to make air fryer carrot fries

Check out all the steps on how to make carrot fries in the air fryer!

How to make these fries extra crispy

To make extra crispy carrot fries, toss in 1 tbsp. of arrowroot or tapioca starch before you season and cook the fries.

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Other spices to use

These vegan carrot fries are packed with flavor from the chili powder and cinnamon.

If you wanted to try other seasoning, you could replace the chili powder + cinnamon with:

FAQ’s

Do you need to peel carrots before making them into fries?

If you use organic carrots, you will not have to peel them. Make sure to wash before baking. If using baby carrots, make sure to cut in half.

What to serve with carrot fries

The best dips to use

Storage

  • Fridge: These can easily be prepped ahead of time and kept in the fridge for a few days until you are ready to bake and serve them.
    • After baking, these are good for up to 5 days in the fridge in an airtight container.
  • Freezer: Yes, bake the fries as instructed and store in an airtight freezer bag. Store for 2 months in the freezer. 
    • To reheat, simply take out of the fridge or freezer and reheat in the air fryer for 2-3 minutes or cook in a preheated 400F oven for 5 minutes (from the fridge) or 10 minutes (from frozen) on a baking sheet.

Substitutions

Carrots- You can also use parsnips instead to get a similar texture, but the flavor will be different! You can substitute baby carrots for traditional carrots, but the fries will have a sweeter flavor.

Avocado Oil- Can use Coconut oil or ghee. Make sure to use a quality oil or cooking spray that has a high yield temperature. 

Chili Powder- You can use whatever your favorite seasoning is! Some other great ideas include

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Carrot Fries (Whole30, Vegan)

Carrot fries are the perfect side dish! These fries are a great way to get in more veggies and are easy to make! This recipe is naturally vegan, gluten free, paleo and Whole30 friendly!
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: carrot fries, vegan carrot fries, whole30 carrot fries
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 35 mins
Servings: 4 people

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Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 450F
  • Cut the carrots into sticks, about the size of your pinky finger. (see Notes for tips)
  • Place parchment paper or a silicone mat on a rimmed baking sheet. Add the carrots and drizzle 1 tbsp. avocado oil and the seasoning over the carrots. 
  • Stir the carrots well until the seasoning has been distributed evenly.
  • Place in the oven for 20 minutes. Take out of the oven and stir around. Bake for an additional 10 minutes
  • Take out of the oven and serve warm.

Notes

How to Make Carrots Into Fries:
  • Step 1: Start by cutting the top and bottom off the carrot and then dividing the carrot in half to create a top and a bottom.
  • Step 2: Take one of the halves created, and cut that in half from top to bottom longwise, creating two long half moon shaped carrot pieces.
  • Step 3: Take one of the half moon shaped pieces and cut it either one or two times (depending on how thick it is) from top to bottom longwise to create carrot spears.
  • Step 4: Repeat this process with the rest of the carrot. I normally  get between 8 and 12 “fries”.
Tip: You can use baby carrots cut in half (will make fries sweeter) or crinkle-cut but cook time may vary according to the size.
How to Bake Carrot Fries in the Air Fryer
Making these fries in the air fryer is super easy. Find step by step instructions in my air fryer carrot fries recipe.
Substitute chili powder and cinnamon with:
Store in the fridge for up to 5 days after cooking or freeze after baking for up to 2 months. 
To reheat, simply take out of fridge or freezer and reheat in the air fryer for 2-3 minutes or cook in a preheated 400F oven for 5 minutes (from the fridge) or 10 minutes (from frozen) on a baking sheet.
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Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts
Amount per Serving
Calories
127
Fat
 
4
g
Carbohydrates
 
22
g
Fiber
 
6
g
Sugar
 
10
g
Protein
 
2
g
Where does nutrition info come from? Nutrition facts are provided as a courtesy, sourced from the USDA Food Database.
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