Honey Balsamic Roasted Carrots

Honey Balsamic Roasted Carrots

Carrots are one of my absolute favorite root vegetables and a fantastic healing food filled with nutrients for vibrant health. To find out more about all the unique heirloom varieties and their wonderful health benefits check out my post.

 

Carrots are one of those popular foods that most of us grew up eating. It’s one of the first foods babies are given when they start eating solid foods. Growing up my mom used to feed us carrots every week in a variety of different recipes including salads, soups, stews, side dishes, and desserts. She always said eat your carrots because their good for you and will keep your body strong.

 

When I was younger I didn’t really care about how nutrient-dense carrots were but I did know that I adored their sweet taste and vibrant color. My mom had no problem convincing me to eat up!

 

My recipe is a tasty alternative to the boiled, mushy, super sweet glazed carrots many people grew up eating and not liking. Oven roasting caramelizes and really intensifies the natural sweetness of the carrot yielding a satisfying flavor and tender texture that is truly delicious!

 

Adding the balsamic vinegar, orange juice, and fresh mint brings fabulous herbaceous and tangy notes to the carrots which enhances their flavor and will have you going back for seconds! Finishing the carrots with a drizzle of raw honey adds a warm floral and subtle sweetness to the recipe and ties everything together.

 

RAW HONEY

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Try making these carrots the next time you want a tasty side dish for dinner that is truly health promoting and delicious.

 

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Honey Balsamic Roasted Carrots

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Nut-Free, Paleo

Serves 4

14 small organic carrots with green tops

2 tablespoons melted virgin coconut oil or extra virgin olive oil

1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar (I used white balsamic vinegar)

1 tablespoon fresh orange juice

Unrefined sea salt to taste (Good source for sea salt)

1 tablespoon raw honey

10 fresh mint leaves

 

1. Preheat oven to 400˚ F. (200˚ C, Gas Mark 6)

2. Rinse and peel carrots. Cut off green tops* and pat carrots dry with a clean towel.

3. In a small bowl, whisk together melted coconut oil or olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and orange juice.

4. Place carrots on a baking sheet lined with parchment or a silicone baking sheet. Toss carrots with oil-balsamic-orange juice mixture until well coated. Sprinkle carrots with sea salt to taste.

5. Place carrots in oven and roast for 15 minutes. Turn carrots over and continue to roast for an additional 15-20 minutes until tender and slightly brown.

6. Remove carrots from the oven and drizzle with honey and sprinkle with torn mint leaves. Serve hot.

*Note: You can reserve the greens for compost or to use in other recipes like salads or vegetable stock. The greens are edible and high in vitamin K and chlorophyll. Carrot greens do have a bitter taste so use small amounts only.

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Comments

  1. To be honest, I have serious problems convincing my 6 year old daughter to eat carrots. Thanks for this recipe, I hope it will help)
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  2. Hi Shelley,

    it is so good to know that carrots are a healing food.

    One way I love them is grated fine ( the taste sweeter that way and are easier to chew) with lemon juice, olive oil and himalayan salt.
    This goes well with boiled potato, kumera and leafy salad.

    Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge and recipe.

    To Health,
    Yorinda
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  3. I love carrots and this sounds divine – and so easy! I learned the hard way not to visit your site when I’m 1) hungry or 2) when I don’t have time to head to the grocery store because I’m always ready to rush out and try your recipes. Thanks once again for the inspiration Shelley!
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Hi Marty, Your comments always make me smile! I hope you really enjoy the carrots, I had to go back for seconds when I made them. 🙂

  4. You know my kids hate it when I come to your blog, every time I do I love the recipes you publish so much that I make them that night. And you know how much kids enjoy new things and especially new ways to cook vegetables LOL
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Hi Clint, I’m so happy to know that you are making my recipes and I bet your kids are just loving all the veggies! LOL! This carrot recipe may make them a believer.

  5. Elizabeth Preston says:

    My son is vegan, and won’t eat honey. Have you tried this with anything else instead of honey?

    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Hi Elizabeth, Some vegans still consume honey because of the health benefits associated with honey but since your son does not want to eat honey you can try maple syrup. I have tried them with maple syrup and the flavor is good. Let me know how it works out if you make the carrots with maple syrup.

  6. Althea Young says:

    Uhm! That looks really delish! Nice recipe, I absolutely have them all in my pantry so it’s kinda easy to make these!
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  7. I’ve tried this with maple syrup and it works great. With honey is my favorite though, but it does make a good vegan option. I have yet to try it with mint leaves. I love the idea and look forward to trying it. Thanks for the idea.
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  8. Hi Shelley,

    Thats such a great idea i absolutely love honey carrots and this is a much more nutritional way of cooking them i never imagined them with balsamic vinegar but am definitely going to try that next time!!

    Thank you

    Warm Regards, Jessica

    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Thanks Jessica! The balsamic vinegar adds a nice tangy note that balances the sweetness of the carrots and honey.

  9. Is it really tasty? I didn’t even know that it is possible to cook carrots in such way.

  10. Hey, friends! I think your article is so nice! When i was younger i didn’t really care about how nutrient-dense carrots and honey were but i like their sweet tasty and vibrant color! Thanks a lot for this nice recipe! I think my children will like it!

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  15. Hello! I totally agree with you that carrots are the most useful vegetables. I like to eat this fresh, but your recipe looks so delicious. I will definitely try to cook it. Thanks for this detailed description with photos. I appreciate your hard work here. Please keep it good posting.

  16. I prefer carot to other veggies but first time I see such a tasty receipt of it’s preparing!! Thanks a lot, I’ll try t cook it necessarily!!)) You write very ggooood! My congrats!

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  18. Nice post,thanks) Carrot is one of my favorite vegetables!

  19. This is a recipe for making carrots at home

  20. Thanks for sharing the post. I had a blast reading it.

  21. Thanks for this amazing recipe. I’ve never tried to cook carrot in such a way. I know that carrots are very useful for people who have problems with their blood. Keep it up, you are the professional.

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