Let’s be real here.
Fries are delicious and addicting.
There’s no shame in admitting it.
There’s just really no getting around this fact.
That’s why we need these Baked Carrot Fries in our lives. They’re easy, very much with the oh-so-fry-like goodness, and (yay!) healthy.
I’m a huge fan of turning veggies into fun, savory bites of goodness, like with these parmesan zucchini spears, these baked zucchini fries, and these broccoli tots. Those are some of our favorites and have been big hits on the blog, too.
Not only does this sneaky trick allow you to get more veggies in your diet, it also makes it even easier to avoid the high carb, high salt, high fat, high grease fast food options you might ordinarily be drawn to.
That’s what I LOVE about clean eating – all the goodness, all the flavor, and none of the guilt.
BUT we’re still missing something, aren’t we?
I mean…it’s not really french fries without a tasty dip or sauce, am I right?
Yep, I see you’re head nodding along with me.
That’s why I wanted to make a great healthy ketchup alternative to enjoy with these fries.
Yes, ketchup is amazing, but it’s actually loaded with high fructose corn syrup which is a big no-no if you’re trying to rid your body of all those refined sugars and processed foods.
Fortunately, homemade ketchup is quite simple to make.
In fact, this homemade ketchup without sugar is shockinlgy similar to real deal. You can even throw in extra flavors to make it your own favorite version, like a little more garlic powder or even some cayenne to spice it up a bit.
Baked Carrot Fries with Homemade Ketchup Without Sugar
All in all, these baked carrot fries are a fine substitute for the real thing and are so easy to make, too!
Here’s to getting your fry craving and still reaching your healthy eating goals!
- 2 lbs medium carrots
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
- 1 tbsp Italian parsley chopped
- 1 can tomato sauce 15 ounce, no sugar/salt added
- 1 can tomato paste 6 ounce, no sugar/salt added
- 3 tbsp raw honey
- 1 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 2 1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar or regular vinegar
- 1/8 tsp garlic powder
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees F and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Start by peeling the carrots to remove the outer skin and then slicing off both ends. Next, slice the carrot in half to create the length of a fry.
- Carefully slice each carrot half into planks, making them as even as possible. (I try to keep them around 1/4 inch thick.)
- Slice the planks into long fries - again, making sure to get them as even as possible.
- Repeat with the remaining carrots.
- Place all the carrot fries onto the baking sheet and add the olive oil, sea salt, and ground black pepper. Toss to coat.
- Spread out the carrot fries evenly onto the baking sheet so they are all laying flat and not overlapping.
- Place in the oven and bake for 15 minutes.
- Then carefully flip the fries over and then return to the oven for another 15-20 minutes, or until the carrot fries are tender and are starting to turn golden brown on the edges.
- Remove from the oven.
- To make the homemade refined sugar free ketchup, in a small bowl, combine no sugar or salt added tomato sauce, no sugar added tomato paste, raw honey, onion powder, sea salt, apple cider vinegar, and garlic powder and stir to combine well.
- Garnish with minced Italian parsley, if desired.
*As written, the homemade ketchup makes quite a lot of sauce. You can either halve the recipe or store the extra in the fridge for later.
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