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A step-by-step pictorial on How to Roast Whole Carrots.  Serve them alongside your favorite dish or in place of french fries, and eat them as a quick vegan, gluten-free snack!

Roasted Carrots 10I am honestly beyond surprised that it took me nearly 27 years of my life to start roasting whole carrots.  I am mostly surprised about this for two reasons: 1) Carrots are one of my favorite vegetables (obsessed would be an understatement); and 2) I roast pretty much any and every vegetable that I can get my hands on.

It turns out roasting whole carrots is incredibly easy to do.  As a result, I imagine they are definitely going to be making their way into my oven on an almost weekly basis.  As one of the biggest carrot lovers around, I want to see them in your ovens too!  Today I am going to share with you exactly how easy it is to roast whole carrots.  I promise, there is very minimal chopping required!  Let’s be honest, the chopping is the worst part of roasting vegetables.

How to Roast Whole Carrots

Roasted CarrotsStart by preheating your oven to 400 degrees F.  Gather six whole carrots (more or less is fine, but this was the number in my bag).  Try to choose carrots that are fairly equal in size so that they will roast evenly.

Roasted Carrots 2Grab your vegetable peeler and get to work!

Roasted Carrots 3Peel all of the carrots and discard the peelings, or use them in a salad.

Roasted Carrots 4Cut the ends off of the carrots.

Roasted Carrots 5Cut the whole carrots in half, length-wise.

Roasted Carrots 6That is all the chopping you will do.  That’s not so bad, right?

Roasted Carrots 7Place the carrots flat-side down onto a baking sheet that has been sprayed with cooking spray.  You can also skip the oil and use a silicone baking sheet.

Roasted Carrots 8Spray the carrots with cooking spray.  I used olive oil cooking spray, but coconut oil spray would be great too!  Sprinkle with desired seasonings.  I used 1/2 tsp fine sea salt, 1/4 tsp black pepper, 1/2 tsp dried thyme, and 1/4 tsp dried rosemary.

Roasted Carrots 9Once seasoned, put into the oven and roast for approximately 25 to 30 minutes.  Watch them carefully near the end to ensure they do not burn.  The thin ends may get slightly crispy, but you can slice this part off if it bothers you.

Roasted Carrots 11Since my roasted whole carrot obsession developed, I have eaten them as a side dish, in place of french fries, and for snacks.  Essentially, these are proof that carrots are about so much more than salads and relish trays.  But I can almost guarantee that if you put roasted carrots in my salad, I would certainly be on board with that!

Have you ever roasted whole carrots?  If so, what is your favorite way to season them?

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  • Sam @ Grapefruit & Granola March 16, 2015, 12:59 am
    I love roasting vegetables! I always buy the baby carrots and roast those... because I'm lazy :) maybe I should start buying the regular carrots since they are cheaper.
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 16, 2015, 9:44 am
      Whole carrots are definitely super cheap.. even the organic ones! I am guilty of buying baby carrots though, too. They are just SO simple!!
  • Kristy @ Southern In Law March 16, 2015, 4:37 am
    I loveeeee carrots in any way shape or form (seriously, we've had to put a limit on how many carrots I can eat in a day because I've turned orange too many times hahaha) and lately I have been loving roasted carrots now that the weather is getting cooler! Kristy @ Southern In Law recently posted...Recipe: Flourless Almond Butter MuffinsMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 16, 2015, 9:55 am
      Haha, I am the SAME way!!! My mom said I turned orange as a child from eating too many orange veggies :)
  • Erin @ Her Heartland Soul March 16, 2015, 6:49 am
    Ohh yum! Are these making it in your breakfast burritos? Erin @ Her Heartland Soul recently posted...Weekend SnapshotsMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 16, 2015, 9:56 am
      They're already gone ;) haha... I'm sticking with sweet potatoes for the burritos because I am just as obsessed with them as I am with carrots!
  • Katey V. March 16, 2015, 6:52 am
    This is a great idea! The hubby and I have done grilled carrots, too, as a replacement for french fries and they are delicious! I never would have thought to do have them as a replacement for fries, but it was all my hubby's idea! We haven't cooked them this way in a long time, we'll need to try it out using your recipe next time!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 16, 2015, 9:56 am
      I have never tried grilling them, but I bet that is SO good!! I'll have to add them to my list for this Summer :)
  • Joanna @Makingmine March 16, 2015, 7:28 am
    Oh yum! I'm going to have to try this. I don't roast nearly enough fresh veggies. I mostly rely on frozen these days. E isn't big on carrots (crazy child), but I'm determined to convert her! Joanna @Makingmine recently posted...weekend snaps: zzz’s and zooMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 16, 2015, 9:57 am
      WHAT?! Silly Eleanor! I suppose I can forgive her for that. There is still time that she can learn to love them :)
  • Carla March 16, 2015, 7:39 am
    I had no idea roasting whole carrots was even an option :-) you rock for sharing – – I will share, too. Carla recently posted...How much do I charge?My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 16, 2015, 9:58 am
      Who knew? It took me forever to try it and now I am wondering why. Thanks for sharing! :)
  • Jess @hellotofit March 16, 2015, 8:18 am
    Yum, I LOVE roasted carrots! Great post :) Jess @hellotofit recently posted...Monday motivation-this is your signMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 16, 2015, 10:00 am
      Aren't they SO good?? They make me love carrots EVEN MORE!
  • Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine March 16, 2015, 8:29 am
    SOOO simple! However, I NEVER peel them. I don't like peeling my root veggies, even beets! Haha! But these carrots with herbs like rosemary and thyme....dipped in ketchup ;) Goodness! Sweet and savory!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 16, 2015, 10:09 am
      Dipping them in ketchup is the BEST!!! I sometimes don't peel my carrots when I eat them raw, but hadn't thought to leave the peel on for roasting. I'll have to try that next time and save myself some extra steps!
  • Lish March 16, 2015, 12:20 pm
    I have never roasted whole carrots, but I love the idea of them as a side. We make sweet potato fries all the time, so this would be a nice way to mix things up! Lish recently posted...Weekend in the BoatMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 16, 2015, 3:57 pm
      Yes!! Try carrot fries instead of sweet potato fries next time :)
  • Dana | fresh simple five March 16, 2015, 12:52 pm
    Yum - love roasted veggies! I've been roasting lots of sweet potatoes lately to bring for lunches during the week. I think carrots would work well for that too. Great tutorial! Dana | fresh simple five recently posted...Vegetarian Black Bean BurgersMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 16, 2015, 3:57 pm
      I really need to start doing that with sweet potatoes. Sometimes I forget how portable they are!
  • Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health March 16, 2015, 1:57 pm
    I haven't tried roasting whole carrots but I love how easy and delicious they look! I'm definitely going to give it a try soon! Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health recently posted...Broccoli, Apple, & Cheddar Salad with Creamy Honey Mustard VinaigretteMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 16, 2015, 4:00 pm
      They are SO easy and super delicious!! I'm obsessed with them for a snack or side right now!
  • Lou @ Mommy Sanest March 16, 2015, 9:05 pm
    These look amazing! I have been super into roasting vegetables lately, and I'm going to do this for sure. I have tons of carrots in my fridge. Lou @ Mommy Sanest recently posted...Mommy Sanest is ExpandingMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 17, 2015, 7:30 am
      Roasted veggies are the best! I hope you give these a try and love them, Lou!
  • Jenni March 16, 2015, 11:27 pm
    I love roasted carrots and have been roasting them up with parsnips and subbing them for fries lately! I usually buy the whole carrots to roast but chop them up before roasting. I never thought to just throw them in the oven whole - I will definitely have to give this a try. Thanks for sharing!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 17, 2015, 7:31 am
      Yes, definitely give them a try! Who wouldn't want to save time with less chopping? :) I also love parsnip fries. Thanks for the reminder that I need to make them again soon!
  • Alissa Apel March 17, 2015, 8:40 am
    Those do look great! I could see them being wonderful with the colored carrots from Whole Foods to. That would bring some color to a side dish. I may have to do this for Easter. Alissa Apel recently posted...Mica's DoodlesMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 17, 2015, 9:19 am
      YES!! They would be so darn pretty with colored carrots. I'll have to try that next time! And great idea for the Easter side dish. These would be perfect :)
  • Ashlee March 17, 2015, 9:50 am
    This looks AMAZING! definitely going to try this today:) I am just as obsessed with orange veggies so I am super excited to try these delicious roasted carrots!:)
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 17, 2015, 3:41 pm
      I think you are going to LOVE roasted carrots, Ashlee, if you are an orange veggie lover like me :)
  • Katie @ running4cupcakes March 17, 2015, 11:10 am
    LOVE roasted carrots. A drizzle of balsamic vinegar makes them super yummy! Katie @ running4cupcakes recently posted...Pinterest: Crafts EditionMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 17, 2015, 3:46 pm
      Oh yum, that sounds fantastic! I'll have to try that :)
  • Kaylin @ Enticing Healthy Eating March 17, 2015, 8:11 pm
    I have teasingly said many times that I must have been a rabbit in my past life because I eat so many carrots on a regular basis. I swear MOST of my days' eats include carrots. And I prefer them cooked or roasted in some way or another vs. raw. But I have never roasted them whole either! Nifty! Kaylin @ Enticing Healthy Eating recently posted...Gone, but not ForgottenMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 18, 2015, 8:51 am
      I think I was a rabbit, too ;) Carrots are where it's at!!!
  • Alexis @ Hummusapien March 18, 2015, 8:54 pm
    I feel like I haven't lived knowing that I've never roasted whole carrots! This is happening very, very soon.
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 19, 2015, 4:55 pm
      You MUST do it!!! Plus, you can't beat how extra simple it is!
  • Jenna March 23, 2015, 2:29 pm
    I made these today and they were Ah-mazing!! I ate the entire bag of carrots in one sitting! Can't wait to try your buffalo cauliflower "chicken" sandwich. Yumm Thanks so much for the recipe!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 23, 2015, 3:32 pm
      That is so awesome, Jenna! I'm glad you enjoyed them so much. Let me know what you think of the buffalo cauliflower "chicken" sandwich. It is a favorite of mine. In fact, you just reminded me that I need to make it again soon!
  • FrugalChicken April 15, 2015, 12:36 pm
    Gorgeous photos! I have carrots just starting to grow now - thanks for the guide! I can't wait to roast them! FrugalChicken recently posted...Dairy Goats: How to Save a TON Part IIMy Profile

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