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Roasted Honey Balsalmic Carrots Trial: Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Nut-free

January 4, 2013

After all the candy and sweets I ate last month, I wanted to focus on trying out healthier recipes this month. First on the list is a carrot recipe from So Wonderful So Marvelous that I’ve had pinned for almost a year now.

The Changes

This recipe was already Joseph-safe. I didn’t have any baby carrots, so I just cut up some regular carrots. Also, they never said what “seasonings” they spread on the carrots, so I just used salt.

carrots, honey, balsalmic vinegar, olive oil, salt

The Method

Cut each carrot into thirds, then divide each section into quarters to form sticks. Toss with 1 Tablespoon of olive oil and salt.

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Spread carrots in a single layer on a cookie sheet, then bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes. Meanwhile, mix together remaining oil, honey, and vinegar. Drizzle over roasted carrots, then return to oven for another 5 minutes. Serve immediately.

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Roasted Honey Balsalmic Carrots

Adapted from So Wonderful So Marvelous

Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Nut-free


  • 4 medium carrots
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 1/2 teaspoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon balsalmic vinegar

Peel carrots, and cut into thirds. Divide each section into quarters, to form sticks. Toss with 1 Tablespoon oil and salt.

Spread in a single layer on an ungreased baking sheet and roast at 400 degrees F for 20 minutes. Meanwhile, combine remaining Tablespoon of oil with honey and vinegar. Drizzle over carrots, then return to the oven for an additional 5 minutes.

Makes 3-4 servings

What I Thought

Recently, I chatted with friends about how sweet potato fries were best when kept savory, instead of adding sweetenings like brown sugar to them. This is because the cooking process caramelizes the sweet potatoes enough to add its own sweetness that doesn’t need to be overpowered. These carrots are the same way, I felt. The honey was just too much. My husband said “it’s like the glaze is trying to hide the flavor of the carrots, and its both succeeding and miserably failing at the same time.” I also learned that he doesn’t care much for cooked carrots, just raw. Go figure. Neither of the kids wanted to try their “orange fries.” So, these will not be making an appearance again.

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