Soft and succulent candied carrots have been a favorite accompaniment to chicken since Victorian Christmas dinners. However, the Victorians probably used sugar to candy their carrots; and, knowing that time, ingredients were very likely processed, preserved and adulterated in their newly-built factories. And they didn’t just miss out on nutrition, they missed the nuances of flavor that an organic, paleo twist could add to this popular side-dish
You needn’t, though. By simply substituting regular sugar with chopped dates, you can make yourself Paleo candied carrots, infused with natural sweetness and the subtle, back-of-the-palate aftertaste from the fresh fruit.
Total Time to Make: 35 minutes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 25 minutes
- 8 large carrots, peeled and chopped into 1/2 inches
- 4 dates, pitted and chopped
- 2 tablespoons melted butter or coconut oil
- Salt to taste
- Preheat oven to 375 degree F.
- Mix the carrots, dates, and oil in a bowl and season with salt to taste.
- Place the mixture from step 2 into an oven safe dish and bake for 30 to 30 minutes or until carrots are fork tender.
A recipe this quick and easy shouldn’t yield results this exquisite and healthful— but it does! As dates are quite rich anyway, you end up using less of the sweetening agent than if you were to make concentrated sugar syrup, which takes up far more processed sugar to reduce and thicken before use.
Also, baking your carrots in coconut oil instead of polyunsaturated soybean or sunflower oils ensures that you get your dose of good fats without any intrusive flavors. Coconut oil with its medium-chain fatty acids is also one of the most digestible oils you’ll find, which makes it a favorite in paleo cooking. If you’re using butter instead, that lends a delightful nutty flavor to temper the richness of the dates— just make that sure your butter comes from grass-fed livestock, not grain-fed ones.
Here’s another perk of non-Victorian, Paleo Candied Carrots: you don’t have to wait until a fancy dinner for them. With easily available ingredients and a short cooking time, this can also be the perfect paleo snack to sink your sweet tooth into!