Cook up an easy veggie side to share with the kids with this collection of the best baby carrot recipes. They’re quick, simple, and so, so yummy…and are easy to make without a lot (or any!) chopping.
Baby Carrot Recipes
Getting the kids to eat their recommended servings of veggies each day can be a challenge—to say the least! Carrots are one of those staple vegetables that many of us buy each week, whether in full size of baby carrot form, so I wanted to share my favorite recipes for carrots to give you some new ideas to try.
How do I make the best carrots?
Carrots have natural sweetness, but they often need a little help to bring it out—especially if you’re using carrots from the grocery store, which I assume you are. (Local, in season carrots are often MUCH sweeter and more intensely flavorful, so if you’re lucky enough to have some of those kinds of carrots, you will likely not need to do much of anything to them.)
My best tip for making the best carrots for kids is to make sure they taste good to you. Thankfully, carrots have a pleasant flavor all on their own and don’t often need a ton of work to make them delish.
What should I look for when buying carrots?
Whether buying precut baby carrots or young full size carrots (which are also called “baby carrots”), look for:
- Ones that don’t look dry or shriveled at all.
- Baby carrots, ideally, won’t have too much water in the bag. That can sometimes make the texture a little yucky.
- Young carrots are often sold with their green tops on, so the greens should look fresh and not too wilted.
TIP: Baby carrots may have an off taste when eaten straight out of the bag, so I recommend always washing them.
Healthy Baby Carrot Recipes
Some of these recipes call specifically for packaged baby carrots, others for young full size carrots, and others for any kind. Use these as a starting point to mix up the way you cook carrots for your kids to hopefully help them to love the Vitamin A rich veggie!
Baby Carrot Recipes #1: Simple Sauteed Carrots
Halve or quarter baby carrots lengthwise and use them in this super easy recipe. This is one of our favorite veggie sides, even when we’re short on time.
Baby Carrot Recipes #2: Roasted Baby Carrots
Sweet young carrots and an easy cooking method make these roasted baby carrot sweet and yummy—warm or at room temp. You can skip the herbs if you think your kiddo will prefer them plain.
Baby Carrot Recipes #3: Easy Baked Carrot Fries
These Easy Baked Carrot Fries are my favorite type of vegetable side. They are easy to prepare (you basically just need to slice them). They cook in just about 20 minutes (with no stirring or tending required). And they are totally delicious.
Baby Carrot Recipes #4: Caramelized Baby Carrots
I love this idea for small carrots that you might find at the grocery store or farmer’s market. A little sweetness goes a long way!
Baby Carrot Recipes #5: Easy Carrot Hummus
Use your lingering baby carrots in this easy hummus recipe to add a veggie right into a favorite dip.
Baby Carrot Recipes #6: Sheet Pan Roasted Carrots
With just 4 ingredients, this easy baby carrot recipe doesn’t even require any chopping!
Baby Carrot Recipes #7: Healthy Oatmeal Cookies with Carrots
Made with a batter that’s filled with carrots, apples, raisins, and whole grains—and free from eggs, dairy, gluten, and peanuts—these Healthy Oatmeal Cookies with Apple and Carrots are our new favorite dessert and healthy snack!
Baby Carrot Recipes #8: Buttered Baby Carrots
So simple, so yummy. You could do this recipe with either young carrots or precut baby carrots.
Baby Carrot Recipes #9: Carrot Cake Pancakes
These healthy pancakes are high in protein from eggs and yogurt and are a nice source of both a veggie and fruit. But even though they are filled with wholesome ingredients, they are also special enough for a holiday breakfast or brunch because they taste like (a less overtly sweet) carrot cake!
Baby Carrot Recipes #10: Parmesan Roasted Carrots
Easy and flavorful, this simple carrot recipe would be a delish side dish to go with ham, chicken, or even something as simple as scrambled eggs.
What’s the best way to store carrots to keep them fresh?
I like to store carrots in the fridge in a zip top bag lined with paper towels to absorb any excess moisture, especially with the young full size baby carrots. With any others, just be sure to dry them thoroughly since any excess water or moisture can cause mold and a gross texture to ensue!