These Low Carb Maple Glazed Carrots are a delightful addition to your low sugar or keto diet. Coat some carrots with some sugar free maple syrup, butter, a few spices and herbs, roast them until tender and you have a sweet, savory, herbed and spiced side dish for any occasion!
This roasted glazed carrots recipe is naturally gluten free, and perfect for a low carb diet. Replace regular maple syrup with a sugar free version for a simple, yet tasty swap.
These roasted carrots are super easy to make, with very little prep time. As always, we include directions for substitutions, process shots and answer FAQ's in the body of the text, so make sure to read through this post in its entirety if you have questions.
We'd also like to note that this recipe has been updated since it was originally posted in 2019 with beautiful new photos, and a tastier recipe, along with better instructions!
If you are looking for some more delicious and easy sides, be sure to check out these bacon wrapped asparagus bundles, this cherry tomato confit, and our roasted radishes and carrots with thyme recipe.
❤Why we love this recipe
- Suitable for different diet types- These can be made vegan or dairy free. The recipe is naturally vegetarian and gluten free!
- Simple prep work - If you want something to set and forget, this recipe is perfect. All you do is peel, season, and roast the carrots while you are free to work on other things!
- Versatile side dish - It's an excellent side dish for a variety of main courses! Try it with this air fryer rib eye or this keto bacon wrapped chicken.
You can find full quantities and nutritional information in the recipe card.
- Whole carrots - We like to keep them whole, and scrub them really well, then cut off most of the tops. You could also cut them into smaller shapes, or use baby carrots if you prefer.
- Unsalted butter - For luscious and rich flavor. If you're dairy free or vegan, simply substitute for olive oil, avocado oil or your favorite vegan butter.
- Sugar free maple syrup of choice - If you're not watching your sugar or carbs and just want to use regular maple syrup, feel free. 🙂
- Seasonings - We use a mixture of kosher salt, black pepper, red pepper flakes, smoked paprika and a little bit of fresh thyme for good measure. Salt and pepper are the only truly essential ingredients, so you can leave spices out if you prefer. You can also use dried thyme instead of fresh.
Prepare the seasoned butter
Preheat your oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or use a large baking dish. Scrub the carrots and trim the tops.
Melt the butter and combine it with salt, black pepper, red pepper flakes, smoked paprika and fresh thyme.
Pour in the sugar free maple syrup, reserving 2 tablespoons for after the carrots are roasted.
Roast the carrots
Coat the carrots completely with the seasoned maple butter mixture.
Roast the carrots until fork tender and lightly golden brown, about 35-45 minutes, tossing halfway.
Garnish & serve!
Garnish the carrots with the remaining maple syrup, and enjoy!
🌟Tips & tricks
- Use any spices or seasonings you prefer. Rosemary or sage would make wonder options, or use some cayenne for a little more heat.
- Look for medium sized carrots that will be tender and flavorful. Large carrots will be too woody, and small carrots will cook quickly, though you can use them if you prefer.
- To make this dish dairy free & vegan friendly, replace the butter with vegan butter, olive oil or avocado oil.
- Looking for regular maple glazed carrots? Simple! Just substitute sugar free maple syrup for regular maple syrup.
💭Frequently asked questions
Yes, carrots can be keto friendly in smaller portion sizes. For one serving of these tasty glazed carrots, you're looking at only 9 net carbs! For us, that works well alongside a protein for dinner.
Carrots are easily one of our favorite vegetables. They do tend to be naturally higher in carbs, so it’s a good idea to try to minimize the amount of sugar that you add to them when you can, especially if you are eating a low carb diet.
We do believe in everything in moderation. Small amounts of carrots can totally fit into your low carb diet, just don't over do it! We know that some people might not want to eat carrots on a keto diet, but that's okay too. To each their own.
Sugar free maple syrup really seals the deal for this recipe. Maple syrup has a lot of sugar. It's delicious, but it's nice when we can replace it with something just as tasty.
You can scrub the carrots and trim the tops up to 5 hours in advance. Cover them with the spiced maple butter mixture and cover until you're ready to cook.
These carrots are so easy to make, and they require so few dishes too. You'll love this for family gatherings.
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Keto Glazed Carrots (Sugar Free Maple Glazed Carrots)
- 2 pounds carrots, scrubbed and tops trimmed
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 8 tablespoons sugar free maple syrup (divided)
- 1 tablespoon fresh thyme
- 1.5 teaspoons kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
- ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
- Preheat your oven to 400°F. Prepare a baking sheet or pan and add cleaned carrots to it.
- Melt butter in a small bowl, and add salt, thyme, pepper, smoked paprika, and red pepper flakes. Mix to combine, then pour in 6 tablespoons of the sugar free maple syrup, reserving 2 tablespoons for the end.
- Pour seasoned maple butter mixture over the carrots, coating well. Bake for 35-45 minutes until the carrots are fork tender, tossing halfway through to ensure the butter is covering all of the carrots.
- Garnish with remaining maple syrup and enjoy!
- These will keep in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.
- Use whatever maple syrup or substitute you prefer, but know it will affect the macros.
- All seasonings aside from salt and pepper are optional, and to taste.
- Feel free to substitute use your favorite herbs. Rosemary makes a fabulous option!
- For vegan or dairy free, substitute butter with vegan butter, avocado oil or olive oil.