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These Cinnamon Brown Sugar Carrots are the perfect kid-friendly side dish that you can easily make all year long! Pan-glazed carrots are perfect for even your pickiest eaters!

A white baking dish of cooked carrots.

If you are looking for that perfect kid-friendly side dish, these carrots will be the one you should make next!

You are going to love how easy this recipe is to make. Carrots are sweet all year round, and when you cook them with brown sugar and cinnamon, it takes them to a whole new level!

You will remember my roasted sweet potato recipe, which uses honey but is the same basic concept! You can also try these Parmesan Carrots from my friend over at Noshtastic.

A bunch of carrots on a cutting board about to be cut.

The hero of this recipe is the carrots. We get a weekly farm box from a fun company called Ugly Produce. They buy the fruits and vegetables that don’t meet the grocery store’s “pretty” standards. This produce tastes the same, so we love getting this weekly box.

Carrots are not only nutritious, but they are great if you have a picky eater. Carrots don’t get mushy like zucchini (thank goodness!)

There are lots of ways to cut your carrots for this recipe. I always remove the green top and bottom ends first.

Side dishes can make the meal, so check out some of my delicious gluten free side dish recipes.

Ways to cut carrots:

  • Take a knife and slice the carrot in half lengthwise. Depending on how long your carrots are, you can cut them in half to make shorter slices. Next, slice each half lengthwise, as seen in the carrots I used in this recipe.
  • You can also slice the carrots into “rounds.” To do this, I cut at an angle to make my slices more oval-shaped. This makes the carrot a bit longer, so kids must cut it in half or take a bite. My kids are older, but if you use round circle slices, they can be a choking hazard for little kids.

I am a big advocate of cooking with your kids. Try some of these great gluten free recipes to make with your kids.

How to make brown sugar carrots:

There are also many ways to cook the brown sugar-glazed carrots in this stovetop carrots recipe, but this is how I like it because it makes the sweet glaze on the carrots.

  • The first step is to add butter to a pan. Turn the temperature to medium and allow the butter to melt.
  • Whisk in the brown sugar, cinnamon, and water.
  • Add the carrots and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook, covered for 30 minutes.

This recipe is naturally gluten free, and you can make it paleo by substituting maple syrup for the brown sugar and ghee or coconut oil for the butter!

Brown sugar carrots in a rectangular white casserole dish.

Tips and Recipe FAQ:

Are carrots better baked or pan-fried?

Carrots are delicious both when you bake or pan-fry them. Pan-frying is quicker, and it still yields a delicious flavor.

What is the healthiest way to cook carrots?

If you want your carrots to be the healthiest, cook them whole. Cutting the carrots and then cooking them will reduce the nutrient levels.

How long will these brown sugar carrots keep fresh?

In the refrigerator, these brown sugar carrots will keep fresh for up to 4 days.

Pair these brown sugar carrots with:

Looking for another kid-friendly carrot recipe? Give this maple ginger carrots recipe a try!

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a baking dish of cooked carrots

Cinnamon Brown Sugar Carrots

Sandi Gaertner
Best Brown Sugar Carrots with a mouthwatering easy glaze you can make on the stove with minimal effort! 
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4.85 from 26 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Gluten Free Side Dish Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 95 kcal

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Ingredients
  

  • 1 lb carrots peeled and sliced thin
  • 2 tbsp dark brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp butter (*see note)
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup water

Instructions
 

  • In a skillet over medium heat, melt butter, then whisk in brown sugar, cinnamon and water.
  • Add carrots, and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat to medium and cook, covered, until carrots are tender and glazed, about 30 minutes

Notes

  1. You can use peeled bagged mini carrots instead of cutting big carrots up.
  2. Feel free to use vegan butter if you are dairy-free.
  3. These brown sugar carrots can be made up to 2 days ahead. They will keep up to 4 days in the refrigerator.

SPECIAL NOTE

Please know that every gluten free flour blend has a different starch to grain ratio. If you use a blend I didn’t test, you may need to adjust your moisture levels in your baked goods.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 95kcalCarbohydrates: 17gProtein: 1gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 108mgPotassium: 363mgFiber: 3gSugar: 11gVitamin A: 19033IUVitamin C: 7mgCalcium: 42mgIron: 1mg
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14 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    These carrots were so easy and by far the most delicious our family has ever had! I don’t know why it took me all of my adult life to try such a simple recipe. Carrots are not my husbands favorite so he was reluctant but now he only wants them this way. Thanks for such a simple and delicious recipe!

  2. 5 stars
    Tasty and healthy option for my snacking time. Have to try it out for my family and sure they will enjoy these glazed carrots, which look so yummy.

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