RECIPE: Maple Sweet Carrots



Our relationship with maples has become a cultural artifact: growing and tapping maple trees remains a living tradition even today, when most of our other relationships with the natural world have withered away.

Maple syrup is great for caramelization and can be used as a replacement for brown sugar in many recipes. This recipe uses carrots, but another vegetable, such as squash, can be substituted.

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maple glazed carrots in a bowl

RECIPE: Maple Sweet Carrots


  • 35 medium carrots
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • Pinch of salt


  1. Preheat Oven to 375°F. 
  2. Slice carrots in ½-inch rounds (or on the diagonal, or even lengthwise, if you prefer. For fun, you can imprint rounds with a small cookie cutter.)
  3. Add a pinch of salt to a half a cup of maple syrup in a large ziploc bag. Add carrots and shake well. Let marinade for 10 minutes or overnight.
  4. Spread on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 30‒35 minutes or until carrots are caramelized. 


Pro tip: You can add ¼ cup soy sauce and spices like garlic, ginger and/or pepper to taste to add a savory-sweet element to the marinade.

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Janelle Carlson is a graduate student at the University of Bayreuth. Her work has also been featured in The Dirty Spoon, Responsibility Statecraft, and The International Journal of Yazidi Studies.
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