Maple Herb Glazed Carrots + Cranberries

November 17, 2021
Recipes - Dairy-Free - Gluten-Free - Vegan Lunch/Dinner
This is a stunning vegan and gluten free side dish that will look beautiful on your holiday table!

Maple Herb Glazed Carrots + Cranberries

Maple Herb Glazed Carrots with dried cranberries, cinnamon, and garlic are a savory and sweet vegan and gluten-free side dish that's perfect for the holidays. 10 ingredients and 25 minutes to make!

Maple Herb Glazed Carrots + Cranberries

When I'm planning a holiday menu, or really any menu for entertaining, I always want to include something that's vegetarian and gluten-free. Sometimes that means a dessert like Gluten-Free Apple Crisp or an entree like Butternut Squash Sweet Potato Shepard’s Pie.

But almost always, I like to include a side dish that everyone can enjoy, regardless of dietary restrictions. This beautiful Maple Herb Glazed Carrot recipe fits that bill. Plus, carrots are in season in the fall and winter so you can enjoy the sweetest and most flavorful veggies.

In this recipe, they're topped with tart-sweet dried cranberries for an extra dose of festivity and texture. Add these carrots to your holiday menu and your guests will be delighted!

Maple Herb Glazed Carrots + Cranberries

How to Make Maple Herb Glazed Carrots

This is a 25-minute side dish with just 10 ingredients. Here's what you need to make these glazed carrots:

  • Carrots. You can leave the carrot skin on, just make sure to wash them well.
  • Olive oil. You can also use avocado oil if you prefer. 
  • Maple syrup. Make sure to use real maple syrup, not imitation, for the best flavor. 
  • Dried herbs. I like oregano, parsley, and basil. 
  • Spices. The savory and spiced flavor in this glazed carrot recipe comes from cinnamon, allspice, and garlic powder.
  • Dried cranberries. For pops of tart-sweet flavor and ruby red color. 

Maple Herb Glazed Carrots + Cranberries

Ingredient Substitutions and Swaps

If you don't have every ingredient on the list for this carrot recipe, don't worry! Here are some simple ingredient substitutions ad swaps that make this recipe your own:

  • Substitute oregano, parsley, and basil with other dried herbs like tarragon, thyme, or rosemary. 
  • Use fresh minced garlic instead of garlic powder. 
  • Swap out cinnamon and allspice for nutmeg, cardamom, or a dash of cloves. 
  • Use dried cherries or chopped dates instead of cranberries. 

How to Serve Glazed Carrots

This recipe makes total sense at a holiday table. It's a healthy vegan and gluten-free addition to your Thanksgiving or Christmas menu. But it's also quick and easy enough to whip up on a weeknight. If you're planning a holiday meal, try serving your herb-glazed carrots with these other festive dishes:

Maple Herb Glazed Carrots + Cranberries

Storage Suggestions

Store leftover carrots in an airtight container for 3 to 4 days. You can reheat the carrots on the stove or in the microwave to serve. 

Can I Double the Recipe?

Certainly! This recipe makes enough to feed six people as a side dish. But you can simply scale the ingredients up or down to adjust for your party size. 

More Veggie Side Dishes

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Maple Herb Glazed Carrots + Cranberries

Maple Herb Glazed Carrots + Cranberries

Maple Herb Glazed Carrots + Cranberries

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This is a stunning vegan and gluten free side dish that will look beautiful on your holiday table!
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 25 mins
Serves: 6 servings


  • 2 lbs. carrots, washed w/ skin on + tops trimmed
  • 1 tablespoon Extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • pinch of ground allspice
  • 2 cups dried cranberries


  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and prepare a baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, add the carrots along with the maple syrup + herb seasonings (save about 2-3 Tbsps and set aside), mixing everything together with your hands (you can use gloves if preferred) until carrots are fully coated. Place the carrots unto the prepared baking sheet (lined sided by side) and bake for 15-20 minutes or until carrots are golden, slightly wilted, and tender.
  • Brush the tops with remaining maple herb mixture and serve unto a platter. Sprinkle dried cranberries atop and on the sides of carrots.
  • Bon Appetit!

Tips & Tricks

  • STORAGE: Any leftovers can be kept in a tightly sealed container and refrigerated for 3-4 days.
  • SERVING: To make this dish for a bigger family, simply double (or triple) all ingredients.


Calories: 375kcal | Carbohydrates: 72g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 111mg | Potassium: 1423mg | Fiber: 21g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 25268IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 173mg | Iron: 4mg


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Maple Herb Glazed Carrots


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