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Crispy Air-Fried Carrot ‘Bacon’ Strips

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Crispy Air-Fried Carrot 'Bacon' Strips

These crispy air-fried carrot ‘bacon’ strips are a healthier alternative to traditional bacon, offering a satisfying crunch and savory flavor.


  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Servings: 4 servings
  • Calories: Approximately 60 kcal per serving


  • 4 large carrots, peeled
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce or tamari
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper (optional, for heat)
  • Cooking spray


  1. Preheat the air fryer to 375°F (190°C).
  2. In a bowl, mix together soy sauce, maple syrup, olive oil, smoked paprika, garlic powder, black pepper, and cayenne pepper (if using).
  3. Using a vegetable peeler, slice the peeled carrots lengthwise into thin strips, resembling bacon slices.
  4. Toss the carrot strips in the marinade until evenly coated.
  5. Lightly grease the air fryer basket with cooking spray.
  6. Arrange the marinated carrot strips in a single layer in the air fryer basket.
  7. Air fry the carrot ‘bacon’ at 375°F (190°C) for 10-15 minutes, flipping halfway through, until crispy and golden brown.
  8. Keep an eye on them toward the end of cooking to prevent burning.
  9. Once done, remove the carrot ‘bacon’ from the air fryer and let them cool for a few minutes to crisp up further.
  10. Serve the crispy air-fried carrot ‘bacon’ strips as a delicious and healthier alternative to traditional bacon.
  11. Enjoy the crispy, savory flavor of these air-fried carrot ‘bacon’ strips on their own as a snack, or use them to add a crunchy topping to salads, sandwiches, or wraps.
  12. Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the air fryer for a few minutes to restore crispiness.
  13. Indulge in this guilt-free and flavorful treat!

They’re easy to make in the air fryer and can be enjoyed as a snack or used as a topping to add a burst of flavor and texture to your favorite dishes. Plus, they’re vegan and gluten-free, making them suitable for a variety of dietary preferences. Enjoy the crispy goodness of these carrot ‘bacon’ strips guilt-free!

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