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Roasted Carrot Spread with North African Spices

Roasted Carrot Spread is the answer to your appetizer dreams. Flavored with olive oil, tahini, and North African spices (fennel, coriander, cumin, cinnamon, smoked paprika), it is pretty much the best thing since hummus.

And let’s face it, as great and variable as hummus is, we’re all a bit tired of it, right? Plus, if you use a non-dairy yogurt (or simply leave the yogurt out, adding a bit more olive oil if needed), it will make your paleo friends happy, too. In fact, it’s not only paleo but also gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan.

roasted carrots on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper

I first made this roasted carrot spread for a tapas party. It’s more Moroccan than Spanish, but the flavors—olive oil, smoked paprika, and other spices—seemed to fit right in.

I made it again today when I realized I had a pound of carrots in my fridge and no plans for what to do with them. All the other ingredients were in my pantry, as well.

Best of all, this healthy roasted carrot spread uses one of my favorite kitchen gadgets, the nutri-blender (any bullet-style blender such as the Magic Bullet or NutriBullet).

The recipe is excerpted from one of my latest books, The Nutri-Blender Recipe Bible. The carrots get roasted in olive oil along with whole spices and then the whole thing gets whirled quickly in the blender. So quick, so easy, so delicious.

carrot spread on a cracker

I like to serve roasted carrot spread with crunchy crackers (Trader Joe’s olive oil parchment crackers are phenomenal), pita chips, or cut vegetables.

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Roasted Carrot Spread with North African Spices

Robin Donovan
This bright and flavorful dip is made of carrots, yogurt, olive oil, tahini, and spices—all super foods in their own rights. Together they form a stunning spread that's full of the flavors of North Africa—smoked paprika, cumin, coriander, fennel, cinnamon, and more. Serve it with crackers, vegetables, or pita bread for scooping or add it to a Middle Eastern mezze platter. This recipe is from one of my latest books, The Nutri-Blender Recipe Bible.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Appetizer Recipes
Cuisine African
Servings 2 cups
Calories 51 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 4 large carrots scrubbed and cut into 1/2-inch thick rounds
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil divided
  • 1 tablespoon whole coriander seeds
  • 2 teaspoons whole cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt divided
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup plain yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ to ½ teaspoon cayenne

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 400ºF.
  • In a large bowl, combine the carrots, 2 tablespoons of the olive oil, the coriander seeds, cumin seeds, fennel seeds, ¼ teaspoon salt, and pepper and toss to coat well. Transfer the mixture to a rimmed baking sheet and spread the carrots out into a single layer. Roast in the preheated oven for about 30 minutes, until the carrots are tender and beginning to brown. Remove from the oven and let cool for a few minutes.
  • In the jar of the nutri-blender, combine the remaining yogurt, lemon juice, tahini, smoked paprika, cinnamon, cayenne, and the remaining ¼ teaspoon salt and 2 tablespoons olive oil . Add the carrots and blend for about 30 seconds, until the mixture is smooth and well combined. If necessary, scrape down the sides of the jar and blend again until well combined. Serve immediately or store, covered, in the refrigerator for up to a week. Bring to room temperature before serving.

Nutrition

Serving: 1Calories: 51kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 1gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gSodium: 77mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1g
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By on February 25th, 2017

ABOUT ROBIN DONOVAN

Hi, I’m Robin! I am a full-time food blogger, recipe developer, and cookbook author. I spend my days cooking, writing about, and photographing food.

I’m the author of more than 50 cookbooks, including Ramen for Beginners5 Ingredient Cooking for TwoSushi at HomeThe Baking Cookbook for Teens, and the bestselling Campfire Cuisine.

My food writing has also been featured in major print and online pubications including Cooking Light, Fitness, San Jose Mercury News, San Francisco Chronicle, and others. → More about Robin

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