Carrots are perfect for kids – they’re bright, naturally sweet and super nutritious! Get all these benefits with these carrot recipes for babies and kids.
Growing up, I always heard that the reason I had to eat carrots was to avoid glasses – did I ever see a rabbit wearing glasses? Well now that I’m grown up and a medical professional, I know the true nutrient profile of carrots, and how they help your eyes, and I also know that carrots aren’t all that rabbits eat!
However, that story still helps when I have to feed my kids carrots! Most kids don’t generally have a problem with carrots, owing to their bright color, their crunchy texture and natural sweetness. However, seeing carrots again and again in subzi, bhaji or sambar can get boring, and we don’t want that! So here are some healthy carrot recipes for babies and kids – and the whole family!
Important: Please remember that it’s recommended to avoid salt, sugar, honey and cow’s milk for babies under one. It is also advised to use natural substitutes for refined sugar, as well as to use whole grain and millet instead of refined flour.
Healthy Carrot Recipes for Babies Under One Year
1. Carrot Puree
What’s the first carrot dish your little one can have? Carrot puree, of course! The best part of this dish is that it’s naturally sweet, and babies will immediately take to it.
Once your baby is past Stage 1 where she has only single foods, it’s time to move to Stage 2 where you can combine foods. You can combine carrots and pineapples for a lovely, flavorful puree – choose a ripe pineapple for sweetness.
You know whats the good thing about carrots? It goes just as well with vegetables as it goes with fruit! Here carrots and palak come together in a great puree recipe for babies over 9 months.
Homemade applesauce is a staple every baby has, but Baby Foode has added carrots to it for a delicious new version. With spices and vanilla, this is something that’ll smell delicious! You may also like to try our beet applesauce recipe.
Quinoa is not something most parents feed their babies, but with this recipe from My Kids Lick the Bowl, you’ll change your mind! There’s just apple and carrot in it, and you can add some breast milk or formula as liquid.
After purees, porridge is probably the most popular baby food, and carrots are one of the easiest things to add to it! This porridge recipe is proof that simply adding some grated carrot to plain porridge perks it up in terms of flavor, color and of course nutrition!
Root vegetables go very well with each other, as carrots and beetroots do in this soup. Just looking at the color should give you an idea about the antioxidants in it!
Carrot dishes aren’t just boring purees and porridge – you can also use them in traditional dishes and also make them baby friendly. One example is this carrot poha kheer which can be easily adapted for adults.
When your little one is ready to eat rice (as rice, not as cereal), carrot is a great way to add some fiber and extra nutrients. It also makes plain khichdi more filling.
Khichdi isn’t just rice, it can also be made with oats, curd and of course, carrots! This dish is a good combination of protein, carbohydrates and essential minerals and Vitamins.
Once your baby has started eating non vegetarian food, start mixing it up with different kinds of grains and veggies. For instance, Tasty Baby Recipes has mixed chicken, rice and carrots with formula for a simple but filling meal.
12. ABC Muffins
In case you’re ready to start baby led weaning, My Kids Lick the Bowl has an easy and healthy recipe with ABC – apples, bananas and carrots. You can skip the baking powder if you like, the muffins will still turn out fine.
Lentils are often an underestimated food, and it is a great protein source for vegetarian babies. MJ and Hungry Man gives us a simple eggless recipe that uses lots of healthy ingredients. Feel free to skip the baking soda if you want.
Meatballs are a great food for babies – it encourages them to self feed, and it’s also a great way to combine different ingredients, like carrots, spinach and green onions in this recipe from Baby Foode. Skip the salt and pepper for babies.
15. Carrot Pasta
Most babies enjoy pasta, and Baby Foode uses this love to add some healthy carrots to the mix. Toddlers will also enjoy this baby recipe, and you can add whatever he or she likes into the sauce.
16. Carrot Stars
Now these are a healthy little snack for your little ones, especially when the rest of the family is gorging on samosas or pakoras! Healthy Little Foodies uses eggs, oats and carrots to make an easy and nutritious snack.
Healthy Carrot Recipes for Children Over One Year
17. ABC Juice
ABC juice or Apple Beetroot Carrot juice is one of the best immunity-boosting recipes for kids. At a time like this, when immunity is all important, this is a good recipe to try.
This is a refreshing drink that’s quite light and doesn’t ruin kids’ appetite. Check out the full recipe at Brown Sugar and Vanilla, which uses carrots along with apples, cucumber and lime.
Smoothies are an easy way to get some nutrients into your fussy eaters. Build your Bite gives us a smoothie recipe that includes fruits like orange and pineapple, along with carrots and spices like ginger and cinnamon.
You’ve heard of carrot cake and you’ve heard of smoothies – but a carrot cake smoothie? Ambitious Kitchen shows us that this is indeed possible, with a carrot cake smoothie.
Kids asking for fries to snack on in front of the TV? Hold the unhealthy fried version and try out these healthy ‘fries’ from Host the Toast that are actually baked, instead of fried!
We all know how unhealthy packet chips are, but we also know how addictive they can be. However, we’re pretty sure that with this carrot chips recipe from Healthy Recipe Blogs, you won’t be able to stop at just one!
One way to get your family to eat more vegetables is to offer it along with a yummy dip. If your family isn’t too fond of regular hummus or is bored, try out this roasted carrot hummus from Sum of Yum.
Have you tried the coleslaw from restaurants and hoped you could replicate the recipe? Well, Real House Moms has a recipe that comes close and what’s more, it’s healthy too!
I love snacks in the form of balls and bites, and even kids love these. The Natural Nurturer has a recipe that includes kid-friendly and healthy ingredients like peanut butter, honey, chocolate chips and of course, carrots!s
Here’s a healthier way to serve carrot cake – as energy balls from Happy Healthy Mama. This is an excellent recipe to get kids to eat dry fruit since this includes dates, walnuts, raisins and lots of spices.
These cheesy carrot tots from Buzzfeed are a healthy alternative to chicken nuggets, although they wouldn’t look very different, considering they have lots of cheese and breadcrumbs.
If you’d like kids to eat a new vegetable or are trying to sneak something in, this recipe from The OT Toolbox is perfect. You can replace zucchini with any vegetable you like.
We’re a fan of vegetable crackers, like our Sathumaavu crackers recipe. Super Healthy Kids has a similar one that uses cheddar and grated carrots.
We generally make fritters of all kinds for our families, however, not all of them are healthy recipes. Nourish Everyday shows us how you can make a healthy snack with just four ingredients!
These lentil cakes from Blissful Basil are a protein packed snack that’s excellent for growing children, elders, pregnant women, lactating Moms and even those who’re trying to watch their weight.
I can’t think of an easiest snack than this oen from Pastry and Beyond! And you can be sure that kids are going to love these as well.
The name of this recipe may sound like a boring old vegetable sandwich, but you should check out the recipe from Pinch Me I’m Eating to see how it’s different! Hint: it includes garlic butter!
Tarla Dalal gives us a simple and easy afternoon snack for kids, using paneer and carrots. This can also act as a good light dinner for weight watchers, perhaps with a soup or salad added on.
This recipe from Healthy Little Foodies is perfect for toddlers to learn self feeding. It’s also a more interesting way to serve oatmeal other than boring porridge.
Isn’t it amazing that there are so many ways to enjoy carrot cake without actually eating cake? Super Healthy Kids gives us a nutritious recipe for granola bars that includes nuts, raisins, seeds and coconut flakes.
Zucchini is not a common vegetable in Indian homes, but it’s quite a versatile ingredient. My Life Cookbook combines it with carrots to make these yummy savory waffles for breakfast.
Pancakes are a kiddie favorite for breakfast, and it’s a great opportunity to sneak in some fruit or veggies! Marisa Moore’s carrot pancakes are going to be quite delicious and the carrots blend in quite well.
How about some carrot cake for breakfast? My Kids Lick the Bowl makes it possible, with carrot cake oat cakes – that’s a lot of ‘cake’ for a healthy dish!
Baby Foode has an interesting wrap recipe that uses turkey and carrots, but you can just as well replace turkey with chicken or even paneer. Hummus makes an interesting spread for the roll.
Ragi porridge is easy to feed babies, but you may find older kids resisting it a little! Make life easier by using ragi in a dosa instead, along with some carrots for company!
If you want to make a dosa with something other than ragi, go with oats! Cookilicious gives us a dosa recipe that uses oats and rice along with carrots and urad dal for some protein.
I love how you can make so many things from the same batter! Chitra’s Food Book shows us that you can make not just idlis and dosas, but uttappams too from the same batter, with some veggies as bonus!
44. Carrot Paniyaram
Still got batter leftover after making idlis, dosas and uttappams? There’s still more – make paniyarams! Check out the recipe at Cook Click n Devour that has some spicy paniyarams that are made with carrot puree.
45. Carrot Chutney
If you’d rather have your idlis and dosas plain and white, you can still have carrots for breakfast in chutney! Yes, you can make carrot chutney, just check out the recipe at Hebbar’s Kitchen.
I enjoy making parathas – they are far more interesting to kids than plain chapathis, and they also provide me an opportunity to experiment with stuffings. Try out cheese and carrots for a yummy and filling recipe.
Easy Bites Online shows us all the steps to make a carrot coconut akki rotti. If you’ve never tried akki rotti, now’s the time to begin!
If you’ve got chapathis leftover, you can easily put together these egg and carrot chapathi rolls. Feel free to add some onions and other veggies too, to stuff up the roll.
49. Carrot Rice
Vegetable pulao is pretty commonplace, which is why you should give this carrot rice recipe from Indian Veggie Delight a try. The color alone will attract kids for sure!
If your little one isn’t too fond of spices, go ahead with this sweet carrot rice. It also makes a welcome change from regular savory pulaos for lunch or dinner.
51. Carrot Raitha
Raitha is a must have for rice dishes in my home, and I’m sure it’s the same in many homes across India. Try out this carrot raitha from Sharmis Passions as a nice change.
Who doesn’t love pasta? At least all kids will say they do! Last Ingredient has a recipe that smartly uses carrots along with cheese and pepper to create a yummy dish.
These chicken carrot cups from Inspiralized are an interesting recipe to try, and make a fun change for a stay at home picnic that you can set up with the kids.
Muffins are among the easiest things to bake – mix the dry ingredients, mix the wet and mix them together. Done! Try this technique with our carrot oat muffins.
Make weekend mornings special with a different kind of breakfast. Swap the idlis and parathas with these yummy carrot banana muffins from Cook Nourish Bliss.
Kids can detect subtle differences in flavor, which can be troublesome at times, but will be an advantage for when you make these spiced carrot walnut muffins.
Looking for a vegan recipe with carrots! Simple Veganista has your back, with this yummy carrot bread recipe. You can use whole wheat flour and organic coconut sugar.
Once you’ve tried banana carrot bread, take it a step further by adding some chocolate chips to it! Get the instructions to make this at The Natural Nurturer.
How on earth can donuts figure in a list of healthy recipes? Crumb Top Baking makes it possible with this recipe. Use Protein Delight powder for a natural protein punch.
No child will say ‘No’ to cookies – doesn’t matter if it’s made with vegetables! Baking Ginger turns out a genius recipe that uses carrots and spices for some unique cookies.
We occasionally run out of ingredients and if you don’t have eggs, don’t let it stop you from making carrot cake! What’s more, it’s made of whole wheat!
We love recipes that use fruits or dry fruits as sweeteners. One example is this loaf from Real Food Pledge that uses dried dates. You can also use dry dates powder.
63. Carrot Souffle
The name of this dish from Real Food with Danaa may sound very fancy and intimidating, but you’ll be surprised to see that it most certainly isn’t so!
Martha Stewart gives us a healthy summer refresher that looks as good as it tastes! With oranges, carrots and strawberries, these are sure to be yum!
You’ve made ice cream with fruit, but is it possible with vegetables? Yes, as this recipe from Natural Noshing proves! What’s more, it’s made with coconut milk and sweetened with dates!
Archana’s Kitchen also uses dates as a natural sweetener along with almonds to make a simple but delicious kheer. You can also add some dry fruits powder or mixed nuts powder for extra nuttiness.
I’ve seen payasam made with pretty much every ingredient available, and this one from Sujis Cooking is my new favorite. It’s made with oats, coconut milk and cane sugar, making it free from refined ingredients.
68. Gajar Halwa
How can you talk about carrot recipes and not talk about gajar halwa! This is an all time favorite in our home and it goes beautifully well with homemade vanilla ice cream.
Ann’s Little Corner has a lovely little recipe that is made with carrots and coconuts along with green gram. You can replace sugar with jaggery powder or coconut sugar.
70. Carrot Pola
This is a traditional recipe from Kerala, which Thasneen describes how to make. It’s the perfect lockdown dish, requiring very few ingredients.