Balsamic Roasted Carrots: Must Have Diabetic-Friendly Recipes For Your Holiday Meal

Cooking for someone with diabetes doesn't have to be a challenge this holiday season.  In fact, this balsamic roasted carrot recipe is so good, non-diabetic family members will love them, too.These tangy balsamic and maple glaze carrots are sure to be a hit with your family this holiday season.


  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 pound carrots, preferably multicolored, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons chopped toasted hazelnuts (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Whisk vinegar, maple syrup and 1 tablespoon oil in a small bowl; set aside.
  2. Combine carrots, salt and the remaining 1 tablespoon oil in a large bowl; toss to coat. Spread in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet.
  3. Roast the carrots until starting to brown and almost tender but not completely cooked through, 16 to 18 minutes. Drizzle the balsamic mixture over the carrots, and, using a spatula, toss to coat completely. Continue roasting until the carrots are tender and glazed, about 5 minutes more. Sprinkle with toasted hazelnuts, if desired. Serve immediately.

Yum! Need an idea for your dessert? Check out this mini-pumpkin tart recipe from our blog post last week.

Diabetes Management

There are many options to help people with diabetes manage their diets outside of the holidays. The Diabetes Education Classes at Firelands Center for Coordinated Care include a one-on-one with a nurse, a one-on-one with a dietitian and then four group classes. The group classes cover topics including; nutrition, different medications, testing blood sugar and disease prevention for diabetic patients.

Find more recipes like this at the Eating Well website.