What are Carrot Chips?

Diane Goettel
Diane Goettel

Carrot chips are a variation on potato chips. The concept is the same: the root vegetable is washed, sliced, and fried or baked until the slices are crisp. They can be salted or seasoned much like a potato chip can, and in fact, they look much like deep orange potato chips.

Carrots are used to make carrot chips.
Carrots are used to make carrot chips.

Unlike potato chips, however, carrot chips are rich in vitamin A, an essential part of a healthy diet. Like potato chips, they can contain a large amount of fat if they are fried. There are many health-food companies that offer baked chips that contain all of the great vitamins, but a nominal amount of fat.

Carrot chips may be a healthy way to snack, aiding in maintaining or losing weight.
Carrot chips may be a healthy way to snack, aiding in maintaining or losing weight.

With health consciousness on the rise, people are always looking for better ways to eat. Snacking, it has been found, is a big reason why people gain weight; weight gain, of course, can lead to all kinds of circulatory and skeletal problems and can result in obesity and diabetes. Furthermore, many snack foods such as potato chips are full of fat and calories, but offer little nutrition. Therefore, choosing healthier snack foods like those made with carrots can be very important to one’s health.

People who are interested in making their own baked carrot chips can follow this recipe:

  1. Spray a baking sheet with a light coat of oil.
  2. Slice the desired number of carrots into rounds that are 1/4 inch (0.64 cm) thick.
  3. Place the slices on the baking sheet without overlapping them.
  4. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  5. Place the baking sheet in an oven, preheated in 350°F (177°C).
  6. Bake the chips for approximately five minutes, or until the edges turn brown.
  7. Turn the chips and back for another 5-10 minutes.

Carrot chips may, in fact, become a very important food in some developing countries. University of Nebraska Scientists Ahmad Sulaeman and Judy Driskell have been working with carrot chip recipes because they believe that the chips might help to combat vitamin deficiencies in children who are growing up in impoverished circumstances. These scientists are working with deep fried carrot chips. People in developing countries often have a hard time getting enough calories as well as vitamins, so the fat content in deep fried chips is not a concern. In fact, the extra calories can be quite important to their diet.

Those who consume large amounts of salty, fatty snacks have an increased risk of diabetes and obesity.
Those who consume large amounts of salty, fatty snacks have an increased risk of diabetes and obesity.
Diane Goettel
Diane Goettel

In addition to her work as a freelance writer for wiseGEEK, Diane is the executive editor of Black Lawrence Press, an independent publishing company based in upstate New York. She has also edited several anthologies, the e-newsletter Sapling, and The Adirondack Review. Diane has a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and an M.A. from Brooklyn College.

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I manufactured carrot chips in the early 80's using carrots and oil fried in potato style fryers. They were good and crisp like a potato chip. Consistency of product depended on the carrot, which was hard to find in the amount we required, which led to the company's demise.


don't use blower to blow heat, instead use a hot air oven (dry heat) this might help saving your chips from becoming curvy.


ey... i need help i have this drier that has a heater and a blower. the blower blows the heat to the chamber where i dry my product carrot chip... and my problem is that my carrot didn't become chips instead

they just dehydrated and the core of the carrot is still wet or moist even i dried it at 7hours with 50 degree Celsius and the carrots became smaller and curvy in form is there a solution about this to retain the carrot shape while drying and how to remove moist inner carrot core... my process was i sliced the carrot in a very thin slice and then i soaked it in a boiling water then i dried it in my drier.

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