Coffee Glazed Roasted Carrots

Coffee Glazed Roasted Carrots |
  • Coffee Glazed Roasted Carrots
Posted on March 30, 2015

Disclosure: Thank you Lavazza for sponsoring this post! As always, all opinions are 100% my own. It’s opportunities like these which allow me to continue to develop and share unique content with you. So thank YOU for supporting brands and companies that I love and for helping me keep my little kitchen afloat. I appreciate you!

Hi Friends! I am overflowing with energy this morning. Because not only am I sufficiently caffeinated, but I also have some exciting news to share with you.

I’m a Lavazza Passionista!!!

Sorry for yelling at you on a Monday morning. I warned you that I was excited.

So what does that mean? Well, it means that I’m going to be working as part of the Lavazza Team to bring you some coffee-inspired recipes over the next several months. Get ready to go on a fun and delicious caffeinated journey!

I was absolutely thrilled when Lavazza asked me to become part of their Lavazza Passionista Team. As the #1 selling coffee in Italy and a recognized global leader in Italian espresso, Lavazza is dedicated to bringing people around the world an authentic Italian coffee experience. And as a family company, Lavazza has been owned and operated by four generations of the Lavazza clan since it’s conception almost 120 years ago. That’s pretty cool. And something I can really get behind.

And of course, you all know that not only do I love drinking coffee (and I must admit to being a bit of a coffee snob), but I also love incorporating it into both sweet and savory dishes.

To kick things off, I wanted to do something a little bit unexpected. So I paired coffee with carrots. I bet you didn’t see that one coming!

OK, you totally saw that coming because it’s the title of this post. I know. Sorry.


Anyways. This easy, three ingredient coffee glaze brings a real depth of flavor to some otherwise typical, boring oven roasted carrots. In fact, these Coffee Glazed Roasted Carrots are special. And absolutely perfect for, and totally worthy of, your next Holiday meal (hint: Easter!).

Lavazza has four specialty drip coffee blends – Classico, Gran Aroma, Gran Selezione and Perfetto. I used Perfetto in this recipe, which is the boldest of their blends. But any one that you choose would be great.

Make sure to check out for all your Lavazza needs!



Coffee Glazed Roasted Carrots

Serves 4-6

Coffee Glazed Roasted Carrots


  • 1.5 lbs carrots
  • 2-3 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1/4 cup brewed Lavazza coffee
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup


  1. Pre-heat your oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Trim the greens off the carrots, leaving about 1-inch at the top if desired. Peel and wash the carrots. If the carrots are large, you can cut them in half lengthwise.
  3. On a large rimmed baking sheet, toss the carrots with the thyme, olive oil, salt and pepper. Transfer to your pre-heated oven and roast for 10 minutes.
  4. While the carrots are roasting, prepare the glaze. In a small saucepan, bring the coffee, balsamic vinegar and maple syrup to a boil. Cook until the glaze is reduced to approximately half, about 5 minutes.
  5. Remove the carrots from the oven and pour the glaze over the carrots, tossing to coat. Then return the carrots to your oven for an addition 10-12 minutes, stirring once halfway through the cooking time. The carrots are done when they are tender, but not yet completely soft.
  6. Remove from the oven and serve while still warm.
  7. Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 1-2 days.


1. You could use agave (still vegan!) or honey (not vegan!) in place of the maple syrup.


  • I think this is the most creative carrot flavor that I’ve seen! Sounds amazing, Liz! Love your pictures, too!


    • Awwww, thanks Gayle! Hugs!

  • I must try this! You can never go wrong adding coffee, in my opinion 🙂


    • So true. Coffee makes everything better!

  • Well, this is just genius if you ask me! I adore carrots and love the addition of coffee!!


    • Thanks, Lauren! I hope you try it out. You’ll love it. XO

  • Whoa! I never would have thought about pairing these two together, but now it sounds like a perfect combo! Allll the cofffeeee please!


    • Oh yes. More coffee = more better!

  • I love roasted carrots but I wouldn’t have ever thought to add coffee. Yum!


    • Let me know if you try them out, Bri! XO

  • Coffee and carrots?! That sounds like a genius idea to me. I could eat the entire batch!


    • Thanks, Ashley. I definitely ate the entire batch. 🙂

  • Woah, that’s the kind of healthy caffeine kick I need on this Monday morning!


    • Oh yeah. Then I need a double dose!

  • Woohoo!!! What a fun project–and I can’t wait to see all the coffee-inspired goodies you bring us in the coming months! I am a big fan of roasted carrots and these look like perfection 🙂


    • Thanks, Amy! I’m really excited too!

  • This sounds like so much fun! I love coffee in food and these carrots are super unique 🙂


    • Thanks, Medha! Let me know if you try them out!

  • This is a really neat idea! The natural sweetness from the balsamic & carrots playing off of the bitter notes from the coffee… I can’t wait to try it!


    • Thanks, Jessie! Would love to hear feedback once you try them out!

  • ohmygerd I cannot wait to see all the coffee eats and sips you whip up!! I’m a coffee fanatic and don’t use it nearly enough in my cooking, so I’m sure your posts will be inspiration to infuse my recipes with coffee. Loving the idea of coffee-glazed roots!


    • I surely hope I can inspire you friend! XOXOXO!

  • I’m a huge espresso fan, so I can only imagine that it would make roasted carrots taste even better! Pinned


    • Thanks for pinning, Marcie!

  • LOVE these, Liz. What an awesome flavor combination!


    • Thanks, Matt! I hope you get the chance to try them out!

  • I’m a huge coffee person, except I cannot handle caffeine, like at all. It’s so annoying, because I love the actual taste of coffee and the ritual of having a coffee when I get up in the morning. That being said, I drown myself in decaf and coffee flavored foods to get my fix. I absolutely LOVE these glazed carrots, such a fresh, unique side!


    • Oh no caffeine. That would be tough for me! Thank goodness for decaf and coffee-flavored treats!

  • Oh man, these carrots look incredible. The coffee addition is so clever. Yum!


    • Thanks, Marissa!

  • I’m actually not much of a coffee fan but for some reason I’m dying to try roasted carrots with it! The flavors just sound so unique, I can’t help but be intrigued. And I know my husband (aka the biggest coffee fiend of all) would love them. Pinning to try soon!


    • Yeah. Let me know how you like them (and how the husband likes them!). Thanks, Sarah!

  • I need to try these asap! They look so yummy! And I am obsessed with coffee so this recipe is a win win for me. 😉


    • Thanks, Cyndi. I hope you enjoy them!

  • Brillant, Liz! Coffee and Carrots? Who knew! This sounds delicious and a perfect way to enjoy the flavor of coffee and get my veggies in. Balsamic vinaigrette is a favorite flavor too.. I can just imagine the three of these together, the depth of flavor and richness. Congratulations on your partnership with Lavazza! I will be checking them out! I can’t wait to see what you have up for us next!!


    • Thanks so much, Traci! I know you’ll love these!

  • Oh yea…coffee and carrots! You know I LOVE them! Love that this is made with brewed coffee!


    • Yup, this has your name written all over it! XO

  • Congrats Liz on joining the Lavazza team! These carrots look delish! I needed one more side for my Easter dinner and looks like I just found it! Thanks!


    • Thanks, Mary Ann! This will be perfect for your Easter dinner! XO

  • This is such a great way to do carrots! I must try!


    • Thanks, Tori. I think you’ll love ’em!

  • As a coffee fanatic, I applaud you for your creativity in this dish. Who’d have thought that carrots and coffee would jive? These look really amazing. Maybe as a side to a honey chicken dish!


    • Oh yeah, that sounds like a great idea! YUM! Thanks, Erin!

  • These carrots are delicious! Love the sound of the glaze!


    • Thanks, Jess!

  • I’m totally trying this! I have never considered mixing coffee and carrots, but now that I’ve seen this I have to do it. I guess I’m always to busy adding booze!


    • Ha ha. Yeah, booze and coffee in EVERYTHING!

  • Love the idea of coffee on carrots!! This sounds awesome 🙂


    • Thanks, Trish! Let me know if you try it out!

  • What a lovely recipe!! Gotta love coffee!! How fun to add it to carrots!! 🙂


    • Thanks, Cailee! Coffee makes almost everything better!

  • Congrats Liz! How exciting! I am loving this coffee glazed carrots. I love whole roasted carrots. So pretty and delicious : )


    • Thanks, Natalie. You’ll definitely love these!

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  • Those carrots look so tasty!! Happy Easter 🙂


    • Thanks, Christina! I hope you had a great weekend!

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