Asparagus fries coated in seasonings and protein packed almond meal, then baked to perfection. A perfect side or stand alone snack!
The last couple of weeks I have been getting some awesome local asparagus at the natural market I shop at. We have been using it roasted in pasta, chopped in quinoa salads and in veggie wraps. While trying to figure out other ways to enjoy this fresh veggie, I was hit by inspiration while at happy hour with some girlfriends a few weeks back.
We went to an adorable little cafe in downtown San Diego and on the menu was a trio of veggie “fries,” avocado, portabella and eggplant. They were all delicious! So home I went to try the concept with my asparagus! To avoid the actual “frying” process, I decided to bake and use almond meal as my coating.
These Asparagus Fries Were A Big Hit!
I added some spices and seasonings and they turned out fabulous! The key to crispiness was to use the really skinny asparagus spears and coat them well with the almond meal mix. The boys loved dipping them in ketchup! I served them along side my BBQ Tempeh Sandwich and they complimented it great!
Why These Asparagus Fries Are So Great;
- No egg – these fries are completely vegan
- They’re healthy – perfect for kids and a great alternative to regular fries
- They’re fun! – These fries are fun and easy to make, serve with a dipping sauce and a vegan burger
- Easy to adapt – choose your favorite herbs and spices to change up the seasoning
- 1 bunch asparagus , stalks trimmed and cut in half if you want shorter fries
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- a drizzle of your favorite cooking oil , optional
- 10 tablespoons almond flour
- 1/4 cup breadcrumbs , gluten free if needed
- 2 tablespoons cornmeal
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
Preheat oven to 400°F/ 200°C
Put asparagus in a flat pan (you can use a bowl but they may not lay flat) and mix with maple syrup and oil if using. Mix to fully coat.
Place almond flour, breadcrumbs, cornmeal and seasonings in another bowl or pan and mix to combine.
One by one, put asparagus in the dry ingredient mix and toss to coat well.
Place them on a baking sheet covered with parchment and bake for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Serve with your favorite dip.
- You can also toss everything together in the same pan but they may not get coated as well.
- When baking watch for burning as they can go from browning to burned fast. You want them crispy so start checking around 25 minutes as ovens vary.