It’s hard to believe these crispy zucchini fries are baked. Coated in a flavorful almond flour mixture, then baked to perfection, these paleo zucchini fries will be a hit as an appetizer, side dish, or a snack. They're a great way to squeeze in some extra veggies into your day.
Ingredients you’ll need:
- Almond flour
- Garlic Powder
What is zucchini?
Zucchini belongs in the squash family along with melons and cucumbers. It is botanically classified as a fruit but most people treat them and think of them as a vegetable.
Zucchini is a good source of many vitamins and minerals [*]:
- Vitamins A, C, K, B6
One cup of cooked zucchini provides 40% of the Reference Daily Intake (RDI) of Vitamin A, which is known for supporting immune health and vision health.
Health benefits of zucchini:
- Supports immune health: Vitamin A and C in zucchini can strengthen your immune system and protect your body from disease and infection.
- Enhances eye and skin health: Zucchini contains carotenoids — such as lutein, zeaxanthin, and beta-carotene, which are linked to eye, skin, and heart health [*]. Research shows diets rich in lutein and zeaxanthin may lower your risk of eye diseases, such as macular degeneration and cataracts [*][*].
- May reduce risk of cancer: The antioxidants in zucchini may also have anti-cancer properties [*]. Studies show the skin of zucchini is where the highest level of antioxidants are [*].
- Helps with blood sugar levels: Zucchini is low in carbs and high in fiber, both of which can have positive impacts on blood sugar levels. It’s a popular low-carb substitute for pasta because it can be spiralized and sauteed to replace noodles. Low-carb diets are linked to lower blood sugar and insulin levels, which is helpful for those with type 2 diabetes [*].
- Supports heart health: Zucchini’s potassium and fiber content may be helpful in reducing high blood pressure and lowering cholesterol [*]. Both of these can reduce the risk of heart disease [*].
- Promotes gut health: Eating zucchini can enhance digestive health. Benefits include helping with regularity and reducing constipation [*] as well as reducing the risk of various gut disorders such as Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and irritable bowel syndrome [*].
Paleo Zucchini Fries
- Yield: 6 servings
- Serving size: 4 fries
- Prep time: 10 minutes
- Cook time: 10 minutes
- Two medium zucchini squash
- 2 eggs
- ¼ cup parsley, chopped
- 1 cup almond flour
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon paprika
- ¼ cup garlic, minced
- Salt to taste
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. While the oven preheats, cut each zucchini into 12 short strips.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs and parsley.
- In another bowl, combine the almond flour, garlic powder, paprika, minced garlic, and salt.
- Dip the zucchini in the egg mixture and then coat it with the dry seasoning mix. Make sure each piece is covered completely.
- Bake for about 10 minutes or until the fries are golden brown. Top with freshly chopped parsley and garlic.
Nutritional Information Per Serving:
- Fat: 11g
- Protein: 6.8g
- Total Carbohydrates: 6.7g
- Fiber: 3g
- Sugar Alcohol: 0g
- Net Carbohydrates: 3.7g
- Fat: 65%
- Protein: 18%
- Carbohydrates: 17%