These Fries Will Change Your Life



Today I put out a plea on Twitter asking for Parsnip fry recipes! Ricki pointed me to her post  and as soon as I saw the pictures, I was salivating. You know when you just look at a picture and you know it will taste amazing? That’s how I felt about these fries. They did not let me down!


Nut Butter Crusted Parsnip Fries

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Adapted from Diet, Dessert, & Dogs.

Yield: 1-2 servings.


  • 3 medium parsnips, peeled and cut into thin fry-like strips
  • 3 tbsp nut butter (I used 2 tbsp chunky peanut butter + 1 tbsp almond butter)*
  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt, or to taste


Directions: Preheat oven to 400F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper for easy clean-up. Peel and cut parsnips into fry-like strips. In a medium size bowl, mix together the nut butters, olive oil, and salt. Take parsnips and toss in bowl with your hands until fully coated. Line up on baking pan and cook at 400F for 30-50 minutes until crisp. I cooked mine for 40 minutes, but probably could have left them in another 5 minutes to crisp up even more. They were wonderful!

Note: You can probably use any kind of nut butter you prefer!

After coating in a bowl:


Line ‘em up!


After cooking:


I honestly never imagined parsnip fries could taste this good.

Never in my LIFE would I have dreamed of using nut butter as a fry coating!


Parsnips resemble carrots, but are paler and have a stronger flavour. Apparently, the core can be quite bitter so sometimes people omit it when cooking, but I used the whole kit and caboodle and didn’t notice any bitter flavour, at least in these fries anyways.




You must run to the grocery store, pick up some parsnips, and make these fries.


What are some life-changing foods you have had?

Some of mine:



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1 Heather (Heather's Dish) April 16, 2010

um, i’m going to whole foods to get parsnips now. are you KIDDING me with those things?! holy heaven!

let’s see, life changing food…it’s all life-changing when you learn to really enjoy it and not be afraid of it, right? ;)


2 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 16, 2010

Yes I agree!

u will not believe these fries…..crazy. let me know what u think!


3 Michael February 9, 2014

I do a similar thing with Brussels when they’re in season. Nut butter, some creole seasoning, fresh garlic, and olive oil to line the pan. Two great minds!


4 Gena (Choosing Raw) April 16, 2010

I ADORE Ricki and everything she does! I cannot wait to try these!


5 Ricki April 16, 2010

Heee heeee! I am so glad you liked them! (And aren’t you totally sweet for mentioning the Ellen Show–thanks!!) :D

A life-changing food for me had to be avocado. I remember the first time I ate it, as a teenager–wow, was I impressed! And now I use it in so many things from smoothies to baking. Love it!


6 krissy April 16, 2010

YEAH! I have a bag of parsips sitting in my fridge and I have been contemplating how to use them up! Now I exactly what to do with them! YOU THE BEST!!! xoxo
love ya sista!


7 Ashley M. [at] (never home)maker April 16, 2010

These fries look so yummy, I might just have to run to the store to get parsnips after work!

We grill our own pizza. Learning to grill pizza has been COMPLETELY life-changing. Here’s how, if you’re curious. I’m going to be posting a recipe for a roasted-veggies/vegan version of this pie next week:


8 Mary April 16, 2010

Those look SO delicious!!! I may have to go out and get some and try this out!! :)


9 Nienke at Revel April 16, 2010

This is perfect! I’m leaving for the weekend and didn’t buy any groceries – all I have left is a big ol’ parsnip! I felt all sad about my dinner prospects until I read your post. Good timing – thanks Angela!


10 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) April 16, 2010

I got a salad the other day that had pasnips as a topping. They were in little chunks…kinda like home-fry ish. They were so fabby. I love the nut butter addition!


11 Kelly April 16, 2010

Thanks for the walk-through on the prep of these fries! I am super stoked to try these! As for a life-changing food…I’m with Ricki on that one. Avocados rock! Oh and coconuts! I’m crazy for coconuts!


12 Diana April 16, 2010

They look amazing! I’ve never tried parsnip but I am very curious!


13 Sheilah April 16, 2010

Wow! I can’t wait to try this. I have sweet potatoes on hand and sunflower seed butter… maybe we’ll improvise until we can find some parsnips that aren’t $3 a pound!

Life-changing food? Tofu. I love it in all its variations.


14 Tyrah April 16, 2010

Those sound and look amazing, can’t wait to try them, thanks for sharing! We just tried parsnips for the first time last year.
Just found your blog and really enjoying it =)


15 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 16, 2010

Thank you! Glad you enjoy it.


16 Tyrah April 26, 2010

ok, so we made the fries and they are SOOOOOOOOOOO good! Thanks a bunch, here’s my post on them =)


17 Tamara @ The Stretch Jean Incident. April 16, 2010

SO many life-changing foods, it’s hard to pick just a few!

-Spaghetti Squash
-Greek yogurt

And, although I rarely buy it because it’s too tempting to eat out of the jar every time I’m in the kitchen, Peanut Butter Co.’s White Chocolate Dream. Never knew peanut butter could taste so orgasmic.


18 Danielle (Coffee Run) April 16, 2010

These look awesome! I gotta say…I’ve tried parsnips a couple times and I wasn’t a fan. But I’m thinking that anything covered in nut butter and then roasted has GOT to taste decent :D


19 Krysta April 16, 2010

Oh my… goodness…! It would have never crossed my mind to do that to a parsnip! I am going to try this right away. AH! Even better, I think, will be the sweet potato version. :)


20 christina cadden April 16, 2010

mmmmm, looks amazing!


21 Heather @ Side of Sneakers April 16, 2010

A-MAZ-ING! Like I need another excuse to eat more nut butter :)


22 Kelsey April 16, 2010

this is earth shattering!! hehe


23 Diana @ frontyardfoodie April 16, 2010

I have parsnips growing in my garden right now! I’ve actually never eaten one so I thought it might be a good thing to give a whirl. These look so good! How could I resist making this recipe when I harvest!


24 jessica @ how sweet April 16, 2010

Those sound absolutely amazing!!!


25 EaterNotARunner April 16, 2010

Those look SO good!!


26 Kelly April 16, 2010

Wow, I just tried parsnips for the first time recently- I actually had to ask at the grocery store to know what they looked like haha.
This recipe sounds AMAZING!!!!
Life changing foods for me are oatmeal with pumpkin, egg whites and apple, almond butter/peanut butter, and dried mango…right now anyways, I always have knew life changing foods!


27 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 16, 2010

YES DRIED MANGO!!! Im obsessed.


28 Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday April 16, 2010
29 Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter April 16, 2010

Those parsnips look stellar! When I made parsnip fries I ommitted the core after tasting it raw, but as long as they taste the same when they’re cooked I’m all for using the entire veggie.

My life changing foods are:
flax seed
chia seeds
puffed egg whites
greek yogurt
sandwich thins

and finding ways to cook veggies :D


30 Lauren M. April 17, 2010

puffed egg whites? Please, do tell…


31 Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter April 17, 2010

It’s from the Fitnessista. Put two eggs worth of egg white in a pam-sprayed bowl and microwave for about 45 minutes or until it stops popping. I add hot sauce to mine and put it on top of a sandwich thin with laughing cow cheese.


32 Jane April 18, 2010

45 seconds I hope…hehe


33 Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) April 16, 2010

Oh my gosh, I need this in my life NOW. I love any kind of faux-fry. :D


34 nut April 16, 2010

I’ve never had parsnips before.
I feel like I need to write out all your recipes. Too much to remember!


35 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 16, 2010

They taste a lot like carrots!


36 Carrie (Love Healthy Living) April 16, 2010

Wow, these really do look life changing. I want to try them SOON!!! Yeah, whoever thought of coating in nut butters? Sounds delicious though.


37 Erin April 16, 2010

Brussels sprouts, greek yogurt, and spaghetti squash. All things I would have never picked up these items myself in the store, but after some prompting by friends and family I did. My life has been different ever since.


38 Stacey April 16, 2010

I tried parsnips before and didn’t like them. But this sounds yummy and might be a tastier way to try them.


39 Kaitlin April 16, 2010

And to think I was contemplating throwing away my bag of parsnips!! I tried baking them with olive oil and it just wasn’t doing it for me. Thank you for giving my forlorn bag of parsnips a purpose, I will definitely try this.

Life changing foods:

Definitely chia seeds and amazing grass <–basically food
hummus because I love non-meat proteins
dark chocolate


40 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 16, 2010

Glad I saved their lives…hehe


41 Julie April 16, 2010

I have to say, I’ve always been super jealous of your creativity when it comes to recipes. Those parsnips look delish.
I think my life changing food would be overnight oatmeal. I’ve had it for breakfast everyday (or almost) since I found out about it!


42 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 16, 2010

All the credit goes to Ricki :) She is a culinary genius!

Oops I forgot about overnight oats!


43 Ana April 16, 2010

Wow, these look sooooo good, another one here who must buy parsnips and try this recipe!! Do you think it would be ok if I used all almond butter Angela? Could you taste the pb? (like a more pronounced peanut flavor?) I just love almond butter more than ob!! :)
I like parsnips especially roasted, take a look at this recipe I have posted for Honey Roasted Root Vegetables, make it with Maple instead of honey and I am sure you are going to like these veggies!

One thing I discovered recently and can’t imagine not having at my fridge is almond butter, omg I love this stuff, I can eat from the jar, anytime, with anything, love it in my oats and with crackers, amazingly good!
Also I love Flaxseeds, but these I have been eating for years now, since I first tried I never spent a day without my flax (I am known for bringing it with me on trips and all – even when we went to Brazil to visit family – I wasn’t sure I would find it there!)
Oh, and yes, another recent one: chia seeds, I love them!! Amazing in oats and just plain chia pudding is totally delicious!


44 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 16, 2010

Looks delicious!


45 Sara April 16, 2010

Parsnips are delicious! In fact, I had them in my roasted vegetable mix tonight, along with carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, red peppers, and zucchini. Simple and tasty! The parsnips were my favorite, though; like spicy carrots!


46 Meghan@traveleatlove April 16, 2010

I love parsnips! You will soon discover all of the amazing things you can do with them, like a velvety, rich carrot and parsnip soup. Mmm love love love that slightly spicy kick they have!


47 Heather ( April 16, 2010

they look yummy, I ahve never had them before!


48 Jessica @ The Process of Healing April 16, 2010

Wow those fries sound AMAZING!!!! Of course, what isn’t covered in almond butter?
I recently discovered carrot fries… totally changed my life too. I used to hate carrots!
And sweet potato fries are pretty much one of my most favorite things EVER.


49 Allison @ Food For Healing April 16, 2010

those do look good! might be something to try, since i’ve never had parsnips before.

My life changing foods have been Chia Seeds definitely. I LURVE them.


50 livnletlrn April 16, 2010

Ditto what Krissy at 3:58 p.m. said. 3 parsnips and a sweet potato sitting in the kitchen, rainy Friday night after a very difficult week, and you posted this recipe on the perfect day for me to see it. You’re right; they’re fabulous! Thanks!


51 emily April 16, 2010

My life was changed by that vegan hot coccoa recipe you posted a while back, holy yum!


52 Gina G April 16, 2010

im sorry im a sporatic commenter, it is sometimes hard to comment because of school work(less then 2 months and i graduate from highschool) but i just had to tonight!
i cannot wait to try these, (i’ve never had parsnips eithr!)
thankyou so much!


53 Lisa April 16, 2010

Those look AMAZING!!! I’m obsessed with kale chips ala Kath.
Also, hempseeds.


54 Emily April 16, 2010

This post was fate!! I just started the Paleo diet and it has been smooth sailing except for missing french fries. I’ll sub extra almond butter (or maybe walnut butter… hmmmm….) for the peanut butter and then it’s 100% paleo! Can’t wait to try.


55 Jenny April 16, 2010

You are a genius! What a great recipe!!!


56 Paige (RAN) April 16, 2010

Those look gorgeously delicious!


57 Midgetkeeper April 16, 2010

Oh yum, luckily I have some on hand!


58 lisa April 16, 2010

I recently discovered your page…and that has been life changing! Love the green monster smoothies.

Life changing #1 –My granola recipe:

3C oats
1/2c slivered almonds
1/4 coconut
1/4 pumpkin seeds
1/2 c sunflower seeds
1/2 c chopped pecans
1/2 t cinnamon
1/2 t salt
3 T butter
1/3 c honey
1/2 t vanilla
1/2 c chopped dates
1/2 dried fruit

Mix together everything from oats to salt. Melt butter with honey…add vanilla. pour over oat mixture and mix together. spread on cookie sheet. bake 325 for 20 min. turning ever 5 minutes.

Great with vanilla soy, vanilla yogurt, pbutter and apples, or by the handful!!

Life changing #2 “Cheesecake”

Use an immersion blender to blend together low fat cottage cheese and low fat yogurt. (this gets rid of the lumps!)

That’s it!!! Use it for parfaits, dips, add fruit….tastes just like cheesecake!



59 Debbi April 16, 2010

Wow! I’m with you about not knowing a thing about parsnips. I so want to try these though! Thanks for sharing what looks to be an awesome recipe!


60 Grace aka Triathlonbabe April 16, 2010

Yum, I just saw parsnips at Super Target tonight, I always thought they were a turnip of some kind. Learn something new every day.

Hmmmmm….life changing food for me would be:
Menage e’Trois California Red Wine….LOL
Green Monsters of all kinds
Ezekial breads
Amazing Grass


61 Noelle April 17, 2010

These sounds really deliicous! I do not eat them often but this should be a nice excuse!


62 RJ April 17, 2010

Well that is part of my dinner solved! I get a veggie box every fortnight and there has been lots of parsnips recently. Usually they end up in soup cos I don’t LOVE them but I think that is about to change! Under 4 weeks until I come to Canada on holiday! Cannot wait to hit Lululemon….


63 Leah @ Simply Fabulous April 17, 2010

I love parsnips! They are also great roasted with a bit of EVOO and some rosemary and thyme! Or roasted with a bit of honey drizzled on top (that was how I had them the first time… prior to that a few years ago I was a parsnip virgin!).


64 Shawna @ Balancing Me April 17, 2010

YUM!!! Those look so delicious! I’m going to be picking up some Parsnips this weekend. Maybe I can trick the family into eating them :)


65 Meghan (Making Love In The Kitchen April 17, 2010

Must be careful with the parsnips! The almond butter helps in lowering the total GI load but on their own, parsnips rate a 97 on the glycemic index. And you know what high GI foods do to the old metabolism!


66 Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble) April 17, 2010

I love parsnips- and if you say these are that good, I HAVE to try them!

Some of my life changing foods?
Nut butters!
Sweet potatoes
Greek Yogurt
Goat cheese
Flax, hemp, chia
fresh juice

All thanks to the lovely food blogging world :)



67 Sophie @ yumventures April 17, 2010

I’ve never had fries with nut butter…they sounds like they are worth a try! My mom makes parsnip fries but coats them in a little parm cheese…soooo good!


68 Jil April 17, 2010 these look and sound absolutely phenomenal!! i might try it with sweet potatoes… hmmm.


69 Sebrina April 17, 2010

I went out last night and bought parsnips to make these and they are in my oven as I type.. I am impatiently waiting for them.

Green smoothies have changed my life, and my kids lives!!
Artisana Coconut Butter
EV coconut oil
Mysterium Tremendum Cookies
Chipotle sauce (take one can of chipotles in adobo sauce and puree until smooth. I use this in black bean dip, hummus, vegetarian chilis.. so yum!!


70 Michele | aka Raw Juice Girl April 18, 2010


Angela, these look fantabulous–I’m sure they were SO delish!!! Thanks for sharing!!!


71 Brittany April 18, 2010

Oh my goodness, I love parsnips and these fries look freakin awesome. I need to make them asap!


72 Jennifer April 18, 2010

O.M.G. These are seriously SOOOOOOOOOOO good! Made them last night and my husband still can’t stop talking about them and how they are absolutely restaurant material! They are definitely one of the best things to come out of our kitchen in a LONG time… husband just corrected me and said that they are one of the best things to come out of our kitchen EVER!!!! Thanks for sharing! I wish I would have bought more parsnips!!! Oh, and they are awesome with sweet potatoes too, I mixed them for a half and half combo—-DIVINE!!!


73 Laura April 18, 2010

trying them tonight! so excited :) thanks!


74 Jolene April 18, 2010

I am making them this week!!! I’m sold.


75 Naomi(onefitfoodie) April 20, 2010



76 Sarah April 20, 2010

I tried these tonight and they were good! I think I needed to either cook them longer or maybe not as long. Oh well I will just have to make them again until they are perfect! :) Thanks for the recipe. As far as life changing food, the Green Monster has totally changed my mornings. I am addicted!


77 Krysta (grains of my life) April 28, 2010

I made these with sweet potato fries and Maranatha Almond Butter. So good! I used Greek Yogurt for dipping and it was a perfect match. :)


78 kristina May 9, 2010

I love parsnips! Gotta try these!!


79 Nicole May 17, 2010

Thank you so much for this recipe!! I just gobbled them down and ummmmm ummmmm yum! I love adding new unique recipes to my bag of trick and this one is definitely going in the bag!


80 Lauren May 18, 2010

Hey Angela,
Love these fries more than life itself! Do you happen to know the nutritional stats on them?


81 Emily May 21, 2010

Angela – I tried the fries with sweet potatoes the other night, and they got a little burnt…Do you flip yours halfway through cooking?!?!?!


82 Krystina May 22, 2010

Hi Angela!
I just wanted to let you know that I made these fries tonight and they were AMAZING. Everything I thought they would be and more. Thank you. :)


83 Nichole @ Flirting with Food, Fitness & Fashion July 14, 2010

Do you think these would be good if I didn’t peel the parsnips?


84 Kate @ Ordinary Girl, Extraordinary Journey August 30, 2010

These sound so so good! I’ve not tried parsnips before but this sounds like a good way to try them!!


85 Lauren @NoFauxFood August 30, 2010

I made these a few months ago, and yes life changing.
try them with carrots, seriously glorious!
We eat them 3-4 times a week now :)


86 Nichole (Flirting with Food Fitness & Fashion) September 6, 2010

I made the fries and I didn’t peel them and they were so delicious!!!! I could not stop eating them and I made a bunch. I had to share so I didn’t devour the whole pan myself!!

Here is my post:


87 matt gordon October 28, 2010

good grief i am hungry. this is the 3rd time in a week i have seen parsnip fries. time to try them. i found you on tastespotting, and now you blog will be found in my google reader subscription.


88 Carolyn Jung October 28, 2010

I totally love parsnips, so I am definitely trying them as fries like this. Nut butter is the secret, huh? Genius idea!


89 Quay Po Cooks October 28, 2010

I don’t think I can find parsnips here. Can I use turnip instead?


90 Rose Ragan October 28, 2010

Hi Angela, I love your wonderful picture in your header. How did you get that wonderful background? The parsnips look absolutely wonderful. I have a garden full of turnips I’m going to try this recipe on. Do you think this will be okay for turnips?

My Mom, the Cancer Warrior, planted all the turnips because she’s aways planted turnips but she doesn’t have any good recipes for turnips that my teenagers like. I’ve roasted them with other root vegetables and that is great but I’m always open for more.


91 Natalie April 26, 2012

Thank you for this! Will definitely try with my finicky eaters
Love parsnips, I don’t have a big sweet toth and usually replace half of the carrots called for in a recipe with parsnips – taste is so much more complex and better!
Have you tried turnip fries? I made the rosemary-garlic ones and they turned out delicious. The ones leftover got a bit soggy though… Wondering whether next time I should dehydrate them a bit first…
And I don’t really have any life-changing foods.
But I have my absolute favorites:
Basil (along with balsamic, it was my first “adult taste acquisition” discovery)
Fresh sourdough
Chickpeas and tahini-less hummus
Red lentils
And so on – love discovering new foods ;)


92 Hailey October 22, 2012

Ok, just made these Parsnip Fries and YUMTASTIC!

I used unsweetened roastered almond butter and rock salt, added a dash of sweet paprika.


93 Mandy November 10, 2012

Roasted Parsnips are one of my favourite veg. Curried parsnip soup is delicious too. Looking forward to trying out these nut butter ones. People cut out the centres of larger parsnips because they can be woody rather than bitter. My family always told me that parsnips taste better once there has been a frost! I’ve never done a taste comparison test so I couldn’t be sure about this. Love your blog.


94 Lynn January 31, 2013

Hello Angela,
I just have to share my parsnip story with you…..It was back in my high school days. I was taking a Foods class that started at 9:00 A.M.and always looked forward to what yummy thing we may be cooking up.This particular morning it was veggies and the veggie was parsnips.I know,I know you’re saying come on it can’t be that bad!!!! The parsnips we were making were fried and I don’t know exactly how we made them as it was many years ago, but I can tell you fried parsnips at 9 in the morning is a no, no. In all honesty I can say I haven’t eaten a parsnip since and that was 30 some years ago!!!! I saw your recipe for oven fried parsnips and I thought okay time to give them another try. Well we (my husband and I) are hooked. I served them with oven baked tofu and instead of ketchup I made a batch of your peanut sauce and OMG we were oooohing and aaaaghing!!!!! So thank you for sharing your great ideas and keep up the good work. You are truly inspiring:)


95 Angela (Oh She Glows) February 1, 2013

hah oh my gosh I don’t think I could stomach parsnips at 9am either! So glad you gave them another shot though and enjoyed this recipe. :)


96 Kat March 8, 2013

I found Shirataki Noodles, spaghetti squash, and mashed cauliflower very transformative. Also, for drinks… just a little lemon/cucumber/fruit infused water. :)


97 Mandy March 24, 2013

I was super excited about these. I’ve made regular parsnip fries before that were great! However, these burned after 35 mins and tasted horrible. Not sure what happened?


98 Angela (Oh She Glows) March 25, 2013

Sorry to hear that Mandy, I would cook them for less time if you try them again. They do not taste good if burned.


99 Linnie April 23, 2013

Fantastic blog! Do you have any hints for aspiring writers?

I’m planning to start my own blog soon but I’m a little lost on everything.

Would you suggest starting with a free platform like Wordpress or go for a paid
option? There are so many options out there that I’m completely confused .. Any ideas? Bless you!


100 Sara May 22, 2013

Tried them and the whole family love them! I tried parsnip fries before and they were good, but not memorable. This time I used a mix of peanut butter and pure roasted almonds butter as both pots were almost finished and I added some rosemary and Indian spices to the mix (can’t live without Indian spices). I brought the leftover to work and heate them in the microwave, still delicious!


101 saf November 23, 2013

I am late to the parsnip party – but made them tonight — delicious! Dipped in sriracha for a spicy kick. Thank you for posting this! Wondering if anyone has tried the method on other veggies? Seems like cauliflower might be good….will give it a try


102 laney December 3, 2013

i LOVE this!! can’t wait to blow my girlfriend’s minds with this…..


103 Laura January 9, 2014

would this work with a different kind of vegetable…Rutabaga?


104 Fiona March 7, 2014

Unfortunately, these were not liked by my husband and I at all. I used all peanut butter so perhaps that was the problem.


105 Vyvien April 19, 2014

I had 4 parsnips left in the veggie keeper wondering what to do with them, so thought covering them in nut butter was a great idea. I used a mixture of crunchy peanut butter and tahini. the only thing was they didn’t crisp up as much as I would have liked, wondered how they would go at a slightly higher heat for a bit less time?; however hubby who is a dedicated carnivore gave them the thumbs up so am going to definitely make them again.


106 Linrow January 7, 2016

Love this site for veg ideas! I can’t buy parsnips here in Spain, so have you any recipes for yucca root, which is sold in local stores?


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