Alisa Fleming ~ These eggplant fries make a fun and easy side dish or healthy snack. They are naturally vegan, paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, and pretty darn close to everyone-friendly! Thanks to So Delicious Dairy Free for sharing the recipe with us!
When grocery shopping to make eggplant fries, look for a 1 to 1-1/2 pound eggplant with a deep purple flesh that is shiny, smooth, and doesn’t have blemishes or brown spots. That’s an ideal world anyway – you can always cut away any bad spots, but a smooth skin that is relatively firm is a sign of a fresh and healthy eggplant.
Eggplant is a member of the “purple produce” family. That rich hue means it is an abundant source of antioxidants. In fact, the main type of antioxidants in eggplant has been found to be one of the most potent plant-based, free radical scavengers.
According to studies, benefits related to this include anti-cancer, antimicrobial, anti-LDL (bad cholesterol) and antiviral activities.
To keep the fat relatively low in these eggplant fries (eggplants love to suck up oil!), this recipe uses unsweetened coconut milk beverage or almond milk beverage for most of the moisture. Almond Plus will add a little extra dose of protein, vitamins, and minerals while Coconut Milk Beverage intensfies the coconut vibe with minimal added fat.
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