Healthy French Fries (Vegan)

My daughters just love french fries.  What little kid doesn’t like french fries, right?  Time to make her some healthy french fries.

We hadn’t had french fries in quite some since we switched to a whole food diet.  One day, we got a bag of russet potatoes in our co-op basket, so we decided to make a healthy french fry recipe for her.

I think these french fries came out pretty good.  There was no talking when the french fries were being eaten, and there were no leftovers as they were being inhaled.  In our world, that spells success.


healthy french fries

Most store bought frozen french fries are laden with saturated fat and too much sodium, but not these.  These are fries you can feel good about giving to your kids.

This recipe would also work well with sweet potatoes.

Healthy French Fries

Healthy French Fries

Prep Time 10 min Cook Time 1 hr Serves 5 servings     adjust servings


  • 5-6 russet potatoes julienned
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp garlic
  • 2 T coconut oil


  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. Pan fry the potatoes in the oil for about 5 minutes on medium-high heat.
  3. Transfer them onto a greased or lined baking sheet and bake for about an hour. Shake the pan every 15 minutes or so to get them to cook evenly.


Recipe Notes

Feel free to add extra salt and garlic at the end to suit your taste. We went a little easy on them since we fed them to our daughter. These would go great with my Black Bean Veggie Burgers or my Sweet Potato Veggie Burgers.

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33 thoughts to “Healthy French Fries (Vegan)”

  1. I do something very similar. I brush olive oil in the bottom of the pan, slice a couple of potatos into "rounds" and spread in the pan. Brush tops with olive oil. Sprinkle with sea salt and garlic, and, because my son likes spicy, sometimes red pepper. Bake for about 30 minutes, turning half way through. My 11 year old likes these better than regular french fries!
  2. I made these tonight using a mandoline slicer on the thick julienne insert, they turned out like shoe string fries that stuck together in the oven. The taste was still good. I was wondering what tool you used to get the thick fries in the picture? Thank you!
    1. We didn't use the mandoline slicer for them. We used a chopper that has a julienne attachment. It's similar to this.
    2. Dawn- when we make fries at home, I just use a basic large knife. Potatoes are generally pretty easy to get in to fry-shape without having to buy extras (unless you want to of course!)
    3. a knife is good! ;) I often do those potato wedges with any kind of spices or herbs that I feel like at a given moment: curry, basil, paprika, turmeric... yum yum! we stopped buying french fries altogether... ;)
  3. Made these tonight using sweet potatoes and yams! Delish! I have always just baked my fries but frying them definitely made them crispier. I used the mandolin slicer for some of the pieces but then cut the rest into bigger pieces then the mandolin made. The mandolin pieces were done after about 10 minutes of frying them in the pan (I used avocado oil). When I am in need of a quick side dish for dinner I am going to use the mandolin and just fry the potatoes in oil for 10-15 minutes (skip the oven part) Done! Thanks for the recipe! Love your blog and story, I hope to be doing something similar myself one day :) xo
    1. Thank you! I am so happy they worked out for you! I told my husband we need to make some using sweet potatoes next. :)
  4. These sound wonderful. We use a potato slicer so they are evenly cut and then soak them in water to remove the starch. We then bake them on parchment paper to prevent sticking. They are tossed in oil (of your choice), salt and pepper. They come out crispy and delicious!
  5. Any particular reason you used grapeseed oil over refined coconut oil? Better under heat? I use virgin and refined coconut depending on the recipe and who will be eating it.
  6. Love this. So easy to make. The only problem is that my daughter wouldn't eat anything else on her plate. She just wanted to eat these. Oh well, at least they are much healthier then the processed kind. I'm glad that I found a homemade treat she likes. I'm going to try your sweet potato fries out too :)
  7. My daughter will only eat the fries if they're crispy - ok, like McDonald's! Ugh! I'm trying different things, but she says they're too soggy. Would I only be able to get a crispy fry by frying it? If so, what oil would be healthy to do that? Or wouldn't frying be healthy at all?
  8. These are awesome!!! I accidentally burnt them because I think my fries were rather thin, but we all ate them up anyway. They were great!! They tasted like really good restaurant fries but were probably 5 times healthier! :) Thanks again, Sarah
  9. ^^BTW, I wanted to mention this for people that are skeptical on the coconut oil. I actually do usually notice a coconut flavor with coconut oil and was hesitant to use it with french fries but they did not taste coconutty at all. Just delicious!

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