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Best Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Get your children to eat not spit out brussels sprouts. I confess. Brussels sprouts are one of my very favorite vegetables. So much so, that I’m ok eating brussels sprouts completely out of season. Which means they aren’t at their peak. But I still love ’em and so I do it anyway. My children. Hmmmm….they are a different matter altogether.

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I have two tasty ways that I make brussels sprouts that I think are my best shot at getting them down my children’s throats. Without seeing those brussels sprouts again, in a very unattractive package hurling toward me from across the dinner table. Just sayin’. Children tend not to want to try brussels sprouts, or at least don’t like them, because of a well-placed evolutionary dislike for bitter flavors. Many toxins have a bitter flavor. Sweet flavored foods are less likely to be toxic, so that’s what children prefer. Simple. And super beneficial if your child is foraging in the forest. So, basically, your child doesn’t want to try brussels sprouts because their tiny reptilian brain tells them that it will kill them. And you thought that cabbage hurled at your head was a tantrum. Now you know the real story. Returning to the real world: they are really good for you, so I’d love to have my boys eat them.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Apples & Craisins

This is my favorite go-to recipe for roasted brussels sprouts. You can vary the acidity of the dressing, by using more or less apple cider vinegar. And as with all of my recipes, I encourage you to be your own food “artist!” More or less cranberries, dressing, onions, or walnuts – all to your liking. You can’t mess this up!

  • 1 lb Brussels Sprouts (trimmed and quartered)
  • 1 or 2 Apples (Diced)
  • 1/4 Red Onion (Finely Diced)
  • 1/4 c Dried Cranberries (Craisins)
  • 1-2 T Coconut Oil
  • Dressing:
  • 3 T Walnut Oil
  • 1-3 T Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1/2 t Dijon Mustard
  • Salt to taste
  • Freshly Ground Pepper to taste
  • Topping:
  • 1/4 Chopped Walnuts
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Toss Brussels Sprouts, Apples, Onion, Cranberries and Coconut Oil until all ingredients are coated with the coconut oil.
  3. Place Brussels Sprouts mixture on a baking sheet and cover with tin foil. I use heavy guage baking sheets like these that hold up to a lot of roasting.
  4. Roast, covered, for 20 minutes.
  5. Remove foil, toss, and continue roasting for 10 minutes.
  6. While brussels sprouts roast, make your dressing by combining all ingredients in a container and shaking well.
  7. After 30 minutes total roasting time, remove brussels sprouts and toss with dressing while still warm. They will be dressed very lightly.
  8. Top with chopped walnuts.

It’s a really simple recipe. And if you try any of my other recipes, you’ll find that I’m really more of a process and less of a recipe kinda’ girl. I say that cooking should always been done with love…and your hands! And love sways us in different directions at different times. I could see being swayed in a crumbled goat cheese to top it off way. I would love to try raisins instead of craisins and switch the apple cider vinegar for fresh orange juice. Although, I admit I do like Organic Apple Cider Vinegar for it’s health benefits.

This Brussels Sprouts Recipe May Just Have Enough Natural Sweetness from Apples and Cranberries to Convince Your Children To Try the Dreaded Brussels Sprout!
The sweet combination of apples and cranberries may do just the trick to get your children to try brussels sprouts! I’m here for ya’

As always, I’d love to have you let me know if you make the recipe and how you personalized it, if you did. And, of course, if I am successful at helping to convince your child that brussels sprouts are not evil – you must let me know immediately!!!

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55 Comments

  1. I’ve never thought to use craisins in a recipe. What a fun idea. And I’d love to try roasted brussel spouts.

  2. I’m not a fan of brussels sprouts. I have tried them at different places and they just aren’t my cup of tea :S

  3. I love roasted brussel sprouts but had never thought about adding apples and craisins! That sounds like it would add such a burst of flavor! We actually just had brussel sprouts last night but I may have to make them again tonight so I can try out this recipe!

    1. Me too. I am always fascinated with the “”little cabbage” veggies. I bet they taste even better with apples and craisins. My kids will love this for sure. I’m so thankful I don’t have to push them to vegetables.

  4. I’m sorry but I don’t really eat vegetables and I really blame my dad for not bringing me up that way. Now, though I try my best, I just really can’t take vegetables. But I’m sure that my Dad would love this recipe. He’s loves vegetables and is constantly looking for new recipes to try. I’ll be showing him this.

    1. I hope he enjoys it! Brussels sprouts do seem to be somewhat of an acquired flavor for many – I’ve never met a veggie I didn’t like πŸ™‚

    2. I’m so lucky – for some reason, I’ve never met a vegetable that I didn’t really like! I’ve always been that way, even as a kid!

  5. These and beans are the two veggies I just can’t do oh and sweet peas lol. I am so bad my son doesn’t even know what brussel sprouts are because I have never bought them but I think roasting it sounds way better and a great way to introduce the veggie

    1. Good luck πŸ™‚ Let me know how it goes. Like I said, it may not become a favorite kid veggie yet, but hopefully they won’t spit it back at you!

  6. I love roasted brussels sprouts but would have never thought to add apples and craisins! Of course everything is better with craisins in my opinion. I must try this delicious looking recipe! Thanks so much!

  7. Yum! That looks really good. We love making brussels sprouts but have never tried them with apples and cranberries! Looks like we have a new recipe to try πŸ™‚

  8. Mmmmm! I have never tried a sweet brussel sprouts recipe. Usually I add bacon and sprinkle some cheese on it before popping it into the oven. I love baked apples and will try this recipe!

  9. I LOVE brussel sprouts but I have never had them roasted before! They look delicious! I think this recipe is really cool and am interested to try out the apple and craisin flavours with the brussel sprouts!

  10. I don’t like brussel sprouts. Yes, I admit, I only ate them once and that did it for me. However, they were plain. This little recipe may convince me to give them another chance at becoming a regular in my meal planning.

  11. Omg!!! So yummy! I just tried Brussels sprouts last year and boy was I missing out! Going to have to try out you recipe

  12. This sounds like a recipe my family would like to try. I will have to try making the brussel sprouts this way. We all love eating brussel sprout here. Yummy!! Thanks for sharing.

  13. I absolutely love Brussels sprouts and never need an excuse to buy and use in a recipe! Your recipe and photo looks delicious and wish I could come through the screen and try some now!

  14. I don’t know what it is but my mam and I hate brussels sprouts but all the boys love them. This is a great twist to the normal method of just boiling them!

  15. The one time I made brussel sprouts they were bitter. I’m sure I did something wrong. You’ve given me to courage to try again. And I love anything with craisins. πŸ™‚

    1. If you didn’t like the bitter, I suggest that you wait until later in the season. They are winter veggies – so, depending on where you live, you’ll start seeing them October – February or so. If you’ve had a bad experience and want to try them again, try them when they are at their best!

  16. I’ve been looking for a Brussel sprouts recipe the kids will like! I’m definitely going to try this. Thanks for sharing it!

  17. I used to hate Brussels sprouts…. They were the WORST! Then…. I tried roasting them. O.M.G!!!! They are officially my favorite veggie now!

    1. Hahaha! I love to hear the “reform” stories. And, yes, roasting makes all the difference. I had frozen brussels sprouts as a kid; I didn’t like them them then either. I still don’t like them frozen πŸ™‚

  18. It wasn’t until I was into my 40’s that I tried brussel sproats! They are now one of my favorites. I usually just roast them on their own with a bit of organic olive oil and sea salt, but I have pinned this recipe to try for sure! What’s not to love. Walnuts, apples, craisins and brussel sproats! Yum

  19. Tried brussels sprouts as a child…….hated it! I’ve been turn my nose up at brussels sprouts ever since. maybe i should give it another shot

    1. I do think it’s really hard for children to develop the taste for bitter flavors. Maybe now, your taste buds will like them πŸ™‚

  20. My neighbor just made the best Brussels sprouts recipe I’ve ever had. He grilled them and tossed in panceta and it was caramelized to perfection! They were crunchy and had a very earthy flavor, the crunch was the perfect edition to this meal. Best of all I didn’t feel the least bit guilty after eating them.

  21. I love Brussels Sprouts so I could eat this everyday! Who can resist this healthy, delectable dish! Thanks for sharing your Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Apples & Craisins recipe with us on the Plant-Based Potluck Party Blog Hop. I’m pinning and sharing.

  22. Thank you for the wonderful recipe. I thought I hated brussels sprouts but stumbled on a great brussels sprout salad at Whole Foods a few years back. Today I found your recipe and it’s fantastic! No bitter flavor at all, and the seasonings work so well together. I used sunflower oil, pomegranate vinegar, maple syrup, salt and pepper – and left out the cranberries since we had none. Perfection. & the flavor of the salad seems like it would lend itself to many other combinations of seasonings too. Thanks again! πŸ™‚

    1. I’m so glad!!! If you like this – you can kick it up a bit. Sometimes I do a base salad – however you like (arugula, mixed greens, whatever) with whatever toppings you like. But make a (assuming no allergies) walnut oil and apple cider vinaigrette. Toss the salad in the dressing and put your warm brussels sprouts on top. Brussels sprouts heaven.

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