These vegan soft pretzel bites are the ultimate snack! Make them salty or sweet for whatever mood you’re in. The salty pretzel bites pair great with my cheese sauce recipe or vegan beer and cheese dip! I love making these baked pretzels for family and friends, and they go over really well at potlucks too!
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Are Pretzels Vegan? Can Vegans Eat Soft Pretzels?
Some store-bought brands such as Rold Gold Original pretzels are vegan. However, large soft pretzels purchased from the mall or a baseball stadium often contain milk and/or eggs. Be sure to ask for an ingredient list just in case!
How to Make Pretzel Bites from Pizza Dough
Making soft pretzels is very similar to, and just as easy as, making my pizza dough. The only differences are that the pretzel recipe uses a baking soda “bath” and it uses half whole wheat flour and half white flour. This combination of flour is higher in fibre and naturally contains other nutrients like B-vitamins and iron.
Have you ever wondered how pretzels become brown and chewy on the outside? When soft pretzels are made, they are submerged in a baking soda “bath” to give them their tasty exterior. By boiling the pretzels in the bath for 30 seconds, the interior quickly “puffs” and begins the formation of the crust. The baking soda in the “bath” is what gives pretzels their distinctive flavour and brown shiny crust.
Making Vegan Cinnamon Sugar Soft Pretzel Bites
In the mood for a sweet snack? You can easily change these salty pretzel bites into a cinnamon sugar version. Simply bake the pretzel bites directly from the baking soda “bath” without topping them. Once the soft pretzels are out of the oven, dip them into melted vegan butter and cinnamon sugar. These sweet baked pretzel bites taste just like a cinnamon roll and are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth!
Can’t decide between salty or sweet? You can easily make a half batch of each version of this vegan soft pretzel bites recipe! Both varieties are a perfect snack to share with family and friends. Pair the salty version with vegan cheese sauce or with vegan beer and cheese dip. Enjoy the sweet cinnamon sugar soft pretzel bites on their own!
Vegan Soft Pretzel Bites
- Large bowl
- Large pot
- Baking tray
- Silicone baking mat
- Slotted spoon
- 1 C lukewarm water
- 1 tbsp agave syrup can sub for maple syrup
- 1 tbsp dry active yeast
- ¼ tbsp salt
- 1 tbsp oil
- 1 C whole wheat flour
- 1 C all-purpose flour + about ¼ C more for kneading
Baking soda bath:
- 1 L water
- 3 tbsp baking soda
- 2 tbsp vegan butter melted
- 1 tbsp coarse salt
Cinnamon sugar pretzels:
- 1 ½ tbsp. sugar
- ¾ tsp cinnamon
- 2 tbsp vegan butter melted
Making the dough:
- Place 1 C lukewarm water into a large bowl (lukewarm = warm to the touch but not steaming). Stir in 1 tbsp agave syrup. Sprinkle 1 tbsp yeast over the surface of the water,
- Let the yeast activate. The yeast will dissolve and foam up. This takes about 5 minutes.
- When the surface of the water is covered in foamy looking yeast, sprinkle in ¼ tbsp. of salt and 1 tbsp oil. Add 1 C whole wheat flour and 1 C all-purpose flour.
- Stir until a ball of dough forms. Then turn out the dough onto a lightly floured surface (about ¼ C all-purpose flour). Knead until the dough is a smooth consistency. It will be slightly sticky but not wet or mucky in your hands.
- Return the ball of dough to the bowl and cover with a damp towel. Let the dough sit to rise for 20 minutes.
- While the dough rises, prepare your baking soda bath by mixing 1 L (4 C) of water with 3 tbsp baking soda in a large pot. Get the pot on the stove over medium heat.
- Cover 2 baking trays with parchment paper (or silicone baking mats) and preheat the oven to 350 °F.
Making the pretzel bites:
- After the dough has risen for 20 minutes, and the baking soda water is simmering, prepare to start making the pretzel bites.
- Grab a small piece of dough and roll it into a ball in your hands. Place the ball of dough onto a slotted spoon and lower it into the simmering baking soda water. Let it simmer in the water for 30-60 seconds then remove and carefully place onto a baking tray. Leave at least 1 inch of space around each pretzel bite because they expand in the oven.
- Repeat for the rest of the dough. You can form multiple balls of dough and simmer them in the water together to make the process go faster.
Making the topping:
- For salted pretzels: you can either sprinkle the coarse salt directly onto the pretzel bites while they are still damp from the baking soda water or you can brush the surface of each bite with some melted vegan butter and then sprinkle on the salt. Bake at 350 °F for 20 minutes.
- For cinnamon sugar pretzels: mix the sugar and cinnamon together. Bake the pretzel bites (350 °F for 20 minutes) directly from the baking soda water without topping them. When the pretzels are out of the oven, dip the top of each bite into melted vegan butter then dip into the cinnamon sugar.
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This post was written with help from Emily Scott, University of Guelph AHN student.