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Vegan Pretzel Bites Recipe Salty and Baked Pretzels

Vegan Soft Pretzel Bites

Make these vegan soft pretzel bites using my adapted pizza dough recipe! They pair perfectly with my cheese sauce recipe. Or if you are in the mood for a sweet snack, make the cinnamon sugar version!
Course Snack
Cuisine Vegan
Keyword Cinnamon Sugar, Vegan Pretzel Bites, Vegan Snack
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 24 Bites
Calories 289kcal


  • 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

Salted pretzels:

  • 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.


Accuracy of nutrition information cannot be guaranteed (certain ingredients may not have all nutrients listed in the database); amounts may vary (and will vary depending on brands of ingredients used); all nutrition fact values rounded to the nearest whole number.


Serving: 1Serving (about 6 salted pretzel bites; 1/4 of recipe) | Calories: 289kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 2225mg | Potassium: 172mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 148IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 3mg