No need to choose a flavor with these sweet & salty vegan soft pretzel bites. A simple and easy to make party food that's ready in about an hour! These kid-friendly (and adult-friendly) snack bites will be everyones favorite appetizer on the table. Watch how quickly they disappear!
Soft pretzel bites have always been a favorite snack food of mine.
I didn't leave the mall unless I got an order of bites. But choosing between savory salty pretzel bites or sweet cinnamon and sugar bites was hard. I usually opted for salty bites, but still craved the sweet. So I would go home and bake a loaf of sweet vegan banana bread for a 'healthier' option. No Joke!
Fast forward to a few year later and I've found the perfect solution–I make my own and satisfying both cravings in one batch! Now I'm able to enjoy endless homemade soft vegan pretzel bites.
This recipe makes a lot–roughly 64 bites last time I counted! But that means plenty of soft pretzel bites to share! Take them to parties, enjoy them on game day, or make a batch family movie night and they will all disappear quickly!
How to make pretzel bites
It's a pretty easy 4 step process.
- Prep the dough: Activate the yeast, then mix in the remaining ingredients until a slightly sticky dough forms. Cover and set aside to rise for 15-20 minutes.
- Make the bites: Divide and roll the dough into ropes. Cut the ropes into bite sized pieces.
- The baking soda bath: Give them a quick dip in the baking soda bath then transfer them to a baking sheet.
- Bake the bites: 10-12 minute in the oven at 450ºF and they're done.
What is the baking soda bath?
The baking soda bath is what give the pretzel bites their golden shell during baking.
The dough takes a quick 30-second dip in a mix of hot water and baking soda just before going into the oven. It's definitely a step you shouldn't skip if you want a crisp/chewy pretzel-like outside and a soft, pillowy inside.
Dip ideas for salty pretzel bites
I decided not to pair the cinnamon and sugar bites with a dip. I thought they were sweet enough on their own.
However, I did have leftover jalapeño nacho cheese, which was one of my inspirations for this recipe. It paired perfectly with the salty pretzel bites. But you can use a sweet or spicy mustard dip or anything else you'd like.
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Pretzel Bites Dough
- 3 and 1/2 to 4 cups all purpose flour
- 1 and 1/2 cups water, warm
- 1 Tablespoon coconut sugar, or granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoons active dry yeast, or 1 package
- 1 and 1/2 teaspoons Himalayan pink salt
- 3 Tablespoons refined coconut oil, melted
Baking soda bath
- 5 cups water
- 3 Tablespoons baking soda
Sweet, Cinnamon & Sugar Coating
- Heaping 1/4 cup coconut sugar
- 2 and 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
- Coconut oil for brushing
- Coarse sea salt
Optional Dip for Salty Pretzels
Pretzel Bites Dough
- Start by warming your water. You want it to be warm to the touch, but not hot.
- Pour the warm water into a large bowl and mix in the sugar. Then sprinkle the yeast on top. Cover and let sit for 10 min to activate the yeast.
- Once the yeast is foamy, mix in the salt and coconut oil.
- Now, slowly mix in 2 cups of flour. Once it is well blended, mix in the 3rd cup of flour. If the dough is too sticky to handle, mix in enough flour from the 4th cup until you can handle the dough.
- On a clean lightly floured surface, knead your dough for 3-5 min adding more flour as needed. You shouldn't need more than the 4 cups.
- Once the dough has been kneaded shape it into a ball and place in a large oiled bowl. Cover and set in a warm place to rise for 15-20 minutes.
- Meanwhile, line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside. Then preheat your oven to 450ºF and heat the water for the baking soda bath.
- Once the dough has risen a bit, cut it into 8 triangles, as you would a pizza.
- With your hands, roll each triangle out to an 18 inch long rope. Cut each rope into 8-9 (2 inch) bites.
Baking Soda Bath
- Once the water is boiling, add in 3 Tablespoons baking soda.
- Place about 10 bites in the bath. (I used a large soup pot and impatiently gave about 20 bites a bath) Let soak for about 30 seconds. Once they "puff up" a bit remove the bites from the bath and place on your parchment lined baking sheets until it's full. Be sure not to crowd your baking sheet.
- Bake at 450ºF for 10-12 minutes, or until the tops are nice and brown. Keep an eye on them at about half way through because they will darken quickly.
Cinnamon & Sugar Coating
- In a bowl mix the cinnamon and sugar. Set aside.
- Lightly brush each bite with just enough coconut oil to allow the sweet coating to stick.
- Roll in the cinnamon and sugar mix until coated.
- Brush the tops of each bite with coconut oil, then sprinkle with coarse sea salt.
To Store: If you don't plan on eating all the bites right away, I suggest topping only what you're going to eat. Store leftover, cooked bites in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 10 days. Or the freezer for up to 3 months. When ready to eat, preheat your oven to 400ºF and bake for 5-10 min. Add sweet or salty toppings to the bites after baking.
**Nutritional info is provided as an estimate based on the ingredients I used and for convenience and as a courtesy only.**
Nutrition Information:Yield: 32 Serving Size: 2 bites
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 75Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 381mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 2g