Deliciously crispy vegan onion rings make the perfect side dish or burger topping! These baked vegan onion rings are baked to crispy perfection. No flavor sacrifice even though they are Top 8 Allergen Free!
If you are dairy, egg, or gluten free for allergy reasons or personal choices and you love onion rings, you have likely figured out that you can’t just walk into a restaurant and order them anymore. These vegan onion rings are the answer to your need.
We baked them to crispy perfection, but you can also deep fry them or put them in an air fryer. We’ll instruct you how to make each.
These are also very allergen friendly onion rings! The recipe is written to be Top 8 Allergen free!
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What ingredients do you need to make vegan onion rings?
There are a list of ingredients that you need for these; however, most are spices and comes together very quickly. The ingredients that you need for these vegan onion rings are:
- dairy free milk
- apple cider vinegar
- chickpea flour
- Gluten Free panko breadcrumbs
- baking powder
- smoked paprika
- garlic powder
- Italian seasoning
- Optional: Red Pepper Flakes
If you are not gluten free, you can use regular panko breadcrumbs. You can also use regularly flour, but we like the taste of chickpea flour more so would still recommend that.
Where can I buy gluten free panko breadcrumbs?
Surprisingly, gluten free panko breadcrumbs are becoming stocked on more shelves. I have seen them at multiple retail grocery stores, as well as a local gluten free and natural health store. If you can’t find it at any of your regular locations, you can easily order gluten free panko breadcrumbs on Amazon.
Where can I buy chickpea flour?
Likewise, if you’ve never used chickpea flour, you may be unsure about that too.
Almost every store carries chickpea flour now, especially since Bob’s Red Mill makes it. Look for it in the speciality section of your grocery store where those flour are normally kept.
It may say Garbanzo bean flour on the package. Those names are interchangeable and it’s the same exact product.
Alternatively, you can buy chickpea flour on Amazon as well.
How do you make vegan onion rings?
We are making baked onion rings (see below for other methods), so we need to make a batter and a dry mix.
To start, we are going to need to preheat the oven to 450 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Grab two shallow bowls. In one bowl, mix together the dairy free milk, vinegar, chickpea flour and cornmeal.
In another bowl, mix together the panko, baking powder, paprika, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, and optional red pepper flakes.
Slice your onions into 1 inch thick strips and push apart the layers. Dip the onions in the wet ingredients, letting any excess drain off. Then, coat in the breadcrumb mixture.
Place on baking sheet and repeat with remaining onion ring slices. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown, flipping halfway.
Best if served right away. Can place back into oven for 10-15 minutes if need to reheat.
Can I make these Top 8 Allergen Free Onion Rings?
We wrote this recipe to be top 8 allergen free as written, so no changes need to be made.
Depending on your allergies or preferences, you may want to make all the changes or just some of them.
You can use any dairy free milk in this recipe. Oat or flax milk if you have multiple other allergies, but almond or soy works as well if you usually use those for your family. I wouldn’t recommend using coconut milk in this recipe as the taste would be too altered.
You can use the gluten free or regular panko breadcrumbs. But they need to be panko breadcrumbs.
While you can swap the chickpea flour for regular flour, we actually preferred the taste and texture of the chickpea flour onion rings, so we’d stick with that even if you don’t have a gluten allergy/preference. We have not tried making these with almond flour yet and will update when we do.
Can I prep these vegan onion rings ahead?
We all love prepping ahead; however, this is one recipe that you really don’t want to prep ahead. These vegan onion rings are best served right out of the oven and they don’t microwave well to reheat.
In the event that you do need to reheat, it’s best done back into the oven for 10-15 minutes. Otherwise, they aren’t crunchy anymore.
What are the best dipping sauces for these vegan onion rings?
Our favorite dipping sauce for these vegan onion rings is our homemade vegan BBQ sauce (what you see in the photos).
However, there are tons of other options for dipping. Some ideas are:
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Vegan Onion Rings
- 2 large onions
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a shallow bowl, mix together the dairy free milk, vinegar, chickpea flour and cornmeal.
- In another shallow bowl, mix together the panko, baking powder, paprika, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, and optional red pepper flakes.
- Slice onions into 1 inch thick strips and push apart the layers.
- Dip onions in the wet batter, letting any excess drain off.
- Coat in the breadcrumb mixture.
- Place on baking sheet and repeat with remaining onion ring slices.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown, flipping halfway.
- Best if served right away.
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