You only need 8 ingredients to make these super easy vegan soft pretzels. A great snack for dipping and three different variations!
If you’ve been wondering if you can make your mall favorite at home, then we are here to tell you the good news. You can make vegan soft pretzels in your home with just a little bit of time and a few ingredients.
Vegan soft pretzels aren’t hard to make at all.
They need just a few ingredients and a little bit of patience, but otherwise fairly easy.
And honestly, don’t even worry about getting the absolute perfect shape. They will be delicious no matter what.
They are a great snack any time, but also, great for parties or tailgating too. Another great way to enjoy them is on movie nights!
We will be showing you 3 versions to make:
- Cinnamon Sugar
- Garlic Parmesan
You could also just drizzle icing over top, dip in some vegan nacho cheese, or just dip in some mustard. There are so many options.
The possibilities are endless once you realize how easy they are to make at home.
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What ingredients do I need for vegan soft pretzels?
You only need eight ingredients for this super easy vegan pretzel recipe.
We start with the base of our vegan everything dough recipe and then just add 2 extra ingredients to make the pretzels.
The ingredients that you need are:
- Instant Yeast
- Dairy Free Milk (we like Oat- you can sub this out for water)
- Maple Syrup (can sub with vegan cane sugar or agave)
- Vegan Butter
- Salt Flakes (or coarse salt)
- Baking Soda
If you want to make the cinnamon sugar, you will also need cinnamon and vegan sugar.
If you want to make the garlic parmesan version you will also need garlic powder and a sprinkle version of vegan parmesan.
That’s it! Can you believe that’s all you need?
How do you make Vegan Soft Pretzels?
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, yeast, and salt. Then, add in the dairy free milk and maple syrup.
Using a spatula, fold until mostly combined. Sprinkle a little more flour if you need to not be sticky and form a ball.
Once your ball is formed, you will want to grease the same bowl you mixed in and place the dough ball back into the bowl.
Cover with a towel or plastic wrap and let sit for 60-90 minutes in a warm, draft free place.
Once doubled in size, pull out the dough and lay it out on a lightly floured surface. Keep covers with the plastic or towel while you work.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Add parchment paper to a large baking sheet and set aside.
In a large bowl, add very warm water and stir in baking soda.
Cut a 1-inch vertical strip of dough from the ball. Roll into a 16-Inch long rope.
To form pretzels, make a U-shape with the rope.
Holding the ends of the rope, cross them over each other like an X and press onto the bottom of the U and place on prepared baking sheets.
Press ends of pretzel into pretzel dough so it attaches.
Dip the pretzels into the water mixture and then place on the baking sheet. Brush with butter. Repeat with remaining dough.
Bake for 18-20 minutes or until golden brown.
Brush with more butter and sprinkle with salt or dip in topping mixture.
Give a few minutes to cool before serving. Best served warm.
Can I prep these vegan pretzels ahead?
Yes! You sure can! There are two options.
- Once you make the dough and cover it to rise, you can place the bowl in the fridge up to 2 days before you plan to use it.
- You can make the entire recipe and then store your pretzels in an air tight container for up to 3 days. After this they start to get a little hard even if warmed back up.
Also, you could use half the dough at a time. For example, once the dough has risen, split in half. Make the pretzel bites with one half and then 2 days later make the other half.
Can I freeze these vegan pretzels once made?
Yes! Make and let cool completely. Then, you can flash freeze on a baking sheet so they won’t stick together and then put them in a bag.
Use within 8 weeks. Let thaw to room temperature and then warm in a microwave.
Are these vegan soft pretzel bites Top 8 Allergen Free?
Unfortunately, at the time, we cannot recommend using a gluten free flour with this recipe. Please know that we are working on a gluten free dough, but it’s just not quite there yet.
Otherwise, as long as you use a safe dairy free milk or water, (like we said Oat is our favorite) then you will be all set.
Could I make other things with the dough besides pretzels?
Yes! This recipe using our vegan everything dough that can be used for cinnamon rolls, pull apart bread and more! Grab our vegan everything dough recipes by clicking that link and you’ll get a ton more ideas!
What could I dip these vegan soft pretzel bites in?
There are so many options for dipping vegan soft pretzels bites depending on your own preferences. Some of our favorite options are:
- Vegan Nacho Cheese
- Vegan Buttercream Frosting (only make half and thin it with more milk to make more of a glaze than a frosting)
You could also dip in regular or dijon mustard, salsa, hummus, and more.
Pin these Vegan Soft Pretzel Bites for later:
Vegan Soft Pretzels
- 3 ½ – 4 cups flour
- 1 package instant yeast
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 ½ cups dairy free milk (we ike oat)
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- 3 tablespoon baking soda
- ½ cup vegan butter for melting
For Salted Vegan Pretzels
- salt flakes (or coarse salt)
For Cinnamon Sugar Vegan Pretzels
- ¼ cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
For Garlic Parmesan Vegan Pretzels
- 6 tablespoon vegan parmesan Cheese
- 2 ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- In a large bowl, whisk together 3 ½ cups flour, yeast, and salt.
- Then, add in the dairy free milk and maple syrup.
- Using a spatula, fold until mostly combined. Sprinkle a little more flour if needed to not be sticky and form a ball.
- Once ball is formed, grease the same bowl mixed in and place the dough ball back into the bowl. *If you are oil free, then just make sure sides of bowl are floured, or use a silicone bowl to easily get it out
- Cover with a towel or plastic wrap and let sit for 60-90 minutes in a warm, draft free place until doubled.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Add parchment paper to a large baking sheet and set aside.
- In a large bowl, add very warm water and stir in baking soda.
- Cut a 1-inch vertical strip of dough from the ball. Roll into a 16-Inch long rope.
- To form pretzels, make a U-shape with the rope.
- Holding the ends of the rope, cross them over each other like an X and press onto the bottom of the U and place on prepared baking sheets.
- Press ends of pretzel into pretzel dough so it attaches.
- Dip the pretzels into the water mixture and then place on the baking sheet. Brush with butter. Repeat with remaining dough.
- Bake for 18-20 minutes or until golden brown.
- While baking, mix together any topping ingredients in a bowl large enough to dip if adding.
- Brush with more butter and sprinkle with salt or dip in topping mixture.
- Give a few minutes to cool before serving. Best served warm.
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I have tried a couple other vegan pretzel recipes and this by far is the winner they are beautiful to look at an exceptional to eat. We will be making these after Christmas every year to give to neighbors!
What a great idea! So happy you liked them
When making ahead do I refrigerate after the dough has risen? Once out of the refrigerator does it need to reach room temperature before making the pretzles?
Fridge before! and yes we recommend waiting until it reaches room temp
I have made these twice now and I can honestly say they have been amazing both times. My family and I are in love with the recipes you two put together. You have me being a new vegan a little easier for me.
So glad to hear that the family is enjoying the recipes. Congrats on your new journey, we wish you the best. We really appreciate you taking the time to leave a review! Have a great day!
So Good! I made this with sourdough starter~ its a keeper! Can’t wait to try more of your recipes, thank you for sharing.
We’re so happy to hear you enjoyed it! Thanks so much for leaving a review! We really appreciate that.
I have came across your website and I LOVE all the recipes I am seeing, I was wondering do you have any recommendations on the different kinds of flour I can use. My son is allergic to wheat, oats, peanuts, tree nuts and anything dairy its easy to eliminate peanuts in recipes but Gf flour makes things just taste weird and my son hates it lol. I have coconut flour and was seeing for all the muffin recipes do you think it would be still okay to use coconut flour?
if you respond I will greatly appreciate it! I want my son to enjoy being vegan plus more and not just have to eat veggies and fruit as he is only 18 months.:(
Hi. For our yeasted dough recipes we don’t have a recommendation for GF at this time. For things like muffins we have successfully made most of them with King Arthur measure for measure flour.
I was a little intimidated by this at first – I’ve never made pretzels before. But the ingredients were all things I already had at home, and the instructions were really easy to follow. SO easy, in fact, that I’ll be making these regularly! Thanks, Andrew and Larisha!
We appreciate you so much for taking the time to leave a review and so happy to hear that you’re enjoying the recipe.
These pretzels are delicious! I made a half batch since there’s just two of us. Big mistake – we were both so sad when the last one was gone. Next time I’m going to make the whole recipe and freeze the leftovers. Thanks for such a great recipe!
HAHA that’s hilarious! And yes you can also freeze them! Just thaw as needed. Thanks so much for taking the time to leave such a nice review, we appreciate that greatly! Have a wonderful day!
Real easy to make and real good. I love that this dough is so versatile and options are listed. Try these pretzels for yourself. You won’t regret it.
We’re so excited to hear that recipe worked for you! Thanks so much for sharing! We appreciate you taking the time to leave a review! Have a great day and stay well.
Very good recipe. Pretzels taste great. Very easy to make. I will be making this again.
Sweet! So glad you liked them! We appreciate you taking the time to leave a review. Have a great week