If you are looking for the best and easiest vegan soft pretzel recipe, you have come to the right place!
Growing up, my mom would make this vegan pretzel recipe but would make it into “pretzel bites” and when they came out of the oven, we would stand there at the oven eating them and there would hardly be any left over for later!
Making your own vegan soft pretzels is surprisingly easy. It does take a little bit of thinking ahead because you do have to knead the dough and let it rise, but it really is truly simple.
Then, you can add some Vegan Beer Cheese Dip on the side and you are in for the most delightful and tasty experience ever!
These vegan pretzels are soft on the inside and crispy on the outside for a burst of flavor with every bit.
You can top them with flaky sea salt or sesame seeds or both! If you really want to try something tasty, top it with Everything Bagel Seasoning for something unique!
This is one of my favorite Vegan Recipes For Kids as I was once a kid who loved this recipe and thought it was the best thing ever!
If you are making vegan pretzels for kids or for the whole family, you can easily make it into soft pretzel bites instead of large pretzels so everyone can feel like they are eating more!
You can even get the kids involved in helping shape the pretzels and in kneading the dough. It is really quite easy and it teaches a lesson in patience for everyone involved!
Finally, I love that this vegan soft pretzel recipe is baked! It is healthy and filled with no dairy or additives which means you can make and enjoy it guilt-free!
How To Make The Vegan Soft Pretzels
Making the vegan soft pretzels is super easy and only requires a few steps.
The hardest part is waiting for the dough to rise. We used to make these vegan pretzels all the time when I was growing up, so it is truly easy, even in a busy household!
First you are going to stir the sugar into the warm water. Use a fork to swish it around so that the sugar can dissolve a little bit.
Once it begins to dissolve, add your yeast and allow it to dissolve. Whisk it and allow the yeast mixture to sit in the water for about 10 minutes.
After 10 minutes, the yeast should begin to form a creamy foam on the surface of the water.
If the yeast does not form a creamy foam this means that the yeast is dead and you should throw it out and start over with a new packet.
If you continue with the yeast not being foamy, your vegan soft pretzels will not come out right and the recipe will be ruined. Do not skip this step as it is essential!
Meanwhile, combine the flour, salt, and oil in a large mixing bowl.
Add the yeast mixture and stir until well combined.
Now it is time to knead your vegan pretzel dough. A lot of people get worried when it comes time to kneading but it is truly so easy to do!
Knead the dough for about 3 minutes and then form it into a ball. The dough should easily form a ball and if it does not, you will need to modify and add to the recipe.
If your pretzel dough is too wet, add a little more flour!
Once you are done kneading, place the vegan pretzel dough in a lightly oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap and a damp cloth.
Now, let it sit for 1-2 hours or until the dough ball doubles in size.
This step is important and depends on the environment in which you are cooking. It usually takes about an hour for me, but you will want to see a visible difference in the size and it all depends so be flexible!
Divide the dough into 8 large pieces or 30 small pieces if you are making vegan pretzel bites.
Place your dough balls on a cookie sheet and spritz them with a little oil or another non-stick spray of your choice.
Leave about 1 inch between the dough balls. If you are making vegan pretzel bites, you will have to use multiple cookie sheets.
Cover with a dish towel and let sit for 10 minutes.
When you are ready to bake your vegan soft pretzels, preheat the oven to 425 and get ready to make the pretzel shape!
Flour your workspace and roll each piece of dough into a long snake roll and form it into a pretzel or other fun shapes.
To shape a traditional pretzel, create a “u” with the open end facing away from you. Twist the ends over each other twice and then flip the twisted end toward you so it overlaps on top of the bottom of the “u”.
You may have to wet your fingers a little bit to get the ends to “stick” to the rest of the dough when shaping the pretzel shape.
If you are making pretzel nuggets, you can skip this step!
In a large pot, fill water halfway and bring to a boil. Add in 2 tablespoons of baking soda.
Drop your dough formed into pretzels into the boiling water and let simmer for 10 seconds on each side.
Remove from the water and let the vegan soft pretzels dry slightly on a cloth napkin or dish towel.
You will have to work in batches and only have a few pieces of dough at a time in the boiling water so that you can pay attention to what you are doing.
After all of the vegan pretzels are boiled in the baking soda water, it is time to bake!
Place all of the soft pretzels on a greased baking sheet.
Using a pastry brush, brush the soft pretzels with oil or melted Vegan Butter.
Sprinkle with sea salt flakes, sesame seeds, or any other topping your desire [cinnamon sugar is amazing!]
Bake at 425F for 8-9 minutes or until golden on top if you are making pretzel nuggets and 20-25 minutes until a deep golden brown if you are making large soft pretzels!
To cool them, transfer the vegan soft pretzels to a wire rack to cool!
Enjoy while hot because they are so tasty and amazing!
Make sure to serve with my Vegan Beer Cheese Dip!
How To Store And Reheat Vegan Pretzels
This vegan pretzel recipe stores well in an air-tight container on the counter for 2-3 days.
But it really shines when you freeze it!
The vegan soft pretzels are best eaten warm as soon as they get out of the oven, but you can make them and freeze them for later for amazing results!
To reheat them from the freezer, put your oven on 375 and warm them for 5 minutes until thawed and warm thoughout!
This way, you can make a big batch of pretzels ahead of time and enjoy whenever you feel like having a tasty and salty snack!
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- 1 cup lukewarm water
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 2 tablespoons oil
- 2 tablespoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3 cups flour
- 2 teaspoons yeast
- Vegan butter for brushing
- flaky sea salt and sesame seeds for garnish
- Add sugar to the lukewarm water and stir until it is dissolved. Add the yeast and whisk together. Let the mixture sit for 10 minutes. After this time, the yeast should form a creamy foam on the surface of the water. If no foam forms then the yeast is dead and you need to start over with a new mixture. This is very important! Do not continue making your vegan soft pretzels if the yeast does not form a foam or else the recipe will be ruined!
- Combine flour, salt, and oil in a large mixing bowl. Add the yeast mixture and stir until well combined.
- Using your clean hands, knead the dough for 3 minutes until it easily forms into a ball. If it is too wet, you can add a little more flour. The ball should be slightly sticky.
- Now, place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl and cover it with plastic wrap and a damp cloth. Let it sit in a warm area for 1-2 hours or until the dough ball has doubled in size. Just keep an eye on it and check on it after about 1 hour before proceeding.
- Divide the dough into 8-10 large pieces if making soft pretzels and 30 small pieces if making pretzel nuggets.
- Dust your hands with flour and then form the pretzel shape. To shape a traditional pretzel, create a “u” with the open end facing away from you.Twist the ends over each other twice and then flip the twisted end toward you so it overlaps on top of the bottom of the “u”. If you are making pretzel nuggets, skip this step!
- Place the shaped pretzels or the dough balls if you are making pretzel nuggets on a lightly oiled cookie sheet and cover with a dish towel. Let them sit and rise for 10 minutes.
- Preheat your oven to 425 F
- In a large pot, fill the water halfway and bring to a boil. Add in your baking soda until the baking soda is dissolved. Drop pretzels carefully into the water and let simmer for 10 seconds on each side. Remove the dough from the water and let it dry on a cloth napkin or towel. You will have to work in batches doing a few pretzels at a time.
- Place vegan pretzel dough on a greased baking sheet. Use a pastry brush to paint the pretzels with Vegan Butter or oil to help them brown in the oven. Sprinkle on flaky sea salt and any other toppings you may want.
- Bake vegan pretzels for 8-9 minutes or until golden brown if you are making pretzel nuggets and 20-25 minutes until golden brown if you are making large soft pretzels.
- Transfer to a cooling rack to let cool and eat while warm! Serve with Vegan Beer Cheese Dip!
Amount Per Serving Calories 195Total Fat 6gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 3mgSodium 281mgCarbohydrates 31gFiber 2gSugar 1gProtein 5g