Homemade Vegan Soft Pretzels Recipe

Posted on January 14, 2011

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Did you see the change for Fridays on this week’s meal plan?  Friday nights at our house are now Fast Food Friday  (think tacos, black bean burgers, etc.) and Game Night!

In the past, Fridays were Pizza Night.  We started the trend when W. had Friday night soccer games.  It was fun and easy since we were out later than usual those nights.  We have enjoyed making all different types of pizzas (like Green Pizza), eaten organic frozen pizzas and sometimes splurged and went to an Italian restaurant.

The kids were still loving Pizza Night, but I decided we would try the Fast Food Friday idea for a while.  (I am looking forward to the variety)!

So along with the new fast food theme, I have been whipping up some fun snacks for game night.  Last week we decided to pull the cute popcorn holders out of the cabinet and pop popcorn in our old-fashioned movie time popping machine. The kids loved that novelty.

Tonight, we made homemade pretzels!  I used a bread machine which made it easier for me to finish up one last home school project I was hoping to complete this week.  I am sure you could use this same recipe for making the pretzels by hand.

Homemade Vegan Soft Pretzels:

Yields 16 large pretzels
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 3 1/2 cups bread flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax seed
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast

Place above ingredients in bread pan in order listed.  Use dough setting.  When setting is complete, punch dough down and remove from pan onto a lightly floured large surface.

Cut the dough into 16 equal pieces.  Roll each piece of dough into a rope about 16″ long.  Shape each rope into a pretzel.  (Cross the ends of the rope to make a loop; twist the crossed ends once and fold back across the loop).

Spray baking sheets lightly and place pretzels on sheet about 1 1/2″ apart.  Brush with a little water.  Sprinkle with either salt or a cinnamon/sugar mixture.  Bake in preheated 375° oven for 15-20 minutes or until beginning to brown.

UPDATE:  I tried these with a little bit of melted butter and coarse margarita salt.  Even tastier!