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Vegan Soft Baked Pretzels

This is the easiest way to prepare homemade soft pretzels and the results are delicious. These vegan soft baked vegan pretzels are light and fluffy dough topped with corse. No-egg, no-dairy, made with under 10 ingredients and NO-ONE will be able to tell! Prepared to a traditional method of dunking the pretzels in baking soda before baking, this recipe has it all! Keep reading to learn how to make THE BEST homemade vegan soft pretzels!

Pretzels on brown grease proof paper

Vegan Soft Baked Pretzels

Me and my family recently visited Disneyland Paris and Disney Pars isn’t the best for their vegan options, but they do have one treat we kept going back for and that’s the pretzels. OH MY, there is nothing like walking round the park with a pretzel! Even better…. they were warm! As soon as I got home, i was recipe testing pretzel recipes until I landed on this gem! This recipe is by far the BEST recipe for vegan soft pretzels. They’re soft, chewy, buttery and have the perfect shiny outside, just like a classic pretzel! You have to make them!

Looking for more delicious vegan recipes, check out my Healthy Vegan Brownies, Vegan Orange Loaf Cake, Easy Vegan Air Fryer Doughnuts and Vegan White Chocolate Raspberry Cookies.

Soft vegan pretzels

Why you need to make this recipe:

  • Vegan friendly – This recipe doesn’t contain any animal derived ingredients.
  • Minimal ingredients – The pretzels contain less than 10 ingredients!
  • Easy to make – Unbelievably pretzels are one of the easiest breaded treats to make (in my opinion). The dough comes together perfectly and they’re easy to make.
  • Shaping – This is such a fun recipe. Shaping the pretzels is great fun for all the family, including kids to get involved in.
  • Sweet or savoury – These pretzels can be served with a sweet option such as a chocolate spread, cookie butter, or can be savoury with mustard.
Vegan soft pretzels with salt and a mustard dip.

How to shape a pretzel?

Once you have the dough ready, now heres the fun part.. THE SHAPING! I love shaping pretzels, they’re one of my favourite yeasted dough bakes to work with. The dough is soft and sticky, perfect for shaping!!!! Let me show you how it’s done:

  • Roll: Roll a ball of the dough on a lightly floured work surface. You want to use your palms to roll this into a rope, approximately 20 inch in length. Shape the rope into a letter U.
  • Twist: Once you have the U shape, cross the two ends of the rope, placing one over the other, then twist them around each other once. Bring the ends down to the bottom of the U and gently pressing them to stick.
  • Gently place them on grease proof paper, ready for the baking soda bath.

How to prepare the baking soda bath:

One of the most important steps of making pretzels is the baking soda bath. This helps to enable a golden colour, chewy texture and the classic pretzels look & taste!

  1. In a large bowl, add in the water and bicarbonate of soda. Give this a good stir together, place over heat and bring to a boil. Allow this to cool down until warm.
  2. Place in the pretzels in small batches in the soda solution for about 20-30 seconds, submerging them in the water. Proceed to sprinkle with salt and bake!

How to make Vegan Soft Pretzels

You are going to absolutely love making homemade pretzels. They’re one of those bakes where when you know how to make them, you’ll be making them for every event, gather or get-together! They’re absolutely delicious. Find the full written recipe and method with ingredients in the recipe card at the bottom of the page.

  1. Make the dough

    Add all of the ingredients into a bowl and knead until smooth and elastic.

  2. Prove

    Place into a oiled bowl, cover and place somewhere warm until doubled in size.

  3. Shape

    Once doubled, turn out on a floured worktop, divide, roll into logs, shape.

  4. Baking soda bath

    Add water and bicarbonate of soda in a bowl, dunk in each pretzel, place on a tray lined with grease proof paper and sprinkle over salt.

  5. Bake

    Bake until golden, remove from the oven and brush over the butter and maple syrup glaze. Serve and enjoy!

Salted soft pretzels dipped in mustard.

Serving suggestions

Homemade vegan soft baked pretzels are easily customised. For those who love the traditional salted version, follow the recipe as it is. If you’re in the mood for something a-little sweet i’ve listed a few options you might like to try below.

  • Leave off the salt, and serve the plain pretzel with a vegan chocolate spread or cookie butter for dipping.
  • Brush the pretzels with butter after baking and sprinkle over cinnamon sugar.
  • Drizzle melted chocolate over the pretzels and top with some chopped nuts.
  • Brush over vegan friendly pesto, and sprinkle over dairy-free cheese. You can even add on some jalapeños.
  • Brush the pretzels with butter after baking and coat in caster / a fine white sugar.
Pinterest pin of vegan soft pretzels.

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Vegan soft baked pretzels with salt

Vegan Soft Baked Pretzels


Description

The BEST Homemade Vegan Soft Pretzels – Soft and fluffy on the inside with a chewy  crust with salt. They’re perfect and super EASY to make!


Ingredients

Units Scale

Ingredients for the pretzels

  • 30g of dairy-free block butter (melted)
  • 550g of all purpose / plain flour
  • 7g of active dry yeast (1 pack)
  • 1 heaped tablespoon of caster sugar
  • 250ml of warm water

Ingredients for baking soda bath

  • 800ml of water (for boiling, not the pretzels)
  • 40g of bicarbonate of soda / baking soda (for the baking soda bath)
  • Course pretzel seal salt (for sprinkling)

Ingredients for the glaze

  • 30g of dairy-free butter
  • 1 tablespoon of maple syrup (melted for the glaze)

Instructions

Method

  1. Add the melted butter, flour, yeast, sugar and warm water into a large mixing bowl and mix to combine. I use a stand mixer with dough hook attachment, but you can mix and knead this together with your hands on a clean and lightly floured worktop. Knead until the dough comes together in a smooth and elastic dough ball. 
  2. Place the dough into a lightly oiled bowl, cover with a tea towel and place somewhere warm until doubled in size. See notes for proving details!
  3. Once the dough has doubled in size, turn out on a floured worktop. Roll the dough into a smooth ball, making sure not to over-knead or the dough could become dense. Divide the dough into  8. Roll each ball into a long log shape, approximately 20-24 inches in length. Grab the ends of the pretzel and shape into a U, then twist and bring down, pinching to the bottom half of the U shape to create the pretzel (see step by step photos above).
  4. Make the baking soda bath by adding the water to a saucepan and bringing it to a light simmer. Add your bicarbonate of soda and mix. Allow this to cool down slightly.
  5. Add the pretzels into the bath for approximately 20-30 seconds each, flipping halfway though. Remove from the bath, drain excess liquid & place onto a baking tray lined with grease proof paper.
  6. Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees C fan. 
  7. Sprinkle over some pretzel salt (course sea salt, you can use flaky).
  8. Place the pretzels in the middle of the oven and bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden in colour.
  9. Once baked, remove from the oven and make a glaze.
  10. Melt vegan butter and maple syrup together, then lightly brush over the pretzels. This’ll give them the shiny glaze / coating.
  11. Serve and enjoy! They’re great with mustard!! 

Notes

To store: Pretzels are best enjoyed warm, day of making. You can store pretzels in an air tight / sealed container wrapped in grease proof paper and warm in the oven the next day. 

  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 10-12 minutes
  • Category: Bread
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Vegan soft pretzels, how to make pretzels, pretzels, salted pretzels, vegan pretzels

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4 Comments

  1. Jessica Dean
    January 17, 2024 / 1:20 am

    Just made them and family and friends LOVED THEM!!!!!!!!

  2. February 3, 2024 / 3:35 pm

    This is amazing!!!!!
    I’m not a great baker and often come up with results that are………. well, let’s say not as expected….
    But this recipe did it for me! Great outcome and everybody loved these prezels. Thank you!!!!!!! Will try other recipes of your blog. Your step by step instructions make it easy for somebody like me to succeed.

    • February 3, 2024 / 11:57 pm

      Awww this has made my day! I am over the moon you enjoyed, thank you so so much for the feedback xxxxx

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