We love the garlic knot dough so much, we immediately started thinking of things we could make with it! And these gluten-free Soft Pretzels were the first thing that came to mind!
Just like garlic knots, my son hasn’t had many, in any, great gluten-free soft pretzels… until now.
We’ve been making these on repeat and I finally snuck a batch away to take a photo!
So let’s talk ingredients... the secret ingredient may shock you as much as it shocked me!
The dough is just 4 ingredients:
gluten-free all purpose flour (we used GFJules, affiliate link)
plain Greek yogurt! (Yep the Greek yogurt works like magic!)
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Back to the gluten-free soft pretzels…
They make only 5 pretzels and while the recipe doubles well, instead, we keep making them fresh because it is one of the easiest recipes ever!
The dough comes together in literally a few minutes…
You mix the flour, baking powder and salt.
Then add in yogurt and mix the flour.
I mixed it well in my Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer (amazon affiliate link), finding that the gluten-free dough benefited from the mixing and doesn’t require much kneading.
And when it’s done mixing (literally like 30 seconds), pulls away from the sides.
Next you knead the dough about 5-10 times. The dough isn’t sticky but I still find it best to put a bit of flour on my hands before kneading.
You might be tempted to skip the kneading step because they dough seems so pliable already, but it makes a difference and takes just a minute.
After kneading the dough, divide into 5 equal parts.
One at a time, roll a part into a ball, then using both hands roll the ball into a worm like strip about 11-12 inches long (I found it easiest to roll on a silcone mat).
Then form the dough into a pretzel braid by forming creating a loop with one side, then looping the other side over the top… there is no one way to make it look like a pretzel so don’t worry if yours doesn’t look perfect.
The dough is a dream to work with, holding together beautifully, pliable and stretchy… sometimes, if I don’t like the way one looks, I just re-roll it and re-shape it, it’s that pliable!
Next, generously brush tops, being sure to get all sides of the braid with olive oil (you could also use butter– my family just prefers olive oil) .
And then sprinkle with salt to taste.
When you sprinkle with salt before baking the salt really bakes into the top, giving you that salty, yummy pretzel taste!
If you want to add more salt after they bake, when they first come out of the oven, use your brush to lightly brush a little olive oil or butter while it’s still hot and sprinkle with more salt so that it sticks to the pretzel.
22 minutes later... Golden on the outside, soft and chewy on inside!
Just look at this when I break one apart.. soft, fluffy and amazing looking!
While they are amazing warm, straight from the oven, they can be warmed up in the microwave the next day to regain that fresh baked feel!
As for dipping.. believe it or not, most of my family eats them plain! But my husband loves to dip them in mustard and I keep thinking it would be fun to dip in a cheese sauce!
How do you like your pretzels? Leave me a comment and let me know because I’m working on some dipping sauces!
Whether you dip or not, these soft baked pretzels are an easy and delicious snack. Perfect as an appetizer, side dish, after school snack or anytime basically!
Hope you love them as much as we do!
Scroll down for recipe and leave a comment if you make them!
These gluten-free soft pretzels are quick and easy (just 5 ingredients, 10 minutes prep, 20 minutes bake!) and irresistibly delicious! Golden, an amazing soft, fluffy & chewy texture, salty and so yummy! A perfect snack anytime! Recipe doubles well.
1cupall purpose gluten-free flour with xanthan gumwe used GFJules, affiliate link
3/4teaspoonkosher salt + extra for sprinkling
1cupfat free Greek Yogurtdrained of any excess liquid (we used Fage)
Olive oilor melted butter for brushing
Easy Soft Pretzels
Preheat oven to 375°F and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large bowl add flour, baking powder and salt and mix or whisk well. Add the yogurt and mix until well combined. I used a Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer (amazon affiliate link) and found the extra mixing helped the texture. The dough will pull away from the mixer when well combined.
Place dough on a silicone rolling mat and using your dry hands coated with the tiniest bit of flour, roll into a ball and knead about 10 times.
Divide the dough into 5 equal pieces, then roll each piece into a ball and then using both hands roll each ball into worm like strips, about 11-12 inches long. Pro tip: I find it easiest to roll into the worm like shape by placing the ball on a silicone mat and rolling with both hands.
Then form a pretzel shape by forming a loop with one side, then looping the other side over the top of the first loop, and gently pressing the loops into the edge of the pretzel base. Then place on the prepared baking sheet.
Use a brush to generously brush olive oil (or melted butter) on the tops including the inside of the braid. Sprinkle with salt.
Bake on the middle rack of the oven until golden about 22 minutes.
If you want to add more salt after baking, while still hot, brush the tiniest bit of olive oil or butter on the baked pretzel and then sprinkle with additional salt.. this will make sure the extra salt sticks to the pretzel.
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51 thoughts on “Easy Gluten-Free Soft Pretzels”
These look delicious! Let’s be honest, every recipe I’ve made from your site is delicious ? Any recommendations for a dairy free yogurt?
Thank you so much! I haven’t made them with a dairy free yogurt but I would try Kite Hill Greek Yogurt or any other thick/ greek dairy-free yogurt. Let me know if you make them.
Would it work to substitute a plant-based yogurt for the Greek yogurt to make it vegan?
Great question that I’ve been asked a lot! I haven’t made them with a dairy free yogurt but if you use a thick/ Greek yogurt like Kite Hill Greek yogurt, it should work! I will try to pick some up and try myself as well! Let me know if you make them.
Do you think it would work if the Greek yoghurt isn’t fat free? Can’t wait to try these!
Yes! I use Fage 0% fat Greek yogurt. Hope you love them!
I found it to be super super sticky. Kept adding more flour but more was on our hands then anything. Anything I’m missing ?
Hmmmm, sorry your having that problem! I’ve made this dough many times as it’s the same one as the garlic knot dough and haven’t experienced that… what kind of flour and what kind of yogurt did you use?
These were amazing and delicious and perfect! I never thought I would have a pretzel again but these were spot on! And so simple too! This will definitely be a frequent in our house!
These were so easy to make and delicious. My nephew who is not gluten free ate 2 and wants to know when I’m making it again.
These pretzels are seriously amazing and so easy to make! I brought them to a party last night and everyone loved them! Highly recommend these
If you GF flour doesn’t have xantham gum how much xantham should you add? Hope to try these out soon!!
Great question! I haven’t made them this way but you shouldn’t need much – 1/8 – 1/4 teaspoon at most! Let me know if you make them
Hello, would Bobs Red Mill 1 to 1 flour work?
Great as long as it has xanthan gum… if not, add 1/8- 1/4 teaspoon xanthan gum. Enjoy!
I love these! They were so easy to make and my whole family loved them!
Thank you! So happy you all loved them!
Hi! I always boil my regular soft pretzels in a baking soda bath before baking to give them that chewy pretzel texture. Do you think that would work with these?
I have no idea as I’ve never tried…. if you try, lmk!
We used the dough to make pretzel bites and gave them a baking soda bath and they were perfect! Got that shiny brown soft pretzel look.
Love that you did that! Happy you love them!
These were AMAZING! Thank you so much.
Happy you loved them!! Thanks for sharing!
Bobs red mill 1 to 1 does not work in this recipe. It is too sticky even when you add more flour. I was looking forward to these but I don’t have the right flour nor the right know how to fix.
The dough was extremely sticky and no matter how much flour I added I couldn’t get it to come together. I was bummed since it seems so easy, but I guess the type of flour really matters. I used Trader Joe’s cup for cup gluten free flour, which includes xanthum gum.
I’m sorry you had that experience! I have made this dough countless times and haven’t had that issue. I can try to problem solve but not being in your kitchen it’s a little trick! Do you mind me asking what type of yogurt you used? And did you use a mixer and let it mix together?
Can yoghurt be replaced with water only because we are also prohibited from vegan dairy?
Great question. Unfortunately since there are really only to main ingredients I don’t believe it will work.
These were great! So easy and yummy!
So good and easy! My toddler loved helping to make them. I just mixed/kneaded by hand (not with my stand up kitchen aid) and it worked great! I did have to add a little extra flour along the way. This was also my first time using GF Jules flour and it’s incredible. Thank you!
Love that you made them with your toddler! Happy you love them! Thank you!
Can you give amounts in UK measurements please.
I just got a new recipe program and I will see if I can start adding metric measurements…. great idea!
Delicious! Soft pretzels are one of the food items I miss most since being allergic to gluten and these are perfect. Plus, it is so quick and easy which is amazing! Thank you!
Can I use regular yogurt, or only Greek?
You need a thick yogurt which is why I recommend Greek yogurt.
My son is gluten, dairy and sugar free thanks to Lyme Disease! Do you have an alternate for the Greek Yogurt? I donot forsee Coconut Yogurt work the same!
I haven’t tried it with this recipe but Kitehill has a dairy-free greek yogurt that is thick enough to work. It is almond based I believe.
They came out amazing! Don’t be scared of how the texture of the dough is. Keep rolling it into a thin tube like then braid. It taste like a reg pretzel! I’m amazed! I used the GF All purpose flour from Walmart which contains the xatham gum in it.
Great for flatbread and pizza crust. Add some oregano or time. Use rolling pin to flatten to 1/4” or less. Bake until bottom is crispy, flip and add toppings.
Love it! It is a versatile and tasty dough… love that you used it for pizza! Thanks for sharing!
Made these for the first time. Delicious. Crisp outside, soft and fluffy on the inside! I made pretzel bites instead of traditional pretzel shape. Email me for a pic if you wish!
I wish I could post a photo. I’ve made these twice and they are amazing! Today I made them in an unconventional shape (think, twist donut shape) with1/2 red and 1/2 green food dye, so that they are Christmas themed. So fun and delicious!
I have actually made these into mini bagels multiple times! They are so yummy in any form!
Great idea! Thanks for sharing!
I made this AND shared it in my Gluten Free Facebook Group: Gluten Free USA;
I took on a cooking challenge for soft GF Pretzels and used your recipe.
I shared it here (with pictures): https://www.facebook.com/groups/gfree.usa
Thanks for your wonderful recipe!
Thank you so much for making and sharing! Happy you love them!
Just made these, I boiled them for 20 seconds with the baking soda/water mixture before baking them and wow! Tastes better than a Philly Pretzel
Love it! Thanks for sharing!
Would this recipe work with regular all purpose flour?
Definitely! Let me know if you make them!