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.
1 cup all purpose gluten-free flour with xanthan gum (we used GFJules, affiliate link)
¾ teaspoon kosher salt + extra for sprinkling
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup fat free Greek Yogurt, drained of any excess liquid (we used Fage)
Olive oil (or 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.
Hi! My name is Karen, and I’m the mom in our Healthy Gluten-Free Family. My posts and pictures here and on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter are labors of love that allow me to share a very personal journey with you, one our family has taken together — learning, experimenting and sharing how to raise a healthy happy gluten-free family. Read more ...