Pretzel buns

I was in the mall the other day and the smell of pretzels was just wonderful, so I thought I would try and make a healthier version with my kids. We used whole wheat flour and added some nutritional yeast to the dough. Instead of making them bite size or rolling it up in the form of a pretzel we just shaped them into little buns. The results were delicious little buns. It is best to be eaten hot, though they freeze really well too.



1 cup warm water

1/2 tbsp maple syrup

2 tsp active dry yeast

2 cups whole wheat flour

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tbsp nutritonal yeast

1 tbsp black sesame seeds

1/2 tbsp olive oil

1 cup hot water

2 tsp baking soda

Extra sesame seeds for the tops of the pretzel buns

Extra nutritional yeast for the tops of the pretzel buns

Parmesan cheese for the tops of the pretzel buns



1. Mix warm water, honey and yeast together. Let it sit for about 5-10 minutes.

2. In another bowl, mix flour and salt.

3. Using an electric mixer, mix the flour mixture with the honey yeast mixture. Mix until dough is well combined and forms a bowl.

4. Rub the oil all around the dough. The dough can be left in the mixing bowl to rise. Cover  the bowl with saran wrap and a kitchen towel. Leave to rise for about 2 hours in a warm place.

5. Divide dough into four. Roll each section into a long roll and cut into equal pieces, and then form into little buns.

6. Cover and let it rest for another 30 minutes in a warm area.

5. Mix the baking soda with the hot water in a bowl. Dunk each pretzel piece in the baking soda water, and then place it on a baking sheet. If the dough loses it shape, just shape it back into a bun. Sprinkle with desired topping- sesame seeds, nutritional yeast, and/ or parmesan cheese.

6. Bake at 400 F for about 8-10  minutes or until it is baked through.






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