These whole wheat pretzel bites are a show stopper. My boys can’t get enough of them and they are crazy easy to make and perfect for a weekend treat. Preparing the dough is easy then you need to let it sit for an hour so it has time to rise. After that it’s all about bake time which takes only 10 minutes.
Now if you don’t eat them all in one sitting then you can easily freeze the extras for another time or store in a air tight container for a few days. I have a feeling these whole wheat pretzel bites will not last long.
My son loved putting the pretzel bits in the water and taking them out, I think that was his favorite part. Make sure your mini chef doesn’t get too close to the stove, I’d demonstrate how to do this part first before allowing them to do it on their own.
Once they are done top with your favorite sauce or eat plain. I had to take the first bite since I knew I wouldn’t get many once the boys dug in.
- 3-4 cups whole wheat flour
- 3 tablespoons raw sugar
- 1 pack of active dry yeast
- 1½ cups warm water
- coarse sea salt
- melted butter
- Pot of boiling water with 2 tablespoons of baking soda
- In a large bowl add 1½ cups of warm water, really warm but NOT hot. You don't want to kill the yeast by making the water too hot.
- Whisk together then add the sugar, then whisk again.
- Let sit for about 5 minutes, if you see the yeast bubble you know it's working
- Add 1 cup of water at a time, mixing until incorporated. Continue to add 1 cup of flour until you can start kneading it with your hands.
- You do not want the flour too wet or dry so this part is very important. After the 3 cup of flour and you are kneading the dough add flour a little at a time, like ¼ of a cup until you are not getting dough stuck to your hands.
- I only had to add about 3½ cups of flour but depending on your flour you might need to add more. Any sort of bread making is tricky so pay close attention to the consistency of the dough.
- Once you kneaded the dough for about 5 minutes place it back in the bowl and place a towel over top. Set in a warm place and let rise for 1 hour.
- Once the dough has risen you can start working with it.
- Pre-heat oven to 425
- Boil the baking soda water
- On a flat dry surface take out bits of dough and make long snakes (as my son would call it) and with a knife cut into 1 inch pieces.
- Once you've cut all the pieces place about 10 at a time in the boiling water. When they rise to the top take out with a slotted spoon and shake off access water.
- Place dough on a lined baking sheet and sprinkle with coarse sea salt
- Bake at 425 for 10 minutes
- Take out of the oven and brush with melted butter and serve with your favorite dipping sauce
I don’t think we will ever buy pretzel bites again since they were so easy to make. Want other fun and healthy snack ideas, head to my Pinterest Healthy Snacks board for more inspiration. Looking for new recipes to try out with your kids or want to share some of your own?