Gluten-free Chocolate Pretzels. Vegan, soy free recipe

Its a sleepy Monday today. We had the first 90+ degrees F weekend this summer, so we pale Seattle-lites were all out in the Sun. Drives around Lake Washington, a dip here and there in the cool water. I could go knee high in the water, which is a yay for me! We also, looked at some houses, but none seem to catch our fancy, location preference and budget.


Evening hours disappear watching the Olympics coverage, even though NBC keeps making gaffes all day like ” hey if you dont want to know the results till the telecast late night, please Mute your TV now. And a second later, there on your screen, bright red big letters scroll .. Phelps won gold.” duh!
Cara passed on the Hope Relay baton to me. The point is to write about this little enigmatic word and pass it along. So here we go…
Hope is me standing in line to pick up cupcakes for a friend, who just had a cute little baby, for 10 minutes without giving up. It was hot, humid, claustrophobic with the crowd, people taking their time to taste ice creams(me=frustrated), the constantly moving crowd always upsets my depth perception and balance, and all this can also give me anxiety attack! I contemplated giving up 3 times in between, but finally made it. picked up the cupcakes, and headed to the car for the trip to meet the baby!
Hope is the smile on hubbs face when he gives me a good job fist pump when I get back to the car. Isnt he the sweetest.
Hope is the happiness that your dog showers on you when you come back from anywhere whether you were gone 1 minute or 10 hours. The wiggly bum, the rapidly fanning tail, the toothy smile “I am so happy that you are back”!


Hope is me making and eating up chocolate cakes in the name of trying to create the perfect molten lava version ;), everyday. Please save me and my teeth from chocolate.


I am sure hubbs is going to read this and look at me like.. really, where does all this go when you need it!:) I am passing on this baton to the following inspiring bloggers. No pressure for participating in the relay.

Caralynn at Glutenfree Happy Tummy. Though I dont think she needs to write a separate post. All of Caralynn’s posts are filled with hope and positive energy.
Vicky at Gluten Free scd and Veggie Vicky’s blog is full of amazing creations and her never give up attitude.
Kris at Spabettie Kris has something new every single day, come rain or shine.
Ella at Lifeologia Ella captures hope and beauty in her timeless photography and posts.

And since we are talking chocolate, here is a Chocolate Pretzel. Lightly sweet, lightly chocolatey mochaish bitter and crunchy salt. Just about perfect dont you think. To make plain pretzels, reduce sugar to 1 Tablespoon, leave out the cocoa and coffee, add 2 Tablespoons more starch to balance the missing cocoa. Or use the dough of my glutenfree Oat bread loaf.
These pretzels are my usual Oat and rice flour glutenfree bread dough with added sweet and cocoa. More glutenfree Breads here

For regular wheat flour pretzels see Stuffed pretzels here. Add cocoa powder to get desired color and extra sugar. Rest of the steps like normal pretzels.

You know hubbs reads my blog when he comes home and asks, when did u make these? I want some. (I had made glutenfree pretzies 2 weeks back and the post was in draft). Short memory anyone. So I made some regular half wheat half bread flour ones for him today. Pictured below.

Concetta, you won The Starch Solution Book! Please email me your address at richahingle(at)gmail(dot)com .:)

GF Batter before rise


Batter after rise


The batter becomes doughy after the rise and with some flour can be easily shaped into balls. To make long pretzel ropes, it will need a couple of tablespoons of starch to make it dry and sturdy enough.

Baked.


Time: Prep and Rise time: 1 hour
Cook time: 30 minutes

Utensils:
Bowl, whisk, measuring spoons, measuring cups, deep pan, parchment paper, baking sheet

Chocolate Pretzels
Gluten, dairy, egg, soy free. can be made nut free. Makes 8-10 2 inch pretzels
Ingredients:
Dry
1/2 cup Oat flour
1/4 cup brown rice flour
1/2 cup tapioca starch( or any starch)
2 Tablespoons cocoa powder(more for darker)
1/2 teaspoon instant coffee, powdered (optional)
3 Tablespoons ground raw sugar or equivalent sweetener
1/8 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon active yeast

Wet:
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup almond milk or any non dairy non nut milk for nut free
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1 Tablespoon virgin coconut oil

Additional
1/8 cup of Oat flour to work
granulated Kosher/pretzel/sea salt for sprinkling
5-6 cups of water
1 Tablespoon baking soda

Method:
In a bowl, mix 1/4 cup warm water, 1 teaspoon raw sugar and yeast. Let sit until frothy. 7-8 minutes.
In another bowl, mix rest of the dry ingredients.
Add the dry to the yeast and mix.
Add in the almond milk, apple cider vinegar, oil and mix well to make a thick stiff batter.
Let sit for 1.5 hours, covered in a warm place.
Oil hands, and Using some oat flour, make balls or ovals. Place on parchment sprinkled with coarse oat flour.(let sit for 5 minutes until the water comes to a boil).
If the dough is too wet to handle, add a few teaspoons of starch and mix, to make it less sticky and easier to handle, but not too dry. Since this dough is a soft wetter dough, it is easier to make balls instead of ropes.
Bring water to a boil on high in a deep pan. Add baking soda carefully.
Carefully dip the pretzels in the water and boil 30 seconds. You can use a strainer for easy handling.
Place back on parchment.
Sprinkle liberally with granulated salt and press lightly and immediately transfer to the oven.
Bake in preheated 400 degrees F for 15-18 minutes.
Let cool for 10 minutes.

Comments

  1. says

    girl..seriously..how do you think of these things? dayv will DIE for these.

    and i loved what you wrote about hope. i love when i come home and mina says, “i’m so glad your back!” in her special way <3

    • says

      i know right. that unconditional, without fail happy face always gets me. though chewie meets strangers too the same way and sometimes makes me feel that i aint that special;) he just loves to shower love everywhere.

      like i do with all gf stuff, i never tell hubbs. he ate a bunch and goes these are fantastic! and i ask him, so what do u think is different.. hmm dont know, the chocolate?

  2. says

    richa i m so scared of veganising something but you make the whole process look like a breeze!! and needless to say, some lovely pretzels out here good to be grabbed from the screen

    • says

      anusha, vegan stuff is usually much easier and failsafe:) you can taste the cookie and cake batters, no need for muscle work with creaming butters and no feeling of bloated tummy even after eating a bit more food!:)

  3. says

    Ooooo my!!! I’m not normally a fan of pretzels but your chocolate ones looks soooo good!! My first tendency was to think those crystals are sugar, then I had to remind myself that they are salt. haha Either case, total yummness!!

  4. says

    gosh Richa, thank you so much for passing the baton to me, and for those kind words:) i love your definition of hope — seeing a smile on a loved one’s face – just perfect. and wow…those chocolate pretzels look AMAZING!! have a great day! thanks again!

  5. says

    Oh my gosh, these sound almost too good to be true. I’ve been snacking away at Snyder’s of Hanover’s gluten-free pretzel sticks but so disappointed in the lack of flavor/variety for gluten-free pretzels. This was just what I needed to see.

  6. says

    I love what hope means to you- especially in regards to Chewie greeting you and molten lava cakes. It really is about the wonderful gifts we have in our life, isn’t it. :-)

    These pretzles are ridiculous! Chocolate pretzels! Sooooo amazing!

  7. Erin says

    Look sooo good! BTW – if you are looking to move, come check out the Eastside in Mornoe! Great place to live and there are houses for sale in my neighborhood! :)

    • says

      ;) sure Erin. i dont think we are ready to move out of downtown yet:) i love all the acitivy around, so looking at queen anne and cap hill for a decent sized home. lets see.

  8. says

    Richa! How sweet of you to pass on the Hope Relay Baton to me and for your lovely words! I love your take on “hope”!

    Gorgeous recipe – it’s already been pinned!

  9. says

    This is simply genius Richa! I have never had anything except the traditional salted pretzels with mustard, but clearly a dessert version (especially YOUR dessert version) is a must! I love the way the salt looks against the chocolate :)

    • says

      Thanks Heather. i was very happy with myself too. and the good thing vegan cupcakes dont melt away, their other cupcakes needed help.

    • says

      i can understand that. some of my initial tries ended up getting composted too. and now if i try to bake with dairy /eggs i will end up with disasters. once you get an idea of the conversions, it comes naturally! :)

  10. says

    I’ve also been spending WAAAAY to much time watching the Olympics ;) And NBC doesn’t seem to know the meaning of spoiler alert! I’ve never had chocolate pretzels before, but now I want to try them! Love that you made these from scratch and they look so tempting… I’m featuring this post in today’s Food Fetish Friday (with a link-back and attribution). I hope you have no objections and thanks always for keeping me inspired with new ideas…

    • says

      Awesome! thanks for the feature. I tell you, just day before the host was like.. and coming up, the gold winning race for the teenager from grenada, right after this break. I wanted to throw something at him!:)

  11. says

    I don’t have a TV but that doesn’t keep me from reading the Olympic coverage or watching at friends’ houses ;) These pretzels win the gold!!!

  12. says

    ha, that is awesome. Jason *usually* remembers, even if I don’t post the recipe for a while, but sometimes he will ask “how was that received, did people think it was as cool as I did?” kinda thing, when I haven’t shared yet ;)

    THANK YOU for including me, a nice surprise to see my name among your list! I will participate soon!

    glad you Pale Seattleites are getting some warmer weather – talking to a couple of my friends to the North recently, I always forget it is cooler up there than Portland, with all the water surrounding you!

    we love pretzels, I cannot wait to try these!

    • says

      that happens some days too. like why havent u made that again :)
      we live right off the water and luckily some heat is predicted this weekend.

  13. says

    Beautiful post and food shots…. yum – I have to come over for that lava cake and the chocolate pretzels one day and help you eat some of that sugar ;) Looks awesome!
    Thank you so much my dear for including me in the relay award ;) You are very sweet to think of me and my blog this way ;)
    Sending big hugs. Ella

  14. says

    Wow…you had me at chocolate pretzel! This is a combo of some of my fave things. I love pretzels and chocolate, well, that just sends it over the edge! Thanks for linking up to HVF again…loving your recipes girl!

    • says

      I havent tried these with other flours. other gf flours i have experimented with are sorghum and millet. So those will work fine, but will need more starch to keep the dough light. Use atleast a 3/4 cup starch if using other dense gf flours. Let me know if you try them!

  15. says

    You amaze me Richa! One day I want to meet you and sample all of your incredible recipes. Thank you for sharing this delicious treat on Allergy-Free Wednesdays.

  16. Anonymous says

    I was excited for this recipe till I saw oat flour and instant coffee :( Oats typically aren’t gluten free because of how they are processed (I don’t know if this applies to oat flour but I would assume so), and same with coffee. From the research I’ve done, coffee is almost never gluten free unless specified since it all contains some trace amount of gluten from processing. Are there any substitutes for those two things?

    Also, I just discovered your blog from pinterest and I’m so excited to be trying out some of these recipes!

    • says

      Thank you for dropping by. I use certified glutenfree Oats from Bob’s red mill(they are processed on different equipment), which some other bloggers with diet restrictions have used without problems. For coffee, you can skip it. The chocolate flavor is good enough by itself!
      I have not made these with a different flour. I have used oat And sorghum or millet in combination before. Any other flour though will require some more starch to be added. So you might have to experiment a bit. the dough should be soft and moist before shaping pretzels and it should be fine. Do let me know if you do try it.

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