Lightened Up Soft Pretzels

These Lightened Up Soft Pretzels are a great way to indulge without all the guilt!

Walking through the mall it’s almost impossible to not stop and take in a giant whiff of soft warm pretzel. They are even better with a nice cup of warm Nacho Cheese sauce!

The only problem is that one of those pretzels have over 370 calories, and 4 grams of fat! Thanks to Laura’s request I thought I should tackle this Guilty Pleasure, and this is what I came up with…

Add the yeast to the warm water and stir until muddy, let it sit till it foams on top.

Pour into a standing mixer and add the sugar and salt. Slowly add the flour, one cup at a time until it’s all mixed in and no longer sticky. Place the dough on a floured counter top and roll out the dough with a rolling pin. Use a pizza or dough cutter to slice into strips.

Wrap the dough into the traditional pretzel form or into sticks, let your kids make their own shapes!

I sprayed my pretzels with Pam (butter flavor) to get a more crisp outside, then baked them at 425 degrees for 12-15 minutes, or until light brown. You can also sprinkle with coarse salt, garlic powder, chopped onion, or any other favorite spice or herb! I used garlic powder for mine.

These pretzels were very delicious! I had so many that I sent a batch over to my neighbor! I did attempt to make a cheese sauce, but I’m not going to give you the recipe… I didn’t really like it. hehe. But I saw that a great substitute would be the Velveeta Cheese Light!

These pretzels came out to only 94 calories and just 0.5 grams of fat!

Plus by adding the whole wheat flour I also punched up the grams fiber!

These are a great snack that you can enjoy any time of the day! Having my kids home for the summer, it was also a fun thing they could join in on! {They love to help me cook!}

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Lightened Up Soft Pretzels

These Lightened Up Soft Pretzels are a great way to indulge without all the guilt!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Side
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8
Author: Shawn

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 tsp. yeast, or one packet
  • 1 1/2 cup very warm water, about 102 degrees F
  • 5 cups Flour, I used half white/half whole wheat
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt

Instructions

  • Add the yeast to the warm water and stir until muddy, let it sit till it foams on top.
  • Pour into a standing mixer and add the sugar and salt. Slowly add the flour, one cup at a time until it’s all mixed in and no longer sticky. Place the dough on a floured counter top and roll out the dough with a rolling pin. Use a pizza or dough cutter to slice into strips.
  • Wrap the dough into the traditional pretzel form or into sticks, let your kids make their own shapes!
  • I sprayed my pretzels with Pam (butter flavor) to get a more crisp outside, then baked them at 425 degrees for 12-15 minutes, or until light brown. You can also sprinkle with coarse salt, garlic powder, chopped onion, or any other favorite spice or herb! I used garlic powder for mine.
Keywords: Diet, pretzels, Soft
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About the author

Shawn is the Owner and Creator of I Wash You Dry. She loves to create and share simple, family-friendly recipes. Mom to 5 adorable children and dwells in the desert of Southern Utah.
3 Responses
  1. Shawn

    Stephanie, that sounds like a great idea! Like I've said before, I am no baker…so all the tips and advice you can give me are great! Thanks! 🙂

  2. Stephanie

    This look great! I wonder if you boil them first (like a bagel), if they would turn out just as chewy as the ones in the mall. I wouldn't think it would add any more calories – since you would just be putting them in water. What do you think?

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Shawn Syphus

Hi, I’m Shawn and I’m a busy mom of five; pretending to live on a budget. I love to cook, and explore new recipes, but they have to be quick and easy with as few dishes as possible.

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