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Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel Bites

Cinnamon sugar pretzel bites are tender, gluten free, and easy to make. Toss the soft-baked pretzel bites in a healthy and sweet cinnamon sugar coating, making this recipe super addicting!

bowl of cinnamon sugar pretzel bites with a bowl of icing behind it

Are you more of a classic classic soft pretzel person, or someone who likes a little pizzazz with their pretzel?  

There’s a time and place for the classic warm soft pretzel brushed with butter and sprinkled with large chunks of sea salt.

And then there’s a time and place for the pretzel that’s been coated in sweet cinnamon sugar that has you licking your fingers after every bite.

That’s what we’re making today. Those finger-licking-good, soft cinnamon sugar pretzel bites.

top down image of cinnamon sugar pretzel bites in a bowl with pretzel bites around the bowl

Not only are these pretzel bites gluten free, but they can also be made vegan as well.

I have to say, this cinnamon sugar pretzel bite recipe is one for the books, and one I’ll be making a lot more often. Pretty sure Burken and I ate almost the entire lot this weekend, they were just that good!

Cinnamon sugar pretzel bites recipe: the dough

What I love most about this recipe is that it does not require any yeast. It also does not require a stand mixer or dough hook. All you knead {hahaha…couldn’t help myself on that one!} is a spoon and you’re hands to create this super simple gluten free pretzel dough.

The batter first starts out with cream of tartar and coconut milk. Full-fat coconut milk is needed to give the dough a buttery texture, without actually using any butter.

Shake the two of those together to get it nice and foamy, and to break down the cream that sits on top of the coconut water.

Then stir together baking powder, salt and coconut sugar {because a sweet dough just makes these cinnamon sugar pretzel bites even better!}, and olive oil.

bag of King Arthur gluten free flour next to a bowl of batter

Last is our gluten free flour. I love using King Arthur measure for measure gluten free flour because you don’t have to add anything into it. It’s all ready mixed with the xanthan gum {which mimics traditional gluten in regular flour}. The texture is also really perfect and not grainy; a must for gluten free flours.

All you have to do is stir until the dough starts to come together. I found that using my hands and kneading the last cup and a half of flour into the dough worked really well.

Cinnamon sugar pretzel bites recipe: the rolling

See how simple it was to put together that dough? No need to let it rise with yeast, or worry about needing to have a fancy stand mixer with a dough hook.

Now that your dough is ready and in a large ball, all we have to do is cut it and roll it.

top: ball of pretzel dough; middle 1: dough rolled into a rope; middle 2: rope cut into bites; bottom: pretzel bite dough rolled into balls

I found it easiest to cut the large dough ball into quarters. Then roll each quarter into it’s own ball.

From there, each small dough ball is rolled into a long rope and cut into about 14 pieces.

Roll each piece into a small ball that looks just like a little pretzel bite ready to be baked.

Cinnamon sugar pretzel bites recipe: the baking

Speaking of baking, making pretzels is a two step process.

We start first with the baking soda water bath. Sounds fancy, but all it is, is boiling water and baking soda.

top: unbaked pretzel bite dough; bottom: baked pretzel bite dough

The baking soda reacts with the dough balls and makes them puff up. You just have to drop a quarter of the dough balls into the water and flash cook them for about 30-40 seconds.

Once all of the pretzel bites have had their time in the nice warm bath, they’re brushed with an egg wash {or coconut oil if you want to make them vegan}.

The egg wash helps to make the outside lightly browned and crispy on the outside, while leaving the insides super soft and tender.

Cinnamon sugar pretzel bites recipe: the coating

Now that the pretzel bites are baked off and perfectly delicious in their own right, we’re going to take them over the top.

hand dipping cinnamon sugar pretzel bite into vanilla icing

Because, while we could simply brush them with melted butter and top each with a sprinkle of sea salt, I thought it would be much more fun {and delicious} to make this pretzel bite recipe addictingly sweet.

So, these warm and chewy pretzel bites are tossed in melted butter and a cinnamon coconut sugar mixture that will have you popping one bite after the other.

Seriously, just thinking about these cinnamon sugar pretzel bites has my mouth watering right now. If you have an upcoming party, make these pretzel bites, and watch them fly off the table!

bite taken out of a cinnamon sugar pretzel bite

I want to know, are you a classic pretzel bite person, or do you love a good cinnamon sugar coating? Tell me in the comments section below this post!

Looking for more gluten free treats? Check these out:

Healthy Gluten Free Monster Cookies

Gluten Free Rhubarb Cheesecake Bars

Strawberry Oat Bars

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Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel Bites
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
35 mins
Cinnamon sugar pretzel bites are tender, gluten free, and easy to make. Toss the soft-baked pretzel bites in a healthy and sweet cinnamon sugar coating, making this recipe super addicting!
Course: Appetizer, Dessert
Cuisine: American, Gluten Free, Vegan
Keyword: gluten free, refined sugar free, vegan
Servings: 14 people (4 bites)
Calories: 152 kcal
  • 2 tsp. cream of tartar
  • 1 {13.5 oz} can full-fat coconut milk shaken
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 2 Tbsp. coconut sugar
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 3 ½ cups 1:1 King Arthur gluten free flour
Baking soda bath:
  • 10 cups water
  • ½ cup baking soda
Egg wash:
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 Tbsp. warm water
Cinnamon Sugar Mixture:
  • ¼ cup {½ stick} unsalted butter melted**
  • 3 Tbsp. coconut sugar
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F and grease two baking sheets with baking spray.
  2. In a large stock pot, bring the baking soda bath water to a boil.
  3. Meanwhile, in a jar with a lid, add the cream of tartar and the coconut milk and shake until cream of tartar is dissolved.*
  4. Pour into a large bowl, and stir in the baking powder, salt, sugar and olive oil.
  5. Start to stir the flour {1 cup at a time} into the wet mixture. Once it becomes too tough to stir, start kneading the flour into the wet mixture with your hands, until a ball of non-sticky dough forms.
  6. Cut the dough ball into quarters, and on a lightly floured surface or pastry mat, roll each ball into about 20” ropes.
  7. Cut each rope into approx. 14 pieces. Roll each piece into a ball.
  8. Carefully add the baking soda {from the baking soda bath} to the boiling water. Add about 14 dough pieces to the water and cook for about 30-40 seconds, or until the dough starts to float.
  9. Remove with a slotted spoon and place on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining dough pieces.
  10. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg and water, and brush over the tops of the cooked dough pieces.**
  11. Bake for about 14-18 minutes, until golden brown. Remove and let cool slightly.
  12. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, stir together the coconut sugar and cinnamon.
  13. Add the slightly cooled pretzel bites to a large bowl and drizzle the melted butter over top. Toss to coat.
  14. Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar mixture over the top and toss to coat.
  15. Eat warm.
Recipe Notes

*Note: if you have a shaker bottle for protein shakes, using that to shake up the coconut milk and cream of tartar works really well.

**Note: if making vegan, used melted coconut oil.

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  1. Would this recipe work with almond milk, do you think? I can’t tolerate coconut milk at the moment.

    1. Hi Sarah! Thanks so much for your question. While I haven’t tested it yet, I don’t believe almond milk will work as a substitute for the coconut milk.
      The canned coconut milk is a much thicker consistency than regular almond milk and won’t create the same binding effect (or fat content) that the coconut milk contains.
      I hope you’re able to tolerate coconut milk in the future to be able to try this recipe!

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