Not sure why, but I’ve been extra snacky lately. Sometimes it’s sweet snacks, sometimes it’s salty snacks, but it’s always crunchy. And preferably something I can eat by the handful without feeling too bad about it. So… piles of cookies are out of the question. Pretzels, on the other hand, are perfect.
For my sister’s birthday party, she made Ranch flavored pretzels to put out. As I inhaled a ridiculous amount of them (and watched everyone else around me do that same), I thought about making my own. Honey mustard pretzels are always something I’ve enjoyed, but it’s so gross to look down the ingredients list in the store. Plus, I’ve never found them I whole wheat form, so I just don’t get them.
I’m really stretching it here, trying to talk about pretzels for three very short paragraphs, so I’ll just stop now. Buy your favorite plain pretzels — doesn’t matter if they’re gluten free or whole wheat, sticks or twists — some yellow mustard, and some sort of liquid natural sweetener. Turn on your oven, and BAM. Delicious pretzels snacks.
⅓ c liquid sweetener (such as honey, agave, or maple)
¼ c extra virgin olive oil
¼ tsp garlic powder
⅛ tsp onion powder
1 lb bag pretzels
Preheat oven to 250 degrees F. Spritz a large roasting pan (or several baking sheets) with nonstick spray.
Whisk mustard, sweetener, oil, garlic, and onion until well combined.
Empty the pretzel bag into the roasting pan and drizzle the sauce on top, stirring to coat evenly (if using baking sheets: mix in a bowl, then spread out on baking sheets. No need for single layer).
Bake for an hour, stirring every 10 – 15 minutes. Note that the texture of hot pretzels will be a little strange — the pretzels will regain a normal texture after cooling.
Remove from oven and spread out in a single/thin layer to cool. Pretzels that are touching may stick together.
Once cool, serve and enjoy. Store in a loosely covered container.
Nutritional estimate and number of servings will vary based on the specific pretzels you use, so I have not included one. The pretzels will remain very slightly sticky on the outside even after cooled. Strict vegans may avoid honey, so keep that in mind if serving to guests. Use GF pretzels for a GF snack.