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Whole Grain Soft Pretzel Bites

Prep Time22 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Total Time30 mins
Servings: 50 -75 pieces
Calories: 121kcal
Author: Stacey Weichelt, RDN, CD


  • 2 ¼ tsp active dry yeast
  • 1 ¼ cup warm milk
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 1 ¾ cup whole wheat white flour
  • 1 ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ Tbsp flaxseed ground
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ cup baking soda
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp water
  • Coarse salt


  • Preheat oven to 450℉.
  • Add warm milk, yeast and honey to large mixing bowl. Let mixture rest to allow yeast time to activate, approximately 5 minutes. The mixture will become a little foamy.
  • Next, add salt, flour and flaxseed. Mix until dough forms a ball and the dough is tacky. If you find the dough to be too sticky, you can add a little more flour until you get the desired tacky consistency.
  • Place the dough on a clean and sanitized counter. You do not need to flour the surface. Divide the dough into 4 equal portions. Take 1 portion and roll into a long rope shape, approximately 1 ½ feet long. Repeat for each portion of the dough. Next, take each rope of dough into 1 ½ inch pieces. Depending on your cut and thickness of the roll, it will create approximately 50-75 bites.
  • Fill a large pot with water and bring to a boil over medium/high heat. Next, very carefully add baking soda to water. Caution: this will bubble up. Boil 10-12 dough bites at a time for 1 minute. It works best to remove with a slotted spoon. Place boiled dough bites on a parchment lined baking sheet.
  • While the water is heating, beat egg and 1 tsp of water in a small bowl with a fork. Brush each dough bite with egg wash and sprinkle with salt.
  • Bake for 7-9 minutes at 450℉ until brown.
  • Enjoy with dipping in warm cheese sauce recipe below.