This Homemade Pumpkin Sunflower Butter Soft Pretzels recipe is one of the many easy homemade foods that will surely satisfy those taste buds without compromising your healthy food choice. Made with bold sunflower butter and pumpkin flavors, and boasts of a soft, fluffy brioche-like texture. Only a few ingredients are needed and it’s all done in simple steps. Entirely Vegan, Nut-Free, and Dairy-Free.
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Now that Fall is in full swing, it’s been SUPER chilly here in NYC on some days. I almost feel like Fall might be a very short season this year and Winter will rear it’s ugly head earlier than anticipated.
Of course, the best way to stay warm is by creating warm dishes that bring some comfort to those of us who aren’t huge fans of the cold. Haha.
Anyone with me?
I’m most excited to share this recipe with you all because I LOVE, love soft pretzels!
Whenever I make a trip to the mall, soft pretzels from the pretzel stand are usually on my list of must-buys! Yup. It’s that serious.
While I often grab the cinnamon sugar version, I can never not love the original soft pretzel.
However, I’ve never attempted to make pretzel at home because I’ve often felt intimidated. Honestly, I thought that they were difficult to make. But oh was I wrong.
These soft pretzels are actually easier than I anticipated.
In fact, I feel that my training with cinnamon rolls made this recipe even more easy. But don’t worry—these pretzels aren’t nearly as difficult as cinnamon rolls.
Anyway, I wanted to use pumpkin as a way to keep things festive and pairing it with SunButter is just as dynamite!
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When it comes to Sunflower Seeds, they are rich in healthy fats and include several vitamins and nutrients. They are especially high in Vitamin E (an incredible antioxidant) and selenium. Together, both work to help protect the body’s cells against free radical damage.
Also, Sunflower Seeds include beneficial plant-compounds which acts as antioxidants as well.
Other Health Benefits:
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OK, so if you’ve been following my SunButter recipes, then you’ll know that there are a variety of flavors. While I’ve had the pleasure of trying out all of the flavors and textures added, I must let you know that using a specific version for these pretzels is a matter of preference.
Because SunButter has a different texture and “oiliness” than other butters, it’s so important to use the right amount AND the right version, especially for certain desserts. However, after much testing, I’ve realized that the SunButter Creamy version worked just as great with this recipe as the other versions. Personally, the creamy version is just that—smooth and creamy and it mimics most popular butters (in terms of consistency) the best. Granted, you can also use their Organic, No-Sugar Added, or Natural versions. In addition, you can also use their Natural Crunch version, if you’re into enjoying a little crunch in every bite.
Either way—-it’s still good.
Now, let’s dig right into this recipe–-shall we?
Preheat your oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit and prepare two baking sheets with liners. Set aside.
Combine yeast and pure cane sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer and slowly pour in warm water while stirring frequently. Allow 10 minutes for the mixture to sit and for the yeast to activate and becomes ‘frothy’.
In the meantime, melt the vegan butter and allow it to cool for 2-3 minutes, until WARM. Now, add sea salt and melted butter to yeast mixture, whisking it together.
Add the SunButter and and pumpkin puree and continue to mix for a few more seconds, until well combined.
Next, combine the all-purpose flour and bread flour and add them both to the wet ingredients and mix on low-speed until well combined, about 1-2 minutes.
Change “Mixer head” to kneading accessory and knead dough for 5-10 minutes on medium-high speed until dough ball becomes smooth and elastic and dough springs back when lightly pressed with 2 fingers. NOTE: If dough is too sticky, add 1 Tbsp of flour at a time until texture is achieved!
Lightly grease a large bowl with a small amount of coconut oil and then place the dough ball in the bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit for 1 hour, allowing the dough to rise and double in size. **NOTE: A longer rise makes everything more fluffy and soft.**
Meanwhile, in a medium pot, boil 2 cups of water and 4 Tbsps of baking soda, stirring it together until it dissolves. Remove from heat and let it cool until WARM.
Once the hour has gone by and your dough has risen (about double its original size), flour a flat surface and place the dough on it and flatten it out slightly with the palms of your hands. Then cut it into 8 triangular sections and roll each section into a long rope-like shape, about 19-20 inches long. Now, gently twist the ends upward and fold over into a pretzel.
Now place the pretzel into the lukewarm baking soda bath for 2 minutes, ensuring that the entire pretzel is submerged in the water.
After 2 minutes, carefully pick up the pretzel using a fork and place it directly onto the prepared baking sheet.
Repeat until all pretzels are made and soaked.
Sprinkle pretzels with sesame seeds and bake for 8-9 minutes or until golden brown and fluffy.
Once done, remove pretzels from oven and brush them immediately with melted butter.
Serve hot and fresh.
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Homemade Pumpkin Sunflower Butter Soft Pretzels.