I’m all about celebrating holidays, but am always on the lookout for fun foods that aren’t just treats, candy, and sweets. Don’t get me wrong, I love to incorporate those into my holidays, but I feel like the proportion of sugar to regular food is way off balanced.
I set out to find a fun lunch or dinner idea that would be kid friendly, easy, and don’t add to the amount of sugar available on Valentine’s day! I tried a few recipes am an ultimately very pleased with what I created! I love that this recipe has low added sugar and incorporates whole grains in as well!
Whole Grain Soft Pretzels
- 2 packets quick, instant dry yeast (4 teaspoons)
- 1 tsp white, granulated sugar
- 2 cups warm water
- 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour or bread flour for chewy texture
- 2 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour (I buy at Walmart)
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp canola oil
Water solution to Dip Pretzels
- 1/2 cup baking soda
- 4 cups hot water
- 2 tbsp light butter (I use Land o' Lakes light butter made with canola oil)
- 3 tbsp everything but the bagel seasoning (use more based on preference)
- 1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese (use more based on preference)
- any other toppings you would enjoy!
Honey Mustard Sauce
- 1/3 cup dijon mustard
- 2 tsp light mayonnaise
- 2 tbsp honey
- 1. In a 2-cup pyrex or small bowl, dissolve yeast and 1 teaspoon sugar in 2 cups of warm water. Let stand for 10 minutes (until it starts to look foamy).
- 2. In a large bowl, mix together flours, 1/2 cup sugar, and salt. Add the oil and yeast mixture and stir until combined to form dough. If the mixture is dry, add one or two tablespoons of water at a time until dough is formed (it should be sticky but look like dough. If it is too flour-y add more water as directed).
- 3. Mix until just combined (overmixing or adding too much flour will create dense pretzels).
- 4. Cover bowl containing dough with a bread cloth or plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size (usually about an hour). I turn my oven to the “warm” setting for 5 minutes, turn it off and let my dough sit in the warm oven so that the dough rises faster. Take dough out when it has doubled in size.
- 5. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and spray non cooking spray to prevent sticking
- 6. In a large bowl, dissolve baking soda in 4 cups hot water; set aside.
- 7. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and divide into 12-24 equal pieces (depending on the size you would like your pretzels to be).
- 8. Roll each piece into a rope and twist into a heart shape. Once all of the dough is shaped, dip each pretzel into the baking soda-hot water solution and place pretzels on baking sheets. Sprinkle seasoning and/or parmesan. Reserve light butter until after pretzels have cooked.
- 9. Bake pretzels in preheated oven until browned, about 8 minutes. Brush about 1/2-1 TB of light butter on pretzels while they are still warm. Serve with honey mustard sauce.
Honey Mustard Sauce
- 1. Combine all ingredients, stir until mixed, and serve! This sauce keeps well in the refrigerator for up to 5-7 days.