When you’re committed to healthy living, you can still indulge in delicious treats, like these Soft Honey Pretzel Bites with Honey Mustard Sauce. The trick is making it yourself so you stay in control of what’s actually in the food you’re eating. You’ll be sure to want to include healthy ingredients like Waxing Kara Spring Honey, and a good quality flour.
Spring seems like a time for being social. If you’re hosting your own parties or just visiting a friend, you should make a treat in celebration! These pretzels are crowd pleasers and satisfy your salty/sweet craving, so who could say no? The sweet and tangy mustard sauce is perfectly light for springtime, and you can change it up throughout the year for a seasonal flair.
We served these honey soft pretzel bites with honey mustard sauce on a plate with the mustard sauce in a serving dish. It was a hit! Add a sprig or two of parsley on the side for some added color on your serving plate. This dish announces spring with style and flavor!
The Benefits of Mustard
Mustard is a spring crop that’s actually very good for you. Mustard is a member of the cruciferous family, which also includes broccoli and cabbage. Also known as cole crops, these plants produce enzymes large amounts of vitamin C that protect your immune system. Mustard seeds are also a great source of selenium and magnesium, both of which are known to reduce inflammation.
Spice up our Pretzel Bites
We love this recipe just the way it is. Those pretzels are crispy on the outside, but tender and soft in the middle. And dipped in that honey-swirled mustard sauce? Add a little horseradish and we are in heaven! But, you know, that’s just us. You might have different ideas of what perfection is. And we are all about finding your way. So, we encourage you to change this recipe up in a way that works best for you. If you’d like some ideas to get the ball rolling, here are some ideas for changing this recipe:
- Use whole wheat flour to make this recipe even more nutritious
- Why not add some herbs to the pretzels, like dill?
- You can make the honey mustard sauce more rich by using mayo, or lighter by using plain yogurt
- Add some rosemary to the pretzel bites for added flavor
If you decide to make these honey soft pretzel bites with honey mustard sauce, do us a favor, will you? Snap a quick photo and share it with us using #waxingkararecipes on Instagram. Tell us how you adapted the recipe too. We love seeing your creations!
Honey Soft Pretzel Bites with Honey Mustard Sauce
- 1 1/4 c water warm
- 2 1/4 tsp. active yeast 1 packet
- 1 tbsp. Waxing Kara Honey
- 3 c flour plus more for kneading and dusting your working surface
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1/2 c baking soda
- 2 tbsp. butter softened, divided
- Coarse Sea Salt
HONEY MUSTARD DIP
- 1/2 c mayo or use plain yogurt for a lighter dip
- 3 tbsp. Waxing Kara Honey
- 3 tbsp. mustard
- 1/2 tsp. horseradish Optional
For the Dough
Combine the warm water and active yeast and honey. Stir together and set aside for several minutes until bubbly.
In a separate bowl, add 3 cups flour and the salt. Stir to combine.
Create a well in the middle and pour the bubbly yeast mixture. Add 1 tablespoon of softened butter and stir to combine everything.
Sprinkle additional flour over the top if the dough is too sticky to work with. Once the dough is workable, begin kneading it in the bowl. You may need to sprinkle additional flour. Knead for 2 – 3 minutes.
Cover with plastic wrap or dish towel. Set in a dry, warm place for 40 – 50 minutes.
Bring 8 cups of water to boil in a large pot, with the baking soda.
Heat your oven to 430F and line 3 baking sheets with parchment paper.
Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface. Divide the dough in half. And then divide those halves in half, and so on, until you have 8 equal sizes pieces of dough. Roll out each piece to create an 8 – 10” rope. Cut each rope into 1” pieces.
Drop the pieces, 8 or so at a time, into the boiling soda water and leave them in the pot for around 30 seconds. I used a pasta straining utensil, or you can use tongs to remove them from the water and place them on the prepared pan, leaving space between them.
Repeat this process until all of the pretzel pieces have been cooked in the soda water.
For Pretzel Baking
Melt the second tablespoon of butter in a small dish. You can add a teaspoon or so of milk to help make this runnier. Use a brush to coat the top side of each pretzel before placing the pans in the oven to bake.
Sprinkle the top of each pretzel with sea salt.
Bake until golden brown, approximately 20 minutes. Note: You may need to rotate pans in the oven if the top pan gets more browned more.
For Honey Mustard Sauce
While baking, prepare your Honey Mustard sauce by combining the mayo, mustard, and honey. Stir to combine. Add horseradish if you’d like some extra kick to your sauce.
Once the pretzel pieces are done, remove them from the oven and allow to cool slightly before placing in a serving dish next to your mustard dip.
Marly McMillen, MBA, is a COO-turned entrepreneur and earned a plant-based pro certification from Rouxbe Cooking School. She publishes about recipes, health, creativity, living authentically, and the business of blogging at Namely Marly and Chopped Academy.