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Pretzel bites made with keto fathead dough served on a plate with creamy mustard dip.
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Air Fryer Keto Pretzel Bites

  • Low Carb
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time
Serving Yield 32 pretzel bites

These pretzel bites are made with fathead dough, a staple recipe in the keto community that consists of coconut flour, egg, and mozzarella. The low carb, nut-free dough takes just five minutes in the air fryer (or a few minutes longer if you're using an oven) to transform into a soft, chewy, salty, craveable appetizer or snack ready to be dunked in creamy mustard dip.

By: All Day I Dream About Food

Ingredients

For the pretzel bites:

  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon coconut flour, divided
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 6 ounces shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese (see notes)
  • 1 large Pete and Gerry’s Organic Egg, lightly whisked
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
  • Coarse salt, for topping

For the dipping sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons spicy brown mustard

Nutritional Information

Check out the nutritional information for these pretzel bites here.

Directions

To make the pretzel bites:

Step 1

In a medium bowl, whisk together 1/4 cup of the coconut flour with the baking powder, garlic powder, and xanthan gum.

Step 2

Place mozzarella in a large microwave-safe bowl and microwave on high in 30-second increments until well melted and easy to stir.

Step 3

Add the flour mixture to the heated mozzarella, then add the egg. Using a silicone spatula, work the flour and egg into the cheese, kneading the dough up against the side of the bowl.

Step 4

Dust a work surface with the remaining tablespoon of coconut flour. Turn the dough out onto the work surface and knead with your hands until cohesive. If the dough is still very sticky, dust lightly with more coconut flour until it no longer sticks to your hands.

Step 5

Divide the dough into 4 even portions and roll each portion out into an 8-inch log. Cut each log into 8 pieces.

Step 6

Spray the rack of an air fryer with avocado or coconut oil spray (or brush lightly with the oil of your choice). Place the pretzel bites on the rack with some space in between each one, then brush with the melted butter. Sprinkle with coarse or pretzel salt and press lightly to help it adhere to the dough.

Step 7

Air fry pretzel bites at 350F for 5 to 6 minutes, or until puffed and golden brown.

To make the dipping sauce:

Step 1

In a small bowl, stir the mayonnaise and mustard together until smooth. Serve with the pretzel bites.

Farm Team Tips:

Fathead dough is a simple combination of ingredients, but can be tricky to make, especially if it's your first time. It helps to measure and prepare your dry ingredients before melting the mozzarella, as this will allow you to begin kneading the dough while the cheese is still very warm and malleable.

The cheese you use can make or break this keto fathead dough recipe. For best results, choose a pre-shredded, low moisture, part-skim mozzarella.

If at any point your dough becomes difficult to work with, pop it back into the microwave for 5 to 10 seconds, and it should become malleable again.

Make sure the pretzel bites aren't touching each other in the air fryer basket, as they will expand slightly during cooking. Work in batches if need be; just keep your eye on them because every air fryer is different!

To make these pretzel bites in the oven, set a baking rack over a baking sheet and spray the rack with nonstick cooking spray. If you have a convection oven, use that setting on 350F. If your oven does not have convection, set the temperature to 375F. Watch your pretzel bites carefully when baking, and rotate your pan at the halfway mark to ensure even browning. Depending on your oven, the pretzel bites may take anywhere from 7-12 minute to bake.

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Milena

September 26, 2020

Amazing 👍 thank you for recipe ♥️👏

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[email protected]

September 28, 2020

We can't wait to hear what you think!

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Stephahie

September 26, 2020

Pretzel

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Debbie

September 23, 2020

Can you use a different cheese then mozzarella? I'm not a fan of the taste of things made with it.

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[email protected]

September 23, 2020

Hi Debbie- We haven't tried making these with any other type of cheese but would recommend, if you do, to keep in mind that you will want a low moisture cheese that is similar in fat to a mozzarella. This will help prevent your dough from becoming too greasy or unworkable. Also note that other cheeses may present an even stronger cheese flavor. Eager to hear if you put this to the test and how they come out for you!

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Tammy Underwood

September 21, 2020

Do you have the nutritional information for this recipe?

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September 21, 2020

Hi Tammy, nutritional information can be found on the creators website by clicking the link found below the ingredient list. We hope you enjoy!

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Shelly

August 25, 2020

Yum

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August 26, 2020

Hey Shelly, We are so glad you enjoyed this recipe. Thanks for choosing small family farms!

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Jeannie Wise

August 24, 2020

Pretzels

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Kim

September 27, 2020

Can you use almond flour instead ?

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[email protected]

September 28, 2020

Hi Kim, we wouldn't recommend using almond flour for this recipe, as the author has tested it and the texture of the dough didn't come out right. You could certainly give it a try if you would like to though, you'll just need to use 3x the amount of flour.

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[email protected]

August 26, 2020

Hey Jeannie, We love all things pretzels too! Thanks for choosing small family farms!

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Dorothy

August 09, 2020

Great the first time, using a low cookie cooling rack on parchment lined cookie sheet in convection oven. I use food gloves and knead in bowl, nothing sticks to hands Also, another thickening agent I found is Glucomannan from Konjac Root I bought in Health a food store. One capsule, powdered, opens to approximately 1/4 teaspoon This was first found ingredient in Keto Rhubarb Crisp recipe from alldayidreamaboutfood.com Great for making gravy from beef broth too. Thanks Dorothy

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Claire

September 30, 2020

Thanks for the tip!

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[email protected]

August 10, 2020

Thanks for the feedback, Dorothy! We're so glad you enjoyed this recipe.

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diana

August 09, 2020

try this pretzel bite recipe

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Jodi

August 09, 2020

Do these taste coconutty? I’m not a fan of coconut flavored things 😞

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August 10, 2020

Hi Jodi, we don't think so. The garlic powder and cheese does a great job overpowering any coconut flavor from the flour. Can't wait to hear if you give these a try!

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KellyAnn Kwiatek

August 06, 2020

What if I don't have xanthan gum?

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August 07, 2020

Hi KellyAnn, our friends over at King Arthur Baking guar gum as a close substitute that you can use in a 1:1 ratio for xanthan gum. If you don't have either, there are some resources online that mention gelatin, psyllium husk, or ground flaxseed as other alternatives, however you'd want to look up the proper ratio for whichever you choose to use. Essentially, all of these ingredients act as thickening agents that help bind the dough together. Hope this helps and that you enjoy this recipe!

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Carol Harlan

August 06, 2020

Can you recommend a good air fryer? There are so many out there and reviews are all over the place.

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August 06, 2020

Hi Carol, that's a wonderful question. We don't have a favorite ourselves but the creator of this recipe has a Cuisinart combo Air Fryer and Convection Oven it sounds like she has had great luck with thus far. You may want to check it out and compare to some of the others you've read reviews on.

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