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Vegan Mini Pretzel Pizzas with Cider Cheese Sauce

Vegan Mini Pretzel Pizzas with Cider Cheese Sauce

These vegan Mini Pretzel Pizzas with Cider Cheese Sauce and caramelized onions are the perfect snack for parties (especially Oktoberfest-themed ones!). If you love pretzels, you have to try these! 
Course Appetizer, Bread, Snack
Cuisine American, German, Vegan
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Resting Time 2 hours
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 225kcal
Author Bianca / Elephantastic Vegan


Pretzel Crust

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour + more to dust the dough and surfaces
  • 1/2 teaspoon instant yeast
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil + more to coat the dough
  • 1/3 cup water

Baking Soda Bath

  • 3 cups water
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons baking soda


  • 1 white onion
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 2 teaspoons pretzel salt

Cider Cheese Sauce

  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil - melted (or vegan butter)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 cup cider
  • 1/2 teaspoon maple syrup


  • Combine the flour, instant yeast, and salt in a mixing bowl. Add olive oil and water. Mix and knead by hand until a soft dough forms or put all the ingredients in a kitchen machine and let the machine knead the dough for you. Finetune the dough: If it's too sticky, add more flour. If it's too crumbly, add more water.
  • Coat the ball of dough in a drizzle of olive oil. Cover the bowl with a clean kitchen towel and let the dough rest in a warm spot until it doubles in size (about 2-3 hours  - depending on the room temperature!). 
  • Meanwhile, prepare the Cider Cheese SauceHeat the coconut oil or butter in a small pot over low heat. Add the salt, turmeric powder, and curry powder. Add in the flour and whisk. Add nutritional yeast, whisk again until clumpy. Add the cider and maple syrup, whisk on low heat for a few minutes until creamy. Set aside. If it gets too thick you can add a little bit more water or cider and whisk again to make it smooth and creamy.
  • Prepare the caramelized onions: Peel and cut the onion into rings. Heat a nonstick pan with the olive oil, add the onions and sprinkle with a pinch of salt. Close the lid and let the onions cook on low heat while stirring occasionally until soft and translucent.
  • Divide the dough into 4 equal parts, press them flat in your hands to create mini pizza crusts. 
  • Preheat the oven to 400°F/200°C. 
  • In a medium-sized pot, bring the water for the baking soda bath to a boil. Add the baking soda. Stir to combine.
  • Cook each pizza crust in the baking soda bath for about one minute. Transfer them to a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Spread the Cider Cheese Sauce in the middle, top with the caramelized onions and sprinkle the crust with pretzel salt.
  • Bake them in the oven for about 10-15 minutes until golden. And enjoy! 


Calories: 225kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 2635mg | Potassium: 144mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 2.1mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 2.1mg