Some people like to dip their pretzels in honey, others like mustard… why not bring the two together? This isn’t new news, Honey Mustard Pretzels have been on the market for years, BUT not in the raw form. For this recipe I ended up using organic yellow mustard because I had it on hand. But to keep your recipe completely raw, you must try making the Sweet & Spicy Mustard which is amazing!
Mustard seeds are an excellent source of selenium and manganese. They are also a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, magnesium, phosphorus, and tryptophan. Truthfully, I never really thought much about mustard being a health food. But then when we create heathy recipes, it is always our goal to build the nutrient level with each individual ingredient. So now we can add mustard to the mix… literally. :)
Did you know that mustard can be used in hot compress preparation to help reduce the impact of strains and sprains in the body. They can also be used in poultices and plasters which can be massaged onto the chest helping decongest blocked sinuses and lungs? So next time you roll over and your spouse smells like mustard, they are either eating Honey Mustard Pretzels in bed or using the magic of mustard to heal!
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- In a food processor, fitted with a “S” blade, pulse together the almond pulp, ground flax-seed and salt.
- Add mustard, almond butter, almond milk, Braggs Aminos, honey and vanilla. Process until everything is well combined.
- Piping bag ~
- I highly recommend this method. I used a disposable piping bag and a 1/2″ piping tip. For thinner pretzels use a 1/4″ tip.
- Once you have the tip in place, put the bag in a tall glass and fold the edges over the glass. This will create a stand and it will make it easy to fill it with the batter. I posted photos below.
- Fill the piping bag with batter (I had to refill the bag a second time). Work all of the air bubbles out of the bag so that it doesn’t “burp” while creating a line of dough.
- Place a teflex sheet on the mesh sheet that comes with the dehydrator.
- Hold the bag at a 22 1/2 degree angle (or 22 haha) and with a steady, consistent pressure, squeeze the batter out and slowly slide the tip down the teflex sheet. Don’t go to fast and cause the line to break and don’t go to slow which will cause bulges. You will quickly get the hang of it. Create solid lines from one side of the tray to the other. I have an Excalibur dehydrator that has large square trays.
- Sprinkle coarse sea or celtic salt on top and lightly press it into the dough. Because we are not using yeast these pretzels won’t rise causing the dough to grab onto the salt, so we have to help it a little. :)
- Dehydrate at 145 degrees for 1 hour to set the “outer crust”. Cut into 1″ pieces and then place them on the mesh sheet. Continue drying at 115 degrees for 6-8 hours or until dry. They do firm up a tad more once they cool.
The Institute of Culinary Ingredients™
- Raw honey isn’t vegan but I still use now and again. Read (here) why I like to.
- What is Himalayan pink salt and does it really matter? Click (here) to read more about it.
- Learn how to make your own raw almond butter by clicking (here).
- Learn how to grind you own flax-seeds for ultimate freshness and nutrition. Click (here).
- Why do I start the dehydrator at 145 degrees (F). Click (here) to learn the reason behind this.
- When working with fresh ingredients it is important to taste test as you build a recipe. Learn why (here).
One of the greatest joys when creating raw food recipes is experimenting with different ingredients… a practice that I highly encourage. Daily I get questions regarding substitutions. Of course we all might have different dietary needs and tastes which could necessitate altering a recipe. I love to share with you what I create for myself, my husband, friends and family. I spend a lot of time selecting the right ingredients with a particular goal in mind, looking to build a certain flavor and texture.
So as you experiment with substitutions, remember they are what they sound like, they are substitutes for the preferred item. Generally they are not going to behave, taste, or have the same texture as the suggested ingredient. Some may work, and others may not and I can’t promise what the results will be unless I’ve tried them myself. So have fun, don’t be afraid, and remember, substituting is how I discovered many of my unique dishes.
I Googled “pretzel shape templates” and found the size of pretzel that I wanted. I uploaded
it into my Print Shop Program and filled up a sheet of pretzel outlines. I then printed it out and slid it under
my teflex sheet that comes with the dehydrator. That is what I am trying to show you in the photo below. :)
I might recommend using a larger tip as these turned out a little fragile.