I’ve been on the lookout for a killer onion ring recipe for a while now, and I haven’t had any luck- so I decided to make one myself! Let me tell you these Vegan Onion Rings were gobbled up pretty quickly over here and had me thinking next time I need to make a double batch!
Why You’ll Love These Vegan Onion Rings:
- These baked onion rings take 30 minutes to make! That’s it!
- They are crispy on the outside and sweet on the inside.
- These vegan onion rings go amazing with your favourite dips!
- Make these healthy onion rings gluten free by simply using gluten free breadcrumbs. Or if gluten free dishes aren’t your thing, use normal bread crumbs!
how to make onion rings without eggs
No eggs needed in this recipe. You might be wondering what holds everything together then?! Well, it’s the mixture of arrowroot starch/corn start and milk. It coats the onions and then naturally breadcrumbs will stick to the battered onion ring! The great thing about this recipe is that of all the vegan appetizers out there, this one only takes 25 minutes to make. It’s quite a simple process. First off, slice the onions into circular rounds about 1/4 inch in width. Then you’ll need to prepare a baking sheet, lined with parchment paper or one of these. Side note, it’s my goal to start using these reusable baking mats over parchment paper whenever I can.
Okay, back to the baking process. Next, you need to mix the breadcrumbs and garlic powder in two bowls (this is key to avoid all the breadcrumbs from clumping together down the road). Then add the rest of the ingredients into another bowl. And then you just dip from one bowl to the other. Bake them for 10 minutes. Flip them. Then bake them for 5 more minutes. Whether it’s as an appetizer or as a side dish, you can’t go wrong because the process is easy peasy.
healthy onion rings as a vegan appetizer or side
These vegan onion rings would also serve as a delicious side dish to go with these black bean burgers. Adam and I have enjoyed this combo a few times and it’s pretty great. I know a lot of people like the combo of fries and burgers but sometimes I find the fries are too heavy and then you don’t enjoy your burger as much. I LOVE fries, don’t get me wrong, but these vegan onion rings don’t have that same kind of heaviness, so they make for a nice change-up! Because they aren’t overly filling, these baked onion rings are the perfect vegan appy or work great as a side.
Sometimes you just crave something a little more comforting than a salad. And with my way of eating, I can’t just whip to A&W and order some onion rings. This recipe brings enjoyment back to comfort foods for me. I used spelt bread crumbs (from a fresh loaf) in this recipe but gluten-free bread crumbs would work here too. So these can be gluten free onion rings, for all those celiacs out there. This easy vegan appetizer is healthier than the A&W options and quite straightforward to make! So even I, with a sensitive stomach can enjoy the taste. They have the crunch and the sweetness that is the beauty of a classic onion ring.
here are a few reasons why I love these vegan onion rings, so listen up!
- These baked onion rings are super easy to put together. It takes 25 minutes to make them. In the end, you’re left with crunchy onion rings that will satisfy your tastebuds. This recipe is great as a side dish or a delicious addition alongside some other vegan appetizers.
- This recipe can easily turn into gluten free onion rings by subbing your favourite gluten free bread crumbs! I like to pretend these baked onion rings are comfort food, but in actuality, they are more on the healthy side! No oil, no sugar just yummy breadcrumbs, almond milk, and some seasonings to make this recipe pop. Comforting healthy foods do exist!
- They are crispy with a little sweetness from the almond flour, a surprising combo that is perfect for these onion rings. The Picky Husband is a big fan because these taste like the real deal. But good news, these onion rings are baked not fried, and loaded with all clean ingredients.
- You may be wondering are onion rings vegan? And honestly, they aren’t necessarily. A lot of the classic recipes rely on an egg in the batter. Usually egg, milk and flour are used to cover the onions. With this recipe, there are no eggs used, gluten free flour and plant based milk are used, and there is an option for gluten free bread crumbs to make these gluten free onion rings. So lots of options for the free-of diets out there. You now know that onion rings can be vegan, and can be mouthwateringly delicious.
If you are on the lookout for some baked onion rings- I got ya covered. I HIGHLY suggest making these vegan onion rings ASAP because you NEED these in your life. The crunch, the crispness, and the comfort of these really hit the spot. You don’t want these missing from your dinner plate! Don’t forget to all my gluten-free-ers out there, you can totally make these gluten free onion rings by using gf breadcrumbs- it’s as simple as that! EVERYONE deserves homemade onion rings in their life, allergies or not!
vegan onion rings
- 1 red onion
- 1/2 cup almond flour
- 1/4 cup arrowroot powder (or corn starch)
- 2/3 cup almond milk
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
- 1 1/2 cups bread crumbs (GF or normal)
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- salt and pepper
- Preheat the oven to 450ºF.
- Cut the onion into circular rounds about 1/4 inch thick.
- Combine the almond flour, arrowroot powder, almond milk, garlic powder and nutritional yeast in once bowl. Mix the breadcrumbs and garlic powder in another bowl. (I suggest separating the breadcrumb mixture into 2 or 3 bowls because once you start dipping the onions and the breadcrumb mixture starts to get a little wet, it tends to stick together).
- Taking one onion slice at a time, dip it first into the wet batter, covering it completely, then shake any excess batter off of it. Next, dip it into the breadcrumb mixture, and cover. Place on a lined baking sheet.
- Continue to dip each onion slice in the wet batter first then the dry mixture, and place on the baking sheet.
- Once all the onion slices have been coated, bake for 10 minutes. At the 10 minute mark remove the baking sheet from the oven and flip the onions, then place back in the oven for 5 more minutes. Onion rings should be golden brown at this point.
- Let cool and then enjoy!