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Low Carb Keto Soft Pretzel Bites

A low carb, keto, gluten free version of soft pretzel bites using fathead dough. This easy, yeast free dough produces a great snack or appetizer that is perfect for game day!

With Super Bowl happening this weekend, I’ve been busy planning my menu. I’ve already bought a ton of chips and will also be making my keto cheese crackers and 2 ingredient soft pretzels. This then made me want to create a low carb keto version.

To make the soft pretzel bites, I started with fathead dough and my low carb keto bagels recipe.


Fathead dough is a low carb/keto dough that is made out of cream cheese, mozzarella cheese, eggs and a flour substitute like almond flour. It started out as a pizza crust recipe published by Tom Naughton while he was creating the movie Fat Head. The recipe became an internet viral sensation and has since been adapted and modified for recipes beyond pizza crust. So far I’ve used it to make keto eggrolls, breadsticks, bread rolls, bagels, and crackers.

step by step showing cheese base for low carb bagels
step by step photos showing how to make the dough for low carb bagels


These don’t taste exactly the same as traditional soft pretzel bites. Instead of a chewy texture, they are more soft and fluffy. However, the crispy salty crust does remind me of soft pretzels. They taste especially good dipped in cheese sauce.

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Low Carb Keto Soft Pretzel Bites

Servings: 8 (full recipe yields approx 74 bites)
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
A low carb and keto friendly of soft pretzel bites. This easy snack doesn't need any yeast. It tastes delicious paired with cheese sauce! 
4.81 from 21 votes


  • 3 cups part skim low moisture shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 oz cream cheese
  • 3 large eggs one egg is reserved for egg wash
  • 2 cups superfine almond flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp coarse salt


  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mat.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together almond flour and baking powder. Set aside.
  • Add mozzarella and cream cheese to a large microwave-safe bowl. Cover the cream cheese with mozzarella so that it is not exposed in the microwave. Melt cheeses in the microwave at full power in 30 second intervals. Stir after each 30 seconds and continue cooking until cheeses are completely melted and form a uniform cheese dough. (See photo in post for reference). This should take around 2-2 ½ minutes total. Do not try to microwave the full time at once because some of the cheese will overcook. You can also melt the cheese over the stove in a double boiler.
  • Add cheese, 2 eggs (remember one of the eggs listed is for the egg wash finish at the end only), and almond flour mixture into a food processor with dough blade attachment. Pulse on high speed until the dough is uniform. The dough will be quite sticky, which is normal.
  • Wrap your pastry board with plastic wrap until the plastic wrap is taut. You should have the plastic wrap running across the bottom of the board so that the weight of the board will help keep the plastic wrap in place. The plastic wrap should keep your dough from sticking to the board. Lightly coat your hands with oil and divide dough into 8 equal parts. Roll each dough into ropes about 1 inch thick. 
  • Using a sharp knife, slice dough into 3/4 inch wide pieces. You should have enough dough for approximately 74 bites. Place onto prepared baking sheet.
  • Add the final egg to a bowl and whisk. Brush surface of pretzel bites with egg wash. Sprinkle tops of pretzels with coarse salt.
  • Bake pretzels for about 12 minutes in the middle rack of your oven, or until pretzels are a light golden brown. Set your oven to a low broil and cook for about 2 minutes. This will crisp up the exterior of the pretzel slightly, so that it resembles a soft pretzel crust. Watch your oven carefully during these 2 minutes as you don't want to burn or overcook your pretzels. If you don't care about crisping the exterior, you can skip the broiling and just bake for a few more minutes at 400F until the pretzels are dark golden brown.



  • I recommend using superfine almond flour and not regular almond flour. I used Bob's Red Mill brand which I bought on Amazon here.*
  • Traditional soft pretzels are briefly boiled in baking soda water before baking to achieve a chewier crust. I did try that with this recipe but it did not have the same effect. The pretzels stayed the same so I do not do that additional step for these pretzels.
  • I do not have a recipe for the cheese sauce. When I make these, I usually use melted Velveeta or buy premade cheese sauce.
  • *Some of the links contained in this post are affiliate links. Much like referral codes, this means I earn a small commission if you purchase a product I referred (at no extra charge to you).


Serving: 0.125of recipe or approx 9 bites, coarse salt topping not included, Calories: 315kcal, Carbohydrates: 8g, Protein: 18g, Fat: 24g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Sodium: 309mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 1g, NET CARBS: 5

The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.

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133 comments on “Low Carb Keto Soft Pretzel Bites”

  1. This was a great recipe. I made them in the air fryer. I had to cook a little longer, around 7 minutes. I would suggest maybe adding some garlic powder and Italian seasoning to the mixture to give it that extra wow as after two pretzels I was pretty over it. Overall great recipe

  2. can i use normall flouer?

  3. this is amazin’

  4. I know that will be great .
    I will make it. Having these Healthy combinations previously are go too delights. Thank-you.

  5. I will try this recipe soon but i will add some garlic powder in some abd onion powder ib other you could also add a pinch of cayenne powder with that as well. This sounds like they will work out well.

  6. These tasted so good…my husband usually hates my low carb cooking but loved these…I did do some with everything bagel seasoning and sugar cinnamon, as well as salt…so delicious.

  7. If you only have regular almond flour can you sift it or blend it to be superfine almond flour instead? I want to make these. Thank you if you can help.

    • Sifting won’t help but you could try blending it to make it superfine. We haven’t tried it so can’t say for sure how it will work. If you try it, remember to measure the flour after you blend it.

  8. Trying keto diet

  9. Hi there, what other cheese can I use that isn’t fresh? I am not allowed to have mozzarella, but can have any cheese that’s aged 30 days or more like havarti, gruyere, cheddar etc.

  10. What if you don’t have a dough blade attachment??

  11. Has anyone tried it with coconut flour?

    • We haven’t, but coconut flour works differently in recipes and can’t be used in place of superfine almond flour in the same amount.

  12. Only way too much salt. I’d try cutting in half next time.

  13. Thanks for the recipe! Can these be stored/ frozen?

  14. I made them as a last minute Sunday snack- delicious! As you said, not Chewy Like a pretzel however delicious! 

    I made cheese sauce by adding half a brick of Cream cheese, 1/2 cup half and half, 1/2 cup shredded cheddar and 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella all melted together – add more half and half to thin out if you need. I add hot pepper flakes and hot paprika but I love a little kick!  Or you could add some mustard if you like that! 

    Thanks for the recipe! Yum!

  15. How do you store these?

  16. Has anyone tried making this with only 1 cup of almond flour? 

  17. Love this recipe its my go to for pretzel bites. I also add everything bagel topping to the pretzel bites and do a cinnamon sugar version too. I cut down the salt because i find it a bit too salty especially with the bagel seasoning addition. Thanks so much.

  18. This sounds great but I was wondering if there are any egg substitutes? I don’t eat eggs.

  19. If you want a more pretzel texture you could add Psyllium husk.

  20. The kids loved these as well as the adults! Thank you for this fairly easy and tasty recipe!

  21. This is yummy, and I enjoyed it a lot.  I think I needed to let the cheese mix cool off a little bit in order for it to rope properly.  I will definitely try this again, thanks!

  22. Going to make these and wrap around hot dogs for a lil auntie Anne’s taste with cheese sauce. Thank you for the recipe.

  23. It works for pizza!!!

  24. These were pretty great! My only issue was the middle was kinda dry any suggestions how to combat this? I’ve been having the same issue with fathead pizza dough too.

    • I’m not sure what would cause that. Have you tried reducing the baking time or maybe lowering your oven temp slightly?

  25. I was skeptical about trying these, but I’m trying to eat very low-carb right now. They turned out great! I followed the recipe exactly as it was written, and I must say I’ll be making these again.  So far I dipped them in mustard, but I also will be trying them dipped in cream cheese and possibly a cheese sauce as well.  They do taste a little different than soft pretzels, but that’s fine with me.  They still taste delicious!  Question – do you use the same exact recipe (minus the egg wash and salt on top) to make pizza crust?  Thanks! 

    • I’m so glad you enjoyed! The pizza crust is not the exact same recipe. It uses mostly the same ingredients, but different amounts.

  26. How do we store these? Can they be refrigerated and frozen?

  27. I’m excited to try this recipe but I only have regular almond flour, not the super fine almond flour. How will that effect the texture? Did you test this at all?

    • I have not tested with regular almond flour. If you are using regular almond flour, the amount will not be the same. You can do some internet research to see how much you should use.

  28. This looks interesting. I’m allergic to almonds. Can I replace that with other gluten free flour? 

  29. I used a stand mixer, added xanthan gum, and just sprayed my hands and working surface with butter flavored non stick spray and these came out fantastic and easy to make!!!!

  30. I just made a full batch and would love to share some with my neighbors. I will store them in the fridge but how do you recommend reheating them for the best results? Obviously I am thinking no microwave but I am wondering approximately how long you reheat them in your oven? Do you use a warm temp or a full baking temperature to reheat?

  31. Can I make a head of time?
    If so should I warm them ?


    Someone is using your photo on Etsy.

  33. I am dairy free so I substituted Daiya cream cheese and shreds and they turned out great. Had to microwave a little longer and they wouldn’t roll (too sticky) so I just scooped them onto the pan with a spoon. Even my non-keto hubby and father-in-law gobbled them up!

  34. I’m ashamed to say that I’ve never had low carb, keto, gluten-free soft pretzel bites! This recipe looks great though so hopefully that will change, Kirbie!

  35. I have made them recently and they are so delicious! ? closest I have been in a while to something that tasted this close to bread. I decided to be creative and sprinkle the top with parmesan, italien seasoning, pepper and salt. Loved each different topping! They all tasted so great! Thank you for the best recipe so far!

  36. Do you have air fryer instructions? I’m hoping to make them this weekend. 

  37. I was hoping to make this for my dad. Is the salt to help the dough rise or just for flavor? He is on a low sodium/low carb diet but used to love the super pretzels. Thanks for your Answer!!

  38. These are delicious! I have found that mixing the dough by hand actually incorporates the ingredients better for me. I don’t have a food processor, and the Kitchen Aid didn’t quite do it. I added Everything Bagel seasoning and dipped them in cream cheese when they were cool enough to handle.  This recipe would make a great bagel, too!

  39. Yum! Just made and ate some. Should I store the left over pretzel bites in the fridge or are they ok at room temp?

  40. I love these pretzel bites! They really satisfy my craving! FYI: I used my silicone pastry mat to roll out the dough and it worked perfectly without having to cover anything with plastic wrap. 

  41. Absolutely love your creative idea with soft pretzel bites! As you know I made it a short while ago and it was lovely! Thx, Kirbie for sharing!

  42. I’m ashamed to say that I’ve never had soft pretzel bites! This recipe looks great though so hopefully that will change! Thanks for posting it, Kirbie!

  43. is it best to use part-skim mozzarella ? this has lower protein and fat content, right ?

    I have made fathead dough “things” with both and don’t see any difference, but I am more concerned about getting enough fat in my day….

    • I specify using part skim low moisture mozzarella because some of the other mozzarellas, especially full fat ones have a high moisture content which can cause issues with the dough not turning out right.

  44. I wonder if you could boil and bake like with real pretzels to get them chewy 

    • I tried before and it doesn’t make any difference. I know that’s the method for traditional soft pretzels but it doesn’t seem to work for these.

  45. I don’t have a food processor or blender right now. What would you suggest? Just mix by hand?

  46. I was considering making this recipe. I was thinking of lightly spraying the bites with a baking soda & water solution. I want to see if “chew” texture is obtainable…thoughts?

    • I actually tested that because I use the baking soda water solution normally when I make soft pretzels. Unfortunately, it didn’t make any difference at all in the texture of these.

  47. Hi, can I use only egg whites instead of whole eggs? 

  48. What kind of cheese sauce did you use?

  49. What kind of cheese sauce did you use? These sound fantastic. I can not wait to try them. 

  50. Hi, I’m attempting to make these but my dough is too super soft and sticky. It’s almost impossible to handle let alone roll out. I followed all ingredients carefully. Is it ok to refrigerate a bit to firm up the dough? Any advice would help, thanks 🙂

    • You can let the dough cool at room temperature for a little bit and you can add some more almond flour to help with the stickiness. I don’t recommend putting it in the fridge. Keep in mind the dough is made mainly out of cheese and you need to work with the dough while the cheese is still malleable and before it firms up. The dough should be very sticky and soft. It is not like a normal dough. If you coat your hands with oil, you should be able to roll the dough with your hands (which is all that is needed for this recipe, no need to roll out with rolling pin). Using plastic wrap at the bottom should also prevent sticking. Hope this helps!

  51. Is it really only 15 min prep time? Seems too good to be true! I adore your low carb recipes and secretly hope you’ll sell already-made products 🙂

  52. I know it says the amount of dough for the nutritional value but can you tell me approximately how many pretzel bites it equals? Thanks!

    • It makes about 74 pretzels. The amount is stated in the recipe instructions. I originally had the amount listed in the servings but that led to problems when giving nutritional information.

  53. I made a double batch of these guys tonight for the super bowl. My mom’s boyfriend who is diabetic along with the 3 of us that are keto scooped these right up. They’re SO GOOD. EVEN WHEN ROOM TEMP. Outstanding recipe!!!

  54. This recipe was pretty simple and the pretzel bits taste super good. The only thing I would add is to add oil to your hands to remove the dough from the food processor because the dough is sticky. This makes alot of bites. I make them for a larger g as gathering tonight but my family is already asking to make them again. This would be alot for just our familyof 4, so my question is do these pretzel bites freeze well?

    • I used a silicone spatula to scoop out the dough to prevent any sticking, but you can definitely coat your hands in oil too if you’re using your hands. I have not yet tried to freeze these–they never last more than a few hours after I make them. I will have to test it out next time I make a batch.

  55. These pretzel bites were so good. The only thing I would do different next time is not broil them. They got super eggy tasting.

    • I’m glad you enjoyed! I didn’t experience the eggy taste, but you can definitely skip the broiling. I did it to get them a little crisper. You also don’t need to use the entire full whisked egg for egg wash.

  56. For the prezle bits how may carbs are they

  57. Can you use coconut flour?

    • Yes you can make a version with coconut flour but it would not be a direct substitute. I have not tested with coconut flour so I don’t know what the adjustments would be

  58. Can sesame seed or sunflower seed flour be substituted for almond?

  59. Hi, what if I don’t have a dough hook? Any substitute?

    • You can mix everything by hand. It does take a little more effort and make sure to do it quickly while the cheese is still hot.

  60. What are the net carbs per serving? Or did you put that in there and I just missed it?