Happy Long Weekend! Today I am sharing these plant based onion rings and you are going to love them! They are crispy, have a hint of spice and are so good! A big misconception with eating a plant based diet is that it is all super healthy or tasteless and this recipe proves that is not the case! I thought I would do something a bit different with the dipping sauce as well and I made a balsamic aioli which actually tasted really good with the onion rings! Keep reading for the recipe!
Plant Based Onion Rings:
Prep Time: 10 minutes/ Cook Time: 20 minutes/ TOTAL TIME: 30 minutes
Gluten Free/Dairy Free/Plant Based/Vegan/Snacks/Appetizer
*1 Large Sweet Onion
*1 Cup of Unsweetened Almond Milk
*2 tsp of Hot Sauce (Divided) (I used Sriracha but you can use whatever you have or something hotter if you want it spicier)
*1 tsp of Apple Cider Vinegar
* 1 Cup of Gluten Free All Purpose Flour
*1 tsp of Paprika
*1 tsp of Garlic Powder
*1 tsp of Onion Powder
*2 Cups of Gluten Free Panko Style Bread Crumbs
*Salt to Taste
*Pepper to Taste
*1/2 cup of Veganaise
*1 tsp of Olive Oil
*1 tsp of Balsamic Glaze (I used Nonna Pia's Garlic Flavor)
*1 tsp of Garlic Powder
*Lemon Juice (I just cut a small slice and used that)
*Preheat oven to 450 Fahrenheit
*Peel and slice the sweet onion into rings about 1/3 inch thick. Separate the rings and set aside.
*You are going to need 3 medium sized mixing bowls. In the first bowl, combine the almond milk, 1 tsp of hot sauce and the apple cider vinegar. Whisk to combine. While you are whisking the milk, you should notice it thicken a bit..this is the consistency you want. Let mixture sit while you prepare the other bowls.
*In the second bowl, combine the gluten free flour, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Stir to combine
*In the third bowl add the gluten free bread crumbs and the other tsp of hot sauce. Massage the hot sauce into the bread crumbs to coat evenly.
*Now take an onion slice and dip it into the almond milk bowl first coating it completely. Then dip it into the second bowl with the flour, making sure that the ring is completely covered; shake off any extra flour. Dip the onion back into the almond milk mixture and then finally into the breadcrumbs coating the ring completely. Place the ring on a parchment lined baking sheet and repeat process until all the rings have been coated in flour and breadcrumbs.
*Make sure that the rings are evenly placed onto the baking sheet, bake the rings for around 20 minutes (flipping halfway through) until the rings are crispy and have started to brown around the edges. Once cooked, set aside and allow to cool for a few moments.
*While the onion rings are cooking, in a small bowl mix together the veganaise, olive oil, balsamic glaze, garlic powder and lemon juice. Stir to combine. Set aside or put in the fridge. This aioli will last in the fridge up to a week.
*Place the rings onto a plate and serve with the balsamic aioli or ketchup. Enjoy!
I hope that you have enjoyed this recipe! It is a bit of a process to make them, but they are so worth it! These are a prefect junk food to indulge in and taste so similar to an onion ring that you'd find anywhere else. These would be great to bring to a party as it is so hard to tell the difference, I had recipe testers for this one and they were pleasantly surprised by how similarly they tasted to the real deal! I will be making these again and can not recommend these enough if you are looking for a fun recipe to make! I hope that you all have a great Easter and long weekend! What are your plans? Let me know in the comments below.