Sweet and Spicy Pretzels and Healthy Snacking Tips

by Allison @ Alli 'n Son on January 18, 2012

You all know that I have an out of control sweet tooth, right? It’s not news to anyone. But, here’s something that you may not know about me. Promise you won’t tell anyone?

I like healthy foods too. I’m not exactly a health nut, but I make healthy substitutions in just about everything that I make. Except for indulgent recipes of course. Those are meant to be sinful.

I’m a huge fan of white whole wheat flour and use it in just about every muffin or bread recipe that I make. I always choose low fat or fat-free dressings, cream cheese, sour cream. I love, LOVE fruit {’cause it’s sweet} and I’m a fan of veggies. We have many meals that don’t include meat, much to Hub’s dispare.

I also love to snack. I graze nonstop throughout the day, to keep my energy level up while I’m attempting to keep two small boys clothed, fed, tear-free and generally happy. Since I’m a grazer, I try to keep the house stocked with healthy snacks. Fruits, veggies, yogurt. But there’s one snack that I love above all others: pretzels.

I think I’ve mentioned a time or one hundred, that I love pretzels. Love, LOVE, LOVE them. I’ve been addicted to them since high school, if not before. You can aways find a bag or two stashed in our cupboard. That’s a guarantee.

Why pretzels you ask? Well, because they are delicious. Obviously. But also because I’d rather eat a handful {or 10} of baked pretzels than fried chips. Or M&Ms. Or cookies. I want something that’s healthy, super easy, crunchy and salty in the middle of the afternoon. And pretzels, well, they are a perfect fit.

Pretzels are pretty much an every day occurrence at our house. I’ll often toss them in with kiddo’s lunch. Add a sliced apple, some peanut butter and yogurt and you have lunch. A super fast, tasty and healthy meal for those days when you just don’t have time to put together anything else.Or I’ll grab some pretzels and string cheese, one of my all time favorite snacks. Mmmmmmmm. Sometimes I even through in a piece of chocolate. Kind of weird, I know, but good. I swear it.

Although I’ll never turn down a bag of Snyders Sourdough Nibblers or Buttermilk Ranch Pieces, you can do more with pretzels than just eat them. You can wake up to pretzel coffee cake in the morning. Show off at a football party with Buffalo Pretzel Bites. Satisfy your sweet tooth with peanut butter pretzel cookies, peppermint chocolate covered cookies, pretzel turtles or Pretzel Crust Key Lime Pie. You can even spend an afternoon crafting with pretzels, snacking on them as you go of course.

One of my favorite snacks to make with pretzels is something a little sweet and a little salty. I love a good chex mix, but I always find myself picking out the pretzels first. So, why not just make a pretzel snack mix? And so, that’s what I did.

Sweet and Spicy Pretzels Recipe

Sweet and Spicy Pretzels Recipe

Two parts sweet. Two parts salty. One part spicy. Oh yes, I just improved pretzels. If such a thing is even possible.

Sweet and Spicy Sourdough Pretzels

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 8

Sweet and Spicy Sourdough Pretzels

Sweet, salty with a little kick. The snack that takes care of all your cravings.

Inspired by Food Network


  • 1 (1 lb) bag of Snyders Sourdough Nibblers
  • 1/2 cup olive oil or melted butter
  • 6 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons paprika, preferably smoked
  • 1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper, to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 325.
  2. In a small bowl combine the olive oil or butter, sugar and spices. Stir until combined.
  3. In a large bowl, dump the pretzels. Pour the sugar mixture over, stirring until evenly coated.
  4. Spread the pretzels in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. Cool.
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{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Winnie January 19, 2012 at 7:10 am

I L-O-V-E it – the kind of treat you cannot stop eating


2 Allison @ Alli 'n Son January 19, 2012 at 2:26 pm

Totally addicting. Totally.


3 Rebekah @ Making Miracles January 19, 2012 at 2:34 pm

I love pretzels!! Thanks for a great idea! :)


4 Allison @ Alli 'n Son January 20, 2012 at 1:29 pm

You are welcome Rebekah! Have a wonderful day.


5 Susan @ The Weekly Sweet Experiment January 19, 2012 at 3:29 pm

I love pretzels too. Yum!


6 Linderhof January 19, 2012 at 7:52 pm

I can’t wait to try this! What a great snack!


7 Allison @ Alli 'n Son January 20, 2012 at 1:28 pm

They are wonderful! I’m eating them as we speak…er…type.


8 erica January 19, 2012 at 9:53 pm

I love pretzels…these look amazing. :-)



9 JeannieP January 20, 2012 at 9:34 am

Good Morning, Alli! I just found your blog, and I love it already. Are we related? Mother of little boys (plus I have a college aged boy and a 15 yr old daughter who rolls her eyes for sport) and we both love anything chocolate. WOW. You had me head over heels in awe of you when you said you MUST eat your M&M’s according to color. My 18 year old has mentioned that when I eat my M&M’s that way, he has thought on occasion to having me committed somewhere. I am so glad I taught him to speak, and that I am paying for him to go away to college and major in Sarcasm. My 5 year old and 4 year old boys find it quite charming (my words, not theirs) that I eat my M&M’s, “in rainbow order, Mommy.” As for my husband, he pretends not to hear any of us speak. Anyhoo, THANK YOU FOR YOUR RECIPES!!


10 Allison @ Alli 'n Son January 20, 2012 at 1:27 pm

My 3.5 year old rolls his eyes for sport too! Drives me crazy.

Sounds like you have a very full life!


11 SocialMoms January 20, 2012 at 2:57 pm

LOVE this recipe! Sweet and salty, best of both worlds! This is an easy recipe that I’ll have to try.


12 Miz Helen January 20, 2012 at 5:12 pm

Hi Alli,
This is a great post, and I just love your Pretzels. I love Pretzels and always have some to snack on. Hope you have a great week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
Come Back Soon!
Miz Helen


13 Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust January 20, 2012 at 6:05 pm

Yum! I’m thinking I’ll make these for my girls night party next weekend. They sound awesome.


14 Lisa @ Sweet as Sugar Cookies January 20, 2012 at 9:59 pm

What a delicious idea. Pinning this.


15 Carrie @ My Favorite Finds January 24, 2012 at 10:29 am

I will for sure be trying these. I make something similar, but they’re all spice and no sugar. I dont’ really like them, but my husband does. Maybe I’ll like them better with a little brown sugar!


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