Although these pickles are baked in the oven, you’ll swear they were dunked in the deep fryer. While I wouldn’t go so far as to claim these appetizers are beauty food, they certainly are a healthier option for your gathering than the traditional party fare. Plus, they’re vegan and can be made gluten-free, meaning everyone can enjoy. When I think of fun, novelty, party foods, fried pickles are probably in my top five favorites. If you love pickles like I do, then you will adore these crunchy spears. Serve them with a vegan ranch dipping sauce to really make them memorable!

Oven-Fried Pickles [Vegan]

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Calories

26

Serves

12 pickle spears

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Ingredients

  • 4-5 large dill pickles, quartered lengthwise
Crispy Coating:
  • 1/2 cup whole grain or gluten free breadcrumbs (I just toasted a couple slices of bread and processed them in the food processor until they were course crumbs)
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons almond meal (I ground mine myself from raw almonds)
  • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried dill
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Pinch of fresh round black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon olive oil, optional
Batter:
  • 1/3 cup almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon chickpea flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon onion powder
  • Pinch of nutritional yeast
  • Dash of dried dill
  • Pinch of salt and pepper
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Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.  Grease a cookie sheet.
  2. Combine crispy coating ingredients in a shallow bowl, drizzling the 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil over the combined items last. Whisk batter ingredients very well in a separate bowl.
  3. Pat pickle spears dry with a paper towel. One at a time, dredge the spears through the batter mixture, then roll them in the coating and place them on the greased cookie sheet.
  4. Bake at 425 for 5 minutes, then flip the spears and bake for another 4-5 minutes, until golden.
  5. Serve with store-bought or homemade vegan ranch dressing. Yum!
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    Nutritional Information

    Per Serving: Calories: 26 | Carbs: 3g | Fat: 1g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 467mg | Sugar: 1g Note: The information shown is based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.