I have been playing with many onion ring recipes without oil trying to find the right combination of spices and CRUNCH needed for the texture and taste I was looking for. After many attempts, I found a combination of ingredients that are not only simple but quick and easy.
We like it spicy at our house, so if you are not a spicy hot lover, you can leave the cayenne pepper out, or reduce the amount to meet your taste buds. Just remember, you can always add spicy slowly, you can’t take it away once you have put it in a recipe. So add lightly.
I have another quick trick with the onions that I also do with my Mujaddara, which is a a great short cut; salt and a microwave.Print
Fat-free, Gluten-free, Spicy Baked Onion Rings. No guilt with the real crunch of onions rings. What else could you ask for?
- 3 large yellow onions, sliced and inner circles separated (1/8 inch slices)
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1/2 cup flour (I used almond flour), but you can use any flour you choose
- 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
- 1 cup plain Panko bread crumbs
- 1/2 cup corn meal
- 3 teaspoons garlic salt
- 3 teaspoons cayenne pepper (skip this if you don’t want the spice)
- Cut onions and separate all the inner circles of each onion slice; place in a microwave safe container
- Generously salt and toss with your hands
- Cook in the microwave for 5 minutes covered with a paper towel to prevent splatter
- Rinse onions in water several times, and drain well.
- Place on paper towels and pat dry; leave on the paper towels
- Take two separate deep bowls
- Using a single cup blender, combine almond milk, nutritional yeast, and flour. Blend until smooth. It will resemble pancake batter.
- Then, using a second bowl, combine bread crumbs, corn meal, garlic salt and cayenne (if you like it spicy). Mix contents of this bowl with a fork
- Begin dipping onions, first in the almond milk batter, then in the bread crumb mixture, making sure the bread crumbs adhere to the onions, and place on a silicone lined or parchment paper lined cookie sheet
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees
- Place onions on the cookie sheet making sure not to put them on top of each other for even cooking.
- Cook for 30 minutes or until brown
- I served with organic ketchup, but you may dip in any dip you like