Healthy Onion Rings

almond milk dairy free gluten free nut milks ranch dressing vegan

Prepared and photographed by NutraMilk nutritionist, Florencia Tagliavini.

Recipe inspired by From My Bowl.

Gluten-free, oil-free onion rings! That´s right- a healthier version of the traditionally fried onion rings. These make a great plant-based side dish or appetizer. You will love them dipped in this homemade plant-based ranch sauce we made. Give it a try! 

INGREDIENTS

  • 2–3 Yellow Onions (3 medium or 2 large)

For the Wet Mix:

  • 1/2 cup Flour of Choice (All Purpose, Spelt, GF, etc.)
  • 2/3 cup almond milk made with the NutraMilk
  • 1/2 tsp Paprika
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp Salt

For the Dry Mix:

  • 1 cup Panko Bread Crumbs (make sure they are dairy-free and gluten-free)
  • 1/2 tsp Paprika
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp Salt

For almond milk

  • 1 cup (150g) almonds
  • 1 quart (946ml) water
  • 1/8 teaspoon Pink Himalayan salt (optional)

For ranch dressing

  • 1/2 cup vegan mayonnaise made with the NutraMilk
  • 2 tbsp. unsweetened almond milk made with the NutraMilk
  • 1/2 tsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp. dried parsley
  • 3/4 tsp. dried or fresh dill
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. onion powder
  • salt and pepper to taste

INSTRUCTIONS

For almond Milk

  • Start by making fresh almond milk with the NutraMilk:
    • Place almonds in the NutraMilk container.
    • Press Butter cycle, set for 7 minutes.
    • Press Start.
    • Add water and replace lid.
    • Press Mix (do not change the default Mix time).
    • Press Start.
    • Press Dispense, open spigot and fill your container with almond milk.
  • Preheat oven to 450F.
  • Slice the end off of each Onion, and then peel the outer skin off. Carefully cut each Onion into 1/2″ circular portions.
  • Note the “layers” that comprise each Onion portion (like the pattern in a tree trunk). We will be using two Onion “Layers” for each Onion Ring. Using your fingers, carefully press the center portion of each Onion away from two of the Onion Layers, to form a hollow Ring. Repeat with each portion of the Onion until no more circles remain, and then continue with the rest of the Onion portions.
  • Add all of the Wet Mix ingredients to a medium bowl, and stir well.
  • Add all of the Dry Mix ingredients to a separate bowl, and mix well. Then, divide the Dry Mix evenly into two separate bowls. (The Dry Mix gets a little “sticky” with time, and this prevents the mixture from becoming unusable.)
  • Using separate hands for the Wet and Dry mixes, dip each Onion Ring into the Wet Mix, then transfer to the Dry Mix and coat evenly with breadcrumbs. Place onto a greased or lined Baking Tray.

  • Bake the Onion Rings on a greased or lined Baking Tray at 450F for 30-35 minutes. If you are using parchment paper, I would suggest flipping the Onion Rings, but otherwise you should be ok.

  • For the ranch dressing- Add all ingredients to a small bowl and whisk until combined. Taste and adjust seasonings. Serve with warm onion rings.

 



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