Monday, June 20, 2011



Every Christmas, my brother Jon, sends me a case of the infamous Altoona  (Benzels)  
pretzels, assorted shapes and sizes. 

While it is true that there isn’t much nutritional benefit to pretzels; they still make a good easy to grab low fat snack.  One serving of pretzels contains 1 gram of fat compared to potato chips’ 10 grams.  If salt is an issue, choose the non-salted version.  As with any snack, limit your intake.

I particularly love turning these pretzels into a spicy snack mixture.  Actually, it’s good enough to serve with drinks or give as gifts.   Warning: addictive!



1 lb. bag of thin pretzel, small or crushed/mix types
¾ cup canola oil
1 ½ Tbsp. garlic powder
1 ½ Tbsp. Hidden Valley Ranch Salad Dressing mix
1 tsp. dill
1 tsp. lemon pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 

Combine the oil, garlic powder, dressing mix, dill and lemon pepper.  Put the pretzels  (break up any large pieces) into a large bowl.  Drizzle the oil mixture over the pretzels, stirring well.

Spread the pretzels out over 2 large cookie sheets. 

Bake 10 minutes.  Toss with a spatula.

Bake an additional 10 minutes  (pretzels will start to turn dark).   Cool and package either in plastic bags OR jars.

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