Baked Onion Rings – Vegan & Gluten Free

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Ah, the onion ring…sweet and tender onion slices coated in a savory crunchy crust. In addition to being delicious, this vegan onion ring recipe is gluten-free and baked with minimal oil. Dip these homemade onion rings in vegan secret sauce and no one can refuse! 

BTW, the secret sauce recipe isn’t a good secret keeper and can be found below 😉 

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How To Make Homemade Onion Rings

All you need to do is slice, coat, and bake to get easy vegan homemade onion rings in 30 minutes! Follow the easy steps below: 

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  1. Slice the onions into 1/2-inch thick slices. Don’t worry if some of them break. And keep the middle chunks  – they will become magical onion nuggets. 
  2. Partially mix the chickpea flour, non-dairy milk, flaxmeal, and olive oil in a shallow dish. 
  3. In another shallow dish, whisk together the panko bread crumbs, tapioca starch, and seasonings. 
  4. Coat the onion rings in the batter from Step 2 and then immediately coat with the breading from Step 3. Place on a lined baking sheet. 
  5. Bake at 425 degrees Fahrenheit for 20-25 minutes. Et voila! 
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The key to any good onion ring starts with a good onion and ends with a lightly flavored, crispy breading. I always choose a firm sweet onion and I often use the Rice Crumbs from Trader Joe’s or these ones to make the breading. Chickpea flour and tapioca starch are also key players in achieving a crunchy breading for these baked onion rings, so don’t skip those. 

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These onion rings are pretty addictive, but that is ok. I mean, it’s an onion and it isn’t fried so eat as much as you want! But if you’d like to control yourself and eat these healthy delicious crispy onion rings as a side, I have a few plant based burgers that would love a friend: 

Take your pick or make them all – they’re all pretty amazing. Plus, they are all freezer-friendly and gluten-free!

Oh, and if you’re more of a wing person, then you definitely want to pair this onion ring recipe with my Vegan Buffalo Cauliflower Wings!

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I hope you enjoy making and eating these easy Vegan Baked Onion Rings. If you try this recipe, let me know in the comments below! And tell me your favorite saucy sauce to pair them with!

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Vegan Baked Onion Rings

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  • Author: Rooty Fruity Vegan
  • Total Time: 35


Crunchy and delicious vegan onion rings that are gluten-free and guilt-free!



For the Onion Rings:

  • 1 large sweet onion
  • 1/2 cup chickpea flour
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk (I used oatmilk)
  • 1 TBSP olive oil
  • 1 TBSP flaxmeal
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs (gluten-free if desired)
  • 2 TBSP tapioca starch
  • 2 tsp nutritional yeast
  • 3/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp pepper

For the “Secret Sauce”:


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.

  2. Slice the onion into 1/2-inch rings. Keep the middle pieces to coat with breading too, they are delicious onion nuggets.

  3.  In a shallow dish, make the batter by partially mixing the chickpea flour, non-dairy milk, olive oil, and flaxmeal.

  4. In another dish, whisk together the breadcrumbs, tapioca starch, and seasonings to make the breading.  

  5. Dip each ring into the batter from Step 3 and then the breading from Step 4. Place on a lined baking sheet. You may need 2 sheets, depending on the amount of onion you use.

  6.  Bake at 425 degrees Fahrenheit for 20-25 minutes. While the onion rings bake, mix the Secret Sauce ingredients in a small bowl until smooth.

  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 20

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