Mix almond milk and vinegar to create a vegan buttermilk in a long shallow dish (like a baking dish).
Set aside. Slice onions into about ½ inch thick circles. Place onions in the vegan buttermilk. Soak overnight for best results or at least 3-4 hours.
Preheat oven to 450°F/230°C. Combine 1 cup of the buttermilk mixture with the almond meal to form a batter and mix well. Place into a bowl or shallow dish. Combine cornmeal, ground pepitas, and spices in a bowl or shallow dish and set aside.
One by one, dip onion slices in batter mixture and coat well. Then coat with cornmeal/pepita mixture.
Place on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes, depending on thickness, then flip the onion rings and bake another 10-12minutes.
You can make this nut free by using another type of non dairy milk such as soy, rice or hemp milk. You can also use another flour such as oat flour to replace the almond meal.
If you are avoiding corn, you can always use all ground pepitas, but you won’t get onion rings as crispy as those with cornmeal.
Tips to prep ahead: Grind the pepitas and make the crust topping the day before, at the same time you make the buttermilk and soak the onion slices. The day of all you will need to do is make the batter, dip, coat and bake.
Baked Cornmeal and Pepita Baked Onion Rings
Amount Per Serving
Calories 428Calories from Fat 270
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 30g46%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Total Carbohydrates 30g10%
Dietary Fiber 9g36%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.