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Onion rings without the gluten guilt!

Posted on July 30, 2013 by in vegetables, vegetarian

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Onion rings are the master of me, I simply cannot resist them! I seldom make them for that specific reason, but so wish they were not that lethal. Whenever we treat ourselves to a proper steak, it must have all the trimmings with it…. fries, onion rings and a good sauce.

Onion rings done the Beer-battered way are deliciously light and moreish, but it is so not good for you if you eat too many, in fact one, maybe two is allowed, more will be on your hips for  a lifetime. So I had to make another plan! I needed to make them gluten-free and paleo friendly, which meant I had to replace the flour and batter with something else.

Since we’ve been trying to eat more proteins, high fats and less carbohydrates like flours, breads and other starches, I have learned to bake more and more with almond flour. I have actually come love the nutty flavor it lends to  our food. In fact all nuts can be used in so many new ways, you need to do is to just open your mind to change and you will be able to enjoy the so-called forbidden foods just by changing an ingredient here and there. We all love crumbed chicken right? Well, you can have it without feeling guilty when making these Nutty Chicken Schnitzels!


As I have said, you can make Beer-battered Onion Rings  or for a slightly bolder taste, even Stout-hearted Onion rings if you have no weight or gluten issues, but for those of you crave this guilty pleasure, I now have a solution. Use almond flour to give you the crumb and crunch and you can have as many onion rings as you wish! You ready to learn?

Almond-crusted Onion Rings

makes about 30


2 really big white onions

2 eggs

salt and pepper

300 g ground almonds

250 ml canola oil for frying

For the dipping sauce: Follow this easy method to make your own mayonnaise and then add the following:

– zest of 1 lemon

– 15 ml chopped parsley or mint

1 very small chili – seeded and chopped



Peel and slice the onions in thick 5 mm slices. Loosen the layers of the onion and  select only the really big rings to crumb. Keep the smaller rings for stocks and stews, but be warned, raw onion, peeled  cannot be kept for longer than a few hours.

Pour the almond flour into a shallow dish and also break the two eggs into  another small bowl and beat the eggs lightly with a fork. Start crumbing your onion rings, by dipping it into the egg mixture first and then into the ground almonds. Place the crumbed onion rings on a baking sheet that you have lined with baking paper.  Once you have crumbed all the onion rings, refrigerate for at least an hour.

Heat the oil in a pan and fry the onion rings in batches until crispy and golden brown. Serve with the perfect steak and the home-made mayonnaise!


For more information on the Paleo way of life, visit this Nosy Rosy, inspirational stuff.

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7 Responses to “Onion rings without the gluten guilt!”

  1. Janine van Zyl 30 July 2013 at 9:45 am #

    Wow klink lekker Nina! Ek maak dit gewoonlik met coconut flour ipv die amandels-die uie het so bietjie van ‘n klapper geurtji maar vreeeeeslik lekker! =) xxxx

    • nerinatimm 30 July 2013 at 9:51 am #

      Ek sal daai meel moet soek, nog nooit gesien nie!

  2. Flee 31 July 2013 at 8:54 am #

    crispy crunchy brown yummy gooey sweet dippy rings of happiness…. Yup Onion rings for dinner… Thanks…

  3. Myrtle Venter 1 August 2013 at 9:44 am #

    Hello Nina
    Kontak my gerus vir PEKANEUT MEEL teen R40 per 750g. Ek woon in die Paarl.
    Groete Myrtle Venter
    072 737 0316
    Ns. Die uieringresep word beslis vanaand op skoonma, wat kuier uit Jhb getoets!

  4. Zirkie 1 August 2013 at 11:16 am #

    Yummy, Nins!! My mond water nou – ek is mal oor uieringe!

  5. Ina du Plessis 2 August 2013 at 8:53 am #

    Thank you. I am allergic to wheat and love recipies with other typs of flour.


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