Baked Onion Rings!

by simplylife on January 29, 2011

Over the holidays I was sent a wonderful gourmet package filled with delicious breakfast foods from a friend who clearly knows me very well!  It had syrup, jam, pancakes mixes and more!  I obviously decided to use one pancake mix to make just that: pancakes.  With the second bag I decided to get a little more creative and stumbled upon this recipe that provided a whole new source of inspiration!  I loved the idea of using pancake batter for onion rings but wanted to keep it somewhat healthy.  After doing a little research (isn’t the internet amazing?) I combined a few recipes and decided to make baked onion rings!

I was a little worried that they would just leave us wanting “the real thing,” but oh my, these were so delicious and satisfying!  I was shocked at how much 1 onion could make and loved that these were such a fun thing to eat and probably cost less than $2 to make!

Baked Onion Rings

1 large or 2 medium onions
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
2 cups pancake mix
1 1/2 tsp. chili powder
2 large eggs

1.  Preheat oven to 450 degrees.  Spray large baking sheet with cooking spray.  Cut off both ends of onion and peel.  Slice in half-inch thick slices going against the grain.  Separate into rings (you can keep the smallest rings for a different use).

2.  Set up your station:  Pour flour in a shallow dish.  Lightly beat eggs in another shallow dish.  Combine pancake mix and seasonings in another shallow dish.  Take one ring at a time and dip to coat in flour, then coat in egg then coat in pancake mixture.  Place onion ring on prepared baking sheet.  Repeat with remaining onion rings.  You can add more of any ingredient as needed.

3.  Bake for 8-10 minutes, until golden brown.  Serve and enjoy!

~What is your favorite recipe that’s been “healthified?”
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  • Lauren at KeepItSweet

    What a fun idea! I love onion rings but never ever eat them… might have to try these!

  • Junia

    oh my, this looks delicious!!! you never cease to amaze me!

  • Belinda @zomppa

    I love that you added the chili…so important!

  • Barbara

    Those look amazing! And I won't feel guilty!

  • Erica

    They look fantastic! I haven't had onion rings in ages (due to the frying) and would love to try these. We actually might have some pancake mix in the cabinet too! Hope you have a nice weekend

  • Design Wine and Dine

    My husband goes CRAZY over Onion Rings! I will have to try this healthier version! Thank you!

  • Kylie @ A Hungry Spoon

    Thank you for sharing this one–I'm definitely book-marking it for later. We made a similar recipe with bell peppers a few months ago and I devoured them! I'm a huge onion ring fan, so I know I'll love these 🙂

    My favorite food to health-ify has to be soft serve ice cream–I live for my nightly banana "soft serve" snack!

  • Dr Dan

    Looks like a must try to me.

  • Mom

    Unbelievable idea; BAKING onion rings instead of deep frying. I learned something else too; I always thought you had to dip whatever you're coating in the egg first, but I see you were able to coat an onion first in flour! Great job and I'm sure a lot of people will be making this crunchy side dish; they look great!

  • Shannon

    I made baked onion rings last night too! Great minds 😉

  • Pia

    it is looking so yummy. its a nice idea to bake onion rings

    Cook Healthy

  • Sherry

    I've noticed a lot of recipes using pancake batter, but I never would have considered onion rings…and baking them. This looks great!

  • Katerina

    I love onion rings but they are kinda heavy for me. This is a great idea to cook them.

  • Daisy

    glad these worked out! gotta love thick crispy onion rings.

  • Priya

    Baked onion rings looks super yummy..

  • Rebecca

    the addition of pancake mix is so interesting!

  • Astra Libris

    This is SO clever!! Zach and I love onion rings but of course avoid them for health reasons – I'm so excited to try this healthy version!

  • livelaughloveandrun

    Those look delicious!! I love onion rings.. and I love that these are healthy!!

  • Chow and Chatter

    love this recipe been ages since I had onion rings

  • Kristen @ Simply Savor

    Yum! I am SO glad you commented on my blog because it brought me to yours! I've already started bookmarking all of your recipes–they look fabulous and easy=always important 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  • thefitacademic

    mmmmm!!!!! I've never thought to do baked onion rings before! What a great idea!

  • Reeni

    I love the idea of a baked onion ring! They look so crunchy and delicious!

  • Jenn@slim-shoppin

    Those look great! I never would have thought to use pancake mix!

  • Judi

    Hmmm so my question is what if you don't use store bought pancake mix? Would a homemade pancake mix work the same? I am not sure what ingredients are in store bought pancake mix.

  • aipi

    Yummy n definitely healthy…loved the idea n the clicks too 🙂

    US Masala

  • Hannah

    I've never had onion rings in my life! Must be an American thing 🙂

  • Jennifer

    My zucchini sticks and your onion rings would be BFF. just sayin =)

    seriously though — these are right up my alley! cannot wait to try them! <3

    Jenn @ Peas and Crayons

  • Cookie Sleuth

    I love onion rings, but I always end up picking off half of the breading. These are perfect! The pizza from earlier this week looks great too!

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  • Joanne

    I LOVE onion rings but hate how totally bad for you they are. These sound perfect! So cool that you covered them in pancake mix. I would never have thought of that!

  • Jolene – EverydayFoodie

    I like baked sweet potato fries. They are healthy and just as good as the fried ones.

  • Angela (the diet book junkie)

    yummmm…baked onion rings with pancake batter is genius. thanks for sharing! 🙂

  • One Healthy Apple

    I love baked onion rings- so delicious! I never used pancake batter though and this looks great!

    I like baked 'fries' or adding applesauce to brownie batter.

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