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Quick Vegan Garlic Knots (that Kids Love)

In this article you will find an adorable quick and tiny Vegan Garlic Knots recipe. It’s easy enough to make that your kids can help, and the tiny knots are cute enough to help with picky eaters!

This recipe is very similar to my vegan pizza dough recipe, but with a few add ins, and of course forming it differently before putting it in the oven.

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As much as I love promoting a whole foods plant-based diets, sometimes it’s tricky to get that to work for the whole family ALL of the time. Please note this recipe contains, flour, a bit of sugar (not much at all), olive oil, along with a few other ingredients, like yeast. Click on the ‘Jump to Recipe’ button to view the full list of ingredients and directions.

Holding a single garlic knot.

Who doesn’t love a good garlic know!

These garlic knots may not be as stuffed full of butter and garlic like you’d get at a pizzeria, but they are easy to make and a bit more modest for a child’s palate (don’t worry, I love them too!).

No butter, no dairy, no cheese, yet still delicious and will disappear on you just like the less healthy versions.

My 9 year old was a big help in developing this recipe.

Garlic Knots Ingredients

Vegan Garlic Knots ingredients laid out before making them.

How to Make these Vegan garlic knots with pizza dough (mostly)

These garlic knots use my vegan pizza dough recipe as the base, so if you’re familiar with that recipe, this one will be a piece of cake!

Let’s get to making these garlic knots!

You’ll want to start this recipe by getting out…

  • your KitchenAid or stand mixer if you have one (reduces the effort it takes to make these)
  • Dough hook for stand mixer
  • and all of your ingredients

Start by adding warm water to the yeast…

Before anything else, you need to add your yeast, about a tsp of sugar, and 1 cup of warm water to your mixing bowl and let it sit for about 5 minutes.

During this time the yeast will start to foam a bit, which is what we want.

*This is a great little science experiment for kids!

After the 5 minutes…

Add in the rest of the ingredients (besides the ‘toppings’), start with the low end of flour (2 1/2 cups), and mix well.

Once it’s well mixed, it shouldn’t be sticking to the bowl or too dry.

If it’s sticking, add more flour.

If too dry, add a tiny bit more water or oil, not too much, only 1 tsp or so at a time.

Once you get it to the right consistency, knead the dough.

You can either knead it by hand, or do what I do and simply use the dough hook for your stand mixer. It needs to be kneaded for 10-15 minutes, so a dough hook comes in real handy, especially if you multi-task in the kitchen like I seem to always do!

Make sure you are still keeping an eye on the dough on the hook, as it may still stick to the bowl or become too dry while kneading.

Again, if this happens, add more flour if too wet or oil if too dry.

After kneading the dough

Now comes the fun part.

You literally get to tie your dough into knots!

This is a great activity for little hands and developing fine motor skills, even for kids a bit older. So round your kids up, make sure they wash their hands, and get them to help!

4 image collage for the process for shaping dough into garlic knots.

With this recipe, and to make the ‘tiny knots’, divide the dough in half, then each half into thirds, and then each section in thirds again.

Dough tied into a garlic knot.

If you feel the pieces are too small, you can always add some back together again.

This recipe will make about 36 tiny knots or less larger knots.

Once you’re done forming them, bake in the oven.

Garlic knots, dough only, in knots before baking.

Then make the garlic sauce.

2 image collage for making the garlic sauce that will get brushed onto the garlic knots.

And then brush it over them.

Brushing the garlic sauce onto the garlic knots.

Serve with marinara sauce and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

You can use freshly minced garlic in place of the garlic powder for the topping, or replace the oil with vegan butter.

Feel free to add in other Italian seasonings (herbs) right into the dough or the topping.

If you need an appetizer that doesn’t take so long, and isn’t made completely from scratch, try these crostini.

Why You Will LOVE These Quick Garlic Knots!

You and your kids will love this easy vegan garlic knots recipe because…

  • it’s easy
  • they can help make it
  • it tastes like a warm hug
  • and it’s delicious!!
Garlic knots on baking sheet with marinara sauce.

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Tiny & Quick Vegan Garlic Knots

Shawna Clapper
You and your kids will love these quick vegan garlic knots. They take less than an hour (in total), and are a great sensory activity for kids to help make!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 36 knots


  • stand mixer recommended


  • 1 packet yeast
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2½-3 cups flour


  • 1-3 tbsp olive oil
  • a few sprinkles garlic powder


  • Add yeast, sugar, and warm water to a bowl, stir and let sit 5 minutes
  • Add in the flour, garlic, olive oil, and salt- mix well
  • Add more flour or oil as needed & preheat oven to 400°F
  • Knead for 15 minutes (or use bread hook), add more flour or oil as needed
  • Divide dough into 36 tiny strips (divide in half, then in thirds, then in thirds)
  • Tie your knots and brush oil & garlic powder on top
  • Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or til golden on bottom
  • Enjoy with marinara sauce!



You can use freshly minced garlic in place of the garlic powder for the topping, or replace the oil with vegan butter.
Feel free to add in other Italian seasonings (herbs) right into the dough or the topping.
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