8 Nights With Leigh Peele: Cinnamon Sweet Pretzel Treat


1 frozen soft pretzel (64g or 1 pretzel is 160-170 calories. I used Superpretzel)
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon or to taste
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tsp light “butter” (Smart Balance Light is an example)


1. Bake the pretzel according to the package, omitting any salt. (4 minutes at 400 F for this one)

2. Mix together cinnamon and sugar in a shallow bowl.

3. Brush melted “butter” on both sides of the pretzel then sprinkle both sides of the pretzel with cinnamon sugar. Serve immediately

Sexification Tip – To lower the calories even more, you can replace the sugar with a low calorie sweetener (1 tablespoon of sugar is 48 calories, so make sure to adjust the calories accordingly).

Yields 1 serving

1 serving: 224 calories
5 grams protein
3 grams fat
45 grams carbohydrate
1 gram fiber


The Rog Mouth only devours food that is delicious. I know that there are some people out there who make the argument that you shouldn’t be overly concerned with the taste of what you eat, and to those folks I only have one thing to say:


Moving on.

Prior to this, I hadn’t had an official pretzel in over a decade, and my only experience with them recently was the gargantuan calorie bomb Cinnabon sponsored pretzel at my local movie theater, but that thing is in a league of its own so it can’t possibly count.

I’m a bit of a butter purist, so when I went to the grocery store and saw that this Smart Balance stuff had only about 1/2 (4.5g per tbsp) the fat as regular butter (11g per tbsp), I knew deep in my heart and soul that it just wouldn’t do, so I used half a tablespoon of butter for this recipe, which comes out to be around the same fat content wise.

I melted the butter in the microwave for about 20 seconds and then poured it over the finished pretzel, but the best thing is that even after rolling both sides of the pretzel around the butter and the sugar, there was still a fair amount of it on the bottom of the cooking pan which saves some calories.

In the end though, I’m glad I went with the real deal Holyfield butter wise, because the taste just can’t be beat and the pretzel turned out to be more delicious than expected. This is a great option for a refeed or post workout treat, especially if you keep the fats low by not using a full serving of butter/butter substitute. As a cinnamon addict, the only downside of this is that the likelihood of me eating the remaining 5 pretzels that came in the box within seconds after posting this review is very, very high.

Ok, who the hell am I trying to kid here, I’m eating another one right now and you can’t stop me, bwahahaha!

This recipe was found in Leigh Peele’s Quick & Easy cookbook which can be purchased here. It also features another 20+ recipes if you’re looking to make a minimal time investment towards maximum mouth pleasure. Pow!

Affiliate note: If you purchase any of her cookbooks by clicking the links on this page, I’ll get a small portion of the sale, but this in no way biases my review. I’ll never promote something on this site that I haven’t used personally or that I don’t think will be a great benefit to you all. That is my promise to you, and if you ever see me slipping on it PLEASE be sure cover me with honey and then proceed to fill my apartment with several rabid bears, because I’d deserve it.

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  1. CG says

    With you on that one Rog! All that fake butter crap, just won’t do. And it’s way worse for you.

    Do you have a favorite brand? (I’ve got a few, including getting some fresh Jersey cow milk and making it myself)

    • says

      Yo CG,

      I don’t use butter much, so I just go with my generic grocery store sticks of butter when I make 4 sticks last forever. Please hit me up with some of your recommendations!

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