Sweet & Salty Pretzel Flowers

DRAGON BITES carb-counted recipe

A family-friendly, mostly healthy (sometimes treat-y!) easy recipe for families living well with Type 1 Diabetes.

Looking for a sweet treat to make for Mom this Mother’s Day? Or an easy, yummy, no-baking-required activity for you and your kids to do together, any day of the year? Check out these adorable Spring Flower Pretzel Bites… sweet and salty, kid-approved and carb-counted!

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Low-Carb? No
Gluten-free? No
Dairy-free? Not strictly dairy-free: M&M's contain milk chocolate
Nut-free? Yes

Active Time: 10-20 min
Bake: 0
Cool: 20 min
Ready in: 30-40 min

Total Yield: 18 sweet & salty pretzel flowers
Carb Content: 8g each


  • 18 Square Pretzels [1.5g of carbs each]
  • approx. 6 tbsp white cake Icing [I used Betty Crocker Fluffy White: You will use I tsp = 2.5g of carbs for each flower]
  • one 200g bag of Spring Pastels M&M’s [You will use 7 pieces = 4 of carbs for each flower]



Place 18 square pretzels on a freezable tray or cookie sheet.


Spread 1 tsp of white cake icing evenly on each pretzel.


With the printed “M” side down, press one pastel-coloured M&M in the centre of the icing. This is your flower centre.


Choose a different colour of M&M’s for the flower petals. With the printed “M” side down, press 6 pieces (all the same colour) into the icing, in a ring around the centre.


Place in the freezer for 20 minutes to set the icing, and ENJOY!


Yield: 18 flower pretzel bites

Carbs: 8g of carbohydrate each

What is a Carb Factor? How Do I Use It?

Please don’t rely exclusively on my carb counting! Nutritional information is given for general information only, and will vary depending on the amount, type and brand of ingredients you choose - Please verify your carb and fat content when you make your own version of this recipe.