Vegan Oil Free Onion Rings

Wow, now that’s a mouthful. Onion rings are one of my favorite things but almost impossible to find good vegan ones because they always use eggs to bind the crispy coating. Now that I follow the Starch Solution and I don’t use oil in my diet finding Oil Free seems to make this even more challenging. I had to find a way to make these healthy, crispy and still delicious. I think I have. You can make these with or without an air fryer. The air fryer is a little faster but the oven you can make more, so it’s really up to you.

Vegan Oil Free Onion Rings

Prep Time 5 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 4


  • 1 Air Fryer or Oven


  • 1-2 cups ground corn flakes, breadcrumbs, panko or GF panko
  • 2-3 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1-2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup chickpea flour
  • 4 tbsp cornstarch or arrowroot but not tapioca
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1 large vidalia onion


  • Preheat air fryer to 400 degrees F or oven to 425 degrees F.
  • In a shallow container combine dry ingredients, corn flakes, nutritional yeast, smoked paprika, garlic powder and salt. Combine and set aside
  • In a bowl combine the wet ingredients, chickpea flour, cornstarch, onion powder, smoked paprika and water and whisk. You can add more water if needed. The batter should adhere to the onion and be like a pancake batter.
  • Using one hand for wet and one hand for dry.
  • Slice your onion about 1/2 inch wide. Divide the rings 2 rings to create one onion ring. Repeat with the rest of the onion.
  • Dip the rings one at a time into the batter and then into the dry, coat well and lay on a separate sheet pan.
  • Place the onion rings into the air fryer and cook for 7-8 minute until brown and crispy. If using the oven, lay on the baking sheet and cook for 10 minutes on one side then turn over and continue to cook for additional 5 minutes.


Keyword Gluten Free, Oil Free, Onion Rings, Starch Solution