This Low Carb Bagels recipe is for chewy, golden brown bagels that are full of flavor that satisfy your cravings! The bagels are also keto and gluten-free.
When eating a low carb diet for an extended period of time, you really start missing things like bread, pizza, and bagels. Luckily you can make your own at home!
I haven’t found a low carb bread recipe that I like but we love this low carb bagel recipe. They are made with fathead dough which is a combination of mozzarella cheese, cream cheese, and almond flour.
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Where is the recipe for low carb bagels? In this post, I will share step-by-step instructions with photos for how to make the bagels, as well as answering FAQs about the recipe and sharing a short video showing the recipe in motion. But you can go directly to the recipe by scrolling down to the bottom of the post.
How To Make Low Carb Bagels
Step One: Cheese
While testing this recipe we realized that the bagels are so much better with a lot more cream cheese to mozzarella than the original recipe called for. With more cream cheese the bagels have more height and are less dense.
For this recipe, use shredded low moisture shredded mozzarella (not fresh mozzarella) for the best results.
Step Two: Melt
Melt the mozzarella cheese and cream cheese in the microwave. You need to cook it long enough that is it a smooth melted ball but not so long that the mozzarella cheese starts to get crispy!
Start with one minute and then stir. Continue cooking and stirring in thirty-second intervals until smooth. Remember that every microwave is different so yours may be faster or slower.
Step Three: Dry Ingredients
Next, whisk together the almond flour and baking powder in a large bowl. By whisking these together beforehand, it helps distribute the baking powder more evenly.
Step Four: Eggs
Beat two eggs and add them to the dry ingredients. Stir the two until combined.
Step Five: Mash
Okay now comes the part where you get to use your muscles. Mash together the melted cheese mixture and the almond flour mixture as best you can until one clump forms.
The two mixtures won’t be combined yet at this point. That is where the kneading step comes in next.
Step Six: Knead
Turn the dough out onto a silicone mat or a surface sprinkled with almond flour. Knead the low carb bagels dough until it is combined.
After kneading for a minute or two, the dough will become very sticky. Sprinkle the dough with 1/4 cup of almond flour and continue kneading until combined.
If you are having a difficult time, it may be because the cheese has cooled too much. Don’t worry, you can simply pop the dough back into the bowl and microwave it for 30 seconds or more to soften the cheese again.
The dough doesn’t have to be perfectly uniform. As you can see in the photo above, there are still a few white streaks of mozzarella cheese in my dough ball.
Step Seven: Cut and Form
Cut the ball of dough into eight wedges. Form each wedge into a ball. Then, poke a hole in the center with your finger and mold the dough into a bagel shape. The more height the bagels have when forming them, the thicker they will be after baking them.
Again, if you are finding it impossible to shape the dough, it may have cooled too much so you can soften it again in the microwave for a few seconds.
Step Eight: Egg Whites
Space the bagels out on a parchment covered baking sheet. They will rise and spread while baking so leave enough room for that.
Brush the bagels with beaten egg whites to help the seasonings stick and to make the tops of the bagels get golden brown in the oven.
Step Nine: Seasoning
Sprinkle the bagels with seasonings. We love using my homemade everything bagel seasoning recipe.
Step Ten: Bake
Bake the bagels until golden brown turning the pan around halfway through cooking for even browning.
Low Carb Bagels Recipe FAQs
1. Do these low carb bagels taste like regular bagels? They are the closest thing we’ve found to a low carb alternative to regular bagels. They are chewy with little air pockets and very filling. My teenage daughter’s friends chose to eat these bagels over the regular bagels we had in our house because they love them so much!
2. Are these bagels healthy? That depends on how you define healthy and what diet you are following. These bagels are low carb, keto friendly and gluten-free.
3. Do you have a low fat/low calorie bagel recipe? Yes! You can make my SUPER EASY two ingredient dough bagels.
4. Can these bagels go in the toaster? Yes, we love slicing them and toasting them.
5. Where do you store low carb bagels? After allowing the bagels to cool completely, store them in an airtight container in the fridge.
6. Can you freeze low carb bagels? These bagels can be frozen after they’ve been baked. If you slice them before freezing them, you can pop them right into the toaster. Allow the bagels to cool completely and then store them in an airtight container in the freezer until ready to use.
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Pork Fried Cauliflower Rice: Pork Fried Cauliflower Rice is an easy low carb meal that is chock full of veggies! It’s so tasty your family won’t even miss the rice.
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