Easy Keto Bagels- Just 5 Ingredients!

These keto bagels are chewy and dense in the middle and have a tender crust, they taste like real deal bagels! Made with NO yeast and NO boiling needed, they use almond flour and need just 5 ingredients!

Keto Bagels

When it comes to keto bread recipes, I love making some cornbread, biscuits, and these keto bagels.

Growing up, my standard breakfast was always a toasted bagel with cream cheese. Every morning before school, high school, and even college, I’d have this exact breakfast and I NEVER got sick of it.

Since going keto, I’ve had to change up my breakfast routine. While I do enjoy some keto cereal or a smoothie, I’ve always craved for my old breakfast staple. As such, I’ve been working on creating a low carb version of it. I had to do the recipe justice and it went through multiple trials but we finally reached success, and my breakfast staple in back in the picture!

This keto bagel recipe will change your breakfast game. This is hands down the EASIEST recipe for bagels, whether you follow a keto diet or not (unless you are making my 2 ingredient bagels!). We adapt the famous fathead pizza dough and transform them into delicious bagels. Made with just 5 ingredients and a very minimal preparation is needed, you have no excuses.

No yeast and no grains are needed, but you’d never tell. The texture replicates a traditional wheat-based bagel- It is chewy in the middle and has a light yet dense crumb. Although it uses almond flour and cheese in the dough, you won’t be able to taste them whatsoever!

Two of my friends recently started a keto diet and I gave them both a batch of these bagels and they could NOT believe these were low carb- They tasted just like a classic bagel, if not better!

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How do you make keto bagels?

The Ingredients

  • Almond flourBlanched almond flour or superfine almond flour, not almond meal. The former two will yield a light and tender crumb.
  • Baking powder– Gives the bagels some rise and fluffiness.
  • Mozzarella cheese– Low moisture mozzarella cheese is best, as it will yield a more chewy bagel with a golden exterior.
  • Cream cheese– Full fat cream cheese, NOT reduced fat varieties.
  • Eggs– Room temperature eggs. You can also add an extra egg yolk to be used as an egg wash.
  • Toppings– Everything but the bagel seasoning, garlic powder, sesame seeds etc.

The Instructions

Start by whisking together the almond flour and baking powder in a small bowl then set it aside. Next, add the mozzarella cheese and softened cream cheese to a microwave-safe bowl. Melt the two cheeses together in 20-second spurts, stirring each time, until they both are mostly melted. Whisk them together until combined and smooth.

Next, let the cheese mixture cool slightly, before transferring them into a food processor. Add two of the eggs and dry ingredients and pulse everything together until a smooth and sticky dough remains.

Now, sprinkle some almond flour onto a flat kitchen surface. Using lightly wet hands, transfer the dough onto it divide it into 8 portions. Roll out the dough then join them at the sides to form a bagel shape. Place them on a lined baking sheet and whisk the remaining egg. Brush the top of each bagel with the egg wash and sprinkle with sesame seeds.

Finally, bake the bagels for 12-15 minutes, until golden brown. Allow the bagels to cool before slicing, toasting, and serving.

how to make keto bagels

Tips to make the best low carb bagels

  • If your food processor has a dough blade attachement, use that to pulse everything together for a more uniform dough.
  • Do not microwave the cheeses all at once- you must do them in 20-second spurts. This ensures they don’t burn or overcook, and be pliable enough to form the dough.
  • The egg wash is optional, but it gives the bagels a golden crust and holds the toppings better.

Flavor Variations

While delicious on its own, here are flavor ideas to add on top. Personally, I love them with some almond butter or homemade Nutella on top! 

  • Asiago bagels– Also known as cheese bagels! Fold through 1/4 cup of shredded cheese into the dough, and sprinkle the tops with parmesan cheese before baking. 
  • Poppy seed bagels– ISprinkle the tops of the bagels with poppy seeds.
  • Cinnamon Raisin bagels– Add 1/2 tablespoon of cinnamon into the dough, and fold through 2-3 tablespoons of raisins. 
  • Sesame Bagels– Simple and classic- Add toasted sesame seeds on top. 
  • Onion bagels– Add 1/2 teaspoon of salt and add onion powder and onion flakes to it. Top the bagels with coarse sea salt, onion flakes, and sesame seeds.
  • Everything bagels– Add everything but the bagel seasoning over the tops of the bagels.

Storing, freezing, and reheating tips

  • To store: Leftover bagels are best to be stored in the refrigerator, in a sealed container. They will keep well for up to 5 days. 
  • To freeze: Place the bagels in a ziplock bag and store them in the freezer for up to 6 months. 
  • To reheat: Microwave for 30 seconds, before slicing in half and toasting in a toaster.
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Frequently Asked Questions

How many calories are in a keto bagel?

This particular keto bagel recipe contains 175 calories per bagel. Compared to a traditional bagel which yields at least 300 calories, they are not just low carb but also low calorie!

How many carbs are in a low carb bagel?

Low carb bagels have 2 grams net carbs per bagel.

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keto bagels recipe
  • 1 3/4 cup almond flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 3 cups mozzarella cheese shredded
  • 2 oz cream cheese softened
  • 3 large eggs divided
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds optional
  • Preheat the oven to 200C/400F. Line a large baking tray with parchment paper and set aside.

  • In a small bowl, combine the almond flour and baking powder and set aside. In a microwave safe bowl, add the mozzarella cheese and cream cheese. Microwave them together in 30-second spurts, until mostly melted. Whisk them together until smooth.

  • Transfer the mixture into a food processor, along with two of the eggs and dry ingredients, and pulse until smooth.

  • Lightly flour a kitchen surface with some almond flour. Transfer the dough onto it and divide it into eight equal portions. Roll out each piece of dough into a thin, sausage shape. Connect the sides to form bagels.

  • Place the bagels onto the lined baking sheet. Whisk the third egg in a small bowl then brush it over the tops of each bagel, then sprinkle your toppings of choice. Bake the bagels for 12-15 minutes, until firm and golden on top.

  • Remove the bagels from the oven and let them cool completely, before slicing and serving.

* Add an extra egg for an egg wash.
Topping suggestions are included in the post.
TO STORE: Leftover bagels are best to be stored in the refrigerator, in a sealed container. They will keep well for up to 5 days. 
TO FREEZE: Place the bagels in a ziplock bag and keep them in the freezer for up to 6 months. 
TO REHEAT: Microwave for 30 seconds, before slicing in half and toasting in a toaster.
 
 

Serving: 1Bagel | Calories: 175kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 14g | Sodium: 473mg | Potassium: 67mg | Fiber: 5g | Vitamin A: 391IU | Calcium: 369mg | Iron: 2mg | NET CARBS: 2g