You won’t believe how DELICIOUS these homemade bagels taste and how simple they are to make. They are not boiled like traditional bagels and unlike most store bought bagels, they use only a few whole ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen. Easy, Healthy, and YUMMY!
My teenage son, the most selective eater ever, requested I buy him bagels after he had them at an end of the year party at school. He decided he now not only likes bagels, but he likes cream cheese too!
After looking at the ingredients of the bagels on our grocery store shelves, I decided to try to make my own homemade bagels based on a Weight Watchers 2 – ingredient dough I had heard so much about last winter. The original recipe called for self-rising flour and nonfat Greek yogurt.
I first tried the recipe with whole wheat flour and Stonyfield plain regular yogurt because that is what I had on hand. I added 2 tsp of baking powder and 1/2 tsp of salt to the flour since it was not self-rising. It was a total bust!!! Do not use regular yogurt! What a sticky mess!
When I repeated the process with Greek yogurt the results were amazing! I was shocked at how delicious these homemade bagels were. The texture was a little soft in the middle which we all loved and they had a great tang from the yogurt!
I’ve experimented with this recipe several times over the past few months so that I could give you some tips.
Stonyfield, Simple Truth, and Total Fage brands of Greek yogurt all worked well. Greek Gods did not work at all.
I’ve tried white self-rising flour and whole wheat flour and both were a great success. My son is not a fan of anything whole wheat so I use King Arthur Self-Rising Flour for him and Bob’s Red Mill Whole Wheat Flour for everyone else. I added baking powder and salt to the whole wheat flour since it was not self-rising.
We have tried baking them in our air fryer and love them. They are done much faster in the air fryer but you can only make 2 at a time.
We have also tried different toppings. Trader Joe’s Everything but the Bagel is my favorite. My son likes his with jalapenos and cheese. The possibilities are endless!
To be honest these do not last long in our house. We have stored them in an airtight container on the counter for up to 2 days and reheated them and they are still quite good. The toaster, toaster oven, and air fryer all work for reheating.
I made these last week for some overnight guests and they were a huge hit!!! Check out my 5 Tips for Creating the Perfect Bagel Bar. It includes some free printables that you are going to love!
Do you have a go-to recipe when hosting overnight guests? I’d love for you to share it with me.
Super Simple Homemade Bagels
These bagels are so delicious and contain only a few simple ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen.
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 cup Greek yogurt drain excess liquid
- 1 egg beaten I use the whole egg but you can just use the egg white
Preheat oven to 400F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper and grease.
In a medium bowl whisk flour, baking powder, and salt. (If using self-rising flour omit baking powder and salt.) Add yogurt and stir until well combined. The dough will look crumbly.
Dust hands with flour and knead dough until well combined. Form dough into a ball.
Lightly dust counter with flour and divide dough into 4 equal balls. Roll the dough into a rope. Form rope into a circle and pinch ends.
Brush bagels with egg. Leave plain or top with favorite ingredients.
Place on prepared baking sheet leaving space between each bagel as they will expand.
Bake at 400 for 20-25 minutes.
These also work well in air fryer at 320 for 12 minutes. I can make 2 at a time in my air fryer.
If the dough is too sticky, add more flour. If the dough is too dry, add more yogurt. Enjoy!