There’s nothing like biting into a warm bagel with cream cheese so when I started keto, I knew I’d need an easy keto bagels recipe. When I tried fathead pizza dough, I knew that this was an awesome starting point for making keto bagels at home. After some testing, these almond flour fathead dough bagels are the best low carb bagels that I’d tried or purchased. I love that they only require 15 minutes of hands-on time and that they can be paired with a wide range of keto-friendly toppings for a quick keto breakfast or brunch. If you’re not able to have almond flour, I include two options for making these with coconut flour too!
Why make fathead dough bagels?
When I was writing my dissertation, I often “rewarded” my effort by grabbing a Nova Lox sandwich on an Everything Bagel from Einstein Brothers. For me, the mix of a warm, toasted Everything Bagel with the chilled Nova Lox (Smoked Salmon), cucumbers and other veggies was an awesome combo of salty and fresh ingredients. Little did I know, the bagel had at least 56g of net carbs.
While I know bagels have carbs, keto put that into perspective…
Most people following keto try to have 20-30g of net carbs per day. To think that I was eating nearly 2 two days worth of carbs in just one meal is kind of shocking.
I decided to make these using fathead dough because fathead dough balances keto macros (it’s low carb and high fat), but it is also super easy to make. Another plus is that the dough includes lots of ingredients that many keto, low carb, and grain-free folk already have in their pantry.
This keto bagels recipe makes 4-5 savory bagels.
As I mentioned, my goal was to make a low carb Nova Lox bagel sandwich. So, when I first started testing this recipe, I ensured that it was savory. However, you can ditch the spices like garlic powder and onion salt, and replace it with something sweet. For example, you might add in 1 tsp of cinnamon to make cinnamon bagels.
Some ideas for keto bagel toppings:
- Cream Cheese
- Nova Lox & Vegetables
- Eggs & Bacon
- Pizza Sauce & Cheese – similar to what I did in these Low Carb Pizza Bagels
Can you make low carb or fathead dough bagels with coconut flour?
Yes! If you need a substitute for almond flour, then you can make coconut flour bagels. While I haven’t tried that recipe, it’s well-rated. Another option is to buy this coconut flour flatbread mix. I used that mix once and it was so good that I knew I’d need to revise this recipe and add psyllium husk to the list of ingredients.
Why do these fathead dough bagels include psyllium husk?
The original recipe did not include psyllium husk. While it was delicious, I tried the coconut flour mix that I mentioned above & it tasted more like bread.
So, I decided to adjust this recipe to include it. Psyllium Husk powder makes expands and “gels” when you add a liquid to it. The result is that it makes a chewier low carb bagel. I’m listing it as optional, but if you like making keto bread, then I’d encourage you to buy some!
Love keto versions of carb-filled dishes? Read 12 Keto Breakfast Recipes for Carb-aholics.
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- 1.5 cups shredded mozzarella cheese low moisture
- 2 oz cream cheese
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 2 tsp onion salt I use the one from Trader Joes because it has a blend of onion powder, salt, and parsley. It is also pretty low in salt. If you don't have that one - you can substitute - 1/2 tsp onion powder, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, and 1/4 tsp parsley.
- 1 tbsp psyllium husk optional, but it makes the bagel more bread-like
- 3/4 cup almond flour
- 1 large egg beaten
- 1 tbsp Everything Bagel Seasoning You can just sprinkle the seasoning on top. I used about 1/2 tsp per bagel.
- 1 Egg beat this and use it for the egg wash
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees
- Mix almond flour with baking powder, garlic powder, onion salt and psyllium husk. Set aside.
- Add mozzarella and cream cheese to a large microwave safe mixing bowl
- Heat the cheeses in the microwave for 45 seconds
- Use a mixing spatula to incorporate the cheese
- Heat the cheese mixture again for 45 seconds
- Add the almond flour mixture and the egg to the cheese mixture.
- Mix until well incorporated and a ball of dough forms
- Cover the ball of dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 10 minutes. This allowed the dough to firm up a bit more and cool down.
- Split the dough into 4-5 balls. Use your finger to press a hole in the center.
- Add the bagels to a baking sheet and brush each bagel with the egg wash
- Sprinkle your preferred seasoning to the top of each bagel. I used Everything Bagel from Trader Joes.
- Cook the bagels for 15 minutes or until the tops of the bagels are golden
- Optional: Slice the bagels in half and toast them in a heated griddle pan or skillet. Simply add a thin coat of cooking spray (I use Coconut Oil Spray) and place the bagel halves inside down into the pan. Allow the bagels to brown on the inside (~1 minute)
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