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Soft ‘N Chewy Bagels 🍞 gluten free, keto & paleo

In search for a dairy free alternative to fathead dough?! Look no further than these gluten free, paleo and keto bagels! Soft, chewy and with a killer taste (i.e. no eggy or cheesy business here!).

Gluten Free & Keto Bagels with cream cheese and salmon
Gluten Free & Keto Bagels

Gluten Free & Keto Bagels

Soft ‘N Chewy!

These low carb and grain free bagels are pure gold guys! And if you’ve already met our soft ‘n  fluffy sandwich bread (or proper cinnamon rolls!), you already know we don’t mess around when it comes to bread.

And these guys right here are no exception. Plus, you’ll be pleasantly surprised how easy it is to whip them up!

p.s. They’re just 3g net carbs per (full-sized!) bagel. Ideal!

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The Deets 🔍

Because the keto grain free flours do not cook in water, doing a traditional bagel recipe (i.e. boiling them before baking!) unfortunately just isn’t possible. Still, the results are outstanding.

As you well know, bagels are dense and chewy, so you may want to play around a bit with the rising time to get them denser or lighter. Full disclosure, I prefer to do a bit of a longer rise (about 45-50 minutes); they become a little softer, but the taste with the yeast becomes sooo good.

Still, making these paleo and keto bagels is incredibly simple really. But, like with any yeasted bread, it does require you take care of a few details to ensure the best possible outcome.

In my experience, and unlike our staple sandwich keto bread, these low carb bagels don’t collapse much (if at all!) post bake.

You just must ensure your bagels do increase in size substantially while proofing. They can even double if you let them, but they do become a bit fluffier. And note that grain free yeast doughs do require a little extra warmth. For instance, I place my tray on top of my oven as I heat it up (so my tray gets slightly warm and they rise beautifully). But you must ensure you don’t overheat them or you’ll kill the yeast. Think a warm and humid day at the beach, that’s the ideal temperature.

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Shape the dough

Wet your fingertips and shape into rounds, poking a whole in the middle and smoothing as much as possible.

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Let it rise

Grain free yeast doughs need a little more cuddling. So find a warm spot and proof the dough for 20-60 minutes (less time for denser bagels, more for fluffier ones).

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Bake them up!

Brush with an egg white wash (better browning), sprinkle with toppings of choice (you can’t go wrong with Trader Joe’s Everything But The Bagel), and bake for about 20-25 mins until deep golden.

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The Tips ‘N Tricks 🔍

The yeast in this low carb and keto bread ensures a wonderful texture and taste. Check out these tips for best results with grain free yeast doughs!

Weigh your ingredients. This will forever be a staple recommendation for any sort of gluten free baking here at gnom-gnom. As aside from leading to less dirty dishes, it will ensure consistent results time and time again. Remember that gluten free (and particularly keto) baking is notoriously finicky, and measuring by cups is anything but accurate. And if you don’t own a baking scale, measure with cups by dropping the ingredients onto them rather than scooping them out (which often leads to overpacking).

Ingredients at room temperature. Self explanatory really, but incredibly important (particularly for the eggs). If you add cold eggs to the mix your bread simply won’t rise much (if at all).

Proof the yeast. This involves mixing dry active yeast with water that’s just warm to touch (between 105-110°F to be precise) and inulin or an actual sugar (think maple syrup or honey) for 7 minutes until foamy. And before you scream sugar (!!) remember that the yeast will feed on such sugar to emit carbon dioxide, so it doesn’t affect the carb count. And yes, this is a scientific fact.

Avoid abrupt temperature changes and air drafts. Like with any yeast bread, you need to cuddle your dough. Make sure it’s able to rest undisturbed in a warm space.

Baking at high altitude? Yup, so am I (Paola here!!). You just need to up the temperature a bit to seal the rise, and just keep an eye out for excessive browning.

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The Ingredients & Possible Subs

These bagels do have a few ingredients, but you’ll find that most are staple paleo and keto pantry ingredients. In the list below you’ll find details on several ingredients and possible subs. This is also perhaps the most forgiving recipe in terms of subs out of all the grain free yeast bread recipes on the site!

Almond flour. You truly need a super finely ground almond flour here, as if you use meal your rolls will turn out dense and oily. Super fine almond flour brands include Anthony’s WellBees and Bob’s.

Now if paleo, or in keto maintenance, you can lighten up the bread even more by substituting part of the almond flour (3-6 tablespoons) with arrowroot flour.

Flaxseed meal or psyllium husk can be used interchangeably in this recipe, and they both need to be re-ground for best texture.  You’ll want to use golden flaxseed meal (we use Bob’s), and regrind the flakes in your (very dry!) bullet or blender until finely powdered. Great way to avoid slimy bread. And for the psyllium husk powder, NOW brand doesn’t turn bread purple.

Whey protein isolate ensures a better rise. But since bagels are on the dense side, you can get away with subbing with more almond flour (they just collapse a bit post bake). Keep in mind that this ingredient varies tremendously from brand to brand, and we’ve only tried (and are super happy!) with Isopure’s Zero Carb Unflavored. I’m still experimenting with more subs here, but a few of you reported back successfully back on our  soft ‘n fluffy sandwich bread that collagen and hemp pro protein powder worked (I cannot guarantee these subs yet though!).

Xanthan gum. Borrowed from molecular cooking, xanthan gum is the binding agent which makes your toothpaste jelly-like (and your cream cheese, well cream cheese-like). And it’s also the most common gluten-replacer in gluten free baking. And while we do prefer the results with it, you can sub it with flax.

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Gluten Free, Paleo & Keto Bagels

Course: Bread, Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dairy free, gluten free, grain free, keto, low carb, paleo
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Proofing Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 8 bagels
Calories: 190 kcal

In search for a dairy free alternative to fathead dough?! Look no further than these gluten free, paleo and keto bagels! Soft, chewy and with a killer taste (i.e. no eggy or cheesy business here!).

Oh, and if baking with cups rather than grams is your thing, just click on US Cups for an instant conversion.

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Ingredients

For the keto bagels

Topping suggestions

Instructions

  1. Our keto bagels use the focaccia methodology (albeit different ratios), but do check out the video below for deets 'n tricks!

  2. Add yeast and maple syrup (to feed the yeast, see notes) to a large bowl. Heat up water to 105-110°F, and if you don't have a thermometer it should only feel lightly warm to touch. Pour water over yeast mixture, cover bowl with a kitchen towel and allow to rest for 7 minutes. The mixture should be bubbly, if it isn't start again (too cold water won't activate the yeast and too hot will kill it). 

  3. Mix your flours while the yeast is proofing. Add almond flour, psyllium husk (or flaxseed meal), whey protein isolate (or more almond flour), xanthan gum, baking powder and salt to a medium bowl and whisk until thoroughly mixed. Set aside. 

  4. Once your yeast is proofed, add in the egg, egg whites, olive oil and vinegar. Mix with a whisk or electric mixer for a couple minutes until light and frothy. Add the flour mixture in two batches, mixing until thoroughly incorporated. You want to mix thoroughly and quickly to activate the xanthan gum, though the dough will become very thick by the end and form into a round. 

  5. Line a baking tray with a baking mat or parchment paper. Wet your hands (so the dough doesn't stick!) and divide the dough into 8 rounds. Smooth the rounds as much as possible and, using your index finger, make an indentation in the center, stretching out the dough until 'bagel shaped'. Cover with a oiled cling film (saran wrap) and place in a warm draft-free space for 20-60 minutes. You want to do 20 minutes for a denser bagel, and 40-60 for a fluffier one (I personally go for the longer rise as the yeast taste develops much more!). 

  6. Preheat oven to 350°F/180°C while the dough is proofing. And if you're baking at high altitude, you'll want to bake it at 375°F/190°C. 

  7. Brush with an egg white wash (better browning), sprinkle with toppings of choice (you can't go wrong with Trader Joe's Everything But The Bagel), and bake for about 20-25 mins until deep golden. Check in on them at minute 10-13, and cover with aluminum foil if needed. 

  8. Allow the bagels to cool completely for best texture, as the bread will continue to cook while cooling resulting in a better crumb. But if you can't hold your horses, at least give it 15 minutes before digging in (the bagels in the pics were cut just 20 minutes after baking).  

  9. Keep stored in an airtight container at room temperature for a couple days, giving it a light toast before serving again. These guys also freeze great. 

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

*You can feed the yeast with either inulin or an actual sugar (thanks for the inulin tip guys!). And do remember that the yeast will feed on such sugar to emit carbon dioxide, so it doesn’t affect the carb count. And yes, this is a scientific fact.

And please note that nutrition facts were estimated per bagel, and a batch yields 8 full-sized guys. 

Nutrition Facts
Gluten Free, Paleo & Keto Bagels
Amount Per Serving (1 bagel)
Calories 190 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15g 23%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 20mg 7%
Sodium 166mg 7%
Potassium 19mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
Protein 6g 12%
Vitamin A 0.6%
Calcium 6.9%
Iron 6.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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183 comments

  1. Debra Crossman says:

    Best keto bagel recipe that I’ve tried so far! Tastes like a whole grain bagel. Kudos to you for coming up with this recipe! So easy too!

  2. MARIA GAREFALAKIS says:

    Looks great, a question: what do you mean by “or more almond flour in tablespoons” as a replacement for whey protein which I don’t have?

    Thanks

    • Kate says:

      Hi Maria 🙂 I understood the comment to mean if you’re using almond flour instead of whey, add it by tablespoons…maybe one at a time until the dough gets thick and forms a round, in step 4? Hope thats right! 🙂

      I tend to second guess most every breath, so I use my meat thermometer to ensure the water added to the yeast is the right temp…and it works perfectly every time! 🙂 Thanks so much, Paola…you’ve made low carb SUCH a gift…instead of a “diet”!

  3. ADB_BWG says:

    I absolutely LOVE these bagels! I make a batch (plain or blueberry or sometimes both, if I have to share!) every weekend!

    I’ve never gotten them to rise as much as they do in the picture – I’m still “learning” yeast. But they taste wonderful! So easy to make.

    I bought both cookbooks and I’m working through the recipes.

    • Paola van der Hulst says:

      Thank you so much for your support!! I would just try and play with a warmer temperature during proofing 😉

  4. Catharine says:

    Can you let me know if flaxseed or psyllium husk is better, or what difference does it make? If I use the flaxseed, will the bagel be purple (I noticed you said psyllium husk would prevent purpling).

    Also, what are the differences to be seen between using Whey isolate powder vs more almond flour?

    Thank you! Excited to make these!

    • Paola van der Hulst says:

      Hi Catharine! Just follow the recipe as stated, as all ingredients serve their purpose and substituting doesn’t give the exact same results. Certain brands of psyllium turn breads purple, golden flaxseed doesn’t. xo!

      • Anne says:

        The recipe as written actually isn’t clear on flaxseed meal or psyllium husk powder. In the ingredients flaxseed is listed first, but in the written instructions psyllium is listed first! So both seem to be possible substitutions. Which is actually what you prefer to use in this recipe? Thanks!

  5. Whitedove says:

    If the eggs,are 2 different ingredients.eggs then whites. Do i whip the egg whites. Or just crack 2 rm temp eggs and put in the bowls.

  6. Pea Green says:

    Oh, yummmmmmmmmmmmmmm . . . I finally have something to slather butter on. I put off making these for a while because I was a bit scared. Ha! I laugh in the face of my fear now. I actually used a doughnut pan and they were great. I ate two and now I want to curl up and have a nap . . . .I feel like the cat that got the cream. Thank you, Paola. x x x x

  7. Troup says:

    These were great! We proofed for nearly an hour. They came out a bit bland, so the everything seasoning was definitely nessesary.
    The size: they came out small, like mini bagels. But we thought they were perfect. The finger hole in the middle didn’t need to be more than the diameter of a thumb.

  8. Jacklyn says:

    WOW! I just made these bagels and they are so good. I followed the recipe/directions exactly (also let me dough rise for 60 minutes). These are fluffy and not eggy at all. I ran out of TJ’s bagel seasoning so I added Italian seasoning instead. I let them cool like instructed, and then toasted it and had one hell of a sandwich! Thanks so much for this amazing recipe. DELISH!!

  9. johanna d campbell says:

    I made these exactly as written using the flax instead of psyllium. I used 1/2 tsp salt. My baking powder was aluminum free.

    They rose perfectly (I set my oven to the lowest temp while I mix ingredients and once it hits the temp I turn off and then place in the warm oven to rise. I did the rise for the full 60 minutes.

    They are great but I think they have a slightly too strong yeast flavor that ends with a bitter note. I am going to try with half the amount next time. I am also going to up the salt to the 3/4 tsp and add 1 tsp powdered sweetener because I think they are bland and missing that slightly sweet note wheat has. It will not make them sweet but maybe add flavor and cut the bitterness of yeast.

    It is amazing to be able to eat a yeast raised low carb product. The yeast flavor is too strong to eat plain but is masked in a sandwich or with cream cheese. It is GREAT to be able to eat a low carb bread not made with tons of eggs and cheese.

    Thank you for all your hard work creating these recipes.

    • Anne says:

      The bitterness you’re getting may be from the flaxseed! I make these with psyllium powder and love them! I did end up using half the amount of yeast the first time I made them because I was almost out of yeast, and they were good but a little denser than I like! Toasting helped, of course.

  10. Ashley says:

    So these are better than any other grain-free bread recipe I’ve tried. The texture is pretty good. However, while they aren’t eggy, they also don’t taste like much. I think I might try to make cinnamon raisin bagels or some other flavor that involves more seasoning in the dough itself to see if that helps.

  11. Diane says:

    Paola, made your pizza crust last week and it was fab. So i needed to try thr bagel recipe too. OMG!!! I have found my slice of keto heaven in these bagels. I made them Sat a.m. in time to have bagel, cream cheese, salmon and capers for lunch. I seriously almost cried…I have not had a bagel since MAY last year!! These are a game changer!!!!

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