2 Ingredient Bagels
These homemade bagels are just 2 ingredients! The recipe doesn’t require any yeast or proofing. You can have fresh chewy and soft bagels in less than an hour.
I am super excited to share this recipe with you today. I came across this easy bagel recipe recently and I immediately wanted to try it. This recipe combines two of my favorite things: recipes that are 4 ingredients-or-less and bagels!
Apparently, this recipe has been popular in the Weight Watchers Community, though I found out about it from Skinnytaste.
The two ingredients are plain nonfat Greek yogurt and self-rising flour (you can easily make your own if you don’t have self-rising flour.) I previously made a super easy pizza crust with similar ingredients so this recipe looked promising.
I have a serious thing for bagels. I spent my childhood in New York, where we ate bagels nearly every weekend. I miss NY bagels like crazy and always bring a few dozen back when I visit or ask for them when someone from NY is visiting me.
These are not NY bagels. I didn’t expect them to be. But they do taste like a version of bagels and are surprisingly good.
Much like traditional bagels, they have a thicker chewy skin and an airy and chewy interior. They do have a slight tangy taste from the yogurt. It makes them taste almost like sourdough bagels. These bagels don’t expand to be quite as large as traditional bagels but they are a great personal size. You can top with whatever toppings you like. I actually love my bagels plain but I also made some variations. I knew that bottle of everything bagel seasoning from Trader Joe’s would come in handy!
A few tips based on my trials:
- A few recipes I found boiled the bagels before baking them. Traditional NY bagels are boiled first but I didn’t feel that it was necessary for this recipe. While it did expand the bagels and make them bigger, they also took a lot longer to bake and they were not as smooth and round because of the boiling.
- You can knead the dough by hand or use a stand mixer with a dough hook attachment. I prefer the stand mixer because it’s less labor and it doesn’t require as much flour coating so the bagel comes out lighter and airier. You do need to watch the mixer carefully. As soon as the dough comes together in one ball and is no longer sticking to the sides of the bowl, it’s ready. If you over-knead it, it will actually start becoming too sticky to work with again.
- Make sure you use a brand that makes a thick Greek strained yogurt. Not all brands offer the same consistency. I used Fage for these.
Recipe now updated with video! You can view all my recipe videos on my youtube channel too.
- 1 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
- 1 cup self-rising flour or mix 1 cup all purpose flour + 1 1/2 tsp baking powder + 1/2 tsp table salt
For the Toppings
- 1 egg whisked (for egg wash finish)
- white sesame seeds
- everything bagel seasoning I bought mine from Trader Joe's
Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mat.
In a large bowl, add yogurt and flour. When measuring out the yogurt, make sure that you strain out any liquid. Any extra liquid sitting in your yogurt will cause the dough to be too wet.
Using a large spoon or spatula, mix together flour and yogurt until it begins to form a crumbly dough. Use your hands to push the dough together into one ball. The dough will be very sticky.
Add your dough to a stand mixer with a dough hook attachment. Knead the dough until it comes together in one ball and has pulled away from the sides of the mixing bowl. As soon as it reaches this stage, it is ready and you should stop the mixer immediately. (You can view my video above for reference). If you continue to let it knead, the dough will actually become sticky again. If you do not have a stand mixer, you can knead the dough by hand. You will need to cover your kneading surface with flour and knead the dough by hand until it is tacky and no longer sticky. I prefer using the stand mixer because it is faster and the dough comes together without the extra flour which results in a lighter bagel.
Divide dough into four equal balls. Roll out a ball on a lightly floured surface until it becomes a rope about 3/4 inch thick. Try to make the rope as even and smooth as possible. Pinch ends shut to form a round circle. Repeat with remaining dough.
Place bagels onto a baking sheet. Brush tops with egg wash. Sprinkle tops with whichever seasonings you prefer.
Bake bagels for about 23-25 minutes or until bagels are cooked all the way through. Remove bagels from the oven and turn heat up to 500°F. Place bagels back in oven and bake about 2-3 minutes until surface is browned. (If you are making plain bagels without toppings, you can also set your oven to low broil for 2-3 minutes to brown the bagels but I don't recommend this if you have toppings as the toppings will start to burn before the bagels finish browning.) Let bagels cool a few minutes before eating.
Some Tips for Making the Bagels
A few recipes I found boiled the bagels before baking them. Traditional NY bagels are boiled first but I didn't feel that it was necessary for this recipe. While it did expand the bagels and make them bigger, they also took a lot longer to bake and they were not as smooth and round because of the boiling.
You can knead the dough by hand or use a stand mixer with a dough hook attachment. I prefer the stand mixer because it's less labor and it doesn't require as much flour coating so the bagel comes out lighter and airier. You do need to watch the mixer carefully. As soon as the dough comes together in one ball and is no longer sticking to the sides of the bowl, it’s ready. If you over-knead it, it will actually start becoming too sticky to work with again.
Make sure you use a brand that makes a thick Greek strained yogurt. Not all brands offer the same consistency. I used Fage for these.
Recipe adapted from Skinnytaste
The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have. All images and content are © Kirbie's Cravings.
2 Ingredient Bagels
Amount Per Serving (1 bagel)
Calories 160 Calories from Fat 15
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat 0.5g3%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.4g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.5g
Vitamin A 50IU1%
Net Carbs 24g48%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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