Bagels

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Chareva’s father loves bagels in the morning but isn’t allowed to eat them anymore because of his type 2 diabetes.  After we made the almost-paleo bread recipe last week, Chareva suggested we try making bagels from the same recipe when her parents visited this weekend.  (Her parents and brother were here to celebrate her 40th birthday, which was Tuesday.)

Last night I whipped up the bread recipe and made it more bagel-ish by adding about a half cup of finely chopped onion and a pinch of garlic powder to the batter.  I poured the batter into a donut pan and sprinkled more onion and a bit of coarse salt on top before baking.  Since this wasn’t a big ol’ loaf of bread, I only had to bake each batch of six for 30 minutes at 325 degrees.

The experiment was a success.  We got 21 bagels from the mix, and they toasted up nicely this morning.  By the time we spread butter and cream cheese on them, they tasted just like the jack-up-your-glucose bagels Chareva’s father can’t eat anymore.


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  1. Kim

    I just bought a bagel pan from Amazon for this express purpose. Can’t wait to try it! I think I’ll make half the batch with the onion & garlic you suggested, and the other half with some cinnamon. Then add some cream cheese … yum. Thanks for sharing this idea!

  2. Trina

    Yours look great! I haven’t tried these myself but some great bloggers have some inspired bagel options. You can probably make some delicious donuts in that pan too. That’s what I’ve done (my kids couldn’t believe they were eating chocolate donuts for breakfast one day – wheat free/sugar free of course).

    I made these donuts with a cream cheese icing:
    http://alldayidreamaboutfood.com/2012/03/chocolate-donuts-with-irish-cream-glaze-low-carb-and-gluten-free-and-giveaway-3.html

    http://mariahealth.blogspot.ca/2012/05/bagels-and-why-no-wheat.html

    Those look good too.

  3. Jenny

    I tried making the bread yesterday because I couldn’t believe that almond butter and eggs would turn into a loaf of bread. But it did! It even rose nicely despite me absentmindedly adding baking soda instead of baking powder. Ended up with a weird green gelatinous layer on the bottom which just turned out to be egg, and I wonder if the baking soda was responsible. But the bread tastes great! I was jealous of my husband’s BLTs all summer! Next time baking powder for sure.

    If you use baking soda, you’d want to add some lemon juice so the soda reacts with the citric acid.

  4. TJ

    Talk about bread… I make a very nice flatbread (makes superb Reuben sandwiches since I also make our own corned beef). It is very simple to make:
    1 cup of golden flax meal
    2 eggs
    1 cup mozzarella cheese (true paleos please do not shoot me!)
    1/4 cup chia seeds finely (coffe grinder) ground
    1 tsp (to taste) sea salt 2 tsp baking powder
    1/2 cup water (add little by little to make the whole thing “pasty”)
    May be flavored with rosemary, onion, garlic powder to taste.
    Bake in 9*9 pan (silicone works great) at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. ENJOY!

    Sounds good.

  5. Helga

    Where do you get the bagel pan?

    We ordered donut pans from Amazon. This pan makes small bagels, so I’d like to find one that’s sandwich-worthy.

  6. Austin

    I didn’t eat many bagels in my grain days but after seeing those pics I’m really craving one loaded with flavored cream cheese now.

  7. ngyoung

    @Kevin As for pizza try cauliflower crust for pizza. Also there is a deep dish recipe using chicken and cheese. Pinterest has tons of variations on pizza crusts.

    As for wings I checked the other day what Buffalo Wild Wings uses for their fry oil and it is beef tallow. I am not sure how dusted they are with flour before hand but their regular wings are pretty low carb if you pick the right sauces.

    Tom, one thing I was curious about being a parent and having our oldest just start kindergarten is what kind of stuff do you prepare for your kids for school lunches, especially cold lunches.

    Chareva packs meats (sometimes cold cuts, sometimes leftover chili, stew, chicken, Italian sausage, etc.), nuts, olives, cheeses and fruit in our girls’ lunches.

  8. Anne

    Nine yrs ago, in my wheat eating days, I would make my own bagels. To do it required 10minutes of kneading a very tough dough, hand forming rings and then simmering them in water before baking them. They had that great chewy texture. What took me hours to make, my 4 year old would scarf down in minutes.

    Bagels were my favorite. The very last wheat item I ate was a sesame seed bagel(bought). I savored every bite because I knew that I was going to start my gluten free trial the next day. I never went back.

    I may have to try this recipe. Thanks.

    And there’s no kneading required.

  9. Brian

    I just tried my own spin on this recipe with ground almonds last night. I didn’t even make it right and it still turned out decent.

    I put 2 cups blanched almonds, 3 or 4 tbsp butter, with only three eggs (all I had), the water and salt into a full-on blender. I didn’t have any baking powder on hand so I super-blended to a moderate stiffness and shoved it into the oven as fast as possible.

    It didn’t rise all that much, which made it moist, but still very bubbly throughout. Using blanched almonds instead of regular made the inside very much the colour of white bread!

    Tasted ok! So I just might buy the ingredients to make this the right way next time 🙂

  10. Pamela Martyn

    Guess I should consider myself lucky. Had the doughnut/bagel pan, and just bought 2 jars of almond butter for 5 euros. I guess living in the Netherlands has it’s advantages. One thing for sure, almonds are a staple here, and always have been. You’ll find them in an array of desserts and cookies. Think I’ll skip the extra garlic and onion, and maybe just pop a few sesame seeds on top. That way I can eat them sweet or savory. My husband will be shocked to see a bagel in his lunch!

    My girls are lobbying for poppyseed bagels next time.

  11. Brooke

    Can’t wait to try these. I’ve got half a jar of almond butter, and half a bag of almond flour…going to see what happens if I combine the two…I’m thinking I may have to add “butter” butter to add more moisture to the mix. Will let you know how they turn out!
    Thanks for posting! One thing I miss are my bagels!

    Yup, I’d definitely add some fat or oil to the almond flour.

  12. Marilyn

    OK, so now what you need to do is to develop a line of bagels made from all the other butters, too — sesame seed, cashew, hazelnut, chocolate hazelnut . . . 🙂

    I can’t imagine eating a chocolate bagel.

  13. Kathy

    I wonder if Amazon knows why they are suddenly selling so many donut pans? Mine will be here Wednesday.

    I guess I should’ve added those to our Amazon store links.

  14. Trina

    Yours look great! I haven’t tried these myself but some great bloggers have some inspired bagel options. You can probably make some delicious donuts in that pan too. That’s what I’ve done (my kids couldn’t believe they were eating chocolate donuts for breakfast one day – wheat free/sugar free of course).

    I made these donuts with a cream cheese icing:
    http://alldayidreamaboutfood.com/2012/03/chocolate-donuts-with-irish-cream-glaze-low-carb-and-gluten-free-and-giveaway-3.html

    http://mariahealth.blogspot.ca/2012/05/bagels-and-why-no-wheat.html

    Those look good too.

  15. Jenny

    I tried making the bread yesterday because I couldn’t believe that almond butter and eggs would turn into a loaf of bread. But it did! It even rose nicely despite me absentmindedly adding baking soda instead of baking powder. Ended up with a weird green gelatinous layer on the bottom which just turned out to be egg, and I wonder if the baking soda was responsible. But the bread tastes great! I was jealous of my husband’s BLTs all summer! Next time baking powder for sure.

    If you use baking soda, you’d want to add some lemon juice so the soda reacts with the citric acid.

  16. Helga

    Where do you get the bagel pan?

    We ordered donut pans from Amazon. This pan makes small bagels, so I’d like to find one that’s sandwich-worthy.

  17. ngyoung

    @Kevin As for pizza try cauliflower crust for pizza. Also there is a deep dish recipe using chicken and cheese. Pinterest has tons of variations on pizza crusts.

    As for wings I checked the other day what Buffalo Wild Wings uses for their fry oil and it is beef tallow. I am not sure how dusted they are with flour before hand but their regular wings are pretty low carb if you pick the right sauces.

    Tom, one thing I was curious about being a parent and having our oldest just start kindergarten is what kind of stuff do you prepare for your kids for school lunches, especially cold lunches.

    Chareva packs meats (sometimes cold cuts, sometimes leftover chili, stew, chicken, Italian sausage, etc.), nuts, olives, cheeses and fruit in our girls’ lunches.

  18. Kim

    About the cost of a food processor for making almond butter, I also use mine to make my own sausage patties and crumbles for our omelets. You can grind chicken, beef, pork, whatever. You can make your own almond flour in it. I use it to make Elana’s paleo chocolate chip cookie dough. You can grate cheese or make Cole slaw. Lots of uses.

    Just a little plug for the usefulness of a good food processor in a low carb/paleo lifestyle.

    Sounds like a worthwhile investment. Chareva already has a meat grinder.

  19. Anne

    Nine yrs ago, in my wheat eating days, I would make my own bagels. To do it required 10minutes of kneading a very tough dough, hand forming rings and then simmering them in water before baking them. They had that great chewy texture. What took me hours to make, my 4 year old would scarf down in minutes.

    Bagels were my favorite. The very last wheat item I ate was a sesame seed bagel(bought). I savored every bite because I knew that I was going to start my gluten free trial the next day. I never went back.

    I may have to try this recipe. Thanks.

    And there’s no kneading required.

  20. Brooke

    Can’t wait to try these. I’ve got half a jar of almond butter, and half a bag of almond flour…going to see what happens if I combine the two…I’m thinking I may have to add “butter” butter to add more moisture to the mix. Will let you know how they turn out!
    Thanks for posting! One thing I miss are my bagels!

    Yup, I’d definitely add some fat or oil to the almond flour.

  21. Marilyn

    OK, so now what you need to do is to develop a line of bagels made from all the other butters, too — sesame seed, cashew, hazelnut, chocolate hazelnut . . . 🙂

    I can’t imagine eating a chocolate bagel.

  22. Marilyn

    @alexandra. I remember reading a New York Times article some decades ago that suggested the only things found on “routine annual physicals” were ear wax and high blood pressure.

  23. Kim

    About the cost of a food processor for making almond butter, I also use mine to make my own sausage patties and crumbles for our omelets. You can grind chicken, beef, pork, whatever. You can make your own almond flour in it. I use it to make Elana’s paleo chocolate chip cookie dough. You can grate cheese or make Cole slaw. Lots of uses.

    Just a little plug for the usefulness of a good food processor in a low carb/paleo lifestyle.

    Sounds like a worthwhile investment. Chareva already has a meat grinder.

  24. Marilyn

    @alexandra. I remember reading a New York Times article some decades ago that suggested the only things found on “routine annual physicals” were ear wax and high blood pressure.

  25. Brooke

    It worked. Used about 8 oz of almond butter, and about a cup or so of almond flour. Baked up beautifully! (looked exactly like the photo!) Of course I had to slice up a piece immediately…a little melted butter on top and WOW! Can’t wait to try it toasted! Figured about $5 for total cost. Not too bad. Thanks Tom!

    It’s worth a few extra bucks to enjoy toast that isn’t made from mutant wheat.

  26. Nowhereman

    On a slightly related note, a surprisingly positive video article on Paleo dieting from Yahoo:

    http://screen.yahoo.com/surprise-benefits-of-the-paleo-diet-30866050.html?pb_list=14f8e707-eb3e-493b-aec9-35133421f384

    The only problem is that it needed to be two minutes longer, the couple is forced to try to get a LOT off information out there in just under 3 minutes, and the anchorwoman/host is an annoying airhead.

    “They lost weight but their hearts blew up.”

    Head. Bang. On. Desk.

  27. Robinowitz

    Thanks for the recipe, Tom! My husband made this last night and for breakfast I had an old favorite: fried eggs on toast–very satisfying and filling! My two year old son had a slice with butter and loved it. Now I have a great go-to recipe for those cold wintertime months when grilled cheese sandwiches sound so good:)

    Not to mention a meal that will pass USDA inspections.

  28. Brooke

    It worked. Used about 8 oz of almond butter, and about a cup or so of almond flour. Baked up beautifully! (looked exactly like the photo!) Of course I had to slice up a piece immediately…a little melted butter on top and WOW! Can’t wait to try it toasted! Figured about $5 for total cost. Not too bad. Thanks Tom!

    It’s worth a few extra bucks to enjoy toast that isn’t made from mutant wheat.

  29. Nowhereman

    On a slightly related note, a surprisingly positive video article on Paleo dieting from Yahoo:

    http://screen.yahoo.com/surprise-benefits-of-the-paleo-diet-30866050.html?pb_list=14f8e707-eb3e-493b-aec9-35133421f384

    The only problem is that it needed to be two minutes longer, the couple is forced to try to get a LOT off information out there in just under 3 minutes, and the anchorwoman/host is an annoying airhead.

    “They lost weight but their hearts blew up.”

    Head. Bang. On. Desk.

  30. Robb

    My wife made some of these today and they are great! She added sesame seeds on top. Thanks for the great ideas.

  31. Robinowitz

    Thanks for the recipe, Tom! My husband made this last night and for breakfast I had an old favorite: fried eggs on toast–very satisfying and filling! My two year old son had a slice with butter and loved it. Now I have a great go-to recipe for those cold wintertime months when grilled cheese sandwiches sound so good:)

    Not to mention a meal that will pass USDA inspections.

  32. Robb

    My wife made some of these today and they are great! She added sesame seeds on top. Thanks for the great ideas.

  33. Steve

    Since this isn’t your recipe, Tom I don’t mind rocking the love boat here. We made the bread last night and it was some of the most vile crap I’ve ever eaten. Seriously, have you people no taste buds?

    Proving once again that taste is subjective. It tastes great to me.

  34. Steve

    Since this isn’t your recipe, Tom I don’t mind rocking the love boat here. We made the bread last night and it was some of the most vile crap I’ve ever eaten. Seriously, have you people no taste buds?

    Proving once again that taste is subjective. It tastes great to me.

  35. Becky

    I have fixed my almond butter/almond flour issue! I use bulk almonds that I buy at Costco and roast them first to add a little more flavor. Then I pass them through my food processor for a few seconds just to break them up. Then I put them in a very cheap coffee grinder (it was around $15). That was the trick! It turned the almond meal into almond flour with no almond butter issues (not that I don’t like almond butter). Now I have almond, coconut (unsweetened, of course) and pistachio flour to use for some delicious paleo baking!

  36. TonyNZ

    @ Tom and Brooke

    “It’s worth a few extra bucks to enjoy toast that isn’t made from mutant wheat.”

    How much more expensive is it when the government subsidies to the wheat growers are factored into the price? Not as much as you might think I’d wager.

    Good point.

  37. Becky

    I have fixed my almond butter/almond flour issue! I use bulk almonds that I buy at Costco and roast them first to add a little more flavor. Then I pass them through my food processor for a few seconds just to break them up. Then I put them in a very cheap coffee grinder (it was around $15). That was the trick! It turned the almond meal into almond flour with no almond butter issues (not that I don’t like almond butter). Now I have almond, coconut (unsweetened, of course) and pistachio flour to use for some delicious paleo baking!

  38. TonyNZ

    @ Tom and Brooke

    “It’s worth a few extra bucks to enjoy toast that isn’t made from mutant wheat.”

    How much more expensive is it when the government subsidies to the wheat growers are factored into the price? Not as much as you might think I’d wager.

    Good point.

  39. Gilana

    Wonder if you could thicken up the bread batter with almond meal and then fry it for actual doughnuts.

    No idea. Without sticky gluten in the mix, it might just fall apart.

  40. Gilana

    Wonder if you could thicken up the bread batter with almond meal and then fry it for actual doughnuts.

    No idea. Without sticky gluten in the mix, it might just fall apart.

  41. Firebird

    This might also work as pancake or waffle batter. I took the muffin in a minute recipe and poured it onto a frying pan. Made nice pancakes with pretty cook texture and consistency.

  42. Firebird

    This might also work as pancake or waffle batter. I took the muffin in a minute recipe and poured it onto a frying pan. Made nice pancakes with pretty cook texture and consistency.

  43. Loofus

    This does, indeed, work as batter. I threw some into a waffle iron the other night at my folks place and everyone was impressed with the result. Instead of eating it like a traditional waffle, I used it to make a breakfast sandwich and it was delicious and filling.

  44. Loofus

    This does, indeed, work as batter. I threw some into a waffle iron the other night at my folks place and everyone was impressed with the result. Instead of eating it like a traditional waffle, I used it to make a breakfast sandwich and it was delicious and filling.

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