I know I have mentioned this before on my site but it still stands true:  I love carbs.  Even more over, I love bagels.  My problem with bagels?  I hate eating 300-400 calories in bread for breakfast.  I like my protein and by the time I add that in (say peanut butter) I could easily have a 500-600 calorie breakfast.  Moreover, my favorite bagel is sesame.  Do you know how hard it is to find a whole wheat sesame bagel?  It’s darn near impossible.  So, I said screw it and made my own.

This dough makes 8 bagels that equal about 125 calories each.  I got the idea when my mom brought home small bagels from Trader Joe’s that were 100 calories each.  Those little bagels made the perfect breakfast companion.

So, you make your dough, let it knead for 10 minutes until nice and smooth, then cut the dough into eight equal portions.  I usually eye it but you may want to weigh each.  Then you cover and let rise for 20-30 minutes.

One the dough has risen once, you roll each piece out into a snake that could fit around your fingers.  Roll the dough around your fingers and begin forming your bagel.  Pinch the seem together, shape the dough into a round circle and stretch out the dough so that you have about a 2″ open hole.

Complete the rest of the bagels, cover, and let rise for another 20-30 minutes.  Pre-heat your oven to 425˚ and bring a large pot of water to a boil with a tablespoon of sucanat.

Once risen for the second time, the bagels should have taken shape.  You’re ready to boil and bake.

Boil the bagels for one minute, flip, and boil again for another minute.  Remove from the water and dip into whatever topping you love (see- sesames!)  or leave plain.  Once all the bagels have been boiled and topped, pop the tray in the oven for 20 minutes, flipping the bagels over half way through.  Make sure you use a baking mat or parchment paper- bagels stick easily!

Once bagels are nice and golden, resist the urge to whip out the cream cheese right away.  Or not, it’s up to you!


Prep Time 1 hour Cook Time 25 mins Serves 8


  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 teaspoon yeast
  • 1 tablespoon natural cane sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoon sunflower oil
  • 1 cup unbleached all purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • none Toppings: sesame, poppy, or flax seeds
  • 1 tablespoon sucanat


  1. Start by place water, yeast, and sugar in the bowl of stand mixer. Stir with a wooden spoon to dissolve yeast and honey, let sit for 5-10 minutes or until mixtures begins to foam. (If this does not happen your yeast was either old or your water was too cold or hot.)
  2. Once yest is ready, add oil, salt, and whole wheat flour. Begin to knead with dough hook, adding the white flour as needed until the dough pulls away from the side of the bowl (dough should still be kind of soft, just not sticky.) Continue to knead for 10 minutes.
  3. Roll dough out onto a mat or cutting board. Cut eight equal size pieces of dough (this is for a slightly smaller bagel, roughly 125 calories each.) Cover with a towel and let rest 20-30 minutes.
  4. Pre-heat your oven to 425˚ and bring a large pot of water to a boil with a tablespoon of sucanat (or brown sugar). I started my water right before I rolled the bagels into circles.
  5. Taking one piece at a time, roll out each piece of dough into a long line. Wrap the dough around your fingers and pinch/seal the seam. Also, make sure your whole is about 2 inches across- the bagel will close up as it continues to rise and boil. Repeat with remaining dough. Cover and let sit for another 20-30 minutes.
  6. Taking however many bagels you can fit in your pot of boiling water, boil the bagels on one side for a minutes, flip, and boil for another minutes. Place the seeds in a small dish and dip the tops of each bagel in the topping as it comes out of the water. Place seeded side up on a tray covered in parchment paper. Repeat until all the bagels have been boiled and topped. Bake for 10 minutes, flip, and bake for another ten minutes until bagels are golden.


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