Air Fryer Bagels: The Best Thing Since Sliced Bread
And air fryer bagels taste sooo much better!
I would have never thought to make bagels in the air fryer, but luckily for us all, we can!
I’m not going to lie, I could seriously eat bagels every day, multiple times daily. I also would have zero problem choosing one (or 4) of those Cinnamon Crunch bagels from Panera for a cheat meal, any day.
And if the orders at the local coffee shop are any indication, I’m not alone!
So, what if I told you, you could have a healthier version of your favorite bagel completely homemade? Oh, and that you can finally use the air fryer that has been in the box since the holidays?
Can you say, winning on all fronts!?
Easy, Delicious Bagels: Air Fryer Bagels
There are many bagel recipes that use active dry yeast, enriched wheat flour, and self-rising flour.
But, I had found that with the combination of ingredients I used, there wasn’t a need for the active dry yeast. I also chose to stick with whole wheat flour because it’s less processed than the other options I have.
Bonus info: I also found you can use gluten-free flour and get the same results with respect to taste.
To keep it simple, you know I’m all about that life, use this base bagel recipe. To jazz it up, scroll to your bagel of choice for additions.
Believe me when I say, BAGELS FOR DAYS!
Base Bagel Recipe (Universal Ingredients and Air-Frying Process)
1 cup whole wheat flour (or gluten-free flour)
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
1 egg white, beaten (to use as egg wash)
- In a medium bowl combine dry ingredients well.
- Add yogurt, mix until well combined.
- Remove dough from the bowl, knead a few times on a floured working surface until dough is tacky (it should not be sticky, if it is, add more flour).
- Form dough into 4 even-sized balls and roll them into 1-inch thick bands and connect the ends to form bagels.
- Brush on the egg wash and top with your go-to toppings.
- Preheat the air fryer to 290 F degrees.
- Place bagels in the air fryer and bake until golden, typically about 16-18 minutes.
- Let bagels cool completely before slicing them.
This is a trusty crowd-favorite in our house and this homemade cinnamon raisin recipe proved to follow suit!
To make your air fryer cinnamon raisin bagels you will need 1 tablespoon of cinnamon and ¼ cup raisins. You’ll simply add the cinnamon and raisins to the dry ingredients in step one of the base recipe and proceed from there!
Blueberry Air Fryer Bagels
There’s something to be said about a fresh, New York-style blueberry bagel!
These homemade blueberry bagels certainly hit the mark without breaking the bank in the carb department.
To make your air fryer blueberry bagels, you will need 1/4 cup dried blueberries. You’ll simply add the blueberries to the dry ingredients in step one and move to step two from the base recipe. BOOYAH… Or should I say, BLU-YAH!
For those of you who love ALL THE THINGS, this homemade everything bagel recipe has your name written all over it!
To make these, after step 5 on the base recipe (egg wash), sprinkle your favorite everything bagel seasonings on top.
Feel free to add dried minced onion, black sesame seeds, dried red pepper flakes. Trust me, the world is your bagel!
If you want to eat your bagel while envisioning dancing through strawberry fields, this is the one for you!
You could even top it with Greek cream cheese and fresh strawberries for a slice of heaven, in bagel form.
I like to use dried strawberries to keep the dough consistency from getting too sticky. You’ll toss ¼ cup dried strawberries into the dry ingredients in step one and proceed forward on the base recipe from there!
Sesame Seed Bagels
This is a winner, not only if you love sesame seeds, but if you want a boost of fiber, the sesame seed bagel is the way to go!
If you want an extra flare of flavor, you can go for toasted sesame seeds.
To make these, after step 5 on the base recipe (egg wash), sprinkle sesame seeds on top, then proceed to the next step.
Jalapeño Cheddar Bagels
My husband absolutely loves jalapeño cheddar bagels!
This savory spicy cheddar bagel recipe hit the target!
To make these with the base recipe, add 2 tablespoons diced jalapeños to the Greek yogurt and combine well.
After step 5 (egg wash), sprinkle fat-free shredded cheddar cheese on top of the bagel and proceed to step 6.
Onion Air Fryer Bagels
Never fear, onion-lover, I got your back with this onion bagel recipe!
You’ll want to add 3 tablespoons of chopped dehydrated onion to the dry ingredient list in step 1 of the base recipe. Really love onions? Sprinkle a little more onion on top after the egg wash (step 5).
Brown Sugar Cinnamon Bagels
Remember that Cinnamon Crunch bagel I mentioned earlier?! This is a healthier twist on that brown sugar cinnamon goodness, sans the cinnamon crunch topping.
You’ll add 1 tablespoon cinnamon and 2 tablespoons brown sugar substitute (I used Truvia brand) to the dry ingredients in step one and proceed with the base recipe from there.
You can also sprinkle a little bit of that brown sugar goodness on top after the egg wash!
Chocolate Chip Bagels
Chocolate lovers, unite! If you’re a fan of chocolate chip bagels, we have found your match!
You’ll want to add ¼ cup mini chocolate chips, 1 tablespoon cocoa powder, and 2 tablespoons LadyBoss® LEAN to the dry ingredients in step one.
Sea Salt Air Fryer Bagels
Keepin’ it classy with a sea salt bagel!
You’ll follow the base recipe and simply top your bagel with a sprinkle of coarse sea salt. It doesn’t get easier than that!
Ready To Open Your Own Bakery?!
Maybe not, but you could with all these air fryer bagel recipe choices. Air fryer bagels make a tasty and healthy breakfast, lunch or snack option.
Now only do you have enough choices to keep yourself on track through your wellness journey, but you’ve also got something to please even the pickiest of eaters!