3-Ingredient Easy Homemade Bagels (No Yeast!)

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Make bakery-fresh homemade bagels with just a few ingredients! These greek yogurt bagels are relatively low-calorie, high protein, and totally delicious.

3-Ingredient Artisanal Bagels

Bagels look like they would be hard to make. At least, that’s what I thought for years. Until I saw the viral 2-ingredient bagel recipe on TikTok. It’s an update of the infamous Weight Watchers 2 ingredient bread dough, simply rolled into bagel shapes. It’s an easy bagel recipe that even someone yeast-bread challenged like me could make. 

Unfortunately, the TikTok viral bagels are a little dry and crumbly for my tastes. Since I don’t care about having fat free bagels, I started experimenting and found that adding one more ingredient (egg) changed a dry, sad bagel into a deliciously chewy, just plain good bagel. 

This recipe is super easy — since there’s no yeast, you don’t have to do any proofing or rising. Unlike traditional bagel recipes, you also don’t have to boil these guys. You just make the dough, form the bagels, and bake them. It’s an easy breakfast and a lower-calorie, higher-protein alternative to store-bought bagels. 

What’s in this 3-ingredient bagel recipe?

This is a base recipe that you can customize to create tons of different flavors. The main ingredients you’ll need to create your own bagels are: 

  •  Self-Rising Flour: This is the secret to getting a fluffy bagel without yeast. Self-rising flour is made from all purpose flour with baking powder and salt pre-mixed in, so that you can simply measure once and get both flour and leavening agent. If you want to make your own, King Arthur Baking has a great recipe
  • Greek Yogurt: Greek yogurt gives your bagels enough fat and moisture to create that soft crumb. You can use full-fat or nonfat plain greek yogurt I prefer the texture of bagels made with full-fat greek yogurt — they’re softer and richer!
  • Eggs: You will need 2 eggs for this recipe: one to mix in and one to create an egg wash for the tops. The eggs add extra fat, structure, and moisture to your bagels, as well as giving the top that gorgeous golden-brown color as it bakes. 
Bagel ingredients

Making 3-ingredient bagels

​Step 1 | Make the Dough

In a large mixing bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the flour, greek yogurt, and one of the eggs. This is going to make a VERY sticky dough. Don’t worry — it’s supposed to be like that. Here’s what mine looks like for reference: 

Bagel dough

​Step 2 | Knead and Form Your Bagels

Next, turn your extremely sticky dough onto a floured surface. Add a little flour to the top of the dough, then knead it a few times until it picks up enough flour to stop being sticky. Here’s what it should look like: 

Kneaded easy bagel dough

Once you’ve got your dough ready, cut it into four even pieces. If you want to make mini bagels, you can simply divide your dough into more even pieces. Roll them into little snakes, then pinch the ends together to make rings. It’s starting to look like a bagel!

Forming the shapes

Step 3 | Toppings

Once you’ve got your rings, you can place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Now you’re going to top them. Start by beating your remaining egg, then brushing it onto the top of the bagels. This will provide a sticky surface so that your toppings will stay put. It also creates that golden-brown top, so don’t skip it even if you’re going for plain bagels. 

Once you’ve brushed your bagels with egg wash, you can add your toppings. I left half plain and put everything bagel seasoning on the other half.

Egg wash

Step 4 | Bake and Enjoy!

Pop your bagels into the oven at 375° for 25 minutes. Your bagels are done when the tops are golden brown and slightly hard to the touch. Let your bagels cool for a few minutes before slicing and enjoying! I love mine with a little cream cheese, jam, or peanut butter. You can also make a breakfast sandwich from them. I love to pair mine with a protein smoothie for a high-energy start to the day.

Easy Homemade Bagels

Bagel Flavor Options

  • Cinnamon Raisin Bagels: Add 1/2 cup raisins, 1 tbsp sugar, and 1/2 tsp cinnamon to your bagel dough before kneading and forming. 
  • Blueberry Bagels: Add 1 tbsp sugar and 1/2 cup blueberries to the bagel dough before kneading and forming. 
  • Everything Bagels: Sprinkle everything bagel seasoning on the tops of the bagels after brushing on the egg wash. 
  • Asiago Cheese Bagels: Add 1/4 cup grated asiago cheese to the bagel dough before kneading and forming. Sprinkle grated asiago cheese on top of the bagels after brushing them with egg wash.

Why don’t you boil the bagels? 

Excellent question — most bagel recipes require you to boil them in a baking soda solution in order to get the right texture. When I was testing these, I started by using that standard technique. I discovered that boiling these bagels gives them a rubbery texture, which is somewhat off-putting. Simply baking them without boiling creates a chewy bagel that’s much more appetizing. You can see the difference in texture and shape below: 

Bagel comparison

Basically, these bagels don’t require that step to get that perfect texture, which makes this recipe super easy — my favorite kind!

FAQs

Can I use regular yogurt instead of Greek yogurt?

Greek yogurt is preferred for its thicker consistency, which helps achieve the right texture for the bagels. However, if you only have regular yogurt on hand, you can strain it through cheesecloth or a fine mesh sieve to thicken it up a bit.

Can I substitute regular flour for the self-rising flour?

No. Self rising flour is a combination of several ingredients, and you need all of them. You can make your own version from baking powder, all purpose flour, and salt by following this recipe

Do I need to let the dough rise?

No, the combination of self-rising flour and Greek yogurt provides enough leavening for the bagels to rise during baking without the need for a separate rising time.

How do I store my leftover bagels? 

You can store your bagels in an airtight container for 3-4 days. 

Can I freeze the bagels?

Yes, these bagels freeze well. Once cooled, you can wrap them individually in plastic wrap and then place them in a freezer bag. They’ll keep for several weeks in the freezer.

3-Ingredient Easy Homemade Bagels

Make a deliciously chewy bagel from just a few ingredients. No rising, proofing, or boiling necessary!
5 from 2 votes
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Cost: $2.00
Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups self-rising flour plus extra for kneading
  • 1 cup greek yogurt
  • 2 eggs
  • toppings (optional)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375°.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, greek yogurt, and 1 of the eggs. Mix until they create a sticky dough.
  • Turn the dough out onto a floured surface. Knead the dough until it is no longer sticky.
  • Divide the dough into 4 even sections. Roll each section, then shape into a circle. Pinch the ends of the circle together to create a bagel shape.
  • Place the bagels on a lined baking sheet.
  • Beat the remaining egg. Brush over the tops of the bagels. Add any topping at this point.
  • Bake at 375° for 25 minutes. Bagels are done when the tops are golden and slightly hard to the touch.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
3-Ingredient Easy Homemade Bagels
Serving Size
 
1 bagel
Amount per Serving
Calories
194
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
1
g
2
%
Saturated Fat
 
0.5
g
3
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
0.5
g
Cholesterol
 
49
mg
16
%
Sodium
 
505
mg
22
%
Potassium
 
152
mg
4
%
Carbohydrates
 
31
g
10
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
2
g
2
%
Protein
 
11
g
22
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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3 Comments

  1. Love this easy recipe. I need to buy some self-rising flour next time I shop. Homemade is better than store bought and easy recipes are the best. Thanks so much!!

  2. 5 stars
    I’ve been looking for a good quick bagel recipe to try! With only 3 ingredients this one looked super simple and it was! Bonus it was delicious and the whole family loved the bagels!

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