These are the best paleo bagels! They taste just like the real thing and are nice and firm on the outside, yet light and fluffy on the inside. Made with almond flour and tapioca flour to give them the best texture. These bagels are perfect for breakfasts, snacks or meals and freeze really well!
Note that this post was originally published in November 2015. The post was a updated on January 17, 2021 but no changes have been made to the recipe.
Today I am lucky enough to share the paleo bagel recipe (with permission) from my friend, Hayley Ryczek’s cookbook, Without Grain and I could not be more excited! Her cookbook is amazing and these bagels are so good, I can’t wait for you to try them!
Why these paleo bagels are so good:
- They taste amazing! Just like regular bagels and you’d never be able to guess that they are grain free and dairy free!
- They have the perfect texture: firm on the outside, yet soft and fluffy on the inside
- If you are used to paleo baking I bet you already have all the ingredients to make these bagels in your pantry
- They freeze really well so I often make a double batch to freeze more for later
- They are so versatile! Eat them plain, with a little butter or jam or turn them into a pizza or sandwhich
What you need to make these paleo bagels:
The full ingredient list is in the recipe card, but some of the ingredient highlights include:
- Almond flour: one of my favourite grain free flours! It’s so versatile
- Tapioca starch/ flour: to help give these bagels a nice fluffy texture
- Apple cider vinegar: a key ingredient for any paleo bread recipe
- Honey: to give these bagels just hint of sweetness
Tips and variations for these paleo bagels:
- These bagels freeze really well so feel free to make a double or triple batch and freeze some for later
- Do not try swapping the flours for this recipe, I can’t guarantee that they will work out
- Note that store bought baking powder is not considered paleo which is why I have included a home-made baking powder recipe to use for these bagels
- Feel free to leave these bagels plain, or top them with any of the optional toppings such as sesame seeds, onion flakes etc.
Frequently asked questions:
Can I use cassava flour instead of tapioca flour?
No! The flours are very different and these bagels won’t turn out if you try that.
Can I use coconut flour instead of almond flour?
Nope! The bagels won’t turn out if you try that.
Other paleo baked goods you will love:
- The best paleo waffles
- Paleo chocolate chip banana bread
- The best paleo bread (nut free!)
- Paleo blueberry pancakes
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These paleo bagels are so good! Firm on the outside yet light and fluffy on the inside they make a great breakfast or snack. They are also dairy free and gluten free!
Home Made Baking Powder
- 1 cup cream of tartar
- 1/2 cup baking soda
- 1/2 cup arrowroot starch
Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C, or gas mark 4). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large pot over high heat, bring about 4 inches (10 cm) of water to a boil. Add a pinch of sea salt.
In a large bowl, combine the flour, starch, salt, and baking powder. Add the water, vinegar, and honey, and mix well.
Divide the dough into 6 to 8 equal portions. Dust your hands with additional tapioca starch and roll each section of dough into a ball. Flatten the ball and use your finger to push through the center to make a bagel shape. Place each bagel onto the baking sheet.
Working in batches of 3 or 4 bagels, carefully place each bagel into the boiling water for 1 minute (or until they float). Using a slotted spoon, remove them from the water and place them back onto the baking sheet.
Bake the boiled bagels for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven, brush with the beaten egg yolk, and top as desired. Return to the oven and bake for an additional 10 minutes.
After baking for a total of 20 minutes, increase the temperature of the oven to 425°F (220°C, or gas mark 7) and bake for 5 additional minutes, or until lightly browned and crispy.
Transfer the bagels to a rack and allow to cool.
Home Made Baking Powder Directions
Mix the cream of tartar, baking soda and arrowroot starch together and store in an airtight container.
- These bagels freeze really well
- Do not try swapping flours for this recipe, it won't turn out
- Store bought baking powder is not considered paleo which is why I've included a home made baking powder recipe here
- Leave these bagels plain or top them with any of the optional topping ideas