Carbs are concerning. They can rapidly raise our blood sugar levels, promote inflammation, and perhaps even increase disease risk. This doesn’t mean you need to avoid carbs entirely (doing so would be near impossible), but it’s wise to start cutting down your carb intake.
No carb bagels sound like the perfect way to do so, right? After all, bagels are normally laden with carbs, which is particularly bad first thing in the morning – giving you a blood sugar spike right when you need sustainable energy. It’s better to start your day out right. Low carb breakfast foods, including bagels, are great approaches.
There’s a catch though – you can’t actually avoid carbs. Most foods contain at least trace amounts of carbs. This is even true for meat. Plant-based foods tend to be even higher in carbs.
This means that most bagels on this list aren’t completely carb free. You’re still getting some carbs, perhaps 4 or 6 net grams of carbs (compared to close to 30 net grams in a regular bagel). Don’t worry though, these are still delicious bagels and they’ll even fit on a keto diet.
Bagels That Don’t Contain Carbs
These bagels come from thebigmansworld.com and they’re exceptional, with less than 2 net grams of carbs each. Few other keto bagels do this well for carbs. The ingredients list is familiar too, relying on cheese, eggs, almond flour, and whatever toppings you’d like.
There’s also a list of flavor variations as part of the recipe. I particularly like asiago, as this would bring your bagels up to an entirely new level. Why not try a few versions out and see what you like best?
Easy Keto Bagels
Annie from maebells.com offers this variation on the classic low carb bagel recipe. One big difference is that the recipe uses both almond flour and coconut flour, rather than just sticking with one.
These two types of flour behave differently from each other. Including both of them is a fantastic way to tweak the bagel texture. The recipe is a little more complex than normal and won’t work well with substitutions. It’s also one of your best options if you want bagels that actually taste like bagels.
Vegan Keto Bagels
Low carb bagels often rely on cheese, cream cheese, eggs, and almond flour. That combination gives you a fantastic texture, but is no good for vegans, anyone sensitive to eggs, or people with lactose intolerance.
Then there’s this recipe from meatfreeketo.com. It’s a vegan recipe, so it completely avoids the cheese and eggs. It’s nut free too, which makes it even more versatile.
Don’t worry though. Despite the different ingredients, the bagel things still contain less than 1.5 net grams of carbs each. They’re also delicious and hold their shape nicely.
These bagels come from healthyrecipesblogs.com, so you know they must be good for you. They may also look familiar, as the recipe uses similar ingredients to some of the earlier entries. This is a common pattern, as low carb bagels often use a variation on fathead dough to create a bread-like texture.
Still, every author does things slightly differently. I love all the images with this recipe. They make every step of the process crystal clear and help you to follow along at home.
Keto Bagels With Options
Okay, so, this recipe from lifemadesweeter.com follows the fathead dough approach as well. There are some differences though, including the specific cheese chosen and the use of two types of flour.
This is also one of the few recipes that offers substitutions for the ingredients. There are details about how to make a dairy free version of the recipe and a paleo friendly one. The variations do change the texture and flavor of the bagels somewhat, but you still end up with a delicious treat.
Almond Flour Bagels
This bagel recipe comes from trinakrug.com. While it’s familiar, there are a few interesting changes. I won’t spoil those. You’ll need to check the recipe out for yourself.
In the recipe, Trina suggests using poppy seeds and/or sesame seeds on top of the bagels. These are classic toppings and they do work well. You could easily experiment with your own toppings too.
Keto Everything Bagels
This recipe, from ketovegetarianrecipes.com, is both familiar and not. It still uses the classic fathead dough approach, but it avoids almond flour entirely. It doesn’t use coconut flour either.
We’re talking about a completely different choice for flour, one that adds plenty of fiber and keeps the recipe completely nut free. Each of the bagels contains roughly 3.6 net grams of carbs, so even keto dieters can use them without an issue.
Ketodietapp.com is one of the most famous sources of keto diet information. They have plenty of powerful recipes too, including this one.
You might notice that these bagels look unusual. That’s because they use a completely different balance of ingredients. There’s even almond butter and coconut milk included in the mix.
The recipe is perfect if you’re getting sick of all the fathead dough bagels. While those taste nice, sometimes it’s worth finding something completely different.
Low Carb Bagels
Elysia from hauteandhealthyliving.com offers this version of low carb bagels. Yes, the recipe is another variation of the fathead dough style, but it’s also exceptionally well done.
There are also plenty of step-by-step images of the bagel creation process, plus instructions for how to make them without using a food processor. You don’t even need a special bagel tray. Instead, the bagels can be prepared entirely by hand.
Keto Everything Bagels
These bagels from peaceloveandlowcarb.com are more flavorful than most, as you’re including some herbs and spices in the bagel mix itself. This is a great idea, as bagels can get a little boring on their own.
There are also instructions for how to make a sweet version of the bagels. Doing so would be perfect for breakfast or dessert. Don’t worry, the sweet version is still keto friendly.
Jessica from thenovicechef.com calls these the best keto bagels and it’s hard to disagree. They look amazing in the photos and use ingredients that are all easy to find.
The post also offers plenty of ideas about how you can top your bagels. The topping is a fantastic way to make the bagels stand out.
Jessica also mentions that these don’t have quite the same texture as regular carb-laden bagels. This isn’t unusual though. The same thing is true for all the bagels on this list, and you simply can’t create completely traditional bagels using alternative ingredients.
Cauliflower Low Carb Bagels
This recipe from bitesofwellness.com proves that low carb bagels aren’t all the same. The big difference is obvious from the name – cauliflower.
That’s right. These bagels use cauliflower rice to keep the carb content low. The recipe also uses coconut flour rather than almond flour, which keeps it nut free. While there isn’t any cheese, the recipe does still rely on egg, so it’s not suitable for vegans.
While the idea of cauliflower bagels might sound odd, the style is a great alternative, one that tastes surprisingly good.
Easy Keto Bagels
Kim at lowcarbmaven.com produces some stunning keto recipes, including these bagels. I particularly love the idea of topping these with cheese and bacon. That’s not a common topping, but is so perfect for bagels.
There are also some details about subbing ingredients for the recipe, like using sunflower seeds to create a nut free version. Readers have come up with their own substitutions too.
Actually, the sheer number of comments and recipe tweaks make this a fantastic recipe to try out. Many people have gone before you, so there are plenty of details about what to expect.
Dairy Free Keto Bagels
Fathead dough recipes work well, but what if you want bagels that don’t rely on cheese? These dairy free bagels from mypcoskitchen.com offer one way around that issue.
The recipe is more complicated than normal, partly because there are extra flavor ingredients. As such, you end up with tasty bagels that are easy to enjoy. Mira is fantastic at responding to questions too, so if you get stuck with any aspect of the recipe, just check out the comments section.
Keto Low Carb Bagels
I’ve always loved the recipes from wholesomeyum.com. Maya does a great job at making them easy to follow, with plenty of details and fantastic images.
This is another recipe with a ton of comments and is a perfect one for beginners. In fact, Maya provides detailed directions to help you get the texture of your bagels right first time.
And, while this is another fathead-style bagel recipe, there are some tweaks compared to the normal version.
Low Carb Bagel (Chaffle Bagels)
Here’s a recipe that bucks the trend. It comes from thatlowcarblife.com and follows a completely different style. You’re basically making a chaffle, then punching out the middle to get a bagel.
Some of the ingredients are similar to the previous recipes, but the ratios are quite different. You’re also using a waffle maker, which gives your bagel an unexpected texture. This is also one of the few bagel recipes that works well with coconut flour or almond flour. Just check the comments for details about how to substitute one for the other.
Easy Keto Bagel
These bagels, from everydayeileen.com, are higher in carbs than most, coming in at 7 net grams per serving. This might seem like a lot, but it’s still low enough for keto dieters and is much lower than most traditional bagels.
The extra carbs come from an ingredient that you don’t see in most other low carb bagels. This secret ingredient changes the texture and provides extra protein (I won’t spoil it, you’ll need to check out the recipe to see what the ingredient is).
Remember though, nutritional details are always an estimate, especially as no two bagels will be exactly the same size. Or, if 7 net grams of carbs seems like too much, what about just having half a bagel at a time?
Vegan Keto Everything Bagels
This recipe from purewow.com shows that some bagels will work for vegan keto dieters. It’s an impressive feat, given that most low carb bagels rely on eggs. Many use cheese as well.
The recipe doesn’t just keep things vegan friendly. It also gives you a delicious type of bagel that’s easy to make at home.
Annie // Keto Focus
Here’s an interesting recipe to experiment with. It comes from ketofocus.com and avoids the fathead dough idea entirely. In fact, there isn’t even any cheese or cream cheese in the recipe at all.
Some aspects of the recipe are similar to traditional bagels, although there are some less common ingredients in the mix too. Annie also provides suggestions for ingredient substitutions, in case you didn’t want to follow the original recipe.
These bagels are particularly good if you’re sick of the cheesy flavor often found with fathead dough. Besides, if you’re trying to lose weight, all that cheese isn’t the best idea.
Soft ‘N Chewy Keto Bagels
This final recipe comes from gnom-gnom.com. It’s an unusual recipe, as Paola actually relies on yeast, plus a decent number of other ingredients.
Doing so means that these bagels are more complicated than normal. However, there are plenty of detailed instructions, so it shouldn’t be too difficult to make delicious bagels every time.