It is hard to convey how much my family loves these gluten-free bagels! Let’s just put it this way, I make a double batch and keep some of them on hand in the freezer (they freeze really well!). They are amazing fresh, but are also delicious toasted.
We can’t get enough of them!
Most store-bought brands of gluten-free bagels are made with eggs. But these soft vegan gluten-free bagels are completely egg-free! They also taste much better (IMO) because they’re baked fresh, from scratch. And did I mention this recipe is naturally dairy-free, corn-free, nightshade-free, soy-free, and xanthan gum-free too?
When was the last time you bit into a gluten-free bagel?! Now you can make your own soft and chewy gluten-free vegan bagels anytime at home!
FAQs for Baking Vegan Gluten-Free Bagels
I have answers for some of my most frequently asked bagel baking questions, but if I’ve missed something, kindly ask in the comments!
What is Instant Yeast? Can I Substitute Active Dry Yeast?
I use SAF Red Instant Yeast (not Gold label) for recipes like this one and my Artisan Gluten-Free Bread. SAF is known to be far superior and reliable in the bread-baking world, and it can be added to the recipe without proofing.
You can substitute active dry yeast (although, you might need a little more of it since SAF Instant Yeast is so powerful), but it cannot be added directly to the dry ingredients. It must be activated with the sugar and warm water for 5-10 minutes first. If the yeast isn’t foamy once the proofing time is up, either the yeast is bad or the water isn’t the right temperature. Throw it out and start again. If it’s foamy, add the warm water with the yeast and sugar after the oil as directed in step 4.
Can I Substitute a Gluten-Free Flour Blend?
I don’t recommend substituting a store-bought blend, because the flour and starch balance will be different and it might contain some additives and binders, like xanthan gum. This is a gum-free and lower-starch recipe for a reason!
If you do opt to swap a single gluten-free flour or starch, I can’t guarantee the results. But feel free to comment if you do have success with a substitution.
What is Psyllium Husk Powder? Is it required?
Psyllium husk powder is a fiber supplement made from a type of plant seeds. But it’s also my secret ingredient for making gluten-free dough elastic and easy to work with. It retains moisture better than gums and helps to provide a more traditional bagel-like texture.
I do not recommend trying to substitute this ingredient, but I do urge you to purchase a good brand. Some brands of psyllium husk powder can give the bagels a purplish hue, and others don’t bind well. I use Now Foods Psyllium Husk Powder, which always produces perfectly chewy gluten-free bagels.
Can I Substitute Ground Flaxseed for the Chia Seed Meal?
You can, but I don’t necessarily recommend it. I find that chia seed gels and retains moisture much better, and it doesn’t alter the taste of these vegan gluten-free bagels. Flaxseed has a more pronounced flavor, and it can lead to vegan gluten-free bagels that have a little less tender bite.
Can I Add Any Mix-Ins to the Gluten-Free Bagel Dough?
Toppings are sprinkled on just before baking in the recipe (hello gluten-free everything bagel!), but you can add certain types of mix-ins to the actual dough near the end of mixing. However, the mix-ins must be very small bits. I tried adding blueberries and they simply fell out of the dough.
Some ideas for mix-ins include dried fruit chopped very small, poppy seeds, sesame seeds, hemp seeds, everything bagel mix, dehydrated onion, dehydrated garlic, dried chives, finely chopped sun-dried tomatoes, mini chocolate chips, or cinnamon swirl.
Are the Bagels Sweet or Savory?
The small amount of sugar in the recipe is just to balance out the flavor. These are “plain” or neutral-tasting vegan gluten-free bagels that can be enjoyed sweet or savory, depending on your choice of mix-ins and/or toppings.
Gluten-Free Baking Tips
- Make sure all ingredients are at room temperature, including flours, starches, seeds, etc. I let my cold ingredients sit out on the counter for 20-30 minutes before I start baking.
- Use the mixer’s paddle attachment (flat beater), not the whisk attachment or bread dough hook.
- To measure your gluten-free flours and starches, gently spoon the flour/starch into the measuring cup, and then level it off with the back of a butter knife. Using the measuring cup to scoop flour will cause it to become packed down, which will result in too much flour/starch in the recipe.
How to Make Gluten-Free Bagels
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- Whisk all of the dry ingredients together, except for the yeast.
- Mix in the SAF Instant Yeast.
- Add the olive oil and warm water. Mix for 3 minutes.
- Lightly oil your hands and a large, clean work surface. Turn the dough out onto the work surface and divide it into 10 equally sized balls of dough.
- Shape a ball of dough into a disk. Punch a hole in the middle of the disk with your thumbs, and then continue to gently stretch the dough to form the bagel shape. Stop when the hole in the bagel is about the size of a quarter.
- Cover the baking sheets with clean kitchen towels and rise for 1 hour. After rising, the bagels will appear relaxed, but may not be doubled in size.
- Add the 12 cups of water to a 6-quart pan and bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Stir in the maple syrup and then give the water another 1-2 minutes to come back up to temperature.
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees (F).
- Using a large spoon, gently place 2 bagels in the water bath, one at a time, and boil for 30 seconds. Carefully flip the bagels to the other side, and boil another 30 seconds. Remove the bagels from the bath, and place back on the baking sheet. Sprinkle immediately with toppings if desired. Repeat until all of the bagels have had a dip in the water bath.
- Bake for 22-24 minutes, until the bagels are golden brown. Cool completely on wire racks before slicing and eating.
10 Tasty Topping Ideas for your Gluten-Free Bagels
You can enjoy these gluten-free bagels open-faced or sandwich-style, fresh or toasted. Either way, here are some topping or filling suggestions to inspire your next bagel breakfast or lunch. Vegan options can be substituted for the mayonnaise and meats, if needed.
- Nut ‘n Honey – nut or seed butter + honey or maple syrup + cinnamon
- Ancheta Simply Savory – ghee or dairy-free butter + peanut butter
- Fruit Pizza – dairy-free cream cheese (optional) + chia jam + sliced banana + chopped nuts or seeds
- Mediterranean – hummus + arugula + prosciutto (roasted red pepper for vegan) + black pepper
- BLTA – mayonnaise + bacon + lettuce + tomato + avocado
- Bagel & Lox – creamy goat cheese or dairy-free cream cheese + smoked salmon + red onions + capers or dill
- Tuna Salad – tuna, tofu, or chickpea salad + baby spinach + tomato + black pepper
- Deli Style – mayonnaise + lunchmeat + avocado + tomato + sprouts + red onion
- Cheeseless Pizza – marinara sauce + pepperoni + sliced olives + oregano
- California – smashed avocado + sea salt + black pepper + chopped chicken + chopped sun-dried tomatoes in oil or artichoke hearts + fresh basil or spinach
How to Store your Gluten-Free Bagels
Once the gluten-free bagels are cool, I slice them in half and leave however many we’ll eat in 2 days time out on the counter in an airtight container. Anything we won’t consume within 2 days time, I freeze for later.
Freezer Gluten-Free Bagels
Cut the bagels in half, length-wise, and place each bagel in an individual resealable sandwich bag. Place the sealed sandwich bags in a gallon-sized freezer bag and freeze. To thaw, split the bagel in half, and place each side in the toaster. Toast until just thawed, or until desired. Consume all frozen gluten-free bagels within a month.
I hope enjoy these gf bagels as much as my family does!
Gluten-Free Bagels Recipe:
The bagels will continue to cook as they cool. If you cut To Freeze: Cut the bagels in half, length-wise, and place each bagel in an individual resealable sandwich bag. Place the sealed sandwich bags in a gallon-sized freezer bag and freeze. To thaw, split the bagel in half, and place each side in the toaster. Toast until just thawed, or until desired. Consume all frozen gluten-free bagels within a month. We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
For the bagels:
For the water bath:
into one while it is warm, it will be slightly gummy. Wait until they are
finished cooling to enjoy.
The bagels will continue to cook as they cool. If you cut
To Freeze: Cut the bagels in half, length-wise, and place each bagel in an individual resealable sandwich bag. Place the sealed sandwich bags in a gallon-sized freezer bag and freeze. To thaw, split the bagel in half, and place each side in the toaster. Toast until just thawed, or until desired. Consume all frozen gluten-free bagels within a month.
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