Best Keto Bagels

Prep 10 mins
Cook 12 mins
Total 22 mins

These deliciously chewy Keto Bagels are soft, flavorful and easy to make for a delicious breakfast. You would never guess these low carb bagels are made with mozzarella cheese, cream cheese and almond flour!

Low carb bagel sliced in half with cream cheese spread on top with a cup of coffee and a spoon.

Keto Bagels

Hi there fellow low carb dieter that is missing all the bread like things! It is me, Jessica, a fellow carb lover and I have been missing my morning bagel more than anything in the world. 

I decided it was time I figure out a way to have them again while on my keto diet. Breakfast is by far my HARDEST meal of the day to stay low carb. If I can make it through breakfast, the rest of the day is ok. So between these killer keto bagels and my favorite low carb keto pancakes, I am all set and now you will be too!

It took me a few tries to nail the recipe for these Keto Bagels, but I have it down now! The bagels come out with an amazing bread texture and are chewy like a real bagel. You would never know from taking a bite that they were made with almonds and cheese!

Keto Bagel sliced in half on top of another bagel with a white plate below.

Ingredients

You only need a few ingredients to make these easy Keto Bagels:

  • Almond Flour
  • Baking Powder
  • Garlic Salt
  • Pepper
  • Mozzarella Cheese
  • Cream Cheese
  • Eggs

They key to good Low Carb Pancakes is to make sure you have a super fine almond flour, not almond meal. Almond flour is made with blanched almonds that are ground into a super fine flour with a soft texture.

You can see the difference because almond meal has dark brown flakes and almond flour is a solid light beige color. I use Blue Diamond Almond Flour that I buy in store at Costco. Costco has it at a great price and is only 2 grams net carbs for 1/4 of a cup. 

Optional Flavor Ideas:

  • Everything Bagel Seasoning
  • Dried Onion Flakes
  • Poppyseeds
  • Garlic Salt
  • Herbs (like rosemary!)
  • Cinnamon

I highly recommend trying everything bagel seasoning on top to give these bagels an amazing true flavor. I buy mine from Trader Joes since it’s super cheap in store.

If you do not like everything bagel seasoning, or do not have it, you can use things like rosemary, dried onion flakes, garlic salt and pepper or whatever has a good strong flavor that you like. You can even make them more on the sweet side with cinnamon! 

Overview image of Keto Bagels on a tray with a cup of coffee, cream cheese and a napkin.

How to make Keto Bagels:

  1. Whisk the almond flour, baking powder, garlic salt and pepper. 
  2. Melt the mozzarella and cubed cream cheese in a microwave, stirring until well incorporated. 
  3. Combine the almond flour mixture with two eggs and the melted cheese mixture.
  4. Knead the mixture with your hands until a dough forms. The dough will be very sticky and it will take a few minutes for the dough to form, but just keep kneading!
  5. Divide the dough into 6 parts and form into bagels.
  6. Sprinkle the tops of the bagels with everything bagel seasoning (or chosen toppings) over the bagels and gently press into the dough. 
  7. Bake for 12-14 minutes, until the bagels are firm and golden.

Watch the video (located below in the recipe card) to see how I form the dough! It’s helpful to see what to expect since it is a little different than the traditional type of dough most of us are used to.

Two keto bagels on a plate with another bagel and a cup of coffee in the background.

How to serve Keto Bagels:

I have made these Low Carb Everything Bagels for so many people over the holidays and everyone (whether low carb or not) has loved them.

They are best served fresh and warm out of the oven. From the time you start making them to the time you are pulling them fresh and hot out of the oven in just about 17 minutes! So not too bad to make them fresh!

You do not need to toast these bagels, just slice them in half and top with your favorite bagel toppings! While they are a little softer than a toasted bagel, they taste like pure carb-y bagel heaven.

They have all the flavors you expect of a traditional everything bagel, but clock in at just 5 net carbs and are missing all the gluten!

How to store any leftover bagels:

You can wrap the leftovers individually and store them in the fridge. They will not be as fluffy as they are hot out of the oven, but they are still pretty tasty once you slice them and toast them in the toaster to rewarm them up.

I can not wait for you all to try these Keto Bagels! I know you are going to love them!!

Yield: 6 bagels

Keto Bagels

Low carb bagel sliced in half on a plate.

The best Keto Bagels: You would never guess these amazing everything bagels are low carb when made with mozzarella cheese, cream cheese and almond flour.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups almond flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh cracked pepper
  • 2 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 3 oz cream cheese, cubed
  • 2 large eggs

Optional:

  • everything bagel seasoning, to taste
  • cream cheese, optional topping

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, set aside.
  2. Stir together the almond flour, baking powder, garlic salt and pepper. Set aside.
  3. Place mozzarella and cubed cream cheese in a large bowl. Microwave for 2 minutes, stirring halfway through. Stir again at the end until well incorporated. Let the mixture cool just until you can handle touching it (for me that’s about 1 minute).
  4. Add the flour mixture and two eggs to the melted cheese mixture. Quickly knead with your hands until a dough forms. The dough will be very sticky and it will take a few minutes for the dough to form, but just keep kneading, it will come together as the cheese cools. Watch the video posted above for extra tips and to see what the dough looks like. (If the dough becomes hard before fully mixed, or is too difficult to mix, you can microwave for 15-20 seconds to soften it.)
  5. Divide the dough into 6 parts. Form a long log with each piece, then press the ends together to make a bagel shape on the lined baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining dough.
  6. Sprinkle everything bagel seasoning over the bagels and gently press into the dough. Bake for 12-14 minutes, until the bagels are firm and golden.
  7. Serve fresh out of the oven, sliced in half and smeared with cream cheese.  You can store leftovers (they are best fresh) in an airtight container on the counter. To reheat, lightly toast in toaster.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 344Total Fat: 28gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 100mgSodium: 313mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 4gSugar: 3gProtein: 17g

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  1. sarah

    These turned out really well. I couldn’t believe how close to a real bagel the texture was. I put the everything seasoning on some, and did a cinnamon sprinkle on the others. My kids weren’t huge fans, but I really enjoyed them. They kept for several days for me.

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  3. Lori

    I made these this morning with a few differences. I made 2 with everything blend, 3 plain, and one I had to form into a stick instead of a bagel shape because I added some blueberries. I’m happy to say all of them turned out great!! I love this recipe and I will be making more!! I do have a question though, how do these bagels hold up if I freeze them?

    Thank you again for a great recipe!!!

  4. Buster

    I love these but have a question.

    What part do the cheeses play in the batter? What other ingredient do they replace? I would like to reduce the amount of cheese in this recipe.

    Also, in an attempt to make these stay risen instead of flattening out, I use a tbs of instant yeast. Helps a bit.

    Thank you for a great recipe!

  5. Abby

    I was having such a craving for bagels and these hot the spot! Tasty and easy to make. I used regular salt instead of garlic

  6. Terri

    Just made these… I should have used my stand mixer and I definitely will next time! They are wonderful! I’ve been missing bagels so much since I started keto. These make it much easier to stay with my plan! Thank you for all your wonderful recipes! 

  7. Tina

    Jessica,
    This looks fabulous. Thank you for your time and effort developing, testing and sharing your recipes. It can’t be a cakewalk with your three, beautiful little bambini. I appreciate it so much! I’ll post again after I make your bagels. ❤️

  8. Kristine

    I couldn’t find almond flour only meal/flour at  Kroger’s. I went ahead and made them anyways‍♀️
    I wonder if I could put this meal/flour in my food processor? 
    I’ll try another grocery store to see if I can find almond flour. 

  9. Melinda

    I love this recipe and make it every monday so that I have these all week!  They are easy and turn out great every time!  Thanks for sharing!

  10. Sonya Luna

    If you are going to post low carb (keto) recipes, will you please include nutritional information. It is so important when you are tracking macros to know what you’re eating…
    Thank You!

    1. Terri

      Why don’t you get the info off your labels and plug it into your keto/carb counter app? Thats what I did. Add it all up and divide by however many bagels you decide to make. 

  11. Judy Gautier

    Yes, these look delicious, thats why i made them. Im a fairly seasoned baker and a definate cook. They were a pain to make !!
    Not an enjoyable experience. For the record my son said he liked them…

  12. Shaunice

    Legitimately the greatest recipe. So good with cream cheese or just butter. So nice to have something that actually fills my bread/bagel void. I couldn’t find everything bagel seasoning at the time, so I used garlic salt and hemp hearts on top.

  13. Alleah

    Hi, do you have the breakdown on the calories/fat/protein etc for this? I am following the keto diet and was interested in knowing the macros. Thanks.

  14. Amber Rae

    WONDERFUL!!!!  This is such a quick fast and easy recipe.  I did not have mozzarella cheese but I did have a block of Asadero Mexican cheese and it worked perfectly. I’m currently eating a turkey bagel sandwich and its delicious.  Thanks for the great recipe!
    and Trader Joe’s Everything Bagel Seasoning is on point

  15. Rachael

    OMG, this recipe is amazing. I halved it and made 2 hamburger buns and 1 bagel. I also used a mixer so it was so easy! Thank you!

  16. Phil

    I followed the base “dough” recipe (minus the everything bagel part) and just baked them off as hamburger buns… They were AMAZING! Honestly better than traditional bread. I think my next goal will be to model this recipe and see how it does in a loaf pan. The most common thing I read about “keto bread” was how “egg-y” tasting it was, which is nonexistent in this recipe. This was my first time making a bread substitute for my keto diet and I couldn’t be happier!!!

      1. Phil

        I used the microwave the first time I made them, but I think the stove top (double boiler method) would give you better control on the cheese. I’m planning on purchasing metal mixing bowls just for this reason.

  17. Katie

    I did not have almond four but I really wanted to try these so I used 3/4 c coconut flour with 4 eggs instead of 2 and they turned out good. I’m going to buy almond flour and make them and see what the difference is. Thank you for the awesome recipe. 🙂

  18. Stephanie

    Made these tonight for dinner! They are amazing! My picky-eater husband gobbled his up and they were a hit with my kids. They’re already asking when I can make them again!!!

    1. Nikki

      I just made them and they’re fairly fluffy… I wonder did you use a whole Tablespoon of baking power, or perhaps the usual teaspoon instead.  I saw that and came to the comments to check that it wasn’t a typo.

    2. Laura

      Mine turned out flat also, used 1 Tablespoon do baking powder will try 1 t next time. I also used dough hook with my kitchen aid.  
      The flavour is great and they’ll make great flatbread sandwich bun, will make again

    1. Jordan

      I have substituted Sunflower seed flour in for the almond flour for lots of recipes, 1:1 it has worked every time! (Husband ha a but allergy!)
      Have only found it on amazon! 

    1. Jessica

      Hi Dora, I tried coconut flour but have not had good results. The only one I have found that works properly so far is Almond flour. 

  19. Sarah

    I made these and they are just delightful. I couldn’t believe how quickly I made this recipe. I just ate a day old one for breakfast, and it was still great. Thank you for the video!

  20. Laura

    I have a ton of annoying food issues. Do you think these heavenly looking bagels could be made with non-dairy cheese and egg substitutes?

    1. Nicki

      I would refrigerate the leftovers. There is a lot of cheese and cream cheese and eggs in this recipe. Its basically the fathead dough recipe which def needs to go in fridge

  21. Samantha Paul

    Hello Jessica…! this is one of my favorite recipe till now and these dish looks sooo yummy & delicious with beautiful. and this low carb bagels very healthy for our health. i will trying to making this recipe. Thanks for sharing….!

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