January 06, 2018

My favorite low carb, sugar free homemade bagel

If you want to buy a good 'store' or 'commercially' made bagel my personal favorite would be the ones I order from Netrition but you can also get on Amazon (although shipping is high on Amazon - Great Low Carb Everything Bagels).  However, I haven't ordered them in almost two years since I started to make these.   This makes an incredible little 'bagel' but also works as a great base for pizza or as a bread for sandwiches. 

I like to make mine into an 'everything' bagel but you can top them however you wish. I package them individually in sandwich Ziploc baggies and throw them into the fridge or freezer.  They heat up in the microwave well but are amazing when you slice and toast them in the toaster like a 'regular' high carb bagel.  A regular bagel from the store is going to run about 40-60 carbs depending on the size, brand, style but these are roughly 6-8 carbs. You can pop the ingredients into your favorite nutrition counter if you wish to get your exact count for the style, kind, brand and size you make.

Low Carb Bagels

1 1/2 c (heaped a little) almond flour - fine grain, blanched
1 t xanthan gum (optional but I like the chewiness it adds)
1 T baking powder
2 1/2 c shredded mozzarella cheese
2 oz. cream cheese
2 eggs
Egg whites or water for brushing the tops
toppings - dried onion, poppy seed, onion powder, garlic, etc.

In a large mixing bowl place the almond flour, xanthan gum and baking powder.  Mix by hand or mixer just to blend.  Beat the 2 eggs briefly and add them to the bowl.  Do not mix.

In a microwave safe bowl place the mozzarella cheese and cream cheese.  Microwave until the cheese is melted, stirring once.  This can take 2-3 minutes depending on your microwave.  Pour the cheese into the bowl of almond flour mixture and eggs.  Using a bread dough hook, mix and knead until it forms a dough, scraping down the sides often to help blend.  Divide the dough into 8 pieces.

Roll each piece into a short rope and form a circle like a bagel shape.  Place on a parchment lined baking sheet.  Brush the dough with the egg white or water.  Sprinkle on a favorite topping if you are using.  I used poppy seeds and crumbled dehydrated onion.  Bake at 400 for approximately 18 minutes.  Let cool a few minutes and remove to a wire rack to cool completely (and prevent the bottoms from becoming soggy if left on parchment.)

Related products are available through Amazon if you can't find them locally:
Great Low Carb Everything Bagels
Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Xanthan Gum, 8-ounce
Bob's Red Mill Super Fine Almond Flour, 16 Ounce Packages (Pack of 4)

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