This bagel recipe is grain-free and gluten-free using almond flour, and also works well with other grain-free flours like cashew flour. I’ve played around quite a bit with almond flour, cashew flour, and coconut flour, and making a bagel with them is an interesting endeavor.
While not chewy like bagels made with all purpose flour, there are a few things I really love about this recipe: It has a crunchy outer crust, it’s tender inside, and it tastes great with everything bagel topping that I get at Trader Joe’s, or just a few toppings, or just a light egg wash.
The two tricks I’ve found to baking a bagel using almond flour: Use dripped yogurt (Greek-style yogurt) or Farmer cheese, and add your favorite toppings.
If you’re in a rush or don’t want to drip your yogurt, you can use yogurt that is not dripped. The bagel will be mostly tender throughout but then you can toast the bagel to get a crunchy crust.
In any case, this bagel using almond flour makes a great sandwich and toasts well. Feel free to load it up with sandwich fixings or some classic bagel fixings. And it goes great with my cured salmon recipe in my cookbook, Cooking for the Specific Carbohydrate Diet.
To make this lactose-free use yogurt fermented for 24 hours. I haven’t tested it yet with dairy-free yogurt but I think it will work. Let me know if you try it!
I also haven’t tested it yet with other nut or seed flours, but readers have had success using cashew flour as well!
You can learn how to make dripped yogurt in my cookbook, Cooking for the Specific Carbohydrate Diet, or go to this post on my website on How to Make Yogurt.
So good! Thank you for the recipe!
Thanks, Eyeida! Good good to hear!
Could I substitute with cashew yogurt?
Hi Lexie, yes, you can! see my recipe notes and the comments
I make these bagel almost every week.
Im lazy and just form them into buns using a jar lid lined with plastic wrap. Makes about 9 buns.
Great toasted with almond butter or avocado.
Thank you for great recipes!
That’s so great! Someone else mentioned they bake these as rolls and slice them in half for sandwiches. Brilliant 🙂
Can i use a almond butter instead of almond flour?
I haven’t tried it, so not sure. Let me know if you do try it.
What kind of cheese can I used or yogurt (scd legal ) ? Where I live I can’t find farmers cheese
Well-dripped yogurt will work. The less moist the yogurt, the better.
Is it possible to use yoghurt made of almound milk?
Yes. Almond milk yogurt tends to have more liquid in it so definitely drip some of the liquid out.
How do you make almond milk yogurt please?
Hi Adele! You can find it in my cookbook for SCD, or you can find other recipes online as well. You’ll want to make sure it’s dripped because almond yogurt tends to be on the wet side. I removed your email from the message, fyi.
Just made these for the first time! So Yummy! Thank you. Do you know if Everything Bagel Seasoning is SCD legal?
Great to hear! I’m not sure if they’re legal but you ask someone in the customer support area or call them. To be safe you can make your own mix. I know that SCD folks say Penzeys spices online has SCD legal spices.
These are delicious. My scd yogurt is thick (I add gelatin when I make it) so I didn’t drip it. The dough was a little wet so I added just a tablespoon of coconut flour, which did the trick! Thank you so much…these really helped quell my ongoing bagel craving!
Thank you! Always good to hear 🙂 And good to know a bit of coconut flour can be added.
These are AMAZING! I’m making my second batch now. I used Nancy’s probiotic cottage cheese in lieu of the farmer’s cheese. I bought it on sale and don’t like the taste but I thought it might work and it does! I mixed everything in a blender. The batter was a little wet the first time so I just added more almond flour. This time I did 2.5 almond flour and .5 oat flour. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS RECIPE! I love slicing and toasting them and topping with butter or avocado!
Thanks! The dough will be a bit wet if you don’t remove excess moisture from the yogurt or cheese, but the bagel still comes out great, just more tender. And you can toast it to make it crunchier. Love your mix of flours. You can definitely experiment with flour subs as well.
Can you please clarify what you mean by “dripped yogurt”?
I explain it in the post and link to a recipe for it. It is yogurt that has had the excess liquid dripped out of it.
Love! Thank you so much.
Is it 339kcal for the whole recipe?
That’s for 1 bagel. Bagels made with all purpose flour are around 250 calories.
Looks great and easy, I will get some Mexican Queso Fresco available at any supermarket. I am assuming a Farmer’s cheese is just a fresh cheese…Thanks
Farmer’s cheese is a fresh cheese but it has live cultures (like yogurt) that react with the baking soda to make the dough rise a bit (not much though).
The ingredients says 1 large egg white 2 tablespoons? Does that mean 1 lg. Egg plus 2 tablespoons of additional egg whites or 2tablespoons of what?
Thanks, I clarified the instructions. 1 large egg white = 2 tablespoons