If you’re eating low carb but are missing eating bagels, you HAVE to try these keto-friendly Fathead Bagels! They taste best when fresh and hot from the oven and make an awesome BLT or turkey sandwich. Ready to enjoy in under 30 minutes!
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Low carb Fathead Bagels
The full ingredients list and instructions are found in the printable recipe card at the end of this post. I highly recommend reading the blog post all the way through so that you don’t miss any tips or substitution suggestions; to ensure that you have all the ingredients and equipment required, and to understand the steps and timings involved.
I’m pretty sure that one of the foods that people miss the most when eating a low carb diet is bread. I know I did! (I’m no longer strictly low-carb.)
If you are one of those people and have never tried using fathead dough before, you are in for a real treat!
These bagels are low carb, keto-friendly, wheat-free, and gluten-free (as long as you use gluten-free balking powder). And as far as a bagel substitute goes, they curb the craving without knocking you out of ketosis!
Sadly, they won’t have chewy texture that “real” bagels have, but slather on some cream cheese and smoked salmon? YUM!
Just six ingredients go into these bagels (the 6th ingredient is the toppings, so really it could be just five) and they are ready so quickly, you’ll be eating warm bagels from the oven before you know it.
They’re made with mozzarella, cream cheese, almond flour, baking powder, and eggs – if you’re a low-carber you might have these ingredients in your kitchen already. So go grab them, grab the recipe and get baking! (Oh, and you can totally make pizza with this dough too!)
Ingredients & Equipment Used In This Recipe
You may already have some of the basic ingredients for this recipe – the full list with measurements is found in the recipe card at the end of this post.
For your convenience, any specialized or notable ingredients and equipment needed for this recipe have been listed below and linked to Amazon or other stores if available online.
- Almond Flour – essentially very finely ground almonds, and used often in low carb cooking.
- Baking Powder – use a gluten-free variety if this is a dietary requirement for you.
- Seasame Seeds – an optional topping.
- Poppy Seeds – an optional topping.
- Everything But the Bagel Seasoning – an optional topping, see notes below.
What is Everything But the Bagel Seasoning?
This is a seasoning blend created by Trader Joe’s, an American grocery store that sells unique and interesting products (according to their website that is, I’ve never actually been to a Trader Joe’s!).
The seasoning contains white and black sesame seeds, poppy seeds, dried garlic & onion, and sea salt flakes which are found on top of an everything bagel. But the blend could be used on so many other things like salads, popcorn, dips, pasta…
Now, if you don’t have a Trader Joe’s near you – or in fact do not live in the USA, you can make it yourself at home!
Simply mix together the following ingredients and store in an airtight jar.
- 1 Tbsp sea salt flakes
- 1½ Tbsp dried minced garlic
- 1½ Tbsp dried onion flakes
- 1 Tbsp white sesame seeds
- 1 Tbsp black sesame seeds
- 2 Tbsp poppy seeds
Recipes on The Purple Pumpkin Blog use both cup measurements and/or weighted measurements. American cups and kitchen food scales are handy pieces of equipment to have in your kitchen as it means you’ll be able to make all of the different recipes on my blog! I try to give American, imperial, and metric measurements in my recipes. You can mix cup measurements with weighted measurements, but never imperial (pounds, ounces, pints, etc.,) with metric (kilograms, grams, litres, etc.,).
More Recipes Using Almond Flour
One of the hero ingredients in this recipe is almond flour, so here are some more recipes using the same:
- Almond Macaroons – Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free for Passover
- Gluten-Free Baked Coconut Shrimp with Avocado-Lime Dip
- Delicious Gluten-Free Banana Bread Recipe
More Low Carb Recipes
Looking for more low carb inspo? Check these recipes out next:
- Fast & Delicious Cashew Pork Stir-Fry Recipe
- Creamy Cauliflower Cheese Casserole with Bacon
- Comforting & Low Carb Bacon Cheeseburger Soup Recipe
There are 500+ Recipes on The Purple Pumpkin Blog for you to enjoy – please feel free to check them out too!
How Do I Make Low Carb Fathead Bagels?
Just check out the recipe card below with full ingredients, instructions, and demonstration photos. You can print the card out too (don’t worry, the pics don’t print to save your ink).
- 1½ cup super fine almond flour
- 2 tsp baking powder*
- 2½ cups shredded mozzarella cheese
- 3 oz (75g) cream cheese
- 2 eggs
- Cooking oil, to grease hands
- Sesame seeds
- Poppy seeds
- Everything But The Bagel Seasoning**
- Preheat oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6. Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat and set aside.
- Sift or whisk the almond flour and baking powder into a bowl. Set aside.
- Place the shredded mozzarella cheese and cream cheese into a medium microwave-safe bowl.
- Microwave on high for 30 seconds; stir well. Continue to microwave on high in 30-second increments, stirring well between each increment, until the cheeses are completely melted. Stir until smooth.
- Add the almond flour mixture and eggs to the melted cheese and stir well. Be sure to stir quickly to incorporate the ingredients into the cheese mixture before the eggs scramble in the warm dough.
- Wash then oil your hands with cooking oil to prevent dough from sticking.
- Mix the dough by hand until it is completely smooth and all ingredients are incorporated very well. The dough will be quite sticky.
- Cut the dough into 6 equal portions.
- With oiled hands, roll each portion of dough out into a log, approximately 10 inches (25cm) long. Form the log into a bagel ring and place it on the lined cookie sheet.
- Repeat with the rest of the dough to form a total of 6 bagels.
- If using, sprinkle your topping of choice over the bagels. Wipe any excess bagel topping off of the cookie sheet to prevent burning.
- Bake the bagels in the preheated oven for 12-14 minutes, until golden brown.
- Slice and serve hot with cream cheese or your favorite filling.
- Store bagels in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days; toast to reheat before serving.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 448Total Fat: 32gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 21gCholesterol: 99mgSodium: 597mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 5gSugar: 4gProtein: 22g
This site uses Nutritionix to provide estimated nutrition. Nutritional information is always approximate and will depend on the quality of ingredients used and serving sizes. If you need exact calories and macros, please do your own calculations.
Oh, and as to why it’s called fathead dough? I honestly don’t know – it’s just the term I always have seen used to describe this low carb dough.