Whole Wheat Bagels

Have you ever made bagels before? If yes, then kudos to you. But if not, this recipe will surely give you the confidence to give it a try.

The thought of making homemade bagels may be overwhelming to some of you. I’m sure a lot of you are under the impression that making bagels is a complicated process. But mind you, it is actually easier than you think. They are not difficult to make at all and anyone can make them!

Instead of making regular bagels though, opt for the whole wheat ones because they are much healthier. You can also be creative with this recipe and add some grated garlic and onion. You are free to top your bagels as well with poppy seeds, sesame seeds, and salt. Or, simply top them off with a mixture of sugar and cinnamon. You can do that if you are craving something sweet.

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Whole Wheat Bagels

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  • Author: Myles
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes + cooling/resting time
  • Yield: 12 1x


Be it for breakfast, brunch, or snacks, these healthy whole wheat bagels are a perfect choice. They are versatile too because you can top them with a huge variety of toppings like poppy seeds, sesame seeds, or even a mixture of sugar and cinnamon.



1 1/4 cup boiling water

3 tbsp. honey

1 tbsp. salt

2 tbsp. dry active yeast

1/4 c. lukewarm water

4 c. whole wheat flour (add more if needed)


  1. In a large, heat-proof bowl, combine the boiling water, salt, and honey. Stir well and then aside. Let the mixture cool to about 100 degrees Fahrenheit (lukewarm).
  2. Place the second measure of water in a separate bowl. Sprinkle the yeast over the top of the surface and let it dissolve. Once the yeast is fully dissolved, add it to the honey mixture. Stir well.
  3. Add half of the flour to the yeast mixture. Beat well and then add the remaining flour and knead until the dough is smooth and elastic.
  4. Proceed with shaping the dough into equal-sized balls. Poke a hole in the middle of each ball using your thumb and then shape it into a bagel shape.
  5. Place the balls on a lightly floured work surface. Cover with a cloth and let sit for about 30 minutes.
  6. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and then bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over medium-high heat.
  7. Start dropping 3 to 4 bagels at a time into the boiling water. Let boil for about 6 minutes, turning once.
  8. Using a slotted spoon, remove and transfer the bagels to an ungreased baking sheet. Repeat steps with the remaining bagels.
  9. Bake the bagels in the preheated oven for about 30 to 35 minutes.
  10. Cool on a wire rack and store in an airtight container.


  • You can eat the bagels fresh or slice and freeze for later.
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour

There you go with a healthy snack recipe. Like what we have said earlier, you can top your bagels with almost anything that suits your taste. You can even add some dried fruits like cranberries to this recipe if you wish to.

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