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Whole Wheat Bagels

  • 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