Sunday, January 3, 2016

Homemade Gluten Free Bagels Recipe- Vegan, Refined Sugar Free Options

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One thing I've missed since going gluten free was gluten free bagels. I especially felt this lack, as did my kids, whenever we'd get invited to a bagel brunch, as would happen a few times a year, and my kids and I wouldn't have any bagels to eat. I mean, fine, I know how to make a mean gluten free bread, but that just isn't the same as having yummy chewy bagels...

I found this recipe for homemade gluten free bagels, but the fact that it was made entirely out of starches weirded me out, so I decided to try playing around with it, to make it gluten free, vegan, and refined sugar free. The first time I made it, I used a store bought all purpose gluten free flour mix, the next times I made it with a mix of green buckwheat and short grain rice flour. Both times came out great, but somewhat different. I assume you can use any of your favorite gluten free flour mixes for this recipe, but just tried those two.

These were a big hit with my family.

I plan on trying to adjust this recipe some more to make it paleo- since the original is made with two starches only, I want to try making this with tapioca starch and perhaps another starch (potato bothers my stomach or I'd try that) to attempt to make a paleo egg free bagel, but not doing that for now, since something super high in carbs as that would be wouldn't exactly be so weight loss friendly.

Homemade Gluten Free Bagels Recipe- Vegan, Refined Sugar Free Options

2/3 cups warm water
2 tablespoons yeast
1 tablespoon coconut sugar (or 2 teaspoons white sugar)
2 tablespoons ground flax seeds and 1/4 cup warm water or 2 eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon xanthan gum if using a flour mix that has xanthan gum in it, 2-3 teaspoons if not (the more xanthan gum you use, the chewier the bagels will be)
1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar (or other vinegar)
2 1/2 cups gluten free flour mix of choice or 1 1/2 cup green buckwheat flour and 1 cup short grain rice flour
3 tablespoons of water (as needed)
Salted water
Toppings of choice

1. Mix your warm water, yeast, and (coconut) sugar, and let it proof.

2. Add your flax seeds and warm water or your eggs and mix well.

3. Mix your flours together with your xanthan gum, salt, and baking powder.

4. Add the flour mixture to your yeast mixture and add apple cider vinegar.

5. Add water as needed until you get a good workable dough.

6. Mix well to ensure no lumps.

7. Separate into 6 large bagels or 12 small ones, by pressing your fingers into the center of a disc shape to make a hole.

8. Bring a big pot of salted water to a boil.

9. When boiled, drop the bagels into the water, 2-3 at a time. Cook for one minute, then flip over and cook the other side.

10. Remove the bagels from the water and put them on a baking tray lined with parchment paper.

11. Sprinkle toppings of choice onto your bagel. I do a mix of onion flakes, garlic powder, sesame sees, poppy seeds, and coarse salt.

12. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes until browned.

13. Let cool off somewhat before eating.


Are you a fan of bagels? Ever made homemade ones, either with gluten or gluten free? How did you make yours? What is your favorite bagel topping? Does this look like a recipe you'd try?

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