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Jamie Vespa

Healthy bagels that don’t taste like cardboard? We’re all ears.

Jaime Ritter
January 26, 2018

I’ve been seeing a recipe for 2-ingredient bagels come across my Instagram feed lately. The premise? You combine Greek yogurt and self-rising flour to make “magical,” high-protein dough.

I was curious to try making them because, quite frankly, it sounds crazy (and not very good.) But health bloggers were touting this as the latest and greatest thing since, well, sliced bread.

So, I went in the Cooking Light test kitchen, put on my apron, and tried it out. A lot of bloggers recommend equal parts flour to yogurt, but that gave me super sticky dough and I wasn’t feeling it. I started experimenting with different dough ratios, and managed to find a good balance for both bagels and rolls. Here’s what I came up with:

2-Ingredient Plain Bagels

  • 1 1/8 cups self-rising flour
  • 1 cup of full-fat plain Greek yogurt
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine your self-rising flour and Greek yogurt in a mixing bowl and knead for 2-4 minutes until dough comes together (it should feel a little sticky.)
  3. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and generously coat with cooking spray.
  4. Shape your dough into a disc, and use a knife to cut dough into four equal sections.
  5. Roll each section into a small ball and flatten to 1/2-inch thickness. Using your fingers or the back of a spoon, hollow out the center of your bagel.
  6. Spray the tops of your bagel with cooking spray. Sprinkle with salt if desired.
  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown.

Here's the nutrition breakdown for one plain bagel (gotta love that protein!)

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Cinnamon-Raisin Bagels

  • 1 1/8 cups self-rising flour
  • 1 cup of full-fat plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 Tbsp. raisins
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Combine all ingredients together in a mixing bowl and knead for 2-4 minutes until dough comes together (it should feel a little sticky.)
  2. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and generously coat with cooking spray.
  3. Shape your dough into a disc, and use a knife to cut dough into four equal sections.
  4. Roll each section into a small ball and flatten to 1/2-inch thickness. Using your fingers or the back of a spoon, hollow out the center of your bagel.
  5. Spray the tops of your bagel with cooking spray.
  6. Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown.

Rosemary-Garlic Rolls

Jamie Vespa

  • 1 1/8 cups self-rising flour
  • 1 cup of full-fat plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 sprig of fresh rosemary
  • Sea salt
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Remove papery skin from garlic and use a microplane to zest your garlic cloves.
  3. Remove leaves from rosemary and give them a coarse chop.
  4. Combine all ingredients together in a mixing bowl and knead for 2-4 minutes until dough comes together (it should feel a little sticky.)
  5. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and generously coat with cooking spray.
  6. Shape your dough into a disc, and use a knife to cut dough into eight equal sections.
  7. Roll into small balls.
  8. Spray the tops of your rolls with cooking spray, and sprinkle with sea salt.
  9. Bake for 18-20 minutes until golden brown.

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