When you are on the keto lifestyle, finding alternative ways to satisfy our cravings can be a daunting task! Luckily, there is almost always an alternative — you just have to know where to look. For instance, bagels are a beloved food for many people, but the low-carb nature of a keto diet often means going without.
But while you may think that you cannot eat bagels on a keto diet, the reality is that there are actually some kinds of bagels that help you to get around the restrictions of keto. One such bagel is one that uses fathead dough. Fathead bagels allow you to indulge in your favorite bread-based snack, without compromising on keto.
And when it comes to fathead bagels, this recipe will knock your socks off! You can add and switch ingredients to your liking while having the perfect base.
<h4><p style="color: rgba(20, 117, 135, 1)">Almond Flour is the Way to Go</p></h4>
The awesome thing about almond flour is that it’s simply ground-up almonds, so it gives you all of the original almond’s health benefits. It’s super versatile and can be used in all kinds of baked foods. The high-fat, low-carb nutrition profile of almond flour makes it an ideal choice for a keto diet. Packed with insulin-regulating fiber, almond flour helps keep your energy levels and focus optimized without the blood-sugar spike (and crash) of high-glycemic flours. In fact, almonds have been shown to lower blood sugar and improve glycemic control, possibly thanks to high levels of magnesium, which boosts insulin-sensitivity. On top of adding a helpful dose of protein to your baked goods, almond flour packs in antioxidants and trace minerals like iron, manganese and copper. It’s also an excellent source of riboflavin (vitamin B2) and vitamin E, essential vitamins for healthy skin, immune function, energy production and preventing oxidative stress!
<h4><p style="color: rgba(20, 117, 135, 1)">Eat More Cheese</p></h4>
First originating in Naples Italy, Mozzarella dates all the way back to the 16th century! It is one of the most popular cheeses and for good reason! With a smooth, creamy texture it is a perfect addition to all types of dishes with how easy it is to work with. Mozzarella is actually quite nutritious containing vitamin B7, vitamin B2, vitamin D, E, A, niacin and packed full of calcium. This velvety smooth cheese also contains phosphorus, a mineral that allows the body to use the aforementioned calcium. As if that’s not enough, potassium, chloride, iron and sodium are also found in mozzarella.
<h4><p style="color: rgba(20, 117, 135, 1)">Fathead Bagels</p></h4>
Fathead bagels are great then, because combine both of these things. A lot of bread alternatives can be off-putting to some, because of a fear that the taste will suffer. As such, you might be wondering, what does fathead dough taste like? The great thing about fathead dough is that it tastes just like regular bread, and even has a similar texture. You may even forget that you aren’t eating a “regular” bagel.
<h4><p style="color: rgba(20, 117, 135, 1)">Can You Save Fathead Dough?</p></h4>
Another great thing about fathead dough is that you can save it for a long time, and it keeps very well. You can save fathead dough in the fridge for about two weeks, and the freezer for 1-2 months.
<h4><p style="color: rgba(20, 117, 135, 1)">Plain Fathead Dough Bagel</p></h4>
So now that you are convinced of the benefits of fathead dough, the only thing left to do is to try it! You will also be pleasantly surprised to know how easy these fathead bagels are to make. You can have them all done, and be eating your fathead bagel in less than half an hour! Give this recipe a try and you will be hooked, with a new way to get your keto carb fix.
<h5>Prep Time: 10 minutes | Cook Time: 15 minutes | Serves: 6</h5>
<h5><p style="color: rgba(20, 117, 135, 1)">Ingredients:</p></h5>
* ¾ cup almond flour
* ⅞ cup pre-grated mozzarella cheese
* 2 tablespoons cream cheese full fat
* 1 medium egg
* 1 teaspoon baking powder
* Pinch of salt
<h5><p style="color: rgba(20, 117, 135, 1)">Instructions:</p></h5>
1. Mix the grated cheese, almond flour and cream cheese in a saucepan. Heat on low, stir once or twice until melted.
2. Once melted together and thoroughly combined, transfer wet ingredients to a mixing bowl.
3. Add the egg, baking powder, salt, and any other flavorings, mix gently.
4. Divide the dough into 6 equal portions. Roll into balls then into cylinder shapes.
5. Fold the ends of the cylinder shapes in a circle and squeeze the two ends together to form a bagel shape. Cover your hands in avocado oil if the dough is too sticky to work with!
6. Place on a baking tray and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake at 400℉ for 15 minutes, or until golden brown.
You can serve these bagels with any of your favorite keto-friendly toppings, or even as a breakfast sandwich. Take a look at our favorite fathead dough recipe <a target="_blank" href="https://www.warriormade.com/content/diet/plain-fathead-dough-bagel/" rel="noreferrer">31 keto breakfast ideas</a> for some keto bagel serving ideas.