Looking for a delicious gluten free bagel? There are several frozen options available in stores, but many people prefer to make their gluten free breads from home. Here is a recipe that we use all the time for homemade gluten free bagels. You’ll probably notice it is a little long, but it is worth the effort.
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Gluten Free Bagels Recipe
- 2/3 cup milk (or milk substitute)
- 2 Tbsp. yeast
- 2 tsp. sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 Tbsp. agave nectar
- ½ tsp. apple cider vinegar (ONLY if using xanthan gum)
- ½ cup tapioca flour
- ½ cup cornstarch or arrowroot flour
- ½ cup brown rice flour
- 1 cup millet flour
- ½ tsp. baking soda
- 1 TBSP. baking powder
- 1 tsp. salt
- Binder (To be added to dry ingredients)
- 2 tsp. xanthan gum
- Cornmeal, for dusting on baking sheets
- Sweet Rice Flour, for shaping dough
- Egg wash = 1 egg white mixed with 1 tbsp. warm water
- Toppings = poppy seeds, sesame seeds, garlic granules, dried onion, parsley, etc…
- Prepare baking sheets with parchment paper or non-stick cooking spray.
- Sprinkle cornmeal onto sprayed baking sheets.
- Put hot water on to boil, add several tsp. of salt.
Keep the water boiling while you are preparing your bagel dough.
- Make sure all your ingredients are at room temperature. To quickly bring eggs to room
temperature, place them in a bowl of warm water and let sit for about 5 minutes.
Warm milk to 120 degrees (this takes about 1 minute and 10 seconds in my microwave
- Make sure to measure temperature with a cooking thermometer.
- In a small mixing bowl whisk together warmed milk, 2 tbsp. yeast, and 2 tsp. sugar. Set
this mixture aside to proof.
- While waiting for yeast to proof, in a medium bowl add the binder you prefer (either
xanthan gum or chia seed meal and flax seed meal — with these bagels in particular I
used chia seed meal and flax seed meal). To the binder, add baking soda, baking
powder, and salt.
- Add flours, one at a time by using a dry measuring cup.
To properly measure the flour, overfill the measuring cup. With a butter knife, level off
flour, until it is even with the rim of the cup.
- With starches such as cornstarch and tapioca flour, you may have to add more flour to
the top of the measuring cup several times and level off with the knife, before it is
properly even with the rim of the cup. Using your knife, tap the flours out of the measuring
cup into your mixing bowl. When you have added all flours, whisk mixture together
- If it makes you feel better, feel free to sift all the dry ingredients together.
- Set dry ingredients aside.
- Now go back and check on your yeast mixture. If it has proofed, it will look puffy and have
lots of bubbles like this! If it doesn’t look any different than when you started, you need to
start the process over again with fresh yeast and fresh milk. But our yeast is proofed and
ready to go, so let’s continue!
- Whisk in eggs, one at a time, to proofed yeast. Add agave nectar. If you are using
xanthan gum as your binder, add apple cider vinegar as a dough enhancer. (If you are
using chia seed meal and flax seed meal as your binder LEAVE OUT the apple cider
vinegar, as it can lesson the gelling and binding properties of both these seeds!!)
In your kitchen mixer bowl, add the egg and yeast mixture. Start mixing with your paddle
attachment on medium speed.
- Continuing with the paddle on medium speed, add the flour mixture 1/3 cup at a time to
the wet mixture, until you have added all the flour.
- Continue to mix on medium speed for 5 minutes. A thick dough will form. If you used
xanthan gum as your binder, this dough will be extremely sticky! The pictured dough uses
chia seed meal and flax seed meal, it is less sticky and much easier to work with.
- On a large flat plate or clean surface generously sprinkle sweet rice flour for shaping the
- Spray a wooden spoon or rubber spatula with olive oil or non-stick cooking spray.
With the wooden spoon, scrap dough from the sides of the mixing bowl into a large ball.
- Dust your hands with sweet rice flour and place the dough onto the floured surface.
- Continuing to use your hands, gently shape the dough into a large ball.
- Gently pull off a small handful of dough and shape it into a disk. Then using your finger,
push a hole up through the middle of the disk. Continue to shape the disk until it looks
like a bagel. Place the shaped bagel back on the floured surface. You should have
enough dough for 8 medium sized bagels.
- At this point, you can preheat your oven to 200 degrees. Once it has preheated, cut the
oven OFF immediately. We will let the bagels rise in the warmed oven after we have
- Make sure your water is still at a rolling boil Work with ONE bagel at a time. Using a
slotted spoon, gently place the bagel into the boiling water bath.
- Boil the bagel for 20 seconds (ONLY) on each side.
- Use the slotted spoon to flip the bagel in the water. Because these bagels do not have gluten holding them together, they can fall apart in the water if you let them boil longer than this!!)
- Pull out the boiled bagel and place it on your prepared baking pan. When you pull the
bagel out of the water, be extra gentle! The bagel is very fragile now that it has been
boiled and almost looks like wrinkled hands after a long warm bath!
Brush the boiled bagels with an egg wash (a mixture of one egg white with 1 tbsp. of
- Add the toppings you desire. I added poppy seeds, dried onions, sesame seeds, and
- Place the bagels in the oven to rise for 40 minutes. The bagels will
probably not double in size during the rise, but they will puff up slightly and appear larger
than before the rise. Take bagels out of the oven after 40 minutes of rising.
- Heat oven to 375 degrees.
- Place bagels back in oven and bake for 15-18 minutes. They will appear golden and crisp when finished baking.
- Cool the bagels on a wire rack for 30 minutes before eating (if you can wait that long!)
- Slice the bagels in half and spread with cream cheese, or use for sandwiches or minipizzas!
At this point, you can slice all the bagels and freeze them for later use.
I’ve had this recipe for awhile and I know I found it online, but I’ve been unable to locate where i found it from and give proper credit. Enjoy the recipe!