The BEST Protein Bagels

The BEST Protein Bagels

What's better than a really good bagel?  The answer...a bagel that boasts 9 grams of protein, is absolutely delicious, has very few ingredients and is quick and easy to make at home.  This recipe uses cottage cheese to boost the protein, but you could easily substitute greek yogurt.


Makes 8 bagels


2 cups (452 grams) of 2% cottage cheese

2 cups (~250 grams) of all purpose flour

1.5 tablespoons baking powder (make sure it is in date and fresh)

1 teaspoon of kosher salt (if using table salt, reduce to 1/2 tsp)

1 egg whisked with a little water for an egg wash

Everything bagel spice, optional



Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.  While oven is preheating and you are prepping the other ingredients, place cottage cheese in a fine mesh strainer over a bowl to drain slightly.* 

Line a baking sheet with a nonstick mat or parchment paper and set aside.

In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt with a whisk.  Add drained cottage cheese to the bowl and stir together with a spatula until the dough resembles crumbles. 

With clean hands, knead the dough until it just starts to come together in the bowl.  Dump it out onto a lightly floured surface and continue to knead until smooth, about 1-2 minutes.

Divide the dough into 8 equal sections.  Roll each section into a loose ball and then into a rope about 8-10 inches in length.  Grab each end and join them together to make the classic bagel shape.  Place them on the prepared baking sheet.

Brush with the egg wash and season liberally with Everything Bagel spice, if using.

Bake in the oven 22-25 minutes until golden brown.  Allow to cool on the baking sheet at least 10-15 minutes before slicing.  Enjoy!


* This step is optional, but it helps the dough to not be too sticky.  If you skip this step, you may need a little extra flour when kneading and rolling out the dough.  If using greek yogurt, you can skip this step.

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