Whole Wheat Bagels


These yummy bagels can be made starting in the bread maker and are so simple you will wonder why you haven't been making your own bagels all along.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
16 mins
Additional Time:
2 hrs 15 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 46 mins
8 bagels


  • 1 cup water

  • 2 tablespoons honey

  • 4 teaspoons vital wheat gluten

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 ¾ teaspoons yeast

  • 3 cups whole wheat flour

  • 1 tablespoon cornmeal (Optional)

  • 2 tablespoons white sugar

  • 1 egg white (Optional)


  1. Place water, honey, vital wheat gluten, salt, yeast, and whole wheat flour in the bread maker in that order. Select "Dough" setting. Let the bread maker work, about 2 hours.

  2. Remove finished dough from bread maker and punch it down on a lightly floured surface. Cut the dough into 8 equal-sized sections and pat into balls. Push a thumb through each ball to make a hole; shape the bagels as round as possible. Place on a plate and cover with a clean towel; let rest for 15 minutes.

  3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with a clean towel. Sprinkle a separate baking sheet with cornmeal.

  4. Bring a large pot of water to a boil; add sugar. Add bagels to the water, 2 at a time. Boil for 1 minute, turning them over halfway through. Remove bagels from the water with a slotted spoon and drain on the towel-lined baking sheet.

  5. Transfer bagels to the prepared baking sheet. Brush bagels with egg white.

  6. Bake in the preheated oven until browned, 15 to 20 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack.

Cook's Notes:

If you don't have a bread maker, add the yeast to the lukewarm water and honey for 10 minutes, then add the flour and gluten. Knead, let rise, and follow the rest of the instructions.

If you don't have honey, you can use regular sugar.

Baking time will depend upon the size of your bagels (for example, if you make 4 giant ones, they will take longer to cook). Watch carefully that they don't burn.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

195 Calories
1g Fat
42g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 195
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Sodium 302mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 42g 15%
Dietary Fiber 6g 20%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 8g
Calcium 18mg 1%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 212mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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