No-boil Whole-grain Bagels



Recipe Information

Total Time: 

2 hours; 15 minutes active



Traditional bagels require boiling or steaming before baking. These bagels streamline the process, allowing you to enjoy a delicious homemade version that’s quicker and easier.


  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon rice vinegar
  • 11/2 cups whole wheat bread flour
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons quick-rise yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • Optional toppings: 2 tablespoons poppy seeds, sesame seeds or everything bagel seasoning


  1. Heat 1 cup of water in a small pot over high heat until it starts to bubble. Measure the temperature with an instant-read thermometer, adding cool water until the temperature drops to 130 degrees F. Pour 1 cup of the water into a measuring cup and add the vegetable oil and vinegar.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the whole wheat flour, all-purpose flour, sugar, yeast and salt. Stir in the warm water mixture until it becomes a shaggy mass (lumpy yet well-mixed), then switch to kneading with your hands. Knead until it forms a soft dough.
  3. Oil a large mixing bowl and scrape the dough into the bowl. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place for at least 45 minutes or until dough has doubled in size.
  4. Line two sheet pans with parchment paper. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Divide the dough into 8 even portions.
  5. To form bagels, roll each portion under your palm on the counter to make a 6-inch long rope. Coil the rope around two of your fingers and press the ends together to seal, then roll between your fingers to make a smooth circle where the joint is sealed. Place each on the prepared sheet pan, leaving 2 inches between the bagels. Cover lightly with a damp kitchen towel and let rise in a warm spot for at least 30 minutes or until the dough has again doubled in size.
  6. Just before baking, whisk the egg with 1 teaspoon of water and brush the bagels with egg, then sprinkle the bagels with any desired toppings. Bake for 15 minutes at 375°F. Slide the bagels off the pan onto a rack to cool.

Serving Suggestion

Cream cheese and fruit are classic bagel pairings, but consider smearing your bagel with a bit of hummus and topping with fresh, crispy veggies, like cucumber, bell pepper and red onion.

Nutritional Information

180 calories, 5 g. fat, 25 mg. cholesterol, 310 mg. sodium, 30 g. carbohydrate, 3 g. fiber, 6 g. protein