Whole Wheat Bagels
"You can’t disagree that the store bought bagels aren't the most delicious but also crazy expensive for like only 4 in a bag. Made with unnecessary preservatives and unhealthy oils, wouldn't you want your bagels to have ingredients that are whole, organic and healthy for your body? This whole wheat bagels recipe is easy to follow and easier to execute."
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Makes : 6
Preparation Time : 40 minutes
Cooking Time : 25 minutes
Total Time : 1 hour 5 minutes
WHAT MAKES WHOLE WHEAT BAGELS HEALTHY?
It is no surprise that whole grains are better than refined. Stripping off the bran and the germ of the grain gives us refined grains, leaving just endosperm, which is basically just carbs. Now, if you try to purchase a Whole Wheat Bagel from a store, you will find that it has been treated with various chemicals to enrich it, which can be poisonous to your microbiome and lead to digestive issues, allergies and even autoimmune conditions. Making a Bagel using Organic Whole Wheat and simple ingredients is much lighter for your stomach and smacking for your lips. Whole Wheat has a little bit of Fiber and could be a decent substitute for your refined flour pancakes or a sugary waffle breakfast.
Ingredients To Make Whole Wheat Bagel
2 cups Organic Whole Wheat Flour
1 tsp Active Yeast
1 tsp Sugar
2 tbsp Honey
1 tsp Salt
1 cup Water
How To Make Whole Wheat Bagels
Step 1 : In a cup of warm water (that is not too hot nor too cold as hot water may kill the yeast and cold may not cause the yeast to activate) add the yeast and sugar and put it aside. Look for the signs of yeast activation (the mixture becomes frothy)
Step 2 : In a large mixing bowl, add the whole wheat flour and salt and give it a quick mix.
Step 3 : Add the activated yeast mixture and honey to the flour and start to make a dough.
You can use a stand mixer to knead it. Start with the low speed and work your way to the medium speed.
Step 4 : When you have a nice ball that’s firm to touch, transfer into a bowl smothered in oil or ghee, cover with a damp cloth and place it in a warm place to rise for about 20 – 25 minutes. The yeast should make the dough slightly large.
Step 5 : In a large pot, boil water on your stove and preheat the oven to 425°F.
Step 6 : Divide the dough into 6 equal portions and roll them into balls. Leave them covered for another 10 minutes if you’d like.
Step 7 : Poke your finger through the middle of your ball to make a hole and roll around it using your hand to form Bagel rings.
Step 8 : Drop them into the hot water and leave them 30 seconds on each side. Place them over a cooling rack to drip off excess water. Make sure you don’t crowd the pot when boiling.
Step 9 : You can sprinkle your favorite toppings or make an Everything Bagel seasoning. Make sure you put all your toppings on while the Bagels are still wet.
Step 10 : Place the Bagels on a baking sheet and place in the oven for about 23 – 25 minutes until the top is golden brown.
Step 11 : Enjoy your Whole Wheat Bagels after letting ’em cool down for about 20 – 25 minutes and slicing to spread your favorite Nut Butter and Fresh Fruit or Cream cheese and Sliced Avocado, the options are endless really.
How To Store Whole Wheat Bagels
These scrumptious bites can be frozen in a zip lock bag for as long as a week. I’d not recommend any longer as they tend to lose the flavor.
What Can Be Substituted in Whole Wheat Bagels
There aren’t many ingredients in this Whole Wheat Bagels Recipe to substitute but the sugar and honey can be substituted for Agave, Maple Syrup, Monk Fruit Sweetener or Stevia. I’d not like Stevia for myself due to its aftertaste but you can use it if you like it.
How To Pair Whole Wheat Bagels
One can get as creative as possible with these Delicious Whole Wheat Bagels. Some of my Favorite toppings have to be Everything Bagel seasoning, Sesame seeds, Black seeds, Rosemary or just simply sea salt. You can also try slicing the Bagels to add any meat of your choice like Ham, Tuna, Smoked Salmon, Sausages or just good old egg omelet. Guacamole, Cream cheese or labneh also go great. Nut Butters, Dark Chocolate Spreads, or Organic Fruit Jams hit the spot for the sugar cravings.