The Best Protein Bagels

Written by Jack Schrupp and reviewed by Ella McGonagle, M.S. Nutrition

Sick of protein shakes? Homemade protein bagels are also a great way to boost your protein intake. Jump to the recipe.

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Why make protein bagels?

How do I make protein bagels?

Why drink wholesome? 

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Why make protein bagels?

Bagels are a breakfast staple in many American households, but the average bagel does not constitute a balanced meal. This is where my protein bagel recipe can help. By incorporating protein powder into the dough, you can give your favorite breakfast a protein boost, making it a more nutritious way to start your day.

Protein bagels are a convenient breakfast option for someone looking to get more protein in his or her diet. A protein bagel contains about 12-15 grams of protein, compared to just 3-4 grams in a regular bagel. This added protein can help keep you full and satisfied throughout the morning, reducing the likelihood of snacking on unhealthy foods later in the day. Protein bagels can also be made with ingredients like whole wheat flour, almond flour, and flaxseed, which provide additional fiber and nutrients.

One of my favorite things about protein bagels is their versatility. They can be toasted and topped with anything from cream cheese and smoked salmon, to peanut butter and banana, to scrambled eggs and cheese. This makes them a great option for people who like variety at the breakfast table. High protein bagels are also versatile in the sense that they can be quickly prepared and taken on-the-go.

Making protein bagels at home is a fun and easy activity that the whole family can participate in. With a simple recipe and a few common ingredients, you can create a delicious, high-protein meal, and customize it to your liking. Whether you prefer them sweet or savory, protein bagels are one of the most creative ways to get more protein in your diet.

How do I make protein bagels?

Making protein powder bagels can be tricky, but if you follow the steps below, you will have no trouble whatsoever. You probably already have the ingredients you need at home, and the whole recipe only takes about 30 minutes start to finish. Depending on the type of protein powder you use, you may have to adjust ratios, but once you have found the right protein powder, this protein bagel recipe is foolproof. 

Why drink wholesome?

This recipe was made with drink wholesome – the only protein powder made with 100% real foods. Given its simple ingredient list, it makes delicious bagels. Most protein powders, on the other hand, do not make good bagels because they are made with protein isolates. Isolates, which are listed on the ingredient list as “pea protein” and “whey protein” as opposed to “peas” and “whey,” are foods stripped of everything but the protein. Unlike real foods, they are missing the nutrients that make food taste good. It follows that protein isolates taste like chalk, and can turn squishy bagels into hockey pucks. Avoid them at all costs. Now without further ado, here is my favorite high protein bagel recipe.

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The Best Protein Bagel Recipe


-1¼ cups all-purpose flour
-½ cup drink wholesome unflavored protein powder
-1 cup plain Greek yogurt
-2 teaspoons baking powder
-1 egg, beaten
-seasoning of choice


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Mix all of the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Then add the Greek yogurt. Once the dough starts to form, use your hands to shape it into a ball, and place it on a lightly floured surface. Break the dough into 3 roughly equal-sized pieces, and knead each piece for about 30 seconds. Using your hands, roll out each piece into a rope (about 6 inches in length). Pinch the ends of the rope together. Then brush the dough with egg wash, and sprinkle both sides with your seasoning of choice. Place the donuts in the preheated oven for 10-12 minutes. Let them cool at least 15 minutes before cutting.



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How much protein powder should I use?

Adding too much protein powder will dry out your dough, so I suggest that you follow my recipe. When all is said and done, each bagel will have 12-15 grams of protein.

What seasonings can I use on my protein bagels?

My preferred bagel seasoning is sea salt, but you can also use sesame seeds, poppy seeds, and dried garlic flakes.

What toppings can I use on my protein bagels?

Protein bagels can be paired with classic toppings like cream cheese and butter. If you want an extra protein boost, consider adding smoked salmon and avocado, eggs and cheese, or peanut butter and banana.

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