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Healthy Mini Whole Wheat Bagels

Healthy Mini Whole Wheat Bagels
These homemade bagels are soft and chewy on the inside, and have a nice crisp crust on the outside. Serve plain, or with your favorite cream cheese or jam.
Yield 18 mini bagels



  • 3/4 cup (180ml) lukewarm water (about 100-110°F)
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoon pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon table salt
  • 1 (0.25oz) package (7g) or 2 1/4 teaspoons Red Star Quick Rise Yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 to 2 1/2 cups (240-300g) whole wheat flour, divided


  • Stir together the warm water, olive oil, maple syrup, and salt in a medium bowl until the salt and maple syrup have dissolved. (See Note) Stir in the yeast. Let the mixture rest for 10-15 minutes or until frothy.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk the cinnamon into 1 cup of whole wheat flour. Add flour mixture to the yeast mixture. Continue to stir in the remaining whole wheat flour, 1/4 cup at a time, until the dough begins to pull away from the sides of the bowl.
  • Transfer the dough to a food processor fitted with a dough attachment. Turn the food processor on to the dough setting, and let it knead the dough for 4 minutes. Add another 1/4 cup of flour, and turn on the food processor for 1 more minute. Touch the dough. If it seems sticky, rather than tacky, add another 1-2 tablespoons of flour. Turn the food processor on for 1 more minute. Repeat until the dough feels tacky. (Alternatively, use a stand mixer or hand-held mixer fitted with a dough hook. It may take a bit more time to knead!)
  • Lightly rub a large bowl with olive oil. Lightly rub your hands with olive oil. Peel the dough out of the food processor, shape it into a ball, and roll the ball around in the prepared bowl. Lay a clean dry towel on top, and place the bowl in a warm draft-free spot to rise for 45-60 minutes or until about double in size.
  • Cut 3 rectangles of foil about 4-inches to 5-inches wide, and generously rub with olive oil. Place the foil onto a large baking sheet.
  • Once the dough has risen, gently punch it down to deflate. Cut the dough into 3 equal segments with a sharp knife. Working with 1 segment at a time, cut into 6 equal pieces. Working with 1 piece at a time, roll it into a small ball. Tightly pinch the center with your thumb and forefinger to create a hole. Gently widen the hole until it’s between 1/2 to 1-inch wide. Put it on the prepared foil, and continue with the remaining dough.
  • Lay the clean dry towel over the top of the shaped bagels, and place the baking sheet in a warm draft-free spot to rise for 20 minutes or until about double in size.
  • Fill a 2-quart pot a little less than halfway with water. Bring the water to a boil. (A larger pot is fine too! It just takes more time to bring the water to a boil.) Preheat the oven to 350°F. Place a wire rack on top of a rimmed baking sheet.
  • Working with one foil sheet at a time, carefully and very gently peel the risen bagels off, and place them top-side down in the boiling water. Boil for 1 minute. Carefully flip using a slotted spatula. Boil for 1 minute on the second side. Carefully transfer to the wire rack using the slotted spatula. Repeat with the remaining foil sheets and risen bagels.
  • Line a large baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper. Transfer the boiled bagels from the wire rack to the prepared baking sheet. Bake at 350°F for 16-20 minutes (16 minutes for not so crisp of an outside crust, or 20 minutes for a nice crust!). Cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a dry wire rack to cool completely.


To make it easier, measure the olive oil first, before measuring the maple syrup! If you use the same measuring spoon, the maple syrup will slide right out.
The bagels will keep for at least 4 days if stored in an airtight container on the counter.
Recipe by Amy’s Healthy Baking.

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Review & Comments

Erika | Reply

When using all-purpose flour can I use the same amount on all ingredients? Thank you

Red Star Yeast | Reply

Hi Erika – No, this recipe was developed using whole wheat flour which has different characteristics than all-purpose flour. I would suggest trying one of our other bagel recipes, but do note that bread flour is preferred for bagels because it gives a much chewier texture. You can adjust the number of bagels in the recipe to get the desired size.
Happy baking!

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