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Soft, Fluffy Gluten-Free Bagels (Dairy-Free, No-Boil)

  • Author: Felicia Lim
  • Total Time: 1 hour 50 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


You’re absolutely going to love these soft and tender gluten-free bagels. No boiling or kneading is required to make these delicious bagels. Topped with sesame seeds, they’re perfect toasted and eaten with sliced avocado, smoked salmon, or even with jam! Totally dairy-free too, but no one would care! Bake a large batch and freeze so you can enjoy homemade bagels anytime!


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  1. Line: Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silpat.
  2. Whisk Dry Ingredients: In a large bowl, sift the gluten-free all-purpose flour, xanthan gum, psyllium husk powder, baking powder, instant yeast, sugar and salt together. Whisk well to combine.
  3. Blend: Process the mashed potatoes and beaten eggs in a high-speed blender until you get a thick, creamy yellow mixture.
  4. Add Water and Oil: Transfer the potato-egg mixture to a large mixing bowl. Add the water and oil and mix well to get a pale yellow liquid mixture.
  5. Form the Dough: Add the dry ingredients to the bowl with the wet ingredients and mix well until you get a homogeneous sticky dough (the dough will look shaggy and be rather wet, but that’s the texture you want).
  6. Form Dough Balls: Oil the palms of your hands and divide the dough into 6 equal portions, rolling each portion into a large ball. Place the dough balls at least 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheet.
  7. Flatten Balls and Poke a Hole in the Middle: Flatten the balls with your oiled fingers and and use an oiled chopstick or finger to poke a hole in the middle of the dough circles.
  8. Let Rise: Cover the baking sheet with a kitchen towel and let the dough rise in a warm, draft-free place for 1 hour until it has almost doubled in size.
  9. Preheat Oven: Towards the end of the rising time, preheat the oven to 350F and place the rack in the center position.
  10. Brush with Oil: Brush the risen dough will oil.
  11. Sprinkle with Seeds: Sprinkle sesame seeds on top of the dough.
  12. Bake Until Golden Brown: Bake for 25 to 30 minutes until the top of the bagels are golden brown.
  13. Let Cool Before Slicing: Allow the bagels to cool for a 5 minutes in the pan before removing and placing a wire rack to cool fully at room temperature before slicing.


Mashed Potatoes: I like using leftover mashed potatoes, but you can also use fresh mashed potatoes. Alternatively, you may used mashed sweet potatoes or mashed pumpkin puree as well.

Eggs: Eggs help the ingredients to bind better and give the bagels better rise. I haven’t tried making this recipe without eggs, but I believe that if you are vegan or allergic to eggs, you may also use aquafaba or an egg-replacer (please let me know how it goes in the comments below if you make these bagels without eggs).

Warm Water: Make sure the warm water has a temperature of between 105 to 115F. If the water is too cold, the yeast will not be activated, but if the water is too hot, the high heat will kill the yeast. Alternatively, if you prefer, you may also use warm non-dairy milk for extra flavor (such as almond milk, cashew milk, rice milk etc). If you are not lactose-intolerant, feel free to use normal cow’s milk instead.

Sunflower Oil: I like using sunflower oil because I always have a bottle of it on hand. You may also use other types of vegetable oils such as olive oil, avocado oil, melted coconut oil or even melted vegan butter. Alternatively, if you are not lactose-intolerant, feel free to use melted normal butter if you prefer.

Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour: I recommend using a good-quality gluten-free all-purpose flour blend that includes lighter flours/starches (such as rice flour, corn starch, tapioca starch or potato starch) to ensure that you get a light and fluffy final texture. I do NOT recommend using gluten-free flour blends that use heavier flours (such as garbanzo bean flour) as it will result in a denser texture.

Xanthan Gum: Xanthan gum is the replacement for gluten in gluten-free flours, and helps the ingredients to better bind together. If your gluten-free flour blend does not already include xanthan gum, make sure you add it in.

Psyllium Husk Powder: Pysllium husk powder is an amazing binding agent and makes a big difference in the rise of the bagels. For best results, I do NOT recommend leaving it out or swapping it out for anything else. If you only have access to whole psyllium husks, you can use a coffee grinder or a high-speed blender to grind the husks into a super fine powder.

Baking Powder: I like adding a bit of baking powder to help the bagels rise better. If have Celiac disease or are gluten-intolerant, make sure to use certified gluten-free baking powder.

Instant Yeast: I prefer using instant yeast because there’s not pre-activation required, and you can mix it in with all the other dry ingredients at the same time. However, if you don’t have instant yeast, you may also use active dry yeast instead (just make sure to activate the yeast with sugar and warm water before adding it to the other ingredients).

Sugar: In this case, sugar acts as the food that the yeast will feed on in order to produce the gases essential in the dough-rising process. Do not leave out the sugar. It will be consumed by the yeast and will not make the bagels sweet. I used granulated white sugar, but you may also use light brown sugar, or brown sugar if you prefer (just note that the darker the color of the sugar, the darker the interior of the bagels).

Salt: I added a pinch of salt to enhance the flavor, but feel free to leave it out if you are on a salt-free diet.

Sesame Seeds: I like sprinkling white sesame seeds to decorate the bagels, but you can also sprinkle the bagel dough with a mix of seeds (think chia seeds, flax seeds, sesame seeds and sunflower seeds). You can also use everything bagel seasoning if you prefer.

Storing/Freezing: To store, place the cooled bagels in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. To freeze, wrap the gluten-free bagels in plastic wrap and freeze for up to 3 months. Before eating, let the frozen bagels thaw overnight in the refrigerator, or you can reheat them in the oven for 5 minutes at 350F.

  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Rising Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Category: Bread
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: gluten-free bagels

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