Oh. my. goodness. I am hardly able to contain my joy to share this with you!
I loved bagels as a child, whether covered in cream cheese and honey, cream cheese and slivers of salmon, pizza toppings, or any other number of fun and delicious condiments.
Before I went Paleo, I tried several premade gluten-free “bagels” from the store. I longed to find a gluten-free variety, but found none ready-made that had the taste or texture of a real bagel. All of the recipes I found online were either simple but flopped or were extremely time-consuming and detailed so I didn’t bother.
While grocery shopping with Daryl yesterday, I began *craving* bagels and cream cheese when I spotted Daiya’s strawberry cream “cheese” spread. I purchased the spread and became determined to find a Paleo-friendly version of my beloved bagel.
I tried Elana’s recipe, but none of us Baggins’ liked them. I followed the recipe and there was too much baking soda. The texture, also, was nothing like a bagel. It was more like a savory muffin in taste and texture. No pull, no chew.
Suddenly, it dawned on me that my favorite and VERY simple Paleo pizza crust recipe had that pull and chew. I already use it as pizza crust with spices added, as communion bread, and as funnel cake. I felt certain that if I poured it, much thicker than pizza crust, into my donut mold, I would have bagels. And I was RIGHT!
The best part for me is the ease of every aspect of this recipe. You don’t even need to cut the bagel in half – it cooks “in halves!”
So, here is an easy-peasy, Paleo bagels recipe:
2 cups arrowroot powder
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 – 1 teaspoon Celtic sea salt
1/2-1 cup water, to consistency (I always look for “drippy gook” that clings just a little bit to the spoon as it drips off quite easily, than wet sand that is harder to work with)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Mix all ingredients until thoroughly combined. Scoop about 1/8 cup into each donut mold cavity. Bake for 12-15 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes in mold, remove to cooling rack. Enjoy with your favorite toppings!
(Makes 18 mini half-bagels.)