If you've tried making bagels with greek yogurt, try making these easy 5-ingredient protein bagels with cottage cheese.
Cottage cheese has been making a comeback as a food trend and I am all for it!
As a New Yorker, I know a good bagel.
While these are not quite like the bagels you can get in New York, they are pretty good given how easy they are to make.
They taste pretty similar to a store-bought bagel you can get at the grocery store, except much better because they are freshly made.
If you love cottage cheese too, you've got to try making my recipe for easy chocolate pudding.
Why you'll love this recipe:
How much protein is in each bagel?
Each protein cottage cheese bagel contains ~ 12g of protein which comes from the protein content found in cottage cheese, eggs, and flour.
The additional protein in these bagels make it much more satisfying and filling compared to the standard store-bought bagel, which contains anywhere between 4-6g of protein.
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Why this recipe works
The protein content in cottage cheese actually serves a functional purpose in baking.
Cottage cheese contains two main proteins: whey and casein.
Whey has been shown to improve the nutritional content of breads without significantly impacting the taste or flavor.
Whey protein can be used to improve texture, flavor, and color of breads and other baked goods.
The addition of cottage cheese in these bagels helps bind all of the ingredients together and also provides a slightly creamy taste to the final product.
Toppings for Bagels that are not cream cheese:
Beyond cream cheese, here are some of my favorite toppings for bagels:
- mashed avocado
- sliced tomatoes + balsamic glaze + black pepper
- olive tapenade
- Greek yogurt with honey
- ricotta cheese + fresh figs
Protein-Packed Bagel Toppings:
To boost protein content, here are some additional toppings:
- vegan deli meat
- smoked salmon + arugula
- turkey or chicken slices
- turkey bacon
- scrambled or fried eggs
- scrambled tofu or tempeh
- cottage cheese (yes, you can use more!)
High Protein Cottage Cheese Bagels
- 2 cups all purpose flour or whole wheat or gluten-free mix
- 2 teaspoons baking powder make sure it’s not expired or it won’t rise
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt use less if using table salt
- 1 cup 2% cottage cheese excess liquid strained
- 1 large egg beaten
- everything bagel seasoning sesame seeds, poppy seeds, dried garlic flakes, dried onion flakes
- Preheat the Oven:
- Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Mix Dry Ingredients:
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and kosher salt until thoroughly combined.
- Add Cottage Cheese and Egg:
- Add the strained cottage cheese and beaten egg to the dry ingredients. Mix the ingredients using a spatula or your hands until a dough forms.
- Knead the Dough:
- Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead the dough for around 2-3 minutes until it becomes smooth and elastic.
- Cover with bowl and allow dough to rest for 15-30 mins to allow for the gluten to relax.
- Shape the Bagels:
- Divide the dough into equal portions to create the desired number of bagels (usually makes 4-6 bagels). Roll each portion into a ball, then press your thumb through the center to create a hole. Gently shape the hole to form a bagel shape. Place the shaped bagels onto the prepared baking sheet.
- Egg Wash and Seasoning:
- Brush the tops of the bagels with the beaten egg to provide a shiny finish. Sprinkle the everything bagel seasoning generously over the egg-washed tops.
- Bake the Bagels:
- Place the baking sheet in the preheated oven and bake the bagels for approximately 25-30 minutes. They should turn golden brown and develop a slightly crispy exterior.
- Cool and Enjoy:
- Once baked, remove the bagels from the oven and let them cool on a wire rack. After they have cooled enough to handle, slice them and savor your high-protein cottage cheese bagels with your preferred spreads or toppings!
These no fuss, no-boil, easy protein cottage cheese bagels are a fun way to add some additional protein into your day.
If they can convince a New Yorker, they sure are worth giving a try.
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