Cottage Cheese Bagels (High Protein, Gluten Free)


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If you’re looking for a tasty, high protein snack you’ll love these Gluten Free Cottage Cheese Bagels. These 2-ingredient bagels are so easy to make, gluten and yeast free, and a great high protein bagel option. You won’t believe how simple they are!

Cottage cheese bagels on a baking tray.

I’ve always loved a good gluten free bagel but sometimes I need a quick fix without the proving, boiling and baking.

Enter my easy, 2-ingredient bagels made with only cottage cheese and gluten free flour!

These high protein bagels which are gluten free, yeast free, and can be thrown together and chucked in the oven in a matter of minutes.

Cottage cheese is certainly having it’s moment right now. These are similar to my Greek Yogurt Bagels so if you’ve tried them, you’ll love these.

They are great for breakfast or lunch, perfect for picnics and lunchboxes, and perfect if you love the ease of recipes like my gluten free flatbread or easy no yeast pizza dough.

Why make this recipe?

  • Gluten and Yeast Free: These protein bagels have a gorgeous rise without the need for yeast or gluten. So there’s no need to miss out if you have coeliac disease.
  • 2 Ingredients: You only need cottage cheese and gluten free self-rising flour for the bagel dough – plus any extras like sesame or poppy seeds you want on top.
  • Freezer Friendly: If you love meal prep you can make a batch of these 2 Ingredient Cottage Cheese Bagels in advance and freeze them ready to defrost and eat.
  • High Protein: The cottage cheese means these bagels pack around 8g of protein each – perfect for topping with your favourite treats like cream cheese or smoked salmon.
A tray of cottage cheese bagels with one cut in half.A tray of cottage cheese bagels with one cut in half.

Ingredients

This recipe is so simple it only requires two ingredients for the bagel dough – plus a few extras depending on how you want to top them.

For these gluten free cottage cheese bagels you will need:

  • Self-Raising Gluten Free Flour: I use the FREEE self-raising gluten free flour blend, but any self-rising gluten free flour will work. If you only have plain gluten free flour, simple add 1 teaspoon of baking powder per 100g of flour, plus 1/4 tsp xanthan gum to the whole mix.
  • Cottage Cheese: I find this recipe works much better with a full-fat cottage cheese. If you use a low fat cottage cheese, you may find the bagels don’t rise so much and can be a little flat. The dough may also be a lot stickier.

To top your gluten free cottage cheese bagels you will need:

  • Egg: A beaten egg brushed over the bagels before baking will give them a lovely gloss.
  • Sesame Seeds and Poppyseeds: I like to mix the two for a beautiful bagel topping. You can also use Everything Bagel Seasoning if you prefer.
High protein cottage cheese bagels piled on a baking tray.High protein cottage cheese bagels piled on a baking tray.

How to make gluten free cottage cheese bagels

There’s a printable recipe card below, but here are some step-by-step photos to guide you through how to make these high protein bagels with cottage cheese:

Blending the cottage cheese in a food processor and combining with gluten free flour.Blending the cottage cheese in a food processor and combining with gluten free flour.

Preheat the oven to 200C / Fan 180C / Gas Mark 6. Line a baking tray with a sheet of baking paper.

Add the cottage cheese to a blender or food processor and blitz until smooth. Pour into a mixing bowl and add the gluten free self-raising flour.

Using a spatula mix the dough together. As it starts to become claggy, use your hands to knead the dough together. It should form a ball of smooth, slightly sticky dough.

If it becomes too sticky to handle you can either wet your hands or lightly flour them. But be careful not to add too much extra gluten free flour to the bagel dough.

The cottage cheese bagel dough in the bowl and (right) shaped into bagels.The cottage cheese bagel dough in the bowl and (right) shaped into bagels.

Divide the dough into 4 even pieces. Lightly flour your hands and roll each piece into a ball, then into a sausage shape around 1 inch thick and 6-7 inches long.

Wrap the sausage-shaped-dough into a circle, pinching the ends together, so you have a bagel shape.

Place on the lined baking tray and repeat with all four pieces of dough, to make four bagels.

The cottage cheese bagels on a tray before (left) and after (right) baking.The cottage cheese bagels on a tray before (left) and after (right) baking.

Brush the bagels with egg wash (beaten egg) then sprinkle over the seeds. Bake in the hot oven for 35-40 minutes until golden brown on top.

Remove from the oven and leave to cool for at least 15 minutes before slicing and eating.

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  • Preheat the oven to 200C / Fan 180C / Gas Mark 6. Line a baking tray with a sheet of baking paper.

  • Add the cottage cheese to a blender or food processor and blitz until smooth. Pour into a mixing bowl and add the gluten free self-raising flour.

  • Using a spatula or wooden spoon, mix the dough together. As it starts to become claggy, use your hands to knead the dough together. It should form a ball of smooth, slightly sticky dough.

  • Divide the dough into 4 even pieces. Lightly flour your hands and roll each piece into a ball, then into a sausage shape around 1 inch thick and 6-7 inches long.

  • Wrap the sausage-shaped-dough into a circle, pinching the ends together, so you have a bagel shape. Place on the lined baking tray and repeat with all four pieces of dough, to make four bagels.

  • Brush the bagels with beaten egg then sprinkle over the seeds. Bake in the hot oven for 35-40 minutes until golden on top. Remove from the oven and leave to cool for at least 15 minutes before slicing and eating.

  • To make your own self-raising gluten free flour, add 1 tsp baking powder per 100g of plain or all purpose gluten free flour. If you flour doesn’t contain it already, add a total of 1/4 tsp xanthan gum to the entire amount too.
  • For more information on storing and freezing these cottage cheese bagels, check out the FAQs below this recipe card.

Serving: 1 bagel | Calories: 211kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 178mg | Potassium: 84mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 79IU | Vitamin C: 0.02mg | Calcium: 126mg | Iron: 2mg

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some FAQs about this easy bagel recipe – if you can’t find the answer to your question here or in the post above, please comment and I’ll try answer!

How do you store cottage cheese bagels?

Once cooled to room temperature, these gluten free cottage cheese bagels will keep for a couple of days in an airtight container. You can also freeze them for up to 6 months. I recommend refreshing them in the microwave or slicing and toasting before eating, if you’re not having them freshly baked.

Can you make bagels with Greek yogurt and flour?

Yes! If you’ve tried these and want another quick, yeast-free option, you can make my gluten free Greek Yogurt Bagels recipe next! It’s another great gluten free protein bagel option which doesn’t need any yeast or proving.

Can you make air fryer cottage cheese bagels?

I’ve not tried cooking these in the air fryer myself yet but I imagine they would work. As soon as I’ve tested this I will update this recipe – but I’d recommend trying them in the air fryer at 180C for 12-15 minutes until golden brown. You will probably want to spray the basket with a little oil first to stop them sticking.

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