A tasty gluten-free French toast bagel that's sure to please. It's perfect with butter spread on top! This low-carb bagel is great for breakfast on the go.
Did you know you can have bagels on a low-carb diet? I recently discovered how easy it is to bake them up using a donut pan!
I really enjoyed the garlic bagels that I made a few weeks ago. Since they were so good, I figured I'd modify the recipe a little to make a different flavor for a low-carb bagel.
To keep in line with breakfast, I decided to make french toast bagels! They have the same great flavor that you'd get from keto french toast but in a portable version.
💛 Why you’ll love it
If you've ever been to Panera Bread, you know that these circle-shaped baked goods come in a multitude of flavors. My son especially likes their cinnamon crunch bagel (tastes like French toast)!
So that's how I got the idea to try and do a similar flavor with these low-carb French toast bagels.
Of course, these aren't a true "bagel". Instead, they are more of a quick bread baked into circular shapes. However, they do make you feel like you are indulging in a forbidden treat.
To be honest, I haven't really found anything that can't be turned into a healthier low-carb version. Sure, some things are easier than others.
Following a low-carb way of eating isn't much different than the standard diet. The difference is in the ingredients.
The secret to making french toast bagels is the coconut flour batter.
There are only two wet ingredients in this recipe, so the bagel dough is pretty dry and crumbly. You'll need unsalted butter and eggs.
These two ingredients are very important because they bind everything together.
Sweetener and spices
To make sure that these gluten-free bagels tasted like French toast, I used:
- Sugar-free vanilla extract
- Maple extract
The maple extract is a really easy way to make it taste like I used maple syrup - without all of the sugar!
For the sweetener, you can either use some drops of Stevia glycerite or Swerve sweetener.
Coconut flour has the best texture for the French toast bagels. Use xanthan gum to hold it all together. The baking powder is essential for giving the bagels some lift, so they aren't heavy or dense.
One of the things I changed in the original recipe was to add guar gum. Bread made with coconut flour can tend to be a little spongy, and adding guar or xanthan gum will give your French toast bagel a more bread-like texture.
It seemed to make a difference, so I updated the garlic bagels to (optionally) call for guar or xanthan gum.
Please note: Check out the recipe card at the bottom for a full list of ingredients used to make this low-carb recipe.
- Use an electric or stand mixer. This works so much better than mixing it by hand.
- Replace xanthan gum with guar gum. They can be used as substitutes for each other in a 1:1 ratio.
- Grease a donut pan because the bagel dough tends to stick to the pan.
- Create a cinnamon crunch topping to sprinkle on top before baking. This is optional but makes it taste amazing! Mix together brown sugar substitute, cinnamon, and butter.
Making your own bagels is super easy to do!
Have you ever made donuts or cookies? Then you can make these keto bagels. It's so simple that your older kids can make them too.
Mix the wet ingredients
First, mix together the eggs, butter, vanilla, maple extract, sweetener, and cinnamon in a large bowl. Make sure it is completely mixed together.
Combine dry ingredients
In a separate bowl, mix together the coconut flour with the baking powder and xanthan gum.
Add dry ingredients to the wet
Slowly whisk the coconut flour mixture in with the butter and egg mixture. Keep mixing until the dough forms.
Bake the bagels
Add the batter to a greased donut pan. Bake it at 400°F for about 15 minutes, or until you insert a toothpick into a French toast bagel and it comes out clean.
🍽️ Serving suggestions
This is one of my favorite keto breakfast ideas! Enjoy a halved French toast bagel with a few of your other breakfast favorites.
You can eat the bagel drizzled with a little keto maple syrup. Or, spread a bit of cinnamon cream cheese over the top.
Consider serving the French toast bagels with some fresh fruit (like berries). Start your day off right!
Hey coffee lovers, make this easy sugar-free peppermint mocha latte. You'll feel like you are at a coffee shop with your sweet bagel and latte.
If you are headed out the door, make some quick keto egg bites before you go. They are just as portable as these bagels and will give you a boost of protein.
Before we get to the printable recipe card, here are some questions people often ask about how to make French toast bagels.
The low-carb bagel did indeed taste like a popular breakfast dish. And, some people may want to add a little maple syrup on top. I chose to have mine with a little butter.
Just use sugar-free versions of your favorite french toast bagel toppings.
Open the bagel halves, toast until golden brown, and spread some cinnamon whipped cream cheese on them.
Of course, it is hard to compare this low-carb bagel to a high-carb restaurant chain version. But it did make a nice filling breakfast for me!
This recipe is really easy to change. Use it just like you would thick sliced bread and make some delicious sandwiches.
Or, add some sugar-free chocolate chips and make chocolate chip bagels.
Don't add the cinnamon-sugar mixture, and you have plain bagels. You can also add a few raisins and make keto cinnamon raisin bagels.
Store remaining bagels in an airtight bag or container at room temperature. They will stay fresh for about a week.
If you miss treating yourself to those bagels you see in the donut or bread shops, don't feel deprived. It's pretty easy to whip up your own low-carb French toast bagel creation.
Once you learn how to make your favorite treats from your high-carb days, you'll find no reason to ever go back to unhealthy eating. And, the longer you stick to a keto diet, the less you will want those treats.
📚 Related recipes
Along with these low-carb French toast bagels, you can enjoy other breads on the keto diet! Make one of these low-carb breads and enjoy a traditional lunch or snack, even when you are counting carbs.
- Coconut Flour Tortillas only have 3 grams net carbs in each serving and are the perfect thing for tacos.
- Keto Cheddar Biscuits are popular with kids and adults - and taste amazing with seafood.
- Low-Carb Hamburger Buns are perfect for chicken sandwiches too.
- Keto Naan Bread is a fantastic flatbread that you can share when you make any type of Indian food.
- Buttery Keto Croissants are a yummy finger-food that kids will gobble up!
Gluten-Free French Toast Bagels
- Blend together eggs, butter, cinnamon, vanilla extract, maple extract, stevia, and salt.
- Combine coconut flour with baking powder and guar or xanthan gum (if using).
- Whisk coconut flour mixture into batter until there are no lumps.
- Spoon into a greased donut pan. Bake at 400 degrees F for 15 minutes.
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First Published: March 27, 2011… Last Updated: February 17, 2022, with new photos and additional recipe information.