Keto fathead bagels are a great low-carb substitute for traditional bread. This recipe uses coconut flour fathead dough and is sure to become a regular favorite.
There is a Fat Head dough craze in the low carb world. And now people are using it to make breads like bagels and rolls!
The first recipe I saw for keto Fathead bagels was a few years ago on a Reddit board. I knew immediately that I wanted to use this recipe and make my own bagels. I love eating bagels as a replacement for bread or even just alone for an easy grab and go breakfast.
What Is Fathead Dough?
This popular low carb and gluten-free dough is made with mozzarella, cream cheese, eggs, and a low-carb flour (like almond flour or coconut flour).
The term ‘Fat Head dough’ comes from ‘Fat Head pizza’, a recipe posted on author/filmmaker/comedian Tom Naughton’s blog. The pizza is named after Naughton’s documentary ‘Fat Head’, which looks at food, nutrition, and health.
The original dough recipe has been adapted for many recipes other than pizza, including low carb breads and pastries.
Tips For The Best Fathead Dough Bagels
I learned a few things after making them. Follow these tips and your bagels will come out perfectly.
- Always weigh the flour, mozzarella cheese, and cream cheese to ensure consistent results. Although there are marks on the cream cheese wrapper for each ounce, it’s not that accurate.
- Add butter because coconut flour requires more liquid. There’s also an additional egg in the batter.
- Duck eggs can replace chicken eggs. Since I’m sensitive to egg whites, I like to use two duck eggs instead of the three large chicken eggs.
- Add seeds to the top for flavoring as well. You can even make your own everything but the bagel seasoning to sprinkle on the dough before baking.
In all, I made about four different versions of the coconut flour bagels. Each time, I weighed the coconut flour and mozzarella cheese to ensure consistent results.
Why You Should Use Coconut Flour In Keto Bagels
A few reasons why I prefer coconut flour in this low carb bagels recipe:
- A little bit goes a long way! It seems to expand like a sponge when absorbing the liquid, so you don’t need as much as you might with other flours. I find I use about ⅓ the amount of coconut flour when compared to recipes with almond flour.
- Coconut flour gives the bread a lighter texture.
- When I made bagels with almond flour, all I could taste were the almonds. Don’t get me wrong, I like almonds, but not as the predominant flavor in bagels. The coconut flour definitely has less of an overpowering taste.
- It’s made from finely ground, dried coconut meat, and has a light but distinct coconut smell and taste.
- I think the coconut taste in coconut flour is much less obvious than the almond taste you get when baking with almond flour.
- Lastly, I like the flour best, which is ultimately why I use it to make my Fathead bagels.
Coconut Flour Fathead Dough Baking Tips
Coconut flour acts differently from other flours so it cannot be substituted at a 1:1 ratio for other types of flour.
If you’re using it as a substitute in your favorite keto recipes, it may take a few attempts to learn how to swap it properly.
Other things to keep in mind when baking with coconut flour:
- It’s not wheat flour. It may look like wheat flour, but it smells, tastes, and acts much differently than wheat flour.
- Very absorbent. Coconut flour soaks up liquid more than other flours do. As a result, you either need to use less flour or more liquid in a recipe for it to work.
- It has a rougher texture. In order to get the lumps out and help it blend with other dry ingredients, you should always sift before using it.
I don’t use the coconut flour pizza crust recipe to make keto bagels because it’s a bit flat. And, I rarely use flax these days. Instead, I’ll use chia seeds or psyllium husks.
If you haven’t been making your own Fathead dough because of the almond flour, you need to give this coconut flour version a try. For those sensitive to eggs, I do have an eggless recipe that uses psyllium husks.
Frequently Asked Questions About Coconut Flour Fathead Dough Bagels
The entire recipe is at the bottom of this post. First, I want to answer a few questions about the recipe.
How Long Can You Store The Bagels?
These low carb bagels can be kept at room temperature for several days. Once the bagels are completely cool, place them into an airtight plastic bag and store it in a cool, dry place.
Keep in mind that the bagels will get harder the longer you keep them.
If you need to store your bagels for longer than a few days, then skip the refrigerator and pop them directly into the freezer. If you refrigerate fathead bagels, they will quickly become hard and stale
Pre-slice each bagel before freezing and then store them in a freezer-safe, airtight bag for up to three months. Frozen bagels do not need to be thawed before toasting.
Which Fathead Dough Tastes The Best?
The YouTube channel Highfalutin’ Low Carb compared this coconut flour bagels recipe to one made with almond flour. Check out the video to see which one is the best and why.
Enjoy this amazing recipe! And please let us know what you think of them in the comments below if you do give them a try!
Other Recipes To Try:
Are you searching for more low carb bread recipes to make at home? Try one of these favorites:
- Keto Flax Meal Bread is packed with protein and fiber and the flax meal acts like gluten so it's perfect for slicing.
- Keto Coconut Flour Pumpkin Bread has a nice and soft texture with the comforting pumpkin flavor you love.
- Coconut Flour Keto Cornbread is perfect to enjoy with some low carb chili or as a side dish to your fresh salad.
- Peanut Butter Keto Chocolate Chip Muffins taste like a peanut butter cookie - but without all the carbs.
- Coconut Flour Banana Bread is light with a slightly sweet flavor. You will love this bread for sandwiches.
Keto Bagels - Coconut Flour Fat Head Dough
- Preheat oven to 400°F and line a baking pan with parchment paper.
- Mix coconut flour and baking powder in a small bowl. Set aside.
- Melt mozzarella cheese and cream cheese in microwave on high power for one minute. Stir. Place back in microwave on high for another minute. Stir.
- Using hands or dough hooks, mix in beaten eggs, butter, and coconut flour mixture until a dough is formed. Dough should be a bit wet and sticky. If dry, try adding in another egg or more butter.
- Divide dough into 6 pieces and roll out each piece connecting the ends to form a bagel shape. Dough is easier to work with if hands are wet.
- Place bagels on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Bake at 400°F for about 12-16 minutes or until lightly browned. Put in low temp oven in the oven after cooled to achieve hard tack consistency
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First Published: August 7, 2017... Last Updated: October 14, 2020, with additional recipe information and enhanced photos.