These Paleo Air Fryer Bagels are so easy to make! They're boiled in water and cooked in the air fryer, giving them a crispy outer layer and chewy interior. This easy bagel recipe is Paleo, Vegan and gluten free.
My Cuisinart air fryer is my new favorite gadget! I've used it almost daily since I got it for my birthday back in August (no joke).
Recently, Paleo air fryer bagels have been my go-to. They're easy to make and perfect as part of breakfast, lunch or even dinner. I've been making them into breakfast sandwiches, dipping them into warm bowls of soup and smothering them with almond milk cream cheese. All wonderful options by the way!
Healthy Air Fryer Bagel Recipe
This gluten free air fryer bagel recipe has so many great qualities. For instance, this recipe is:
- Paleo & Vegan
- grain free & gluten free
- dairy free - no yogurt
- yeast free
- egg free - perfect if you have an egg allergy
- can be made nut free - sub almond flour for tigernut flour
- low in added sugar
- chewy and delicious
Do you need another reason to make this easy bagel recipe!? 😉
Ingredients in Air Fryer Bagels
A few simple ingredients are needed to make these homemade Vegan bagels.
- tapioca flour
- cassava flour
- almond flour
- poppy seeds (optional)
- baking soda
- avocado oil (or olive oil)
- maple syrup
- apple cider vinegar
How to Make Paleo Bagels in the Air Fryer
This easy air fryer bagel recipe requires boiling the bagels, then cooking them in the air fryer. This method gives the bagels a soft, chewy interior and a crispy outer skin.
The air fryer I own is the Cuisinart Convection Toaster Oven Airfryer. It's one of my favorite kitchen gadgets and has 7 functions: air fry, convection bake, convection broil, bake, broil, warm, and toast. The instructions are given with this particular air fryer in mind, but any air fryer will work.
Here's the step by step process:
Make the Dough
First, make the dough for the bagels. In a large mixing bowl, combine all the dry ingredients. Add in the wet ingredients. Mix first with a spatula, then use your hands to knead the dough. The dough may appear too dry, keep working it until it is fully combined. If necessary, add another tablespoon or two of water.
Next, separate the dough into 4 pieces. Roll each piece into a ball, then shape into a bagel. Note: this recipe makes four miniature bagels. If you want them to be larger, then separate the dough in half and make two bagels.
Boil the Bagels
Bring a pot of water to a rolling boil. The water needs to be deep enough to fully cover the bagels; I recommend 3-4 inches deep.
Once the water is boiling, grab the bagels and place them in the water. (I find this easiest to do this with a spatula or wooden spoon.) Boil for one minute, then flip and boil another minute. The bagels will sink to the bottom at first, but should move to the top of the water before the minute is up.
Next, line the air fryer baking pan with parchment paper. Carefully remove the bagels from the water using a spatula or wooden spoon. Place the bagels on the air fryer baking pan. If using another air fryer, I recommend greasing it with some avocado oil.
Air Fry the Bagels
Place the bagels on the top rack of the air fryer. Set the temperature to 400 degrees and the function to "air fry". Cook the bagels for 5-10 minutes - keep on eye on them to make sure they don't burn. When done, the bagels will be golden brown on top.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I use any air fryer?
Yes! Any air fryer should work for this grain free bagel recipe.
Can you toast a bagel in the air fryer?
Bagels can be toasted in the air fryer. In fact, leftovers taste best eaten this way!
Cut the bagel in half, then lay it on the air fryer rack. Set the temperature anywhere from 350-400 degrees and air fry for just a couple minutes. Keep a close eye on the bagels to make sure they don't burn.
Can these Paleo bagels be made nut free?
If you cannot have nuts, swap the almond flour for tigernut flour (measure by weight). I've made this substitution myself a few times. I find that adding in a little xanthan gum makes the dough more pliable and easier to work with. Also, the dough will require a couple more tablespoons of water to reach the right consistency.
More Paleo Bagel Recipes
I love making Paleo bagels and have a small collection of recipes on my blog. Here are a few favorites:
Paleo bagels made in the air fryer. Gluten free, grain free, egg free, dairy free and refined sugar free.
Make the Dough
- In a large mixing bowl, combine dry ingredients: tapioca flour, cassava flour, almond flour, poppy seeds, baking soda and salt.
- Add in wet ingredients. Mix first with a spatula, then use your hands to knead the dough. The dough may appear too dry, keep working it until it is fully combined. If necessary, add another tablespoon or two of water.
- Separate the dough into 4 pieces. Roll each piece into a ball, then shape into a bagel.
Boil the Bagels
- Fill a pot with water, 3-4 inches deep. Bring it to a boil.
- Line the air fryer baking pan with parchment paper, set aside*
- Once boiling, grab the bagels and place them in the water. Boil for one minute, then flip and boil another minute. (The bagels will sink to the bottom at first, but should move to the top of the water before the minute is up.)
- Carefully remove the bagels from the water using a spatula or wooden spoon. Place the bagels on the parchment-lined air fryer baking pan.
- Optional: add extra poppy seeds and flaked salt on the boiled bagels.
Air Fry the Bagels
- Place the bagels on the top rack of the air fryer. Set the temperature to 400 degrees and the function to "air fry". Cook the bagels for 5-10 minutes - keep an eye on them to make sure they don't burn. When done, the bagels will be golden brown on top.
The instructions for this recipe are given for the Cuisinart Convection Toaster Oven Airfryer
* You may also cook the bagels in the air fryer basket, just be sure to grease the basket so the bagels don't stick.
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