Aaaahh Bagel Balls… my go-to food of quarantine. The delightful taste has become synonymous with working from home, a delicious escape in between WebEx meetings. They’re simple to make, and they’re simply scrumptious. To the point where I make them 3-4 times a week. Creature of habit? I know what I like.
This recipe is inspired by a recipe from one of my favorite cookbooks – The Skinnytaste Air Fryer Cookbook – with a few experimental tweaks thrown in. I chose to make these guys into little balls as opposed to true bagels with holes because they just taste too good to put a hole in. But do what you will to fill your belly/cup! Improvisation encouraged.
- 1 cup old fashioned oats
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 2 tablespoons almond milk
- 1/2 cup egg whites
- 1/2 cup flour (I personally like to use coconut flour because it gives a slightly sweet element to the taste)
- Optional seasonings (e.g. everything bagel)
- Prepare a lightly flour-dusted work surface (I like to use a big cutting board) for rolling out the dough
- Place the oats into a food processor/blender with the baking powder and salt and blend until it becomes a fine, flour-like texture
- In a medium bowl, mix yogurt, honey, almond milk, and 1 teaspoon of the egg whites
- Add oat flour mixture to the bowl, stirring in until you have a crumbly mixture
- Remove the dough from the bowl and knead on work surface until the dough feels like Play-Doh (not super sticky), adding little bits of flour as needed to achieve this texture
- Divide dough into 4-5 balls depending on the size you want, keeping in mind that the dough will expand and rise a bit once cooked
- Coat the dough balls with the egg whites and seasonings of choice
- Preheat the air fryer to 280 degrees
- Place dough balls into the basket without overcrowding, and cook for 15-16 minutes, rotating them halfway through
- Allow balls to cool for about 10 minutes before cutting
- Devour these guys with your favorite toppings! Butter, schmear, mashed avocado (my recipe for this one coming soon…)
A few notes…
If you have dough left over, you can just plop it into a container and place it in the refrigerator.
I have not tried to make these in a conventional oven, but you should be able to replicate with a baking sheet and parchment paper, baking on the top rack for 25 minutes at 375 degrees.
Bon appetit, and stay nonsensical, friends.