three protein bagels in a white plate

I’m constantly craving bread in any form, so I am super excited that my protein bagel recipe works! These are addicting and are delicious in ever version. The raisins and cinnamon protein bagel are perfect if you have a sweet tooth. The everything but the bagel seasoning or sea salt version is super savory. These don’t disappoint!

Cottage cheese is a protein powerhouse that is a favorite for prenatal nutrition for a very good reason. Cottage cheese is full of high-quality protein that is absorbed well by the body. Just 1 cup of cottage cheese contains a whopping 25g of protein and boosts the protein in these bagels. 

This recipe incorporates 1.5 cups of cottage cheese, which adds a creamy texture and provides blood sugar-balancing protein.

The use of oat flour in this protein bagel recipe is a great option for prenatal and postpartum nutrition. Oats help promote milk production, and full-fat cottage cheese will help boost your much-needed vitamin A intake post-partum.

Air Fryer: The air fryer method introduces a quick and convenient way to achieve golden-brown perfection. Air frying the protein bagels creates a crispy exterior without the need for excessive oil. 

Oven Method: No worries if you don’t have an air fryer or prefer baking in the oven. The oven method is super simple. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Place the formed bagels on parchment paper and bake on the top rack for 25 minutes. 

These protein bagels are great with whipped cream cheese, avocado, peanut butter, or melted butter. Balancing these bagels with extra protein or fat will help keep your blood sugars balanced and increase nutrient intake.

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The Best Protein Bagels- Gluten Free

Ginger Cochran, MS, RDN,CDCES,CEP-ACSM
These delicious protein bagels are gluten-free, fluffy, and so easy to make!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 17 minutes
Course Breakfast
Servings 4 bagels
Calories 138 kcal


  • 1 Air Fryer
  • 1 Sheet Pan
  • 1 Hand Blender


  • 1 cup oat flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt use less if using table salt
  • 1 cup 2% cottage cheese strain excess liquid well
  • 1 egg beated
  • Optional variations: everything bagel seasoning 2 Tablespoons cinnamon, or ¼ cup raisins


  • Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl and whisk well. Add the strained cottage cheese and mix with a fork or spatula until well combined. It will look like small crumbles.
  • Pour into a blender, food, or processor, or use a hand blender (I used a hand blender) and blend ingredients until you can’t see the cottage cheese lumps.
  • Wash and dry your hands, then put oat flour on them and knead the dough for about 3 minutes. If making cinnamon raisin bagels, add the desired amount of cinnamon and raisins and kneed into the dough.
  • Divide the dough into 4 balls or 8 balls for mini bagels. Roll each ball into ½-inch or 3/4-inch thick ropes and join the ends to form bagels.
  • Top with egg wash and sprinkle both sides with seasoning of your choice.

Air Fryer Method: Coat the air fryer basket with extra virgin olive oil or butter. Transfer the bagels to the air fryer basket in batches. Try not to overcrowd so they have room to expand. Air fry at 285 F for 15 to 16 minutes or until golden—no need to turn.Let cool for at least 15 minutes before cutting.

    Oven Method: Preheat oven to 375F. Place parchment paper on a baking sheet and spray with olive oil or butter. Bake on the top rack of the oven for 20-25 minutes. Let cool for 15 minutes before cutting.


      Serving: 1bagelCalories: 138kcalCarbohydrates: 20gProtein: 6gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 41mgSodium: 815mgPotassium: 127mgFiber: 2gSugar: 0.3gVitamin A: 59IUCalcium: 141mgIron: 2mg
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      Ginger Cochran is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, functional medicine practitioner, Certified Diabetes Educator & Care Specialist, Certified Wellness Coach, Certified Exercise Physiologist, and owner of Nutritious Ginger, an integrative and functional nutrition practice focusing on full body self-care and nourishment. Ginger’s primary specialty is women’s health, with a special emphasis on gestational diabetes, weight management, infertility, digestive wellness, and overall health + happiness.
      Ginger serves on the board of director for the Nutrition Care Manual by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.