2-Ingredient Bagels are easy, healthy, and delicious alternatives to regular bagels and they can be baked in your air fryer for a quick and mess-free recipe.
What’s A 2-Ingredient Dough?
The 2-Ingredient dough is a bread dough made with only two ingredients: self-rising flour, and butter. No boiling, no yeast, or baking powder is required!
The batter can include additional ingredients for taste, but nothing else but the 2 ingredients is needed for the dough to work!
This dough recipe can be used to make bagels like in this recipe, but also bread, pizza crusts, pie crusts, etc.
It can be baked in an oven or in an air fryer. Let’s see how to make these 2-ingredient bagels in an air fryer.
How To Make 2-Ingredient Bagels In The Air Fryer
There are only 2 required ingredients in this recipe.
- Self-rising Flour: Use either regular all-purpose self-raising flour or gluten-free self-rising flour. If all you have is regular flour, read below on how to make your own self-rising flour.
- Yogurt Of Choice: Prefer Greek yogurt to have the best bagel texture, but you can also use regular yogurt or plant-based Greek Yogurt.
The two ingredients above are all that is needed, but if you want to change the taste of the recipe or make give the classic bagel shine to your 2-ingredient bagels, you can add the following optional ingredients.
- Sea Salt – to enhance the taste.
- Melted Butter – to brush on top and get the bagel shine. You can also use vegan butter.
- Everything Bagel Seasoning – to get the perfect bagel taste.
- Sesame Seeds or Poppy Seeds for a classic look.
Making The Dough
To make this 2-ingredient bagel dough, start by combining the flour, yogurt, and optional salt in a large mixing bowl.
Stir the bagel ingredients with a wooden spoon, a silicone spatula, or with the dough hook attachment of your stand mixer for an effortless recipe.
Adjust the texture of the dough with more flour if it’s too wet, or with more yogurt if it’s too dry.
The dough should be slightly sticky. You might have to work it with your hands, but don’t over-knead the dough to keep the bagels soft and moist.
Let the dough rest in a mixing bowl for 10 minutes before shaping it. You can pop it in the fridge to help it set.
Shaping The Bagels
Divide the 2-ingredient dough into 6 dough balls of roughly the same size and roll each of them into a long cylinder on a floured surface.
Then, gather both extremities and pinch them together to bind them and form a round bagel shape.
Set the 2-ingredient air fryer bagels aside on a plate covered with parchment paper while shaping the rest of the dough.
You can optionally brush some melted butter on the top of each bagel and sprinkle some Everything Bagel seasoning or sesame seeds.
Air Frying Bagels
These bagels are best baked in an air fryer but you can also bake them in the oven (instructions further down).
To bake them in an air fryer, start by spraying some oil in the air fryer basket, or placing a small lightly oiled piece of parchment paper at the bottom of the basket.
Place the bagels onto the air fryer basket and bake them at 400°F (200°C) for 12 to 15 minutes or until they are golden brown and cooked in the middle.
You might have to insert a toothpick in the center to check. If it comes out clean, they are cooked.
Cool the air fryer bagels down on a wire rack before serving with butter, jam, or cream cheese.
For gluten-free bagels, you can swap the self-rising flour for a 1:1 self-raising gluten-free alternative.
To make the recipe vegan-friendly, you can replace the Greek yogurt with any vegan Greek yogurt. My favorite ones are cashew Greek yogurt and coconut Greek yogurt.
These 2-ingredient bagels can be stored at room temperature, wrapped in a clean kitchen towel, or in the fridge for 3 to 4 days.
Toast them just before eating to get the crispiness back.
You can also freeze the air fryer bagels for up to 3 months in individual zip lock bags and thaw them at room temperature before toasting and eating them.
I recommend slicing them before freezing them to make it easier to toast them. You can also air fry the frozen bagels for 2-3 minutes to reheat them.
Frequently Asked Questions
I’ve listed below the answers to the most common questions about this recipe.
This recipe only works with self-rising flour. So you can pick either regular self-rising flour or gluten-free self-raising flour. Do not use coconut flour or almond flour, they wouldn’t work.
I’ve tried this 2-ingredient bagel recipe with Greek yogurt and plant-based Greek yogurt. But I’m sure it would also work with regular yogurt.
This recipe can be made gluten-free by using a 1:1 self-raising gluten-free flour.
If you just have regular gluten-free flour, make it self-rising by reading the section just below.
Making your own self-raising flour is super straightforward.
For the two cups of self-rising flour required in this recipe, you need:
• 2 cups of all-purpose flour (or gluten-free all-purpose flour)
• 1 tablespoon of baking powder
Sift the flour thoroughly to make sure that the baking powder is well distributed.
Making an egg wash can make the bagel look shinier, but it’s not necessary for the taste.
Yes, you can bake your 2-ingredient bagels in the oven. Place them on a baking sheet and bake them for about 15 minutes at 350°F (180°C).
These homemade bagels taste like classic bagels, with a chewy and dense crumb.
Yes, you can turn this dough into a pizza crust. All you have to do is to roll the dough in a pizza shape and add your desired toppings.
You can use pretty much any yogurt. My favorite option is to use Greek yogurt like Fage’s, Judee’s, Chobani’s, and Stonyfield’s. For a Vegan alternative, you can pick Kite Hill’s or Siggi’s. You don’t have to use fat free Greek yogurt.
2-Ingredient Bagels In The Air Fryer
- 2 cups Self-rising Flour
- 1 cup Yogurt Of Choice
- ¼ teaspoon Salt
- 1 tablespoon Melted Butter to brush on top
- 1 tablespoon Everything Bagel Seasoning
Making The Dough
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, yogurt, and salt if desired.
- Stir the ingredients with a wooden spoon or silicone spatula or with the hook attachment of your stand mixer.
- Adjust the dough with more flour or yogurt if too dry. The dough should be slightly sticky. You might have to work it with your hands, but don't over-knead the dough to keep the bagels soft and moist.
- Let the dough rest in a mixing bowl for 10 minutes.
Shaping The Dough
- Divide the dough into 6 balls of the same size and roll them into a long cylinder, then pinch both extremities to bond and form a bagel round shape. Set aside on a plate covered with parchment paper while shaping the remaining dough.
- Brush melted butter on top of each bagel and sprinkle some Everything Bagel seasoning or sesame seeds.
Air frying bagels
- Spray oil in the air fryer basket or place a piece of parchment paper at the bottom of the basket and lightly oil with olive oil.
- Place the bagels onto the basket and bake at 400°F (200°C) for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown and cooked in the middle. Insert a pick in the center to check. If it comes out clean, they are cooked.
- Cool down on a wire rack before serving with butter, jam, or cream cheese.
- You can store the 2-ingredient bagels at room temperature wrapped in a clean kitchen towel or the fridge for 3 to 4 days.
- You can also freeze bagels for later up to 3 months in zip lock bags and thaw them at room temperature before eating.