Yogurt and flour is all you need to make these Weight Watchers Bagels! The topping is up to you – everything seasoning, poppy or sesame seeds, or just plain. Only 3 points per bagel!
One of my closest workmates, Lesli, has been following the Weight Watchers program for over two years now. She has lost a majorly significant amount of weight, to the point that I tell her constantly that she’s beginning to look frail! Hahaha – don’t worry, I’m not being mean. That’s the type of relationship we have.
About a year ago, my other closest workmate, Margaret, jumped on the Weight Watchers bandwagon as well. She too, has lost a lot of weight. So, when they both came to work a few weeks ago talking about these 3 point bagels, I thought they had lost their marbles. I mean, how the hell can you make a great tasting bagel out of just flour and yogurt. When they both said they were baked and not boiled first, I thought our friendship had come to an end.
I thought no more of it, until a week ago when I decided to give the Weight Watchers diet a try. Now, Dear Reader, I am not endorsing the program at all. In fact, at the very moment I’m writing this up, I have only been on the program for a week. But, whether these bagels are designed to fit into the Weight Watcher’s points program or not, they’re a damn good bagel, and I simply had to share the recipe with you!
What’s the secret? There is no secret!!
The key to keeping the points value low with this bagel is to use 0% plain Greek yogurt along with self-raising flour. If you decide to use 2% or full fat yogurt, the point value will increase of course. If you’re not on the Weight Watchers program, you can use any plain Greek yogurt you want.
At the end of the day, these bagels taste really, really good. They are doughy and chewy, just like a “real” bagel, and they are so easy to make. As you know, Dear Reader, I have said it a million times already that simple is best. Weight Watchers Bagels are as simple as you can possible get!
I think that I was more impressed with how well these came together – and how easily too! I was certainly impressed with the taste and how delicious they were when toasted and topped with my Easy Homemade Jam. Personally, I feel that these Weight Watchers Bagels would certainly be the topic of conversation if you served them at a breakfast or brunch get together, because how many people can say that they made bagels from scratch?
So, go ahead, Dear Reader; be the belle of the ball, the queen of the bagel, and the talk of the town! (Too far?) Well, maybe you won’t become instantly famous, but I’m positive that you’ll be asked for the recipe and I’m even more positive that you’ll make these bagels over and over again, even if you aren’t participating in a weight loss program.
Plain or all dressed up?
Just one final note – you don’t have to top these bagels at all. You can certainly leave them plain. But, you can also jazz them up. Try sprinkling them with parmesan, or incorporated some sun dried tomatoes and jalapenos into the dough for a great sandwich bagel. Just remember to do the egg wash so that you can get those seeds to stick and those tops to be golden brown. Happy eating!
Weight Watchers Bagels
- 2 cups 0% Greek yogurt
- 2 cups self-raising flour
- 4 tablespoons sesame seeds, poppy seeds, or everything seasoning
- 1 large egg, whisked
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with a silicone liner or parchment paper. Set aside.
- Add the yogurt and flour to a mixing bowl and using a firm rubber spatula, stir to combine.
- Turn the mixture out onto a clean, lightly floured surface. Knead the dough until it forms a ball.
- Divide the dough into 8 equal portions.
- Roll the portions into a cylinder shape measuring about 10 inches in length.
- Join the ends together by pressing the forming into a ring. Lay the rings onto the baking sheet and set aside.
- You can stop here and bake the bagels for 23 minutes. Once baked, broil for 2 minutes to brown the top. Otherwise, continue to the Optional Instructions below. Please note, depending on your WW program, adding seeds or seasonings, and egg, may increase the point value.
- Brush the tops of each bagel with the egg.
- Sprinkle over the seasoning or seed of choice. Or, pour the seeds/seasoning into a shallow bowl and dip the bagel (egg side down) into the seeds to fully coat. This is the method I used.
- Bake for 23 minutes and broil for 2 minutes to brown the tops.