Two Ingredient Dough Bagels

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These easy two ingredient dough bagels are made with Greek yogurt and self rising flour for a tasty, protein packed bagel you can customize with any flavors you like! So easy to make and they taste delicious.


These homemade bagels are made simply with two-ingredient dough and require ZERO yeast or kneading. These bagels are fluffy, delicious, and beyond easy to make. Say hello to your new favorite breakfast food!

Picture this… You can think of nothing more amazing at the moment than homemade bagels. Then, you realize that making these foods from scratch would involve painstakingly careful measurements, kneading until your arms hurt, and waiting around for dough to rise. Suddenly you’re not so hungry. We’ve all been there. Enter: Two ingredient dough. Our secret weapon. Our best friend. Our two-ingredient superstar.

I can tell you with absolute certainty that two-ingredient dough has changed my cooking game. Before this magical recipe pranced into my life, I had no qualms about going out and spending money any time I wanted a bagel for breakfast or a pizza for dinner.

Now? I have this little voice inside my head that pipes up to ask me whether I really need that specific bagel from the shop down the street when I now know that I can just as easily whip up a bagel on the spot. 9 times out of 10, this voice in my head (and my two-ingredient dough) saves me some cash. What about the 10th time, you ask? That 10th time is when I give in to the craving and buy that darn delicious bagel.

What I’m getting at here is that two-ingredient dough is not only incredibly easy to make (NO prolonged kneading, NO rising time), but it’s also super tasty and can be used to make almost any baked good you fancy. Me? I love whipping up these delicious Sesame Seed Bagels, as well as pizzas, breadsticks, English muffins, garlic knots, and pretzels.

The other great thing about these two ingredient dough bagels - they have more protein than traditional bagels and can be customized any way you like. In fact, you could make all different flavors in one single batch. Just add different toppings.

Two ingredient dough rolled into bagels on a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Key Ingredients

To make these fluffy bagels, you will need just 3 simple ingredients:

  • Self-rising flour. Commonly found in almost any grocery store, self-rising flour is a combination of all-purpose flour, salt, and baking powder. It’s a fantastic time-saver and one of my favorite baking hacks!
  • Greek yogurt. This creamy protein-packed ingredient adds just the right amount of moisture to our dough to produce perfectly fluffy bagels.
  • Sesame seeds. I love the mild nutty flavor of sesame seeds! They also add a ton of heart-healthy fats to our homemade bagels.

How to Make Two-Ingredient Dough

Two-ingredient dough is made with Greek yogurt and self-rising flour, and is used to form the base of many common baked goods like pizza dough and bagels. The Greek yogurt is used to add moisture and help form the flour into dough, while self-rising flour is exactly as it sounds—it rises without any additional ingredients. It’s made from a pre-combined mixture of all-purpose flour, salt, and baking powder.

Self-rising flour can be found in most grocery stores, but can also be made from scratch if needed with the following ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon salt

Recipe and Flavor Ideas for Two Ingredient Dough Bagels

If you’re looking to switch things up, try out one of these recipe variations:

  • Cinnamon sugar bagels. Mix together your desired amounts of cinnamon and brown sugar, then add the mixture to your dough and work it in until it’s been thoroughly dispersed throughout the dough. Voilà, sweet cinnamon-y goodness! You could even throw in some raisins
  • Make everything bagels. If you have everything bagel seasoning, that works great here in place of the sesame seeds. If not, you can make your own with sesame seeds, salt, poppy seeds, dried onion, and dried garlic.
  • Make poppy seed bagels: Switch out the sesame seeds for poppy seeds.
  • Homemade onion bagels: Add onion powder to the two ingredient dough to add some onion flavor and then sprinkle dehydrated onion on top for those crispy onion bits.
  • Make a bagel sandwich. After slicing your bagel in half, pile it high with a fried or scrambled egg, sliced avocado, sprouts, and turkey bacon. You will thank me later, trust me!
  • Add egg wash. Looking for that perfectly golden-brown color on the outside of your bagel? Whip up a quick egg wash and brush it over the tops of each bagel before baking them.

How to Store Homemade Bagels

The best way to store homemade bagels in a way that retains their fluffy texture is by sealing them in an airtight bag and keeping them on the counter. However, they can only be stored like this for up to 2-3 days.

To allow the bagels to last for up to 5 days, you can store them in the fridge. The best long-term storage solution for bagels is to store them in an airtight bag in the freezer. Stored like this, they will last for up to 6 months.

Sesame seed two ingredient dough bagels cooked until golden brown on a plate with cream cheese.

What to serve with Greek Yogurt Bagels?

These bagels work with all the traditional bagel toppings - cream cheese, butter, peanut butter, or your favorite fruit jam.  You can also get more creative and make the most delicious bagel sandwiches:

  • Add turkey bacon, lettuce, tomato, and a thin layer of mayo to make a bagel BLT.
  • Make a delicious breakfast sandwich with fried eggs, melted cheese, and veggies.
  • Layer in smoked salmon, cream cheese, red onion, capers, and sprouts for a traditional lox bagel. 
  • Turn this into lunch with deli meat, tuna salad, or chicken salad.
  • Make a delicious protein packed pizza bagel with marinara sauce, melted cheese, and all your favorite toppings.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below you will find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about homemade bagels:

How do you make gluten-free bagels?

All you need to do is swap out traditional self-rising flour for a gluten-free version. You can find gluten-free self-rising flour at most grocery stores or make your own from scratch with a gluten-free all-purpose flour, baking powder, and salt.

What can you make with two-ingredient dough?

Aside from bagels, you can use two-ingredient dough to make most smaller-sized baked bread goods that you would ordinarily use dough for. While I would refrain from making an entire loaf of bread with it, you can use it for foods like pizzas, donuts, garlic knots, and English muffins.

Is it cheaper to make your own bagels?

Oh yes. Homemade bagels cost a fraction of the price you would spend on a bagel at your local deli or coffee shop. When you account for the amount of bagels that just one bag of flour and a jar of yogurt can make, you’re looking at just a few cents per bagel. Take that, Panera!

Greek yogurt bagel with sesame seeds sliced in half and covered with cream cheese.

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The Recipe
Two ingredient dough bagels with sesame seeds and served with cream cheese.

Two Ingredient Dough Bagels

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  • 1.25 cups self rising flour
  • 1 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 egg, whisked
  • 1.5 tbsp sesame seeds

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To make the two ingredient dough: In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour and yogurt, stirring until they are well combined, using a fork, if necessary. If the mixture is too sticky, add a Tablespoon of additional flour and continue to mix. Repeat as necessary until the mixture becomes a workable ball of dough. Remove the dough from the bowl and knead on a lightly floured surface, until the dough is smooth.

Greek yogurt and self rising flour mixed together to make dough in a bowl.

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Divide into six equal portions and roll into long ropes and then connect ends to form a circle. You can use a donut cutter if you have one.

Greek yogurt dough rolled into long ropes and then into bagels.

Place each bagel onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Lightly brush each bagel with egg wash and sprinkle sesame seeds on the tops of each bagel.

Two ingredient dough bagels with sesame seeds and egg wash before going into the oven.

Bake for 12-16 minutes, until dough is cooked and lightly golden brown. Cut into halves and serve.

Baked two ingredient sesame seed bagels on a baking sheet.
Nutritional Facts
Serving Size: 1 bagel
Amount Per Serving
Calories 139
Calories from Fat 20
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2g
Saturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 31mg
Sodium 337mg
Total Carbohydrate 21g
Dietary Fiber 1g
Sugars 2g
Protein 8g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.

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February 9, 2023 - 12:32
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Love the two ingredient dough for bagels. My only problem is my bagels don’t brown like I. Your picture. Even though I put the egg wash on. Is there something else I need to do?
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January 7, 2023 - 04:57
Can you do the flash boil on them like with regular bagels, to get the crunchy exterior?
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December 16, 2022 - 18:52
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So what is the recipe? The bagels sound good, but for a dozen, how much flour, how much yogurt, what temperature, and how much time?
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Musty Redneck
September 25, 2022 - 11:57
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I formed the dough into balls and made bagel bites.
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April 29, 2022 - 15:04
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So easy, so good…thank you for the simple, healthy recipe! I think this will impress my family! ;)
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March 31, 2022 - 19:02
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Great ,l[very it. My taste buds said YES...just like food taste like years ago without chemicals
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November 8, 2021 - 03:04
What is the best oven temperature . I didn't see it listed .
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Steve Brockman
November 7, 2021 - 15:21
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Hi Kristen - at what temperature should the bagels bake?
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