These Cream Cheese Stuffed Everything Bagel Bites are a modern twist on traditional bagel holes. This chewy bagel bite is a simple recipe that contains 14g protein per serving and can be enjoyed any time of day.
Cream cheese stuffed everything bagel bites are the perfect combination of soft, chewy bagel dough and a creamy, flavorful filling. These bite-sized treats are not only easy to make but also incredibly versatile, allowing you to experiment with various fillings and flavors.
Whether you’re hosting a brunch, preparing a party appetizer, or simply craving a savory snack, these delightful bites are sure to impress. In this blog post, we’ll walk you through the step-by-step process of making cream cheese stuffed everything bagel bites and explore some creative variations to elevate your taste buds.
If you love homemade bagels you also need to try my Original Easy High Protein Everything Bagel Recipe and my Gluten Free Sundried Tomato & Cheddar Bagels.
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WHAT ARE CREAM CHEESE STUFFED EVERYTHING BAGEL BITES?
Bagel bites stuffed with cream cheese are small, bite-sized bagels that are filled with a creamy mixture of cream cheese and sometimes other ingredients such as herbs, spices, or vegetables. They are typically made by cutting a small hole in the center of a mini bagel, scooping out some of the bread to create a hollow space, and then filling it with the cream cheese mixture.
These bagel bites are a popular breakfast or snack food, and can be found in many grocery stores or bakeries. They can be served cold or warmed up, and are often eaten plain or with toppings such as smoked salmon, tomatoes, or cucumber slices.
They are a delicious and convenient option for anyone who loves the combination of bagels and cream cheese.
INGREDIENTS YOU WILL NEED
You will need the following ingredients listed below to make the little bagel bites (the exact measurements and full recipe are in the recipe card at the bottom of the post):
- Gluten-free all purpose flour – you can also use whole wheat flour, regular all-purpose flour, or self-rising flour if you omit the baking powder. Do not use coconut flour in this recipe it will not work as a replacement.
- Baking powder
- Multi-purpose protein powder from PEScience – or unflavored protein powder.
- Plain greek yogurt
- Plain cream cheese – a cube of cream cheese is all you need for the
- Bagel seasoning – you can make your own with a blend of poppy seeds, black sesame seeds, white sesame seeds, chia seeds, garlic powder, onion powder, and sea salt.
- Optional – almond flour, olive oil, shredded chicken breasts for stuffing inside, mix cream cheese with jam for added sweetness, etc.
HOW TO MAKE
In a large bowl, mix together the gluten-free all-purpose flour, baking powder, multi-purpose protein powder, and salt. Add in the greek yogurt and stir until bagel dough forms.
Divide the dough into 10 equal pieces and shape each piece into a smooth dough ball on a lightly floured work surface.
Flatten each ball and add approximately 1 tsp cream cheese. Fold dough over the cream cheese to form back into a ball shape.
Add egg wash or cooking spray to plain bagels and sprinkle with Everything But The Bagel Seasoning.
Preheat air fryer for 5 minutes at 350 degrees F. Add bagels to air fryer basket in a single layer and cook for 4-5 minutes or until golden brown.
Serve immediately, enjoy!
CAN I BAKE THESE 6 INGREDIENT BAGELS IN A CONVENTIONAL OVEN?
Yes, if you don’t have an air fryer you can make them in the oven. Preheat oven to 350F and line a baking sheet or baking tray with parchment paper.
The cooking process is very similar, you will still follow all the same directions on a well floured surface. The only difference will be the cooking time in the oven.
Bake the bagels for 20-25 minutes or until bagels are cooked all the way through. You can crisp the outside of your bagel at the end by toasting them, or turning your oven up to 500F and baking them for 1-2 minutes.
Another option for cooking could be in a toaster oven.
Cream cheese stuffed everything bagel bites are versatile and can be customized with various flavors and fillings. Here are some delicious variations to try:
- Bacon and Cheddar: Add cooked and crumbled bacon and shredded cheddar cheese to the cream cheese filling. The combination of smoky bacon and sharp cheddar will add extra savory goodness.
- Spinach and Feta: Mix chopped spinach and crumbled feta cheese into the cream cheese filling. The combination of the earthy spinach and tangy feta cheese will create a delightful flavor profile.
- Jalapeño and Cheddar: Incorporate diced pickled jalapeños and shredded cheddar cheese into the cream cheese filling. This variation will add a spicy kick and a cheesy, gooey texture.
- Sun-Dried Tomato and Basil: Blend chopped sun-dried tomatoes and fresh basil into the cream cheese filling. The sun-dried tomatoes bring a sweet-tart flavor, while the basil adds a fresh and herbaceous note.
- Smoked Salmon and Dill: Spread a layer of cream cheese mixed with finely chopped dill on the bagel bites, then top with thin slices of smoked salmon. This combination is reminiscent of a classic bagel and lox.
- Garlic and Herb: Add minced garlic, dried herbs (such as parsley, oregano, or thyme), and a pinch of salt to the cream cheese filling. This variation imparts a savory and aromatic flavor.
- Sweet Cinnamon: For a sweet twist, mix in cinnamon and a touch of sweetener, such as honey or maple syrup, to the cream cheese filling. It’s a delightful option for those who prefer a dessert-like treat.
- Caprese Style: Spread a layer of pesto on the bagel bites, then add a slice of fresh tomato and a slice of mozzarella cheese. Bake until the cheese melts and the flavors meld together.
Storing cream cheese stuffed everything bagel bites properly will help maintain their freshness and prevent them from drying out. Here’s how you can store them:
- Allow Cooling: After baking the cream cheese stuffed everything bagel bites, let them cool completely at room temperature. This helps avoid moisture buildup inside the storage container.
- Refrigerator Storage: Transfer the cooled bagel bites to an airtight container or a resealable plastic bag. Place a sheet of parchment paper or wax paper between the layers to prevent them from sticking together. Seal the container tightly.
- Label and Date: It’s a good practice to label the container with the contents and the date of preparation. This will help you keep track of their freshness.
- Refrigerator Shelf Life: Cream cheese stuffed everything bagel bites can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 1 to 2 days. Beyond that, their texture and taste may deteriorate.
- Reheating: To enjoy the bagel bites again, preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Place the desired amount of bagel bites on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for about 5 to 7 minutes or until they are heated through. Alternatively, you can pop them back into the air fryer.
CAN I FREEZE THESE BAGEL BALLS?
Yes, if you want to store the bagel bites for a longer period, they can be frozen. Place the cooled bagel bites in a freezer-safe container or resealable freezer bags.
Remove any excess air and seal tightly. The bagel bites can be frozen for up to 1 to 2 months.
When you’re ready to enjoy the frozen bagel bites, transfer them to the refrigerator and let them thaw overnight. Once thawed, follow the reheating instructions mentioned above to warm them up in the oven or microwave.
Remember to always use proper hygiene and food safety practices. If you notice any signs of spoilage or an off odor, it’s best to discard the bagel bites.
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- 2/3 cup all-purpose gluten free flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 scoop PEScience Multi Purpose Protein Powder
- pinch of salt
- 2/3 cup plain unsweetened greek yogurt
- 10 tsp cream cheese
- Everything But The Bagel seasoning
- In a large bowl, mix together the gluten-free all-purpose flour, baking powder, multi-purpose protein powder, and salt. Add in the greek yogurt and stir until bagel dough forms.
- Divide the dough into 10 equal pieces and shape each piece into a smooth dough ball on a lightly floured work surface.
- Flatten each ball and add approximately 1 tsp cream cheese. Fold dough over the cream cheese to form back into a ball shape.
- Add egg wash or cooking spray to plain bagels and sprinkle with Everything But The Bagel Seasoning.
- Preheat air fryer for 5 minutes at 350 degrees F. Add bagels to air fryer basket and cook for 5 minutes or until golden brown.
- Serve immediately, enjoy!
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 109Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 169mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 7g
The nutrition information provided is calculated based on industry-standard software and should be used as a general guide only. The information may vary depending on ingredient substitutions, cooking techniques, and individual serving sizes. It is the responsibility of the reader to ensure the accuracy and appropriateness of the nutritional information provided. Always consult a qualified healthcare provider for personalized medical or nutritional advice.
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