Bagels are a beloved breakfast staple, but sometimes you crave something a bit lighter without sacrificing the satisfying flavors of a traditional bagel. That’s where Bagel Lites™ come in! These delectable treats are the perfect compromise—light, fluffy, and incredibly delicious. In this article, we’ll guide you through making your own homemade Bagel Lites™ that will have you savoring every bite.
When I first read about Bagel Lites™ Mini Bagel Balls, I immediately contacted the company and inquired about posting a review on the blog. Our whole family loves bagels – especially the freshly made ones from our town’s bakery – but it’s really tough to find good bagels in a size small enough for little kids. Enter these mini bagel balls, made in New York City using wholesome ingredients and clocking in at 80 calories (or less) per bagel ball.
The concept of these mini bagel balls is brilliant, whether you’re looking for portion control for yourself or for a smaller bagel that your toddler will be able to handle by him/herself.
Here’s a bit more about Bagel Lites™:
I’m not exaggerating when I write that I could distinctly smell the delicious aroma of the everything bagel balls before I even opened the box when the package arrived in the mail. When I popped a couple of the bagel balls into the toaster oven, it was like I was transported to a bakery serving warm, fresh-from-the-oven bagels.
I slathered on some butter, and the kids and I dove in…
THEY ARE SO GOOD!!!! The texture and flavor of these mini bagel balls exceeded my expectations, even after popping them into the toaster from the freezer. They would obviously be awesome smeared with cream cheese and/or your favorite condiments for a bagel, but so far our favorite way to enjoy them is just with a bit of butter so you can really taste the fantastic authentic bagel deliciousness.
*I received free product in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own.
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1 packet (2 1/4 teaspoons) active dry yeast
1/2 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup warm water
1 tablespoon olive oil
1. Activate the Yeast:
In a small bowl, combine warm water and sugar. Sprinkle the yeast over the water and let it sit for about 5 minutes, or until it becomes frothy. This indicates that the yeast is active and ready to use.
2. Mix the Dough:
In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour and salt. Pour in the activated yeast mixture and add the olive oil. Stir until the dough comes together.
3. Knead the Dough:
Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead it for about 5-7 minutes until it becomes smooth and elastic. If the dough is too sticky, you can add a bit more flour.
4. Let it Rise:
Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover it with a damp cloth, and let it rise for 1-2 hours, or until it has doubled in size.
5. Shape the Bagel Lites™:
Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). Punch down the risen dough and divide it into 12 equal portions. Roll each portion into a ball and then flatten it into a small disk. Use your finger to make a hole in the center, forming a bagel shape.
6. Add Toppings:
On separate plates, place sesame seeds, poppy seeds, dried minced onion, dried minced garlic, and grated Parmesan cheese. Gently press the top of each bagel lite into one of the toppings to coat it.
Arrange the bagel lites on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until they are golden brown and have a hollow sound when tapped on the bottom.
Allow the Bagel Lites™ to cool slightly before serving. They are delicious on their own, or you can pair them with cream cheese, smoked salmon, or your favorite spreads.
Estimated Nutrition Per Serving
- Calories: 180 calories
- Total Fat: 5 grams
- Saturated Fat: 1 gram
- Cholesterol: 5 milligrams
- Sodium: 300 milligrams
- Total Carbohydrates: 30 grams
- Dietary Fiber: 2 grams
- Sugars: 2 grams
- Protein: 7 grams