Sweet Potato Bagels

Sweet Potato Bagels

Sweet Potato Bagels

I’ve made bagels only once in my life. Well, prior to making these bad boys.

And I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised at how do-able it was.

Time consuming, yes. Doable, absolutely.

Sweet potato chunks

I’ve been craving bagels lately. And being the cheap budgeting queen that I am, flat out refused to pay a whopping $12 for a dozen.

Making them was the only (cost-effective) option.

Besides, I got to pick the flavor (hello you gorgeous sweet potatoes, you) and the kind of flour (enriched and bleached…no thanks).

sweet potato bagel dough

I even enjoyed kneading the dough by hand.

Yeah. I could have used the bread machine. But that would sort of defeat the purpose of making them by hand.

bagels pre-boiling

And then came the point in the afternoon where I had to shape the bagels. The first batch I made, I rolled them and smooshed them, and created a big hole in the center. They were good, but…not perfect.

And then I stumbled upon this recipe and learned a much simpler way to get the perfect bagel: roll a ball and then put your thumb through the middle to make the hole.

Mind = blown.

Homemade sweet potato bagels

I think we got about 7 or 8 bagels out of this recipe. I’m sure we could have gotten a few more to make it a round dozen. I blame my amateur dough dividing skills.

Some of my bagels were huge. Some were a bit smaller.

Whatever the size, they were de.li.cious.

sweet potato bagel goodness

They are also full of sweet potato-ey goodness.

Practically making them a health food.

The you-can-eat-them-for-breakfast-every-morning-and-not-feel-a-stitch-of-guilt kind of health food.

toasted sweet potato bagel

P.S.—The Hubster was a bit surprised that they didn’t taste a thing like sweet potatoes.

P.P.S.—I bet they would be divine with a bit of cinnamon and sugar.

P.P.P.S.—They are also incredible with a bit of butter (aka Earth Balance) and salt.

P.P.P.P.S.—Just make the damn bagels.

sweet potato bagel goodness

Sweet Potato Bagels

Sweet Potato Bagels

Prep Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 50 minutes


  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup unbleached all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup mashed sweet potato approx. 1 large sweet potato cooked and mashed
  • 2 tbs maple syrup
  • 2 1/4 tsp 1 packet active dry yeast
  • 2/3 cup + 2 tbs warm water
  • pinch of salt
  • corn or flax meal for dusting baking sheet


  1. Mix all ingredients (accept corn meal) in a large bowl—or stand mixer with a dough attachment—until it begins to form a dough and pulls away from the sides of the bowl. You may need to add another tablespoon or two of flour if it's too sticky.
  2. Turn onto a well floured surface and knead for 7-10 minutes, until smooth and elastic, adding water or flour as needed.
  3. Cover, and allow to rise for one hour.
  4. Preheat oven to 400F.
  5. After the dough has risen, turn out onto a floured surface and divide into 9-12 equal pieces.
  6. Shape into balls and use your thumb to make a hole in the center.
  7. Allow bagels to rest for 10 minutes, then press the bagels down to flatten slightly.
  8. In a large pot, bring about one quart of water to a boil.
  9. Drop in bagels, two to three at a time, for 45 seconds per side.
  10. Remove to a baking sheet sprinkled with cornmeal or flaxmeal.
  11. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until browned. If using flax meal, keep an eye on the bagels as it can burn.

Allergen Information

Nightshade Free, Dairy Free, Soy Free, Egg Free, Corn Free (if not using corn meal).

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Emily Levenson is learning to trust her gut all over again. She is committed to listening to AND following the nuggets of wisdom her gut has been dishing out for decades. You can follow Emily's journey here on the blog, through the Nourish + Flourish podcast, and through her posts on Instagram.

3 comments / Add your comment below

  1. Emily-
    You’re my hero, these look amazing!! I love anything with sweet potato. Any chance this recipe would work with gluten free flours?

    1. You are welcome to try! I have read that coconut flour is lighter and fluffier that some of the other ones.

      But, I would say to Google GF bagels for a base recipe and then add the sweet potatoes.

      Tell me how it goes if you try it!

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