Sourdough Bagel Recipe

Recipe posted in: Breakfasts, Flex Meals & Snacks, Main Courses, Sides, Snacks
Sourdough Bagels with different toppings

There’s nothing quite as satisfying as a bagel breakfast. Whether you prefer your bagel topped with cream cheese or transformed into an egg sandwich, we can all agree that this hearty brunch classic is morning must-have. The problem with bagels is that they typically don’t fit into your weight loss plan. However, we’re changing all that with a delicious yet nutritious Sourdough Bagel recipe that will become a staple in your recipe box.

Skip the stop at the bakery and whip up these delicious homemade Sourdough Bagels that are adorned with your favorite toppings! To make this healthy bagel recipe, you’ll need some sourdough starter. We have a simple sourdough starter recipe to help you with your home baking! Click the link below to learn how to make sourdough bread starter:

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Sprinkle your sourdough bagel with your favorite toppings! Here are some tasty ideas:

  • Sesame seeds
  • Everything bagel seasoning
  • Cinnamon
  • Poppy seeds
  • Dried minced onion
  • Minced garlic

This recipe makes a total of eight bagels, with half of a bagel counting as one serving. If you’d like, you could also make 16 mini bagels so that one bagel counts as one serving. Log your Sourdough Bagel in the NuMi app to stay on track with your weight loss plan. >

If you enjoyed baking these Sourdough Bagels at home, you’ll love our other healthy bagel recipes! Add some bagel variety to your breakfast menu with these Easy Whole Wheat Cinnamon Raisin Bagels and Whole Wheat Sesame Bagels! >

Craving a bagel but don’t feel like baking? Not to worry! You can stock up your freezer with the Honey Wheat Bagel from Nutrisystem. It’s the perfect vessel for all of your favorite bagel spreads and toppings. We’ve even created six delicious ways to enjoy it right here. Click here to try it out! > 

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Servings: Recipe makes 8 bagels or 16 servings (1 serving = ½ bagel)

Calories per Serving: 134

On Nutrisystem, Count As: 1 SmartCarb and 1 Extra


  • Sourdough Starter Prep
  • 15 g active sourdough starter (approx. 1 Tbsp.)
  • 50 g all-purpose flour (approx. 1/3 cup + 1 Tbsp.)
  • 50 g water (approx. 3 ½ Tbsp.)
  • Bagel Dough
  • Sourdough starter
  • 255 g water (approx. 1 cup + 1 Tbsp.)
  • 30 g honey (approx. 1 ½ Tbsp.)
  • 500 g bread flour (approx. 4 cups + 2 Tbsp.)
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • Toppings (Optional)
  • Sesame seeds
  • Everything bagel seasoning
  • Cinnamon
  • Poppy seeds


  1. Combine sourdough starter prep ingredients in a bowl or jar. Cover and let sit for at least 12 hours or until it doubles in size and bubbles.
  2. Combine sourdough starter, water, hone, and salt. Add in bread flour. Use a mixer with a dough hook for 6-7 minutes or knead by hand for about 10 minutes. Cover and let rest for about 8-12 hours.
  3. Flour surface. Divide dough into 8 equal pieces. Shape each piece into a ball and then poke a hole in the center using your thumb. Continue to shape the dough to mimic a bagel. Place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Repeat with remaining dough. Cover and let sit for 60 minutes.
  4. Preheat oven to 425°F. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add 2-3 bagels at a time into boiling water and let sit for 4 minutes, making sure bagel is flipped halfway through. Return bagel to baking sheet. Top with favorite toppings.
  5. Bake the bagels in the center of the oven for about 26-30 minutes or until golden brown.
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