Cinnamon Raisin Rye Bagels from Whole Grain Vegan Baking

I hadn’t planned on posting the recipe, but these bagels from Whole Grain Vegan Baking: More than 100 Tasty Recipes for Plant-Based Treats Made Even Healthier-From Wholesome Cookies and Cupcakes to Breads, Biscuits, and More were so good that I had to share.  Forget the fact they are vegan.  They have a very interesting flavor (for some reason, it reminds me of a Dunkin’ Donuts bagel) and a beautiful dark brown hue.  I’m sure they’d be great with cream cheese or butter, but I really like them because they’re not so sweet they clash with my favorite topping — peanut butter!

Cinnamon Raisin Rye Bagels

Now I did take a photo of the bagels, but it was kind of dark and blurry so I asked Fairwinds Press if they’d be willing to share theirs. They said yes, so the photo you see is theirs.  They also shared the recipe. The changes I made were to use brown sugar instead of the Sucanat and to make the bagels a tiny bit smaller.  I got 8 instead of 6.  If you like making bagels, have fun!  If you’ve never made bagels and want to give it a shot, this is a good recipe to start with since the authors give such thorough instructions and offer weights for the flour.  In fact, I forgot to mention that I really appreciate that the book has weights for all the flour measurements.

Cinnamon Raisin Bagels
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First-time bagel-maker? Fret not. Bagels are easier to make than one would think, cross our hearts. The combination of white whole wheat, dark rye, and whole spelt flours yields a hearty yet tender and, of course, traditionally chewy bagel packed with nutrition. These are very lightly sweetened with apple juice, cinnamon, and raisins.
Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Serves: 6
  • 1 scant cup (220 ml) apple juice, lukewarm
  • 2 teaspoons Sucanat (I used brown sugar)
  • 4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 240 g (2 cups) white whole wheat flour
  • 60 g (1⁄2 cup) dark rye flour
  • 70 g (1⁄2 cup) whole spelt flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) neutral-flavored oil
  • 60 g (1⁄4 cup plus 2 tablespoons) raisins
  • 8 cups (2 L) water
  • 55 g (1⁄4 cup) baking soda
  1. Combine the juice, Sucanat, and yeast in a bowl. Let sit for 5 minutes for the yeast to activate.
  2. Combine the flours, cinnamon, and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook. Add the oil, raisins, and yeast mixture on top of the dry ingredients. Knead for 6 minutes, adding extra whole wheat flour, 1 tablespoon (8 g) at a time, if the dough is too wet. The dough should be smooth and pliable. Alternatively, you can stir the ingredients, transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface, knead for about 8 minutes, until the dough is smooth and pliable, adding extra whole wheat flour, 1 tablespoon (8 g) at a time, if the dough is too wet. Shape into a ball.
  3. Place in a bowl, cover tightly with plastic wrap, and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, 1 to 11⁄2 hours.
  4. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Punch down the dough. Divide it into 6 equal portions and roll into circles. If the dough retracts when you try to shape it, give it 5 minutes to rest until it cooperates. Use your thumb to puncture a 1-inch (2.5 cm) hole in the center. Place on the prepared baking sheet.
  5. Bring the water and baking soda to a boil in a large saucepan. Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C, or gas mark 6). Lower the heat of the boiling water to a gentle boil. Add 2 bagels at a time and simmer for 1 minute, flipping each bagel halfway through. Scoop out the bagels with a slotted spoon. Place on the prepared baking sheet.
  6. Repeat until all the bagels have been boiled.
  7. Transfer to the oven and bake for 14 minutes, or until the bagels are a deep golden brown and sound hollow when the bottom is tapped. Let cool on a wire rack.
Recipe from Whole Grain Vegan Baking courtesy of Fairwinds Press. I used sugar instead of Sucanat and made 8 bagels instead of 6. The recipe mentioned adding extra flour in addition to what is called for in the ingredient list. This will vary, but I did have to add several extra tablespoons of flour.


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  1. Sue says

    These look so good. I would like one toasted with a bit of butter. The color is great. I haven’t made bagels in a long time.

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