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Many agree there’s nothing better than a warm bagel slathered with a vegan spread to satisfy your morning carb cravings. Choosing a vegan schmear is easy. But with so many bagel varieties, the inevitable question arises — are bagels vegan?
Here's all you need to know when choosing your next breakfast bagel!
"Too many people look at the holes in their life and miss the glorious bagel right in front of them." — Unknown
Traditional bagels are made from flour, water, salt, sugar, and yeast. Simple! But it isn't that simple.
Whether bagels are vegan depends on the ingredients, fillings, and toppings. And there can be quite a few varieties. So, let’s break down bagel ingredients!
S classic bagel is made from plant-based ingredients, such as:
Traditional bagels can be plain or contain additional ingredients that enhance the flavor, color, and texture. Different seeds, fruits, grains, vegetables, nuts, berries, herbs, and spices can be used .
Some store-bought bagels may include non-vegan ingredients. Some recipes may also require some non-vegan items. The most common ones are:
A plain bagel is excellent, but topping and fillings make it the ultimate breakfast food. Any spread, schmear, topping, and filling that's not plant-based will make your bagel not vegan-friendly. The most common ones include:
You can ensure your bagels are vegan-friendly in a few ways:
Since there are so many companies out there selling bagels, here is a list of bagel brands that are vegan:
This is not an exhaustive list of the brands out there that offer vegan bagel options. However, please note, brands can offer both vegan and non-vegan options when it comes to their grain, bread, and bagel options.
Most bagel recipes are vegan-friendly, so it shouldn't be too hard to find a good vegan bagel recipe. By making the bagels yourself, you can easily control what goes in the dough, whether the bagels will be gluten-free or use whole wheat flour.
Cinnamon raisin bagels are one of my favorite flavors. The recipe is super easy, but it’ll take you some time.
Sometimes vegan-friendly bagels are made on shared equipment with dairy or egg products. If you’re very sensitive or have allergies, you should get all the possible info on possible cross-contamination.
Yes, most bagels are suitable for vegans.
You should pay attention to the ingredients on the label if you're buying them in a store. Or you can make them yourself and control what goes in.
What’s your favorite bagel recipe? Share it with us in the comments.