I’m currently following the lowest carb diet I have ever done. Not quite an Atkins Fat Fast, but pretty darn close. I’m only eating protein, cheese, eggs, fat, olives and avocados for awhile. So my creative hat kicked into gear today. I know a lot of low-carb breads and pancakes are made with just cream cheese and eggs, so I thought I’d go down that road to create a bagel for lunch. I was going to eat the olives “on the side”, but decided to incorporate them into the bagel, as my husband and I have always enjoyed a good olive yeast bread. Well, these are far from a yeast bread, but they did come out quite good.
I used a doughnut pan to make these, but if you don’t have one, you could use a muffin-top pan, or make them shallow in the bottoms of pans for making large muffins. Who says they have to have holes in the middle? 🙂
This recipe is suitable once you get to Atkins phase 2 since there is almond flour in them. Many more of my tasty recipes are in Jennifer Eloff’s LOW CARBING AMONG FRIENDS cookbooks. Chef George Stella and other great low-carb cooks have participated in this on-going project. Special complete 10-volume set pricing is going on right now. Hurry and place your order today for one or more of our cookbooks at https://amongfriends.us/sale.php or at Amazon. After your book(s) arrive, and you’ve had a chance to try a recipe or two, do stop by and leave a review at Amazon here.
2 T. cream cheese, softened
1 beaten egg (I used extra large)
2 c. shredded mozzarella cheese
10 black olives, chopped very fine
1 T. olive or coconut oil (for batter)
1/8 tsp. each garlic and onion powders
1T. almond flour (or some low-carb bake mix if allergic to nuts)
1 tsp. my 8-Seed Spice Blend (or similar bread-topping blend)
1 T. olive or coconut oil (to grease pan)
VARIATION: You could omit the olives, reduce or omit onion & garlic powders for a plain bagel.
DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to 375º. With a basting brush, oil the 6 slots of your pan with 1 T. olive oil. Set aside while you mix up the batter. Soften cream cheese in microwave in a medium ceramic/glass mixing bowl. Add in all other ingredients to the cream cheese and blend well for a few minutes with a rubber spatula to try to distribute the cream cheese evenly throughout the mozzarella. Spoon the batter equally into the 6 pan slots, pressing it down with your spoon or fingers to compress batter tightly in the slots. Pop into 375º oven and bake for 20 minutes or until browned on top. I pulled mine out a tad too soon at 15 min., as the browner ones were the tastiest. Allow bagels to almost completely cool before attempting to remove from the pans with a knife point to help lift them. If you try while they are hot, they will tear up, as my first one did. Serve with salads, Greek foods, Italian food or just by themselves. Mmmm, they are GREAT!
NUTRITIONAL INFO: Make 6 bagels, each contains:
220 cals, 18.3g fat, 2.53g carbs, 0.40g fiber, 2.13g NET CARBS, 11.7g protein, 286 mg sodium