Cottage Cheese Bagel (2-Ingredient, High Protein!)

This easy cottage cheese bagel recipe uses just two ingredients and will seriously blow you away. They’re absolutely delicious and such a fun baked treat with 11 grams of protein per bagel.

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Why you’ll love them

The best part about these cottage cheese bagels is how easy they are. You only need two ingredients to put the dough together, plus your favorite seasonings on top.

You might be asking yourself: why cottage cheese? Cottage cheese is such a great ingredient for two ingredient dough because of how high protein and flavorful it is! If you’ve ever tried two ingredient dough before with Greek yogurt, it works out exactly the same with a cheesier flavor.

They’re also high protein with about 11g of protein per bagel, which is pretty impressive! Are these an exact swap for regular bagels? Of course not! I’m not anti-regular bagels as a dietitian, but these are a super fun an easy high protein swap that you can enjoy sometimes.

Most importantly, these are GOOD. The cottage cheese gives the dough a super mild cheesy flavor that bakes up to be absolutely delicious.

Plus, there is just nothing like a freshly baked bagel right out of the oven! When these are fresh you don’t even need to toast them, they’re so good as is!

You can use these as a part of a balanced high-protein breakfast with some eggs and fruit on the side, or top with peanut butter or avocado for a super easy and delicious snack. Let’s get into how to make them!

Self-rising flour and cottage cheese on a table with labels.

Ingredients

The best part about this recipe is how easy it is with just two simple ingredients. You only need one cup flour and one cup of cottage cheese.

  1. Self-rising flour: Self-rising flour has salt and baking powder added so you don’t have to add anything to it! It makes for super simple baked goods like these bagels.
  2. Cottage cheese: I like to use whole milk Good Culture cottage cheese, but any different brands of cottage cheese would work. If it has a lot of extra liquid, just drain it first (a little bit is fine!).

Optional toppings: Whatever seasonings you like on bagels. I used everything but the bagel seasoning mix (a blend of salt, poppy seeds, garlic, onion and sesame seeds) but you could also use dried minced garlic, garlic powder, onion flakes, just salt, or even cinnamon and sugar! Try different toppings each time you make them!

Step-by-step instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Add cottage cheese and self-rising flour to a medium sized bowl. Mix well with a spoon as much as you can, and then switch to kneading the dough together with your hands. If it’s too sticky, add a pinch of extra flour until it’s easy to work with.
Self-rising flour and cottage cheese in a clear bowl, unmixed.
Cottage cheese and self-rising flour mixed together in a clear bowl into a dough.
  1. Next, divide dough into four equal parts and form into a bagel shape. You can either roll them into a ball of dough, flatten them and poke a hole in the middle. Or, roll into long log shape and then connect the ends together.
  2. To add seasonings, press them into the dough. You can also brush the tops with an egg wash and then sprinkle with seasoning.
  3. Arrange your cottage cheese bagels on a sheet pan that’s lined with either parchment paper or silicone reusable baking mats.
Formed cottage cheese bagels sprinkled with everything bagel seasoning.
  1. Bake bagels in the oven for about 25 minutes until golden brown. Let cool for 5 minutes before slicing and eating. Serve with cream cheese, mashed avocado, a fried egg, peanut butter, or whatever you normally like on your bagels!
A close up shot of baked cottage cheese bagels on a sheet pan with parchment paper.

Recipe FAQ

How should I store cottage cheese bagels?

Store the bagels in an airtight bag or airtight container in the fridge. Warm up by toasting in a toaster or putting under your broiler on low for a couple of minutes.

Do I need to blend the cottage cheese?

Nope! No blending required for this recipe and there are no visible cottage cheese curds once they’re baked.

Can I make these in the air fryer?

Yes! You can also make these high-protein bagels in the air fryer by air frying at 300 degrees for about 15 minutes.

A plate of cottage cheese bagels stacked.

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A plate of cottage cheese bagels stacked.

Easy Cottage Cheese Bagel (2-Ingredients!)

Cottage cheese bagels made with two ingredient dough and topped with whatever seasonings you like.
5 from 3 votes
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Course: Breakfast, Snack
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 153kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 cup self-rising flour
  • 1 cup cottage cheese

Optional

  • Seasoning ideas: everything but the bagel seasoning, dried onion flakes, dried minced garlic, or cinnamon and sugar

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Add cottage cheese and self-rising flour to a medium sized bowl. Mix well with a spoon as much as you can, and then switch to kneading the dough together with your hands. If it's too sticky, add a pinch of extra flour until it's easy to work with.
  • Next, split the dough into four equal parts and form into a bagel shape. You can either roll them into a ball, flatten them and poke a hole in the middle. Or, roll into long log shape and then connect the ends together.
  • To add seasonings, press them into the dough. You can also brush the tops with an egg wash and then sprinkle with seasoning.
  • Arrange your cottage cheese bagels on a sheet pan that's lined with either parchment paper or silicone reusable baking mats.
  • Bake for about 25 minutes. Bagels should be golden brown. Cool for 5 minutes before slicing and eating. Serve with cream cheese, mashed avocado, a fried egg, peanut butter, or whatever you normally like on your bagels!

Nutrition

Calories: 153kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 230mg | Potassium: 80mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 24IU | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 0.4mg

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3 Responses

  1. 5 stars
    In LOVE with the ease of these, and they turned out so crispy and delicious. Love all of your easy and nutritious meals!

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