Paleo Bagels


Season’s greetings everyone!  I hope you all had a safe and happy time with your loved ones.

Apologies for being silent for so long, the Bear family traditionally escapes after Christmas Day to a wee beach on the East Coast for some serious relaxing time.  It’s a stunningly beautiful place but there’s definitely no internet (I count myself lucky there is running water and electricity!) so we read lots of books (I can now recite Hairy Maclary and Zachary Quack by heart) and went for lots of walks.  Hubby Bear didn’t wear a shirt for the entire holiday and spent lots of time out the back mowing the lawn, grilling meat over flames and growling happily to himself.  Baby Bear ate lots of sand and wore no clothes at all while I rediscovered the delicious joy of naps on sultry afternoons and continued to wear clothes, technically.  This might be a bit of a Kiwi joke, but ‘togs, togs, undies’ doesn’t apply when you’re at the beach all the time!!  For those of you who have no idea what I’m going on about, check it out here, you’ll be richer for the experience:

Well the other tradition we have is bagels for breakfast with my family on Christmas day with salmon, capers, red onions, tomato and avocado.  The following is an attempt to Paleofy that tradition.  Give it a go!  (Eating them for breakfast with my family is totally optional unless you like that sort of thing, in which case more power to you but I should warn you my sister has been known to bite during discussions over who gets the last of the smoked salmon.)


½ C tepid water

½ tsp sea salt

4 T melted coconut oil

1 ¼ C tapioca or arrowroot flour

1 egg

¼ C + 2 T coconut flour

1 tsp baking powder

½ tsp organic poppy seeds


Preheat oven to 180 C.

Combine the water, salt and coconut oil in a medium bowl, then slowly whisk in the tapioca flour. Next add the egg and combine well. Now add the remaining ingredients and let it sit for 3-5 minutes to firm up a bit.

Roll the dough into 4 standard or 8 mini sized balls. Press your finger in the middle and shape into a bagel shape.

Place on a baking tray lined with baking paper and bake for 18 minutes. Let cool and enjoy!!

bagel 2

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