Update: Joan’s Frozen GF bagels are no longer available. We have been going with Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods brands. However, they are not exactly the same as Joan’s frozen dough.
My family has always had a special place for bagels on our breakfast menu. I remember walking to the bagel shop with my family and being greeted by the aroma of fresh baked bread, then biting into a lightly toasted bagel, crisp and crunchy on the outside, chewy and doughy on the inside, spread thickly with cream cheese and topped with thin slices of lox.
Once my family switched to a gluten free diet, I wondered if bagels would ever return to our breakfast menu. After taking one bite of a Joan’s Gluten Free bagel, I knew that the answer was a resounding yes. These are the best gluten free bagels I’ve tasted so far (and also among the best frozen bagels I’ve ever tasted) and definitely earn our seal of approval.
Joan’s GF Great Bakes frozen bagels are gluten free, preservative free, cholesterol free, soy free, and dairy free. They also contain no trans fats. They are available in four different varieties: Plain, Egg Free, Sesame, and Everything. My personal favorite is the Everything bagel. And I actually appreciated the fact that it wasn’t nearly as overpoweringly salty as is usually the case with this iconic New York flavor.
Easy & Quick Prep and Cooking Time
The bagels come frozen in a package of five. You can defrost them quickly in the microwave or using the defrost setting on your toaster. Meanwhile, pre-heat the oven to 425°F. After the bagels are defrosted, bake them in the oven for 20-22 minutes or until golden brown and crusty. Allow them to cool for 10 minutes before slicing and spreading with your favorite topping.
The bagels can be difficult to slice with a knife even after defrosting and baking in the oven. I recommend using a bagel slicer. My family also likes to toast the bagels after the baking process to give them a crispier, crunchier taste. And we spread them very thickly with cream cheese.
These bagels are truly a treat for gluten free breakfasts and have definitely satisfied my family’s bagel cravings. I love that we can bake them ourselves so that the whole kitchen fills with that aroma of fresh baked bread. The bagels taste freshly baked as well, and the dough, unlike many gluten free breads, has no kind of back taste at all. These Joan’s gluten free bagels really are absolutely delicious.
I did not receive any compensation for writing this post. All opinions are completely my own.
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fiona maclean says
Those do look really good. I’ve been amazed at how good some gluten free recipes are these days
Thankfully, more and more the food industry has been making better tasting gluten free foods. Joan from Great Bakes was motivated by a desire to provide healthy, great tasting products for her grandchildren. I’d say she succeeded.
Liliana Marsden says
Hi Barbara, when you commented on my blog and I saw the word gluten free, had to come to look. What a great resource blog.
Although no allergic to gluten, I certainly have an intolerance to it and I am reducing the amount I consume of it. I have avoided wheat flour for a few months.
Thank you for another resource in my quest to a healthy lifestyle.
You’re welcome, Liliana. I’m glad that we connected.
Missy Kierstead says
I’ve seen so many gluten-free recipes lately that look amazing. That bagel looked fantastic. I don’t have a gluten problem, and I’d consider eating most of what I’ve seen out there, including these bagels. Thanks for sharing.
Terrific, Missy. There’s only the healthiest ingredients in these gluten free bagels.
Amar Naik says
this gluten free bagles are healthy & hopefully taste good too :). thanks for sharing them
Yes, Amar, as a mom, I like these bagels because they are healthy. And the taste has passed the most demanding critics: my family.
Michelle @ Esculent Dreams says
I haven’t had a bagel in…. so long. Thanks for recommending, looking forward to checking these out! 🙂
It’s great to see you here at the blog. These bagels are satisfying and a preservative free treat.
Have a terrific weekend.
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