Easy Charcoal Bagels

Author: Sarah Cobacho

Published: September 13, 2023

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Fresh homemade charcoal vegan bagels stacked on top of each other on a sheet of baking paper

These Easy Charcoal Bagels make a simple, nourishing breakfast or snack. With a unique charcoal twist and made with wholemeal spelt flour, they promise a healthy and fun way to kickstart your mornings for spooky season.

Fresh homemade charcoal vegan bagels spread out on a sheet of baking paper
  • High-Protein and Fiber-Rich: Each bagel boasts 12g of protein and 5g of fiber.
  • Distinctive Color: The charcoal gives it a unique color.
  • Versatile Flour Choice: Wholemeal spelt flour adds extra protein and is mineral-rich.
  • Quick and Easy: No long fermentation or proofing times required.

Step-By-Step Instructions

Begin by combining the wholemeal spelt flour, baking powder, charcoal powder, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Introduce the soy yogurt and olive oil, mixing until a cohesive dough forms.

Knead the dough into a single mound. Separate into four equal parts with a knife Roll each piece into a round, slightly flat shape, then poke a hole through the center to give it that classic bagel appearance. I just used a finger and twirled it around in the center to make the holes.

Place each bagel on baking paper and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Cook in the air fryer for 12 minutes at 350 degrees F (180 C), and enjoy your deliciously easy charcoal bagels.

Ingredient Notes

Wholemeal Spelt Flour: A nutritious alternative to regular flour, rich in protein and minerals. Can be replaced with wholemeal all-purpose flour.
Charcoal Powder: Adds a unique color. Ensure it’s food-grade. We love it for a fun Halloween recipe, but charcoal can interact with medication. So we don’t recommend consuming it without chatting first with your health care provider if you’re currently on medication.
Soy Yogurt: Adds moisture and a slight tang. Can be substituted with other plant-based yogurts.
Sesame Seeds: For added flavor and crunch on top.


  • Is this recipe vegan? Absolutely, all ingredients in these charcoal bagels are plant-based.
  • How long do these bagels last? They’re best consumed within 2-3 days if stored in a cool place.
  • Are bagels gluten-free? Traditionally, no. Most bagels are made from wheat flour, which contains gluten. However, there are gluten-free bagels available made from alternative flours like rice, almond, coconut, or buckwheat. To make these bagels gluten-free, I’d suggest using buckwheat flour instead of spelt.
  • Can I use regular flour? Yes, but wholemeal spelt flour offers more protein and minerals.
  • Why use charcoal in these bagels? Can I make them a regular bagel color or in other colors? Charcoal is used to give this bagel a little spooky look for the Halloween season. It can give the bagels a striking black appearance and a slightly earthy taste. However, if you prefer traditional-looking bagels or want to experiment with other colors, you can simply omit the charcoal. For other colors, natural ingredients like beet juice (for red/pink), spinach (for green), or turmeric (for yellow) can be used to tint the dough.
  • Can I freeze these charcoal bagels? Yes, these easy charcoal bagels can be frozen. To freeze, allow the bagels to cool completely after baking. Then, place them in a single layer on a baking sheet and freeze until solid. Once frozen, transfer the bagels to a freezer-safe bag or container, removing as much air as possible. Label with the date and store in the freezer for up to 3 months. When ready to eat, you can thaw them at room temperature or reheat directly from the freezer in an oven.

Variations and Tips

  • Add a drizzle of tahini on top for an extra layer of flavor.
  • For a nutty twist, sprinkle some toasted sesame seeds before serving.
  • For a gluten-free alternative, use buckwheat flour instead of spelt.

Why You’ll Love These Easy Charcoal Bagels

  • Nutritious
  • Unique
  • Satisfying
  • Quick
  • Flavorful
  • Perfectly textured
Fresh homemade charcoal vegan bagels stacked on top of each other on a sheet of baking paper

Easy Charcoal Bagels

Delicious charcoal bagels made with wholemeal spelt flour, offering 12g of protein and 5g of fiber.
Sarah Cobacho (plantbaes.com)
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time12 minutes
Total Time22 minutes


Servings 4


Main Ingredients

  • 2 cups wholemeal spelt flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 4 tsp charcoal powder
  • ¼ tsp sea salt flakes
  • 1 cup soy yogurt
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 4 tsp sesame seeds (to sprinkle on top)


  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the wholemeal spelt flour, baking powder, charcoal powder, and salt.
  • Add the soy yogurt and olive oil to the dry ingredients. Using your hands, mix well until a dough forms.
  • Divide the dough into 4 equal parts. Roll each part into a round shape and create a hole in the center to form a bagel. Place each bagel on a baking paper-lined tray.
  • Sprinkle the bagels with sesame seeds or Avo seasoning.
  • Cook the bagels in an air fryer for 12 minutes at 350F (180C) or until golden brown. Alternatively in the oven for around 15 minutes. Serve and enjoy!

Per Serving

Calories 290kcalCarbohydrates 43gProtein 12gFat 9gSodium 319mgFiber 5gCalcium 168mgIron 3mg
COURSE Breakfast
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