These bagels are easy and delicious to prepare, perfect for breakfast or brunch to keep you full till lunchtime.

Chocolate chip bagels on a cooling rack.

These simple chocolate chip bagels certainly fit the bill, whether you need a quick make-ahead breakfast or an easy brunch side recipe.

It’s a great filling treat for both adults and kids and can be served as a meal or as a delicious side.

Homemade vegan chocolate chip bagels on a white serving tray.

why you will love this chocolate chip bagel recipe

It’s the perfect make-ahead treat for busy workweek mornings.

With little hands-on time, there will be minimal interruptions to your schedule.

Vegan approved! Yes, even these chocolate chip bagels are vegan.

How to make chocolate chip bagels

What you will need:

  • All-purpose flour
  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • Warm water
  • Yeast
  • Chocolate chips


Activate the yeast by adding it to the warm water. Let it sit for about 5 minutes.

Mix flour, sugar, and salt in a separate mixing bowl, stirring well.

Add the water with the yeast to the dry ingredients and stir together with a wooden spatula. Continue to stir with the spatula until the dough become dry and flakey.

Then, with lightly floured hands, knead the dough until it holds together. About 4-5 minutes.

Finally, shape the dough into a round loaf and cover the bowl with a towel to rise for about 2 hours.

Bread dough ready to rise in a small crock.

The temperature of your house will play a HUGE role in rising time. We want it to nearly double in size.

After rising, punch the dough in the middle to deflate it. Then separate the dough into small balls, press in chocolate chips, and shape it into a bagel.

Round balls of chocolate chip bagel dough.

Let them rise for an additional 15 minutes.

Homemade bagels rising on a wooden cutting board.

Bring water to a boil in a large pot with a dash of baking soda and sugar. Carefully drop in bagels for about 2 minutes total, turning once.

Boiling bagels in a dutch oven.
Pulling a vegan bagel out of the boiling water.

Lightly oil a preheated cast iron skillet, position the bagels about an inch apart and bake at 400°F for 18-20 minutes.

Chocolate chip bagels on a cooling rack on a white marble countertop.

What to serve with your bagels

As a breakfast bagel, this recipe is perfectly delicious as it is. But these bagels also make a great side or appetizer for your next brunch. Here are a few great recipes to serve bagels with.


While chocolate chip bagels need no special attention, a little butter and you are good to go. There are a number of great variations you can make.

  • Leave out the chocolate chips and sprinkle with everything seasoning for a savory treat. I actually make a very similar recipe to this to make onion bagels!
  • Press in frozen blueberries in place of the chocolate chips.
  • Leave it plain and use it to sandwich your next omelet or lunchmeat sandwich.
Eating a homemade bagel.

Tips for the perfect bagel

  • The bagel dough may appear dry when kneading it. Please don’t add any extra water; it will come together in the end.
  • Always preheat the oven.
  • Do not over-grease the skillet, or the bottom of the bagels may get too crispy.
  • Boil before baking for a stronger, chewier crust.

why I make my own bagels

Let’s face it; bagels are not that expensive. However, these bagels are made with 5 ingredients and are no match for any store-bought bagel. I love making my own bagels because I can control what goes into them.

Breakfast tray of handmade chocolate chip bagels.

Are bagels vegan?

While some bagels are brushed with egg wash to give them a nice shine, Most bagels, including this recipe, are actually vegan-friendly.

Wrapping up

Homemade bagels are not difficult at all to make. I love that you can make a large batch like this and be able to enjoy it for the whole week. And whatever you don’t get to, throw it in the freezer!

Bagels freeze just fine. And when you’re ready, pull it out of the freezer, toss it in the toaster oven, and you are ready to go!

I hope you enjoyed this simple yet delicious chocolate chip bagel recipe. Be sure and leave a comment below, letting me know what you think!

Homemade healthy bagels on a wire rack.

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Chocolate chip bagels on a cooling rack.

Chocolate Chip Bagels

Laura Ascher
Chocolate chip bagels are so easy to make and are much better than any store-bought version.
4.81 from 42 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Additional Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 35 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 12


  • 1 3/4 cup of warm water
  • 1 tablespoon of active dry yeast
  • 4 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 4 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • Chocolate chips


  • Whisk the water and yeast together in a small bowl. Set aside for 5 minutes.
  • Combine flour, sugar and salt in a mixing bowl.
  • Add in the water and yeast and stir with a wooden spatula until the dough becomes dry and difficult to stir.
  • With lightly floured hands, knead the dough until it holds together, about 4 or 5 minutes.
  • Cover the bowl with a towel and let it rise for 2 hours or until doubled in size.
  • When the dough is ready, punch it down, then divide it into 12 pieces. Next, press in chocolate chips and shape them into balls.
  • Flatten the balls, poke a hole in the middle and shape them into bagels. Set aside while preparing the water.
  • Preheat the oven to 400°F with a cast iron skillet. (you will need 2 12" skillets to fit the bagels)
  • Bring 2 quarts of water to a boil and whisk in a tablespoon of sugar and baking soda.
  • Carefully drop 2-3 bagels in at a time for 2 minutes, flipping once.
  • Remove the skillets from the oven, lightly grease the bottom and place the bagels in.
  • Bake for 18-20 minutes.
  • Transfer bagels to a cooling rack for 15-20 minutes before serving.



You can line the skillet with parchment paper to eliminate the need to preheat the skillets.
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