Apple Bagel

// Enjoy a quick, tasty Apple Bagel recipe where bagels meet sweet apples for a perfect breakfast or snack. Healthy & ready in minutes!



Classic Apple Bagel makes a super delicious and easy-to-make dessert or breakfast. With a vanilla bagel, caramelized cinnamon apple slices, and walnuts, this bagel is a mouthwatering delicacy.

Made using 6 basic ingredients, it comes together in just 10 minutes.

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A hand placing a grilled apple slice with walnuts and syrup on a bagel, with a cozy, festive backdrop.

Imagine the soft vanilla bagel slices topped with juicy apple slices cooked with butter, cinnamon, and maple syrup and topped with crunchy walnuts. Sounds exotic, doesn’t it?

About Apple Bagel

Apple-topped bagels or Apple Bagels, this timeless treat is a joy of textures, flavors, and tastes in every bite. This easy recipe is an example of how some basic ingredients can make a gourmet-looking, comforting, and enticing dish.

It is a mouthwatering dish that is simple and easy to make and is very versatile to serve.

With this extraordinary apple bagel recipe, you get vanilla bagels with caramelized cinnamon-y apples, all topped off with toasted walnuts for that ideal crunch.

You can serve this delicious red apple bagel recipe as an exotic breakfast with a glass of milk, as an afternoon or after-school snack, as an impromptu dessert, or a brunch with a cup of tea or coffee.

It not only looks exotic but also has a delightful taste that will surely please your taste glands.

A close-up of a grilled apple bagel with walnuts and syrup on a black plate, with a soft-focused background.

This apple bagel is also gorgeous enough to serve to guests at a brunch party along with garlic bread, healthy date bars, chocolate crepes, chocolate palmiers, apple upside down puff pastry, and grilled tomato mozzarella sandwich.

Whether you want to relish a scrumptious breakfast or want to serve it to guests, this easy and simple apple bagel fits the bill.

It is a vegetarian bagel treat that can also be made vegan and gluten free with a slight adjustment.

If you enjoy quick apple-inspired dishes like apple brownies or want to try something new, this recipe is calling your name.

So, are you ready to dive into the world of flavors with this quick and easy-to-follow dessert? So, gather your ingredients, make it, and get ready to impress your guests.

This Apple Bagel

  • is very quick & easy

  • tastes so delicious

  • looks really pretty

  • can be served at breakfast or snack time

  • has many textures & flavors

  • can also be served at parties

  • goes well with any drink

  • is versatile and customizable

  • is a unique addition to any dessert table

  • can be made with any apples

  • is a lovely treat for any occasion

Ingredients

  • Bagel: I have used a vanilla bagel to make this sweet apple bagel recipe. It works as a soft base while giving it a subtle vanilla flavor. The chewy texture of these red apple bagels go so well with the juicy apple toppings.

  • Apples: It is the star ingredient of this recipe, so make sure to use good quality organic apples for the best taste. The juiciness and natural sweetness of apples go gorgeously well with the bagel base. You can use any sweet variety of apples, such as Honeycrisp.

  • Butter: I have used vegan salted butter for sautéing apples. It adds a salty richness to the apples that complement the sweetness of apples and helps in caramelizing them. It also enhances the overall taste of this apple bagel.

Coconut oil or margarine can also be used in this recipe.

  • Ground Cinnamon: Apple and cinnamon are one of the best pairs. A touch of ground cinnamon not only adds warmth but also gives the sweet-scented touch to apple toppings.

  • Maple Syrup: It is used as a natural sweetener to make caramelized apples. It gives depth of flavors to the apple topping. You can also use raw brown sugar or muscovado sugar here.

  • Toasted Walnuts: I have topped the bagel with toasted chopped walnuts to give it contrast, richness, and a nutty crunch. You can also use sliced almonds, pistachios, cashews, or pecans here for different flavors and tastes.

A person holding an open-faced apple bagel topped with a grilled apple slice, walnuts, and a drizzle of syrup.

Variations

High Protein Apple Bagel

Are you into a protein-rich diet? Then you can make a protein-packed version of this apple bagel. To make this bagel protein-rich, spread the bagel with peanut butter, hazelnut butter, or almond butter before placing apple toppings.

Gluten Free Apple Bagel

For making a gluten-free variation of apple bagel, you need to swap the regular vanilla bagel with a gluten-free bagel. This gluten-free apple bagel is suitable for people with gluten intolerance and tastes really good.

Pear Apple Bagel

Enjoy apples and pears in your desserts? Then why not try an apple pear bagel. To make this version, simply use a combination of apples and pears for caramelizing.

Nut Free Apple Bagel

If you don’t like eating nuts, or are allergic to nuts, then you can omit walnuts. For a variation and crunch, you can also swap them with seeds like chia seeds, flaxseeds, pumpkin seeds. Or replace them with dried fruits like dried cranberries or raisins.

Toffee Apple Bagel

In this version, you need to cook apples in toffee sauce. Also, for a decadent dessert version, drizzle the bagel with more toffee syrup. The luxurious toffee sauce tastes great with apples. A bite of this indulging dessert will surely satisfy your sweet tooth.

Seasonal Fruit Bagel

In this version, you can replace apple slices with seasonal fruits like peaches, pears, berries, or bananas.

Serving Suggestions

It tastes best when served warm with caramelized apple toppings. I used soft vanilla bagels here, but you can also toast your bagels slightly. If your apple slices have cooled, you can warm them for 20 seconds in a microwave.

You can accompany it with a hot cup of chai, coffee, or even with a glass of date milk for a satisfying breakfast or brunch.

You can also serve it as a brunch spread along with Blueberry Mug Cake, Chocolate Orange Mug Cake, Crepes Recipe, Eggless Banana Bread, Caprese Croissant Sandwich, and Almond Flour Crackers.

Toppings: You can also top it with some whipped cream, cream cheese. Also, you can drizzle it with caramel sauce or chocolate sauce.

Storage Suggestion

Caramelized apple topping can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days.

When you want to serve, then simply reheat caramelized apples to maximize enjoyment and freshness. To reheat, place the apple slices in a microwave-safe container and microwave for 20-30 seconds.

Alternatively, reheat them in a pan. To serve, place them on the bagel right before serving and enjoy the fresh apple bagel.

An open-faced bagel with a grilled apple slice and walnuts, drizzled with syrup, set against a festive background.

Tips and Tricks to Make the Best Apple Bagel at Home

  1. Bagel: To make the best-tasting apple bagel, make sure that you use high-quality bagels that are freshly baked as they have the best flavor and texture. I am using a vanilla bagel here, as it has a mild sweet note due to vanilla. But you can also use a plain bagel that also works fine in this recipe.

  2. Apples: Any sweet varieties of fresh apples can be used for making this dessert. But you can also use tart apples like Granny Smith for a different taste.

  3. Heat: To make perfectly caramelized apples, you need to make sure that you cook them on medium heat until the apples are softened and have a rich and golden color.

  4. Spices: I have used cinnamon here, you can also use other warming sweet spices like a pinch of ground nutmeg, cinnamon, or even allspice for a different spicy variation.

  5. Sweetener: I have used maple syrup for caramelizing the apple. You can also use brown sugar for caramelizing. Coconut sugar, or jaggery powder can also be used here for an earthy taste. Also, feel free to adjust the amount of maple syrup to make it suitable for your taste glands.

  6. Vegan: It is a vegan apple bagel recipe, as I have used vegan-friendly butter and vanilla bagels. Most of the bagels are vegan but always check the label before using it. Also, use vegan caramel sauce.

  7. Serving: For the best experience, serve this bagel while the apple topping is warm. If your topping has cooled, you can reheat it before assembling the bagel. You can also slightly toast the bagel in a pan or in a toaster.

  8. Different Toppings: I have only used walnuts, but you can use any other toppings of your choice. For example, you can drizzle it with toffee sauce, nuts, seeds, or dried fruits. You can even top it with a dollop of sour cream or whipped cream for extra decadence and emptiness.

  9. Walnuts: I have used toasted walnuts for topping as the toasting enhances the richness and crunchiness that goes beautifully well with soft apples.

FAQ

Can I use any type of bagel for this recipe?

Yes, you can use any bagel of your choice. Any mildly sweet bagel would work for this recipe. For example, you can use a cinnamon bagel, cardamom bagel, raisin bagel, or even bagels with candied fruits.

Can I prepare the apple topping in advance?

The freshly made topping tastes the best, but you can also make it in advance. You can make the topping in advance and store it for up to 3 days in the refrigerator in an airtight container. Simply, reheat the apple topping gently in a microwave or in a stovetop pan.

The reheating will bring back freshness and flavor.

Can this recipe be made vegan?

Certainly, you can make it vegan as I did. To make it vegan, make sure that the butter and vanilla bagel you are using are plant-based. Also, check the maple syrup labels to be sure that it is suitable for vegan diets.

How can I add protein to this apple bagel?

For added protein, you can smear the bagel with some nut butter like peanut butter or almond butter before placing the apple topping. You can also spread it with sweetened Greek yogurt.

What are the best apples for this recipe?

You can use any apples that are sweet and crisp, such as Honeycrisp apples. Sweet apples give the best flavor and texture to this dish. If you like tart apples like Granny Smith apples, then you can also use them in this recipe for a contrast in flavor.

Are there any nut alternatives for this recipe?

If you are allergic to nuts, then you can skip adding walnuts or swap them with seeds of your choice to add nutrients and crunch.

How can I make this recipe gluten free?

Making this bagel recipe gluten-free is very simple. To make gluten-free, you need to replace the regular bagel with a gluten-free vanilla bagel. The rest of the recipe will be the same.

Can I reduce the sugar content in this recipe?

Yes, you can reduce the sugar content by reducing the amount of maple syrup. Make sure to use sugar-free syrup. You can also go for apples that are the sweetest.

Can I use store-bought caramelized apples?

Fresh topping tastes best, and making it fresh takes only 5 minutes. Making your caramelized apples has no preservative, and this way you can also control the amount of sugar. So fresh caramelized apples are recommended.

But if sugar content and freshness are not your concern, then instead of making them from scratch, you can use store-bought caramelized apples.

How do I store leftovers?

You cannot store bagels when topped with apple slices as they will turn soggy due to the syrup. But you can surely store the bagels and apple toppings separately. Apple topping stays fresh for up to two days and reheat it before serving.


Apple Bagel (Step-by-step photo instructions)

How To Make Apple Bagel

  1. Core apple, and slice it into 1/4 inch thick slices. Set them aside.
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  3. Slice vanilla bagel in half and keep them aside. Tip: You can also toast them slightly.
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  5. In a skillet over medium heat, melt the butter or margarine.
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  7. Add maple syrup, cinnamon, and mix well.
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  9. Next, add the sliced apples and cook them for about 2 minutes on both sides, or until the apples are slightly softened and caramelized.
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  11. The cooking allows the apples to caramelize gently and the flavors to meld together beautifully. Once done, remove it from the heat.
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  13. Place the vanilla bagel halves on a plate. Top the bagels with the syrup from the cooked apples.
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  15. Then spoon the warm, cinnamon-infused apple slices over each bagel half.
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  17. Sprinkle it with toasted chopped walnuts.
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  19. Drizzle with caramel sauce. Your delicious cinnamon-infused Apple Bagels are ready to be served.
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  21. Enjoy them as a delicious breakfast, light dessert, or a filling snack, with a cup of coffee or tea.
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Apple Bagel [Recipe]

Recipe Image
Enjoy a quick, tasty Apple Bagel recipe where bagels meet sweet apples for a perfect breakfast or snack. Healthy & ready in minutes!
★★★★★
(Rating: 5 from 6 reviews)

Prep time 🕐 Cook time 🕐 Total time 🕐
7 mins
Category ☶ Cuisine ♨ Serves ☺
Desserts American 2
Nutrition Info ⊛ Serving size ⊚
250 calories 1

INGREDIENTS

For Apple Bagel
  • 1 vanilla bagel
  • 1 large-sized apple, any sweet variety
  • 1 tablespoon vegan or regular butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons maple Syrup, or as per taste
  • 2 tablespoons of toasted walnuts, roughly chopped, (for topping)
  • 1-2 tablespoons caramel sauce, optional

INSTRUCTIONS:

How To Make Apple Bagel
  1. Core apple, and slice it into 1/4 inch thick slices. Set them aside.
  2. Slice vanilla bagel in half and keep them aside. Tip: You can also toast them slightly.
  3. In a skillet over medium heat, melt the butter or margarine.
  4. Add maple syrup, cinnamon, and mix well.
  5. Next, add the sliced apples and cook them for about 2 minutes on both sides, or until the apples are slightly softened and caramelized.
  6. The cooking allows the apples to caramelize gently and the flavors to meld together beautifully. Once done, remove it from the heat.
  7. Place the vanilla bagel halves on a plate. Top the bagels with the syrup from the cooked apples.
  8. Then spoon the warm, cinnamon-infused apple slices over each bagel half.
  9. Sprinkle it with toasted chopped walnuts.
  10. Drizzle with caramel sauce. Your delicious cinnamon-infused Apple Bagels are ready to be served.
  11. Enjoy them as a delicious breakfast, light dessert, or a filling snack, with a cup of coffee or tea.

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NOTES:

  1. Any sweet varieties of fresh apples can be used for making this dessert. But you can also use tart apples like Granny Smith for a different taste.
  2. I have used cinnamon here, you can also use other warming sweet spices like a pinch of ground nutmeg, cinnamon, or even allspice for a different spicy variation.


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