Monday, July 20, 2009

Green Monster Bagels!

Until last night, I'd only made bagels once. And that time, it was pain in the butt. The recipe I'd found online (which I've totally lost now) called for lots of unnecessary steps. I swore I'd never make bagels again — until I saw Isa's simpler recipe in Vegan Brunch:

These were so easy! Just make the dough, let it rise, shape into bagels, boil, and bake. That's all there is to it. I used whole wheat bread flour instead of all-purpose, so mine were more like mini-bagels. But that's okay. It just means I can eat two instead of one!

This morning, I made a Green Monster Bagel, spread with avocado and a dash of salt:

This idea was inspired by Shelby of La Belle Vegan and Emily of Curly Top (who refers to these as Green Monsters). I used half an avocado spread over 4 bagel halves (that's from two small bagels). Thanks to the generous dose of healthy fats and whole grains, I stayed full well past noon (and that never happens!!). As for taste, I think plain avocado tastes a bit like eggs, so this was perfect for breakfast. I'm having the same thing again tomorrow!

23 comments:

Recipe man said...

HA! looking good!

Jennyjen said...

That is the perfect breakfast idea! I can't think of anything more delicious on a bagel than avocado. Mmmmm!

Mary said...

I've never made bagels, but I'd love to. The only vegan bagels at my local shop are white flour (blech).

The Voracious Vegan said...

I can't wait to get my copy of Vegan Brunch! How many times have I said that now? But really, these look so perfect! I always thought bagels were something I couldn't make, you know? But it seems like they turned out very well for you, so maybe I would be brave enough to give them a try. Mmmm...avocado on anything is my idea of heaven.

jessy said...

we made bagels well over a year ago, and they were a pain in the bum as well - have yet to make them since. maybe we both tried the same recipe! ahahahahhaa! i need to get vegan brunch and give them another try! i bet dan would adore some homemade bagels (and i can whip up some g.f. ones for myself! mmmmmmm!). your bagels look perfect, Bianca - and i love the avocado on top. i too think avocado tastes a little eggy, i also think grits taste a bit eggy as well. mmmmmmmmmmmmmm!

Peanut Butter Swirl said...

Vegan Brunch is one of my favorite cook books :) Everything is so tasty

looks like your bagels came out perfectly!

VeggieGirl said...

MMMMM!!!

shelby said...

Horray for Green Monster Bagels! I'll have to make those bagels and try it out!

jessi said...

Yum! I need to make these!!!

Sal said...

they are so cute! i've made bagels once and they were bad! chewy as hell. but I trust Isa's recipe way more so I'll have to give it a go.

Erin said...

Pretty lookin' bagels!

Carrie said...

Your bagels turned out so nice! I made that recipe a few weeks ago and sadly only one resembled a bagel! They tasted good at least. I will have to try to make my own Green Monsters!

miss v said...

i've never made bagels either, but that sound super easy and super yummy!

Jennifer (of Veg*n Cooking) said...

I have never made bagels and am unsure as to how well that would turn out for me - I am "special" when it comes to baking and usually leave that to the professionals. But your Green Monster bagels look and sound delish. I love avocado so much!

Jen said...

i think i might have to get brave and make my own damn bagels.

now....just. to. find. the. time.

any plans on ever visiting btown?

Gina said...

Oooh, those bagels look perfect!!!

nora said...

Glad to know the bagel recipe's easy! Some of the recipes I get most excited about making are those that make products that most ppl (including me usually)buy packaged in a store: bagels, granola, salad dressing, hummus, tortillas, etc...you just get such a big sense of accomplishment!

I've been wanting to try Shelby's avocado on toast too! soon soon soon

Cyn said...

Those look so good! I'm super excited about making my own bagels. And avocado on bagels is delicious.

dreaminitvegan said...

These bagels look amazing!

caribbeanvegan said...

I love bagels but only eat them when I am in NYC because frozen bagels are bleh. You mean I have to buy a copy of vegan brunch to get this great bagel recipe? Ok I give in. I will buy this asap because it seems you are having the most interesting breakfast/brunches. You cannot go wrong with avocado on bread.Gotta love those good fats

Mike K said...

I've never tried making bagels...will have to try the Vegan Brunch recipe - avocado looks like a great topping!

T said...

Woah, those look flawless. Everything bagels are my fave, I can't imagine how awesome they are fresh out of the oven!

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

Wow, your bagels turned out gorgeous!