Bagels are a beloved breakfast staple for a reason. While they’re delicious on their own, aspiring chefs can use them to create a wide range of fun bagel recipes, including bagel sandwiches and breakfast delights. Stop by your local artisan bakery, grab some fresh bagels, and try your hand at these awesome bagel ideas.  

Great Bagel Toppings  

The simplest way to enjoy a bagel is to eat it plain—but the best way to take your  

breakfast to new heights is to experiment with toppings. Fortunately, it’s easy to whip up an interesting topping, as the most common ones consist of only one or two ingredients. 

Cream Cheese 

Cream cheese is among the most popular bagel toppings; you can’t go wrong with a toasted bagel and some cream cheese. If you ever get tired of plain cream cheese, there’s no shortage of flavored options readily available, including strawberry, blueberry, garlic and herb, and onion. 

Nut Butter 

Nut butter is a smooth, spreadable bagel topping made from nuts like almonds, cashews, hazelnuts, and peanuts. Nut butter can infuse your bagel with an earthy, natural flavor that can make any meal a memorable one. Plus, most nut butters are high in protein, making them a great option for for those looking to boost their daily intake.  

For those with nut allergies, there are a few nut-free options that mimic a similar flavor, including sunflower-seed butter. Add a drizzle of honey or a dash of cinnamon for an extra splash of flavor. 


Avocados aren’t just for toast! Layering your morning bagel with avocado spread is a great way to bolster your diet with nutritious omega-3s, vitamins, and fiber. Add a fried egg or everything seasoning to round out the perfect breakfast.  


Jams and jellies are another simple but versatile topping option, coming in a variety of flavors, including strawberry, grape, blackberry, and raspberry. If you ever get bored of classic jam options, you can venture out to more unique flavors such as banana jam, watermelon jelly, or even pumpkin jam.  

Fun Leftover Bagel Recipes to Try  

There’s nothing worse than letting extra bagels from your favorite local bakery go to waste. The good news: there are plenty of bagel recipes out there you can try to put your leftovers to good use. You might even find a new signature recipe along the way! 

French Toast 

Instead of using a loaf of leftover bread to make French toast, try using sliced bagels. Simply dip your bagel slices in a mixture of eggs, milk, and cinnamon and pan fry them to perfection.   

Bagel Chips 

Bagel chips are an easy and delicious snack you can make at home. All you have to do is slice up your extra bagels, season them with your favorite garnishes, such as olive oil, rosemary, salt, or cinnamon sugar, and slow bake them in the oven.   

Bread Pudding 

Cubed bagels are an excellent base for bread pudding. With simple ingredients like eggs, milk, sugar, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and the dried fruit of your choice, you can make an excellent dessert.   

Visit Your Local Bakery  

The best way to enjoy a good bagel dish is to start with a great foundation: fresh bagels from your local artisan bakery. Backwards Bread offers 4 flavors of delicious handmade bagels that are baked fresh and injected with steam to create an unforgettable chewy crumb texture.  

Get in touch today to find out more about our bakery offerings.