Make a batch of 9 homemade New York-style Banana Nut Bagels from scratch! They’re chewy, delicious, and can be made with pecans or walnuts!
Make a batch of 9 homemade New York-style Banana Nut Bagels from scratch! They're chewy, delicious, and can be made with pecans or walnuts!

Do you like a good chewy New-York style bagel? You know… the kind that are boiled and then baked? That’s the best way to make them, and this recipe I am sharing with you today fits the bill perfectly! Over the years I’ve shared several bagel recipes on my blog, and I love to make bagels from scratch.

Years ago a recipe for Banana Nut Bagels was shared on a blog from a woman in Sweden named Anne. She shared the recipe back in 2006, and I am just now getting around to sharing it here on my blog. I knew I would have to try them, and after adapting the recipe from European measurements to an American measuring system, I made a couple changes to her original recipe and then made them. Guess what? They’re GOOD! Let me show you how simple it is to make a batch of 9 delicious banana nut bagels!

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Make The Bagel Dough

Measure active dry yeast, sugar, and warm water (110°F) in a mixing bowl or in the bowl of an electric mixer (like a KitchenAid). If the water is too hot, it can kill the yeast, so use a kitchen thermometer if you have it. Stir to combine these ingredients, then let it sit for 5 minutes. The yeast should bubble on the surface during this time, ensuring the yeast is “good” to use to help the dough rise.

In a separate small bowl, mash 2 bananas with ground cinnamon. After the yeast mixture has rested, add the banana mixture to the mixing bowl. Combine on Low speed and mix until the bananas and cinnamon have been incorporated into the batter. NOTE: You can also mix this by hand, if you prefer.

Yeast is bubbling in a small bowl, indicating the yeast is "good" to use.Bananas are mashed with a fork before adding them to the bagel dough.Ground cinnamon and mashed bananas are mixed into the yeast mixture.

In another bowl, mix all purpose flour with salt, then slowly add these ingredients, a little at a time, to the mixer. Continue adding and slowly mixing until all flour/salt has been added and a thick dough has formed. About half way through the mixing, toss in chopped pecans (or walnuts, if using), and mix them into the dough The dough should end up being smooth and very elastic in texture.

NOTE: If necessary, you may need to add a tiny bit more flour a little at a time to achieve this texture. You do NOT want the dough to be sticky when touched, however be careful not to add too much flour or the dough will become really dry and “floury”.

Roll the dough into a large ball, and put it into a lightly-oiled (or sprayed) large bowl. Turn the dough over so some of the oil (or spray) gets on all sides of the dough. Cover the bowl with a dish towel, and let the dough rise in a warm place for 1 hour. When done, the dough should have almost doubled in size.

Halfway through the mixing time, chopped pecans (or walnuts) are added to bagel dough.Ball of dough is placed in a greased large bowl, covered, and left to rise for 1 hour.

Shape The Bagels

After dough has risen for about an hour it will be fluffy and puffy. Punch the dough down a couple times with your fist, which helps to knock excess air out of the dough. Let the dough rest for 10 minutes. After the dough has rested, evenly divide it into 9 dough balls. If you have a kitchen scale it helps ensure each dough ball weighs about the same.

Shape each piece into a round ball, then take one dough ball into your hands. Use your fingers to make a small hole in the middle of the bagel, then gently stretch the hole out until the bagel has a nice shaped hole in the middle (like a doughnut). Repeat this with all the dough balls, placing each of the 9 bagels onto a baking sheet. Cover the bagels with a dish towel, and let them rest again for 10 more minutes.

Banana nut bagel dough is punched down after rising, to remove excess air.Using fingers, a hole is made in the center of each of the 9 bagel dough balls.Banana nut bagels have been shaped, and wait to be boiled.

Boil the Bagels

Bring a large saucepan (or Dutch oven) of water to a boil, then lower the temperature to a gentle simmer. Place 2-3 bagels at a time into the simmering water. Let them cook undisturbed for about 1 minute, then flip them over to the other side. I use a couple of chopsticks to easily flip the bagels because I can fit one in the middle of the bagel for stability. Two large spoons will do the trick, as well!

Cook the 2nd side for another minute, then carefully remove the boiled bagels to a baking sheet. Repeat until all bagels have been boiled on both sides. Use a slotted spoon to remove the bagels one at a time, letting excess water drain through the spoon back into the saucepan. Now the bagels are ready for the final step… BAKING them!

The bagels are boiled, a few at a time, in hot simmering water.

Bake The Bagels

Place the bagels in a single layer on a large baking sheet with a little space between each one. Bake them at 425°F. for 18-20 minutes. When done, the banana nut bagels will be golden brown in color and should be firm to the touch. Remove them from the oven, and place the bagels on a wire rack to cool.

After boiling, the banana nut bagels are put on baking sheet to be baked.Golden browned on top, the baked bagels come out of the oven to cool.

The Banana Nut Bagels Are Ready To Eat!

Let the bagels cool on a wire rack, then serve them any way you prefer, plain or toasted! I love them served with some cream cheese spread on them… yum! Another way I enjoy banana nut bagels is to toast (or broil) them, then generously butter them while hot. Those are really, really good, too! However you choose to eat them, I’m confident you’ll enjoy these chewy, delicious homemade bagels.

A close up of one of the banana nut bagels cooling on a wire rack.A bagel, cut in half and smeared with cream cheese, ready to be eaten.

Thanks for stopping by today, and I hope you have the opportunity to try these yummy bagels! Don’t forget the butter and/or cream cheese! Please come back again soon, for more family-friendly recipes. Take care, and have a GREAT day!

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Recipe adapted from: annesfood.blogspot.com/2006/02/banana-pecan-bagels-with-cinnamon.html?spref=pi

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Banana Nut Bagels
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Inactive- Dough Rising Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 40 mins
 

Make a batch of 9 homemade New York-style Banana Nut Bagels from scratch! They're chewy, delicious, and can be made with pecans or walnuts!

Category: Bread, Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: banana nut bagels
Servings: 9 bagels
Calories Per Serving: 336 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • teaspoons active dry yeast =1 small envelope
  • 1 Tablespoon granulated sugar
  • cups warm water 110°F, DIVIDED USE
  • 2 medium bananas very ripe, mashed
  • 1 Tablespoon cinnamon
  • 5 cups all purpose flour + more as needed
  • 1 pinch salt
  • ½ cup chopped pecans (or walnuts)
Instructions
  1. Stir yeast, sugar, and warm water (110°F) together in mixing bowl or in the bowl of an electric mixer (like a KitchenAid). If water is too hot, it can kill yeast, so use a kitchen thermometer if you have one Let it sit for 5 minutes. Yeast should bubble, ensuring the yeast is "good" to use to help the dough rise.

  2. In separate bowl, mash 2 bananas. After the yeast mixture has rested, add the bananas and cinnamon. Mix on Low speed until bananas/cinnamon have been incorporated. NOTE: You can mix this by hand, if you prefer.

  3. In another bowl, mix flour with salt, then slowly add, a little at a time, to the mixer bowl. Continue adding SLOWLY, mixing on Low until all flour/salt has been added and thick dough has formed. Half way through mixing, add chopped nuts; mix them into the dough. Dough should end up being smooth and very elastic in texture. NOTE: If necessary, you may need to add a bit more flour (a little at a time) to achieve this texture. You do NOT want dough to be sticky when touched, however be careful not to add too much flour or dough will become really dry and "floury".

  4. Shape dough into a ball; put it in lightly-oiled (or sprayed) large bowl. Turn dough over so some oil (or spray) gets on all sides. Cover bowl with dish towel; let dough rise in warm place for 1 hour.

  5. After 1 hour, dough should be almost doubled in size. Punch dough down a couple times with your fist to remove excess air. Let dough rest 10 minutes, then evenly divide into 9 dough balls. Shape each into a round ball, then take one into your hands. Use your fingers to make a hole in the middle of the bagel, then gently stretch/shape hole until bagel has a round hole (like a doughnut) in the middle. Repeat with all dough balls, placing shaped bagels on a large baking sheet. Cover bagels with a dish towel; let them rest for 10 minutes.

  6. Preheat oven to 425°F.

  7. Bring a large saucepan (or Dutch oven) of water to a boil, then lower temp. to a gentle simmer. Place 2-3 bagels at a time into simmering water. Let cook undisturbed for 1 minute, then flip them over to the other side. Cook second side for 1 minute. Carefully remove boiled bagels with slotted spoon (to drain water); transfer to a baking sheet. Repeat until all bagels have been boiled.

  8. Place bagels in a single layer on large baking sheet leaving space between each one. Bake at 425°F. for 18-20 minutes. When done, bagels should be nicely browned on top, and firm to the touch. Remove from oven; place on a wire rack to cool. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

NOTE: Caloric calculation made using walnuts.

Nutrition Facts
Banana Nut Bagels
Amount Per Serving (1 bagel)
Calories 336 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Sodium 9mg0%
Potassium 229mg7%
Carbohydrates 63g21%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 10g20%
Vitamin A 21IU0%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 29mg3%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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