REVIEW: The Better Bagel (Low Carb, High Protein Bagels)

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Flavored Tried: The Everything

Price: $20 (including shipping) for 4 bagels ($5 per bagel)

Nutrition (varies by flavor): 195 Calories, 5.5g Fat, 23g Carbs (18g Fiber), 27g Protein

When I first came across “The Better Bagel,” I figured it had to be too good to be true.

These bagels are completely plant-based, have only 5g net carbs each, contain a whopping 27g of protein, and have a very small ingredients list.

I don’t know about you, but when I hear those things, I immediately think that there is absolutely no way it’s going to taste like an actual bagel…

The Better Bagel: first impressions

Upon opening the package, it was clear that the bagel was definitely different than pictured.

Don’t get me wrong: The Better Bagel still very much resembles a bagel, but if we’re comparing it directly to the front of the package, there’s a clear difference.

The Better Bagel is jam-packed with seasoning, but it’s slightly different than the everything bagel seasoning I’m used to. This seasoning is very heavy on the sesame seeds and poppy seeds, and it seems to really skimp on the onion and garlic.

But, I suppose that’s nitpicking considering just how generous they were with the seasoning as a whole.

Overall, it resembles a real bagel more than I thought it would, and the size is very appealing for only 200 calories.

Where this differs from a real bagel is the lack of a hard exterior that bagels typically have. To me, The Better Bagel much more resembles a roll with a hole in the center than it does a bagel. It is very soft and bready, which is not how I prefer my bagels to be.

It’s also worth noting that these are shipped (and meant to be kept) frozen, so they are not soft right away. You’ll either need to let them thaw at room temperature or toss them into the microwave for a quick thaw (that’s what I did because I lack patience).

Does The Better Bagel actually taste like a bagel?

You’re obviously reading this review because you want to know how these bagels taste, so I decided to try these bagels 4 different ways:

  1. Plain & untoasted
  2. Toasted with butter
  3. Toasted with cream cheese
  4. As a breakfast sandwich

I’ll spare you the review of the plain & untoasted version, because it was very bland.

But, most people out there aren’t just going to be biting into a whole bagel without adding anything to it, so I don’t think it matters much.

Instead, let’s see how this bagel holds up to toppings.

Lightly toasted with butter, the texture of these bagels improved a ton. While they’re very chewy plain, toasting them immediately improves the texture and makes them much easier to bite through.

However, these bagels have a pretty distinct “earthy” flavor to them, and that flavor really comes through when buttered. Since butter is such a mild flavor, it isn’t able to mask the slight sourness of the ingredients.

It’s certainly not unpleasant, but there’s a distinct sourness to the bagel that I just did not love.

The cream cheese works significantly better than butter, in my opinion. The flavor of the cream cheese helps to mask the sourness of The Better Bagel, making this eat much like a regular bagel.

This bagel still lacks that crispy exterior that bagels typically have, but toasting it definitely helps a bit. It makes me miss a true bagel texture, but this is close enough for me considering the crazy high amount of protein.

The better bagel sandwich

My preferred method for enjoying The Better Bagel is as a breakfast sandwich. Adding eggs, bacon, and cheese, really takes these bagels over the top.

One of the appeals of these bagels is that they are plant-based, so obviously, adding these ingredients knocks it out of that classification. But, it really improved the overall flavor for me.

While still a little soft for my liking, the overall taste was incredible. And, when all was said and done, I was able to enjoy a breakfast sandwich with about 50g of protein and right around 500 calories… that is unreal!

Overall thoughts on The Better Bagel

Review of The Better Bagel

Overall, The Better Bagel didn’t knock my socks off, but they were much better than I was expecting them to be.

The bagels are softer than regular bagels, and more closely resemble rolls than bagels, but for 27g of protein and very low carbs, they are an incredible replacement for regular bagels.

Since they’re expensive, they won’t become a staple in my diet, but I can definitely see the appeal of enjoying a breakfast sandwich with a ton of extra protein in it.

If you’re on a keto diet, these become significantly more appealing. As someone who isn’t low carb, these don’t get me crazy excited, but I can definitely see the appeal.

As long as you don’t go into it expecting The Better Bagel and taste just like an authentic bagel, I don’t think they’ll disappoint.

Review of The Better Bagel
REVIEW: The Better Bagel (Low Carb, High Protein Bagels)
My expectations could not have been lower for a bagel with virtually no carbs and a whopping 27g of protein, but I was pleasantly surprised by The Better Bagel. I didn't absolutely love them, but I gladly ate all 4 bagels. If you are keto or grain free, these would be a fantastic option.
The Good
Very high in protein
Low carb/keto-friendly
Large size for only 200 calories
Packed with tons of seasoning
The Bad
Has a distinct "earthy" flavor when eaten plain
Pretty chewy if not toasted
The soft texture more closely resembles a roll than a bagel
Very expensive for bagels