Homemade pizza bagels are the perfect alternative to the expensive frozen version of your childhood. Kids will love helping you put together these DIY bagel bites – customize with your family’s favorite toppings, tomato sauce and cheese. Bonus: they are easy to make ahead in bulk! You can have freezer pizza bagels stocked for any time at a fraction of the price.
Frozen pizza bagels made at home
There is nothing better than gooey cheese, crispy bagel, and a soft, tomato sauce soaked center.
From day one, Ryan’s favorite food has been pizza. While living in NJ means there are a plethora of some of the best slice places on every corner, it’s not always the most healthy option.
Soon I remembered my childhood favorite and made him a few homemade pizza bagels. Of course, he immediately asked for them every night.
Like with most of my kids’ favorite foods, I started searching for ways to one, make it easier and two, make it healthier. Yes, pizza bagels are about as easy as they come. But, if you don’t have one of the ingredients on hand the exact moment your kid starts begging for them you’re kind of out of luck.
Enter: homemade pizza bagels for the freezer.
A good pizza bagel recipe really just takes 3 ingredients – bagel, cheese, sauce.
In this case, I used my hidden veggie spaghetti sauce as the base since it tastes just like pizza sauce. My kids have no idea. I also really like the local canned sauce I find at my grocery store.
If at all possible, look for a sauce that’s a bit thicker to avoid a mushy base. Sometimes I cook my sauce down a bit more, especially when I’m going to be freezing. Traditional sauces can be a bit too watery, making for soggy pizzas.
Here’s how to make a homemade pizza bagel a little healthier
- Base – instead of a white bagel, let’s make whole-grain mini pizza bagels. Grab a bag of whole-grain bagels and use those.
- Sauce – instead of using a jar of pre-made sauce with questionable ingredients, I use my recipe for hidden veggie spaghetti sauce. Homemade pizza bagels with carrots? Heck yeah.
- Cheese – none of those weird ingredients that come in the store bought ones. Find a whole milk shredded mozzarella (bonus points – shred your own fresh mozz!) with an ingredient list you like. Other options include using just a sprinkle of quality Parmesan or using your fave cheese alternative.
- Toppings – I used mini pepperoni here, but in the past, I’ve used diced peppers, olives, other veggies. The best part about homemade pizza bagels is being able to choose everything yourself.
How to Make Homemade Pizza Bagels for the Freezer
Okay, so you’ve got all the ingredients – how are we going to make this simple? Make them in bulk!
Oh, you heard me – we’re going to make 15+ pizza bagels at once, freeze em, and store them so you have freezer pizza bagels when you need them.
Step one: Line it up!
Lay out all of your bagels. My boys LOVE separating the bagels and laying them down. Line a cookie sheet (make sure it will fit in your freezer!) with a sheet of parchment and line with the bagels.
Step two: Add sauce and cheese.
Add 1-2 spoonfuls of cooled sauce to your mini bagels. Make sure the sauce is cooled to reduce the chance of mushiness.
Next, sprinkle each bagel with cheese. It doesn’t have to be perfect! I used an entire bag of shredded cheese for the whole tray, using about 2 tablespoons of cheese per bagel.
Step three: Choose your toppings.
Chop any ingredients you’s like as toppings. Chop small enough that they won’t be too big for the bagel. Add to bagels – about 1-2 tablespoons of toppings per bagel should do it.
Step four: get em’ ready to freeze.
Gently press cheese and toppings on the bagel to make sure everything sticks once frozen. This is important, or storing will be a pain.
You’re done! I usually pull a few off and bake immediately (350 for about 5 minutes or until melty) and freeze the rest.
Once they are frozen, you can stack them and put into a zip top bag. When you’re ready to enjoy, pull out a few and bake at 350 for about 15 minutes.
The Easiest Homemade Pizza Bagel Recipe
Prep a bunch of these copycat bagel bites and freeze. Pull out your homemade pizza bagels for a better for you version of a childhood favorite any time.
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Homemade Pizza Bagel Recipe
Homemade pizza bagels are the perfect alternative to kid favorite frozen pizza bagels you buy. Customization with your family’s favorite toppings, these healthy pizza bagels are a dish you can feel good about giving your kids.
- 10 mini whole grain bagels
- 2 cups hidden veggie tomato sauce
- 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1 cup toppings optional
Separate and lay out all of your bagels on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
Add 1-2 spoonfuls of cooled sauce to your mini bagels.
Top each bagel with cheese.
Sprinkle with desired toppings.
Gently press cheese and toppings on bagel to make sure everything sticks once frozen.
Freeze solid. To cook, bake frozen bagels at 350 for 15 minutes or until melted and golden.
Okay so tell me – did you like pizza bagels as a kid? Do you know how to make pizza bagels? Let me know in the comments.