These pumpkin bagels taste amazing. Air fried pumpkin spice bagels are easy and delicious, making this the perfect pumpkin pie bagel recipe. Air fryer pumpkin bagels have the great flavor we love in our pumpkin spice bagels, but with an extra crispness from the air fryer. This pumpkin pie bagel recipe is so deserving of your time. They’re fantastic!
Once fall arrives the flavors of pumpkin and pumpkin spice are everywhere.
Between the take-out coffee drinks that arrive every year along with their new pumpkin-themed creations, doughnuts, cakes and cookies, we are overrun with everything pumpkin.
I enjoy every moment and I hope you do too.
My close friend LOVES burning pumpkin spice candles so much so she stocks up.
Don’t get me wrong I LOVE pumpkin everything too, and I have included my favorites on this blog. In fact, these air fryer pumpkin bagels are so good that my wish is for everyone to try them at least once.
With some honey pecan cream cheese or butter and you’ll think you died and went to heaven. ALMOST. Let me tell you my mouth is watering just thinking about one.
You’re going to laugh but I just took two pumpkin pie bagels out of my freezer and put them in my fridge. I also grabbed a frozen portion of my maple pecan butter.
My husband doesn’t know it yet but he’s going to be having a pumpkin bagel to start his day tomorrow and it’s going to put a big old smile on his face.
Not only does he love these air fried pumpkin bagels, he LOVES the maple pecan butter I put right on top of each bagel, right after toasting it.
Oh so good.
History of Bagels
Don’t worry, this won’t be a 1,000 word deep dive on bagels, but this traditional Jewish bread product does have an interesting background worth mentioning.
Bagels are old. Really old. They first made their way to Poland and other parts of Europe in the 1600s. There is speculation that bagels are related to an ancient Arabic bread product called ka’ak.
So they’ve been around for a while.
New York is the home of the most authentic bagels anywhere in the USA because that’s where Polish and Jewish immigrants first settled.
Of course, they brought this delicious bread treat with them.
As more and more people discovered bagels, their popularity exploded, and today you can find them everywhere from mom and pop bakeries to prepackaged in the bread aisle at your store.
Pumpkin Pie Bagels
These pumpkin spice bagels are delicious, and they cook up so fast! They’re the best combination of delicious and fast, and I think it’s a great duo.
In less than 25 minutes from start to finish you can have a toasty air fryer pumpkin bagel sitting before you, ready to eat.
Just wait until you smell your house while this pumpkin pie bagel recipe cooks. There’s nothing like it.
Normal air fryer bagels use a mixture of self-rising flour with Greek yogurt. Since I used pumpkin puree it is wetter than Greek yogurt so the ratio for these bagels is different.
The pumpkin flavor really comes through on these bagels along with the spice.
Pumpkin Bagel Recipe Calories
These tasty homemade bagels only have 148 calories in each. Now, what could be better than that? Oh, wait. The flavor. The flavor is even better than the calorie count. So what you get is a bagel that is both incredibly delicious AND low in calories. It’s a win-win all the way around!
Just wait until you taste them.
Pumpkin Bagel Recipe Nutrition
From a nutrition perspective, these bagels are made from a few simple, basic ingredients. They are low in saturated fat and sugars, yet full of vitamins and minerals we all ideally need daily.
Pumpkin Bagel Recipe Ingredients
It only takes a few ingredients to make these delicious pumpkin bagels. The best part is that you probably have most of the ingredients in your kitchen already. You might have to buy the pumpkin pie spice and pumpkin puree especially for the recipe, but everything else is already in your kitchen, I’m sure.
- self-rising flour
- granulated sugar
- pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon if you prefer it
- sea salt
- pure pumpkin puree
- olive oil spray
Pumpkin Bagel Recipe without Bread Machine
In a large bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, pumpkin spice, and salt.
Add the pumpkin puree and stir until combined into a dough, you may need to use your hands to form a smooth dough.
Lightly flour a work surface and knead the dough a few times to get a uniform dough. The dough should be slightly dry but it holds together.
If your air fryer requires preheating, preheat it on the air fryer setting at 350°F for five minutes.
Divide the dough into four parts and roll the portions into balls.
On your lightly floured work surface roll each portion into a long log eight to nine inches long.
Bring the two ends together and pinch them together to form a circle.
Repeat with the remaining dough balls.
In a small bowl, whisk together the egg and water.
Spray the air fryer basket with olive oil spray.
Place the bagels into the air fryer about one inch apart, you may need to air fry in batches.
Brush all over the tops of the bagels with the egg wash.
Air fry seven to eight minutes until very lightly browned and cooked through. Repeat with the remaining bagels.
What to Put on a Pumpkin Bagel
Then a generous smear of honey pecan whipped cream cheese or butter is my favorite way to enjoy these bagels.
With or without the pecans.
With or without the maple syrup or honey and cinnamon. All are so delicious.
However, they are just as delicious with plain cream cheese or butter!
How about a bagel sandwich with sliced brie, apples, and a smear of cranberry sauce, divine!
Ingredients in Maple or Honey Pecan Butter
- real maple syrup or honey
- pecans, roughly chopped, with or without
- teaspoon cinnamon, ground, if using honey
How to Make Pecan Butter
In a small bowl, combine butter, syrup (or honey) and pecans.
Stir and blend until smooth.
Set aside until needed.
Use within two hours. If not, place in a resealable container and store in your fridge 30 minutes to an hour before needed for best results.
Honey Pecan Cream Cheese
- cream cheese
Blend or whip ingredients into cream cheese. Taste and adjust honey or cinnamon if desired. You can also serve cinnamon cream cheese and totally enjoy the results too!
What Can I Add instead of Pumpkin Pie Spice?
These Air Fryer Pumpkin Bagels make the house instantly smell like fall. But if you do not like pumpkin spice I suggest using cinnamon in its place, maybe a ¼ teaspoon of nutmeg too.
How to Toast an Air Fryer Pumpkin Bagel
I love to cut open the bagels lengthwise and pop them back into the air fryer cut side up for an additional three minutes to toast.
Works beautifully, every time.
How to Store Air Fryer Pumpkin Bagels
These bagels are good for two to three days at room temperature, needing to store them any longer and I suggest they be frozen. They are good for up to three months in the freezer.
The best way to freeze pumpkin pie bagels is to let them cool completely in the refrigerator and then wrap them individually in cling wrap. After that, place them in an air tight, freezer safe container or heavy duty freezer bags.
To eat these delicious pumpkin spice bagels, after freezing, simply allow them to thaw in the refrigerator overnight and then toast them in the air fryer.
Don’t defrost the bagels at room temperature. It will cause condensation and make your bagels soggy. It also contributes to bacteria growth. Yuck!
Give These Pumpkin Bagels a Try
These delicious pumpkin bagels are so good and easier to make than you’d think. That combination of flavor and ease makes them the perfect pumpkin spice bagels for any occasion.
The combination of pumpkin spice, the delicious flavors of the cream cheese spread, and the extra toasty texture you get when you crisp this pumpkin pie bagel up in the air fryer makes it one of the best treats you’ll ever try!
I highly encourage you to give this pumpkin bagel recipe a try. Once you do, I can almost guarantee you’ll be making it again and again.
It’s the kind of recipe that’s perfect for breakfast or an afternoon snack, so once you’ve made up a batch, you can literally serve it any time of the day. Give it a try!
Favorite Pumpkin Recipes
If this pumpkin bagel recipe has you chomping at the pumpkin spice bit for more great pumpkin recipes, don’t worry. I’ve got you covered.
The recipes below are all absolutely delicious and filled with sweet pumpkin goodness. Give them a try! They are all super tasty.
Air Fryer Pumpkin Bagels
- 1 ½ cups self-rising flour
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon
- pinch of fine sea salt
- ¾ cup pure pumpkin puree
- 1 large egg
- splash of water
- olive oil spray
Honey Pecan Cream Cheese
- 1 brick (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
- ⅓ cup pecans, chopped
- 2-3 tablespoons honey or maple syrup
- ½ - 1 teaspoon cinnamon, ground, if using honey
Maple or Honey Pecan Butter
- ½ cup butter, softened
- ⅓ cup real maple syrup or honey
- ½ cup pecans, roughly chopped
- ¼ - ½ teaspoon cinnamon, ground, if using honey
- Get out and measure all of your ingredients.
- In a large bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, pumpkin spice, and salt.
- Stir until blended.
- Add the pumpkin puree and stir until combined into a dough.
- You may need to use your hands to form a smooth dough.
- If your air fryer requires preheating, preheat it on the air fryer setting at 350°F for 5 minutes.
- Lightly flour a work surface and knead the dough a few times to get a uniform dough. The dough should be slightly dry but it holds together. Divide the dough into 4 parts and roll the portions into balls.
- On your lightly floured work surface roll each portion into a long log 8-9 inches long.
- Bring the two ends together and pinch them together to form a circle. Repeat with the remaining dough balls.
- In a small bowl add egg and water.
- Whisk until blended.
- Spray the air fryer basket with olive oil spray. Place the bagels into the air fryer about 1 inch apart, you may need to air fry in batches. Brush all over the tops of the bagels with the egg wash.
- Air fry 7-8 minutes until very lightly browned and cooked through.
- Repeat with the remaining bagels.
- These bagels are good for 2-3 days at room temperature, needing to store them any longer and I suggest they be frozen. They are good up to 3 months in the freezer. Let them thaw overnight in the fridge.
- I love to cut open the bagels lengthwise and pop them back into the air fryer cut side up for an additional 3 minutes to toast. Then a generous smear of honey pecan whipped cream cheese is my favorite way to enjoy these bagels. However, they are just as delicious with plain cream cheese or butter! How about a bagel sandwich with sliced brie, apples, and a smear of cranberry sauce, divine! Enjoy every bite!
Honey Pecan Cream Cheese
- Blend and then whip ingredients into room temperature cream cheese and taste to see if more cinnamon is needed. You can also serve cinnamon cream cheese too. Spread on bagels. Enjoy every bite!
Maple or Honey Pecan Butter
- In a small bowl, combine butter, syrup (or honey) and pecans. If using honey consider adding cinnamon. Stir and blend until smooth. Set aside until needed. Use within 2 hours. If not, place in a resealable container and store in your fridge 30 minutes to a hour before needed for best results.