You Put WHAT in a Bagel? The Breakfast Trends You Have to Try

Cream cheese and lox are out. Oreos, Peeps and Bamba are in.

A bagel with Oreo.
Vered Guttman

It’s been a long road for the modest bagel from its early days, shaped in the hands of tired housewives in private kitchens in rural Poland to its current celebrity status and rainbow colors created by “bagel artists” in urban Brooklyn.

A lightly toasted bagel with a schmear of real cream cheese is not enough any more. Add lox, onions, tomato and salted capers and it still won’t have the appeal, so it seems, of a red-yellow-green-blue-pink bagel with cream cheese mixed with sprinkles and topped with cotton candy, as the line outside The Bagel Store in Brooklyn testifies. Lines outside that New York bagel shop are reportedly three hours long on weekends, but the wait is worth it for so many in order to get a chance to taste, and even more important, to post this colorful sensation on Instagram.

The success of The Bagel Store naturally drove inventive minds to try and find the next trend in over-the-top bagels. Brain wheels turned, minds were put together, and a new smash hit was born, the overloaded Oreo bagel at the Bagel Nook in New Jersey. One Oreo bagel, stuffed with Oreo cream cheese (additional Nutella optional) and whole Oreo cookies. 

Yum? Judging by my Facebook community, half the people found a photo of the Oreo bagel outrageously tempting, while the other asked to remove me from their friends list after I posted it. 

Overloaded Oreo bagel recipe:

Serves 4

Ingredients:
1 cup cream cheese at room temperature
1 cup powdered sugar
12 chocolate Oreo cookies
2 fresh chocolate chip bagels, sliced

Directions:
1.    Put cream cheese and powdered sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer and mix to combine. Put 6 of the Oreos in a blender or a food processor and mix to create small crumbles. Mix Oreo crumbles into cheese, cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
2.    When ready to serve spread a quarter of the cheese on each bagel half. Top the bagel bot-tom halves with 3 whole Oreos each, then close with the top halves. Very gently slice in half and serve. 

A bagel with Peanut butter, jelly and Bamba.
Vered Guttman

Peanut butter, jelly and Bamba overloaded bagel recipe:

Bamba is puffed peanut snack, Israel's favorite. It is available in the United States in the Jewish section at many chain supermarkets, and at Kosher supermarkets. Bamba can be substituted with any peanut candy, such as Skippy P.B. Bites. 

Serves 4

Ingredients:
1 cup cream cheese at room temperature
1 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup strawberry jelly
1 cup Bamba (see note above)
2 banana nut bagels, sliced 

Directions:
1.    Put cream cheese and powdered sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer and mix to combine. Remove from mixer. Add peanut butter and jelly to cream cheese and run a knife in a swirl-ing motion to create marbling. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes. 
3.    When ready to serve spread a quarter of the cheese on each half bagel. Top the bagel bot-tom halves with half the Bamba, then close with the top halves. Very gently slice in half and serve. 

A bagel with Blueberry and Peeps (yes).
Vered Guttman

Blubbery and Peeps overloaded bagels recipe:

Serves 4

Ingredients:
1 cup cream cheese at room temperature
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup blueberries 
8 purple marshmallow Peeps
2 blueberry bagels, sliced

Directions:
1.    Put cream cheese and powdered sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer and mix to combine. Remove from mixer. Crush blueberries in a blender and add to cream cheese. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes. 
4.    When ready to serve spread a quarter of the cheese on each bagel half. Top the bagel bot-tom halves with half the Peeps, then close with the bagel top halves. Very gently slice in half and serve.