These vegan bagel bites are easy to make and perfect for vegan kids and adults alike! They are made with simple ingredients, your choice of dairy-free cheese and veggie meat, and can be made in the oven, microwave, or as air fryer bagel bites. Eat them right away or meal prep them in advance and freezer until you’re ready to eat. Pack them in a kids lunchbox or bring them out for snack time. These are the most versatile mini pizza bagels ever!
Every 90s kid undoubtedly has fond memories of defrosting Bagel Bites (mini pizza bagels) from when they were young. Bursting through the door after a school day, ravenous and impatient, nothing would satisfy quite like having pizza on demand. A few seconds in the microwave was all that separated us from instant comfort food gratification.
As much a cultural phenomenon as basic snack food, these humble frozen staples have developed a cult following over the years. Songs have been written as tributes to their greatness, endless imposters have sprung up to capitalize on the viral trend, and most importantly, crafty home cooks have figured out how to reverse engineer the concept to make at home, from scratch.
The original pizza bites are far from vegan, but that doesn’t mean we have to go hungry until dinner! It’s a snap to make homemade mini bagel pizzas with higher quality ingredients, better nutrition, and all that for much less money. If you’ve missed these savory snacks from your childhood, here’s the secret to reviving them for your kids, or kids-at-heart!
The attraction of anything remotely pizza-flavored is an obvious, easy win. Even the pickiest of eaters will gobble up this combination of crispy, chewy bagels piled high with savory red sauce, gooey dairy-free cheese, and any meatless proteins your heart desires. Beyond that, there are still so many more reasons why you’ll want to save this vegan bagel bites recipe to make again and again.
Although there are only four primary ingredients needed to make your mini bagel masterpieces, you could even pare that down to three, for a plain cheese version.
You should be able to find big bags of mini bagels right alongside the full-sized version in your typical grocery store. Thomas’ makes a great option that’s “accidentally” vegan, as does Target’s store brand, Favorite Day.
Thick, rich, and heavily seasoned with herbs and spices, pizza sauce packs a punch of flavor into every drop! In a pinch, you can substitute your favorite marinara or pasta sauce instead, but it might be a bit waterier.
These meat “alternatives” are so good, they should be your first choice! Our favorite brands are Plant Boss and Urban Accents since they’re both shelf-stable and ready to eat. Visit your local freezer aisle for tons of other brands, including Beyond Meat, Gardein, and so much more.
The real beauty of this recipe is that it’s more like a guideline that exacting formula. Take those ratios and swap in different ingredients for a completely different flavor adventure every time!
In addition, feel free to sneak in a serving of veggies with any of your favorites: chopped bell peppers, sliced mushrooms, diced onions, sliced olives, and anything else you’d enjoy on a traditional slice of pizza! Also check out our Vegan Bagel Guide for more bagel recipes and inspiration.
If you don’t have a full-sized oven or simply want an approach that’s a bit more kid-friendly, we’ve got you covered. No matter what equipment you have in the kitchen, you can enjoy a hot plate of cheesy bagel bites in no time!
If you have an air fryer, you’ve gotta try cooking these up in the air fryer! Air fryer bagel bites have that extra satisfying crunch and cook in less time than the oven.
The key is to cook just until the cheese has melted. It won’t brown in the microwave, so err on the side of caution. You can always put them back in for another round if they’re not warm enough yet.
Let’s be honest: It’s unlikely you’ll have leftovers even if you double the recipe. If you’d like to prepare your bagel bites in advance so you can just heat and eat, though, that’s just as easy!
Frozen bagel bites are a perfect treat to keep on hand for the kiddos.
This vegan bagel bites recipe and article was photographed by Michelle Cehn and written with support from Hannah Kaminsky. Please note that this article contains affiliate links that support our work at World of Vegan. Happy cooking!