Your Guide To The Viral Air Fried Bagel Trend

When it comes to dictating food trends these days, social media reigns supreme. One viral TikTok can spark a whole new craze and whether it was Dalgona coffee, Baked Feta Pasta or Cloud Bread Pizza, we’ve all given in at some point. The new kid on that block is a combination of one of the decade’s most viral appliances and one of the snack foods that has never gone out of style. We present the Air Fried Bagel.

In the viral video which was viewed over 11 million times, TikTok user @whatsmomcookin (a.k.a. Carmen) slathers her bagels with cream cheese, sprinkles them with cinnamon and gives them up to the air fryer to work its magic. After about 5 minutes at high heat they emerge with a golden crust on the cream cheese and the cinnamon lightly toasted and Carmen drizzles it with honey before serving. 

For those who love something sweet to start the day, this is an ideal breakfast but people who fall more in the ‘bacon and eggs’ category might want to tread lightly because this recipe can get a bit sweet for some. The type of bagel can of course help steer things in the right direction, with a wholegrain bagel adding more depth and crunch. 

Super simple and super tasty, this recipe is getting the world’s attention for a reason. Even though it looks and feels decadent, the only extra sweetness is from the honey and caramelised cheese. And by opting for an air fryer rather than traditional deep frying, this recipe turns out to be a lot healthier than it seems. So we recommend jumping on this bandwagon because it might turn out to be the bagel upgrade you’ve been waiting for.


  • 1 bagel
  • Cream cheese
  • 2 tsp. sugar
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • Honey


  • Cut the bagel in half.
  • Using a knife, spread cream cheese on each half of the bagel.
  • Whisk together the sugar and cinnamon then sprinkle the mixture to cover each half of the bagel.
  • Air fry the bagel at high heat for about five minutes.
  • Once the bagel is finished cooking, remove it from the air fryer and drizzle honey each half with honey.
  • Enjoy!