The bagel is a staple of the breakfast and lunch worlds. It makes up the backbone of a great breakfast sandwich, and its solid stability means you can stack it with toppings without fear (heavily loaded toast will sag, toppings will slip—and lunchtime nirvana? Forget it). This fall, as we all get back into our post-summer routine, we wanted to inspire you with a few inventive devourable bagel-sandwich ideas for the kids (or yourself!) to make mealtime feel fresh and fun.
Chocolate Peanut Butter & Banana Breakfast Bagel
Toasted plain New York–style bagel + peanut butter + sliced bananas + chocolate chips or chopped chocolate
For the ones who love a sweet start to their morning. But what's better: PB, banana and chocolate, or PB&J? We'll never knock a classic, but it might be time to switch the game up a little and try this nutty, crunchy, and sweet breakfast bagel.
Strawberry-Banana Cream Cheese Bagel
Cinnamon New York–style bagel + Greek yogurt mixed with cream cheese + drizzle of honey + sliced bananas + sliced strawberries
For the ones who like a deluxe breakfast. This is no ordinary breakfast bagel with cream cheese! It's a mash-up of morning favourites, a hand-held hybrid taking inspiration from a strawberry-banana smoothie and your morning bowl of fruit and yogurt.
OG Tuna Melt Bagel Sandwich
Multigrain New York–style bagel + tuna + mayonnaise + Compliments Medium Cheddar Cheese Slices + sliced pear or sliced apple
For the ones who love tuna. This savoury snack is served on a multigrain bagel, topped with tuna and cheese, then broiled in the toaster oven for a few minutes until bubbly. The apple or pear slices add a juicy, crunchy bite that sets up just the right hit of sweetness against the savoury cheddar and tuna.
Chicken Finger & Pickle-Chip Bagel Sandwich
For the unconventional ones. Dilly crunch, fresh greens dressed with creamy sauce, and warm chicken strips? This just might be your new favourite sandwich.
BBQ Chicken Pizza Bagel
Cheese New York–style bagel + chopped rotisserie chicken + your favourite Compliments BBQ Sauce + Compliments Cheddar and Part-Skim Mozzarella Shredded Cheese Blend
For the ones obsessed with pizza. You could make a regular pizza bagel for lunch—or you could leverage leftover rotisserie chicken (massive time-saver) and pre-shredded cheese for a tangy filling take on this popular open-faced bagel sandwich. Broil open-faced to melt the cheese until golden-brown and bubbly.