The Best Vegan Bagels and Lox (With Cream Cheese!)

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Vegan bagels and lox, you say? From scratch you say? Why yes, of course; creamy vegan ricotta, smoky carrot lox, and soft home-made bagels make this a perfect lunch!

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What can I say but wow – these babies are amazeballs. Really, really amazeballs!

This simple vegan smoked ‘salmon’ (lox) is made from slow-roasted carrots, marinated in smoky olive oil for a few days to really bring out their sweet and smoky flavour, and smooth texture.

But here’s the rub; until last year, I had no idea that there was such a thing as carrot lox – after all, how can you make something from carrots that resembles smoked salmon? Also, I have to admit, that I’ve never been a fan of smoked salmon anyway. I only ever tried smoked salmon once, and found it barfable.


The flavour was nice but that texture… ugh.

However, I love carrots, and I know that they can be used to make the most amazing not-at-all-carroty-things, such as ‘bacon’, cake, smoothies, and nacho cheese, so why not not-smoked-salmon?

Bagels, cream cheese, & Lox

Is now a good time for me to confess that I’ve never actually had a bagel with smoked salmon (lox) and cream cheese? Back in my youth, it was salt beef or nothing.


Also, along with smoked salmon, I’ve never liked Kraft Philadelphia cream cheese either (which is where the lox and cream cheese bagels come from, so I am told). In my pre-vegan days, as a huge cheese lover, Philly was something I was never fond of. Curd cheese, yes – that particular brand, no.

(Sorry, Kraft!)

So why then, did I choose to create a vegan version of something I…
a) had never eaten
b) contained ingredients I have never liked?

Because when I saw this video¬†from Sarah’s Vegan Kitchen, I was intrigued. So I checked out the Olives for Dinner recipe¬†that Sarah used, and decided that I was up for the challenge!

Plus, it looks really delish, right?

And here’s the good news – it’s more than really delish, it’s completely and utterly yummy. So much so that amato mio was totally lost for words.


Can’t argue with that.

If you like this Vegan Bagels and Lox recipe, you’ll love these other veganised favourites!

The Best Vegan Bagels and Lox


  • easy
  • healthy
  • smoky
  • silky
  • creamy
  • tangy
  • full of Vitamin A and Iron
  • non-vegan boyfriend-approved
  • delicious

Whether you were/are a fan of smoked salmon or not, I really would urge you to make these bagels and lox. I’m not saying they are going to pass a blind taste-test (not that I would know, of course) but they honestly more than hold up as a meal in their own right.


What do you like to have in your bagels?

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