Cinnamon Raisin Bagel Holes

The Root of Anger & Cinnamon Raisin Bagel Holes

Ephesians 4:26 (erv)

“When you are angry, don’t let that anger make you sin,” and don’t stay angry all day.


I’ve spent a lot of my life reacting to situations and circumstances in anger. I’ve also spent quite a bit of time feeling guilty about that anger. Once I became a christian, I thought that I’d for sure lose that innate, immediate anger reflex. When I didn’t, I started to think that something was wrong with me.

With a lot of research, growth, and prayer, I’ve learned that anger doesn’t mean there’s something wrong with me, but that something’s wrong. I believe that our emotions are meant to indicate a problem, but not to necessarily help us solve that problem.

In Ephesians, God shows us that it’s not our anger (or any other emotion) that’s a sin. It’s the reaction to the emotion, or the choices made out of that emotion. And when we stay angry all day, we become stuck in that emotion, making it nearly impossible to move into a place that we can work through or solve the root issue causing that anger.

One of the things I’ve learned about myself is that anger is my best hiding technique. It covers a multitude of other emotions that are more difficult to accept or deal with. It camouflages the type of vulnerability that can lead to hurt when left uncovered.

In high school, did you ever come home really late and forget to call your parents? You walk through the door and you’re met with anger while you’re parents are reciting things like, “We thought you were hurt!” I used to wonder why they weren’t happy to see that I wasn’t in fact hurt, but now I can see that their anger was simply masking their fear.

Anger can be a substitute for experiencing all kinds of emotions; both positive and negative. Have you ever met someone who becomes angry about good news? Or someone who appears to be angry during small talk about the weather? 

Anger is like a flare; it’s easy to see, but if we don’t find out where it’s leading us, we might never know what the problem is. And we certainly can’t do anything about it. It’s okay, and even healthy sometimes, to experience anger. But as Christians, it’s our job to eventually locate the root of the problem. Doing the hard work to find out what’s buried beneath that anger is an opportunity to grow spiritually and relationally. It will present us with opportunities to learn something new about ourselves. It gives us a chance to face a problem in a godly way.


Can you identify any situations that often lead to experiencing anger? Is there a common theme in the situations you’ve identified? Explore the scenario(s) you’ve thought of, and write down any details that might help you to determine any of the root causes of the problem.


For guidance in identifying any unrecognized or unresolved anger.

2•6 Bagel Holes Each

Cinnamon Raisin Bagel Holes

5 minPrep Time

5 minCook Time

10 minTotal Time

Serves 12 Bagel Holes

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  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup non-fat greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon raisins


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees or air fryer to 320 degrees
  2. Combine flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon in a bowl and mix
  3. Add greek yogurt to bowl and mix until combined, which will look like crumbles
  4. Using your hands, knead dough until the crumbles work themselves into the dough completely
  5. 1 tablespoon at a time, roll the dough around in your hands to form bagel holes, and add a few raisins to each one
  6. If using an air fryer, spray with non-stick spray
  7. If using an oven, line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat
  8. Cook for 5 minutes in air fryer/10 minutes in oven
  9. Allow to cool before eating
  10. Serve with cream cheese (optional)

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This recipe has been adapted from the crazy-popular homemade bagel recipe on Skinnytaste. The bagel recipe is delicious as is, but I’m a big fan of sweet breakfast (as I’m sure you’ve figured out by now) so I decided to turn these into a cinnamon raisin flavor. And instead of full bagels, I went with bagel holes!

If you don’t have an air fryer, you can definitely make them in the oven – but the texture is just slightly better out of the fryer!

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