Healthy Homemade Pop Tarts

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I have been thinking about doing a pop tart recipe for quite some time.  After I wrote about Pop Tarts and Their False Health Claims, I knew I would never buy those again.  You can get decent store bought pop tarts with the Nature’s Path brand, but I wanted a homemade pop tart version as well.  Now, I know that store bought pop tarts are normally crisp.  I tried two batches and mine didn’t get crispy.  Mine are on the softer side.  Most likely due to the applesauce and coconut oil.  However, all my taste testers thought they were good.  So I thought I would share anyway. :)  Maybe if you put them in a toaster oven, they will crisp up.

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I filled mine with two different fillings.  Some have my Blueberry Chia Jam and some have my Homemade Vegan Nutella. Make these ahead of time for a quick breakfast on those busy mornings.

Healthy Pop Tarts

Healthy Homemade Pop Tarts

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 15 pastries

Healthy Homemade Pop Tarts

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350. 
  • Mix all the dry ingredients in one bowl|.
  • Mix wet in another bowl|. 
  • Add dry to wet and mix until combined. 
  • Wrap the dough in plastic and place it in the fridge for at least 30 minutes to firm up. 
  • Once the dough is firm, cut two pieces of parchment paper the size of your baking sheets
  • Lay one of the sheets out on the counter. 
  • Using a bench scraper, cut the dough in half. 
  • Using a rolling pin, roll the dough ball out onto the parchment, putting the plastic wrap between the rolling pin and the dough. 
  • Rolling it onto the parchment will make for easy transfer to the baking sheets.
  • Try to roll the dough into a square shape.  Roll out to about 1/4 in thickness. 
  • Using a pizza cutter, cut the dough into even squares. 
  • Put a spoonful of jam on a square and cover with another square of dough. 
  • Use a fork to press the sides together. 
  • Repeat this until all have been done. 
  • Do all the same steps with the other half of the dough. 
  • Transfer the parchment paper onto the baking sheet and put in the oven. 
  • Bake for about 15-17 minutes.

I got 15 small sized pop tarts out of my batch. These should last a couple weeks in the fridge. You can also freeze them for longer storage. Enjoy!

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96 thoughts on “Healthy Homemade Pop Tarts

  1. Thanks for this! In my previous life, poptarts were my downfall (darn vending machine!). I look forward to making these! This will be a great use for all that extra jam I canned :-)

  2. I just made some of these yesterday with spelt flour. I only used that because it was what the recipe called for and I try to avoid refined white flour at all costs. My usual flour of choice is whole wheat but its a little dense and strong tasting for my kids, even with the white whole wheat. They liked the spelt flour version but is spelt as healthy as whole wheat? I don’t know the differences. Thanks for your guidance!

  3. I am super excited to try these poptarts. I have tried many homemade ones before but they all call for pie crust, and I don’t like the flavor of pie crust so they haven’t tasted that great to me. Finally a recipe without pie crust!

      1. I just came across your website! I am new to gluten free, for my son, but wanted to recreate some of his favorites. We were already eating the Nature’s Path pop tarts, but they have gluten. :( Anyways, I found a gluten free recipe for pop tarts that turned out really nice. I will post the site I got it from at the end. I did make some changes to the recipe, to suit what I had on hand and to our tastes.

        This is what I actually made, the original recipe is on the site posted at the end.
        1 cup coconut flour
        ¾ cup tapioca or potato starch
        ¼ cup sweet rice flour plus more for rolling
        ½ teaspoon xanthan gum
        1 teaspoon kosher salt
        1 tablespoon cane sugar
        1 cup coconut oil (or 1/2 cup of each, butter and coconut oil)
        2 large eggs – use divided
        2 – 3 tablespoons milk
        8 TBL jam or jelly (any flavor you like)

        I frosted mine after they cooled with an almond flavored powdered cane sugar frosting. I froze half of them and they are great. My son loves them, and truth be told, I do too!!

        http://simplygluten-free.com/blog/2012/07/gluten-free-dairy-free-pop-tarts-recipe.html

  4. Poptarts were definitely my childhood weakness! I will certainly be giving these a try, like the above reader, with a gluten-free flour!! Thanks for sharing!!

  5. This is a brilliant idea! As far as Pop Tarts’ false health claims, it’s like Michael Pollan says they have to “add value” to sell it. But you have really added value. It’s fun and it’s food.

  6. Can’t wait to try these — I love nutella but have been trying to avoid it since I am (slowly) transitioning to a plant-based diet. This will hit the spot for sure!!! Although we raise six hens at this time, I am trying to wean myself of eggs — How do I use flax as an egg replacement?

    1. It’s so simple. Just take 1 T flax meal + 3 T warm water. Whisk together and put in the fridge for a minute. It will get gummy, just like an egg. It works great in almost all recipes I have tried.

  7. Omg! This looks awesome! Just what I was looking for.
    Is there a way to replace the apple sauce to make it fructose free?
    Cheers

    1. You can sub the applesauce for all coconut oil if you like. I only added the applesauce to cut some of the oil.

  8. Making these for the second time right now! The first time they were a big hit with some 100% store bought fruit spread…my son takes these to school his snack! Thank you again for another kid friendly and healthy recipe! Today I am going to fill them with your Vegan Nutella! Also I found they freeze very well and I just take one out of the freezer each day for my son to take to school as they defrost very fast. Also then I can’t eat them all from the cupboard!!

  9. I’m excited to try these, however, I don’t have coconut sugar on hand! Could I replace w white or brown sugar??

  10. I made these but instead of cutting them into normal poptarts I rolled out the dough, and put the fruit spread on half the dough folded the dough over to make a half circle , then took me handy dandy ravioli rolling pin and rolled it over it making mini poptart bites, worked great! thanks for the recipe.

        1. If you eat them within a week, no. If you intend to keep them longer, you can store them in the fridge and even freeze them.

  11. Hi these look amazing. I am from the UK and love pop tarts but avoid them as I’m trying to keep a healthy diet. I was wondering if you know what the nutritional value is for example the calories and fat? Don’t worry If you don’t, I know it’s a big ask but if you did know or if you could tell me the best way to work it out I would be very grateful. :) (oh and either way I am going to make them, if they are high in calories I will just feed them my husband lol!)

    1. I don’t know off hand, sorry. I know that this site is pretty decent for tracking calories. aloriecount.about.com/cc/account/index.php There is a recipe analyzer under the tools tab. I think it can help you. :)

  12. I am brand new to this lifestyle so there is a lot for me to learn. Can you use store bought jelly or jam for the filling or is it necessary to make your own jam/jelly?

    1. You can use store bought jam. If you are trying to follow a real food diet, I would suggest choosing a jam that is 100% fruit. :)

  13. We made these today with the nutella filling. I am wondering if I burned the hazelnuts though because they have a slight burned taste and we could not get the outer skin to “roll” of with our hands, but rather had to scratch it off practically. Do you think that the outside didn’t come off well because I cooked them for too long? Only cooked for 10 minutes so I’m not sure.

    1. I have never had an issue with the skins. I usually bake mine for about 10 minutes and them let them cool before removing the skins. Sorry it had a burnt taste for you. :(

      1. I didn’t really let them cool all of the way before I peeled the skins so perhaps that was the problem. Next time, I will cook for a little less time and then make sure to let them cool all of the way first. We made some of them with some organic peanut butter (one of my daughters is obsessed with peanut butter) for the filling and they were really good!

  14. I’m so excited to try these. I showed my kids and they can’t wait either. We are always looking for ways to make breakfast easier with out buying prepackaged fake foods. Can’t wait to start following your blog now that I found it!

  15. I am baking the fig newtons right now and honestly I have eaten the first tray but anyways I was looking at the pop tarts and aren’t they the same thing pretty much? BTW they’re delish I have been wanting to make some and never have I ate a whole pack of fig newtons and then decided I also needed some healthy ones lol never agin will I buy them thanks so much for taking the time to spoil all us healthies with recipes

  16. I made these today with spelt flour and everyone loved them! I forgot to add sugar to the dough, but it worked out well because my husband asked me to frost them, which I did with powdered sugar, a little butter, milk and a little jelly. Thanks for the recipe!

  17. My 4 year old and I made these today with coconut flour. We had to add more liquid and may have been harder to work with but the end result was great! We used home made nutella in some and almond butter and honey in the others. My daughter used our small veggie cutters to make design on the tops. Also, I’m not sure if it was the coconut flour or thickness but we did have to cook them more like 20-22 minutes. Thank you! Getting prepared for school is fun:)

    1. I’m so glad they worked with the coconut flour! When I use coconut flour, I always have to bake things a bit longer too.

  18. I am so excited to try these! My grandson, who has mild cerebral palsy, and has been diagnosed with ASD, loves poptarts, and I have been doing such a great job with providing him with healthy meals without the icky stuff when he’s with us……until it came to his poptarts. Thanks so much.

  19. Just made these! I used black cherry jam and they are delish! I completely love the crust, the cinnamon makes it perfect! Now I’m trying to think of other ways I can play with the crust. Thanks so much

  20. I tried these last weekend along with several other of your recipes(i had a baking day). These, along with every other recipe I tried, were phenomenal! Both kids and hubby loved them. We used Crofter’s all fruit spread for the filling and I used a round biscuit cutter to make fun shapes. Put them right in the freezer and have pulled them out and popped in toaster. I’ve even had them as a dessert. Thanks so much for your website and amazing recipes. I’m hooked!

    1. I think we are going to make this in a few days. :D Thanks for the tip about the cookie cutters… That can definitely help make it “fun” for a 2 and 4 year old to help me make these, and eat them too!! :D

  21. Do you have a recipe for brown sugar pop-tarts with frosting. That is the only one my son will eat, although he loves Nutella so I might try that. He has to take 2 snacks a day to school and I’d rather he had healthier snacks than the sugar filled ones. Thanks.

  22. These were great! I substituted 1 1/2 cups buckwheat flour and 1 cup garbanzo bean flour. It was a little sticker so I did have to use flour on the parchment paper. My 15 month old can’t get enough! My boys like it, too. Thanks so much!

  23. These are awesome! I tried them with sliced apples and applebutter. Thankyou. I ‘ve tried a lot of your breakfast and cookie reciepes. All my kids love them and they are so easy :)

  24. I’m curious as to to Coconut Sugar, is it better tasting or healthier? Also the Coconut Oil, I have heard mixed reviews about it. Some doctors like Barnard, McDougall, Furhman and so forth talk about any Oil being unhealthy because it’s processed. What’s your opinion?

    1. I think coconut oil is fine in moderation. There are reports on both sides about it. Overall, I try not to consume too much oil on a daily basis. Coconut sugar is lower on the glycemic index and that’s why people call it a healthier sweetener. It has a mildly sweet taste. It’s kind of like brown sugar, but less sweet tasting.

  25. I just found your blog and I love that a lot of your recipes can be made with ingredients that I often have in my kitchen.

    I tried these out on the weekend…they were soft and more like homemade nutrigrain bars then poptarts …but they were a hit with my husband and toddler. I’m going to try making a larger batch next weekend and freezing them. That way I can have homemade snacks on the go instead of packaged granola bars etc.

  26. Just made these, delicious! I had some trouble with the dough being too sticky. next time I might have put some flour on the parchment paper or refrigerate it longer? What do you suggest?

    At the end I gave up and made a few thumbprint cookies instead, those tasted delicious.

    I used the refrigerator apple spice jam and some store bought all fruit strawberry jam.

      1. I am now proud to report that I got both of my picky girls to eat them!! Next time I’m going to at least double the recipe and freeze some! I’m hoping this will replace my husbands obsession with apple nutri grain bars.

  27. I made these this morning with chia seed blueberry jam and my 1 1/2 yr old son gobbled them up like candy. Big hit. Just wanted to say thanks for the recipe. Think I will try them with the vegan hazelnut spread next time. Thanks again for your blog, haven’t made a recipe yet on here that I haven’t liked!

    -Savanna

    1. I use a flax egg because I am vegan. It’s an egg substitute made from flax meal. You can use a real egg too if you eat them.

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