Healthy Homemade Pop Tartz

Ohmygod ohmygod ohmygod ohmygod OHMYGOD.  Homemade Pop Tarts.  HEALTHY Homemade Pop Tarts!

Life is good.  All the problems of today just flew out the window.  Bills, rising gasoline prices, car payments, schoolwork and the 72 essays you have to write by next week, none of it matters when you sink your teeth into these all natural Pop Tarts!

Homemade Pop Tarts

I saw this recipe quite some time ago and finally decided to try it out.  I used a blend of buckwheat flour, oat flour and brown rice flour, but the gluten free tart dough broke apart easily and was extremely delicate.  After baking, it only got worse… it was impossible to pick up pop tarts without them breaking.  Here’s a picture:

Homemade Pop Tarts

Oh, and they didn’t taste very good either.  The dough was too salty and too dry.  I started over and made a new recipe.  I omitted the buckwheat and used more oat flour, reduced the salt, shortening and agave, and incorporated flax to help bind the dough.

The result?

Homemade Pop Tarts

Amazing.  These taste very authentic.  I used to eat the real Pop Tarts almost every day in high school, so I know what I’m talking about!  I remember always breaking off the crusts because it was dry and crumbly and indulging in the filling.  I was alllll about the filling  😉

Homemade Pop Tarts

The crust on these homemade Pop Tarts are almost exactly the same, however I must admit they are a tad bit more crumbly, but that didn’t stop all my taste-testers from gobbling these up!  We just learned to hold a hand under our mouth while simultaneously shoving a Pop Tart into our face  😉

Healthy Homemade Pop Tarts (refined sugar free, gluten free, vegan)

Yield: 5-8 pop tarts (depends on how thick you roll the dough)

Healthy Homemade Pop Tarts (refined sugar free, gluten free, vegan)

Ingredients

Instructions

    For the Dough:
  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the oat flour, brown rice flour, flax and salt.
  2. Dump the shortening into the center of the bowl and drizzle in the agave and butter extract. Fold together until a dough forms (the dough should be too dry or too moist, you should able to form it into a ball without it sticking to the bowl)
  3. Tape a large square of parchment paper onto your counter (I used packing tape around all sides) and knead dough with some extra oat flour (I used ~1/4 cup). Flatten the dough into a disc, wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  4. For the Pop Tarts:
  5. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  6. Break off 1/4 of the disc (put the rest back in the fridge), dust the parchment sheet and dough with some oat flour and roll to 1/8" thickness. Use a pizza cutter to cut into rectangles, then use a thin/sharp pie server to transfer rectangles to the prepared baking sheet.
  7. Add the fruit spread to the dough rectangles, leaving 1/2" border, then top with another dough rectangle.
  8. Press on the edges with your fingers to seal the pop tart and use a toothpick to poke holes into the surface (you can kind of see the holes in the post photos).
  9. Bake for ~12-16 minutes (depends on the size of your pop tarts), or until the edges have browned slightly. Slide the parchment paper off the pan and onto a wire cooling rack. Continue doing this until all the dough is used up.

Notes

*You can probably use 1/4 cup of unsweetened applesauce in place of 1/4 cup of the shortening if you want a lower fat recipe. I have made this dough with applesauce before with good results, but I haven't tried it yet with this Pop Tart recipe. I'm sure it will work out fine!

This recipe is: low sugar, gluten free, vegan!

http://dessertswithbenefits.com/homemade-pop-tarts/

Homemade Pop Tarts

45 comments on “Healthy Homemade Pop Tartz

  1. I absolutely adore this recipe!! But I’ve a question: do you think that subbing agave nectar for xylitol/erithritol would work?

  2. These look sooo good, love that you’ve made a really good looking GF crust too ( I attempted pop tarts a while back and they were a fail). Love that ‘goodies; bag too. P.s great work on the new blog design…not sure whether I’ve commented since the redesign.

  3. Yes! Yay! These homemade poptarts look craaazy delish!

  4. I absolutely ADORE all of BraveTarts faux recipe because she is classically trained and really takes her time to make things authentic so I was pleasantly surprised to see you used her recipe as a base! I will definitely try this version to see how they compare. Cheers! :)

  5. Ah! These are TOO cute! I have made homemade poptarts too, but I took the easy route and used store-bought crust. Yours are so much better than mine. I got to your blog from the food buzz website and am so glad I found it. I can’t wait to follow your posts!

  6. What happened to the nutritional information? I love these but wish I knew if they were healthier than the ones of my youth in terms of calories.

  7. Wow! Is this really possible? Healthy poptarts?! I am so looking forward to trying these :) I might even test them on my dad – the Poptart king.

    Thank you for sharing!

  8. There’s no way I could make ten out of this recipe, if you mean ten of the store bought size. My batch yielded 5 and a tiny one. I will have to double the batch to get ten. My dough didn’t stay together well. A tip…when i put them together it closed better if I wet one side of the crust edge with my finger, just like when you fold a wonton. that helped a lot. I’m going to try to make these again tomorrow and tweak a few things. .But I think you might give people an idea of what size yours were. Also, the icing was enough for about two of them. Definately going to multiply for my second try at these.

  9. I forgot to mention….it tastes good! I think once I get the kinks worked out the kids will like them. They are hearty and seems like one “regulation size” would fill you for an on the go snack for sure.

  10. Oh, girl! How seriously awesome are these???

  11. I am DEFINITELY making these :) Except, I’m not a big fan of fruit, so I’m going to fill them with Trader Joe’s cookie butter, Biscoff spread, or some kind of cinnamon-strusel-type mix! CAN’T WAIT!!!

    • dessertswithbenefits

      Oh my goodness Amanda, Biscoff sounds delicious!! Tell me if that’s good, I’m sure it will be :)

  12. Oh my gosh, these look great! And I’m laughing the thought of you holding a hand under your mouth while shoveling in the Pop Tart. My signature move is eating quickly over the sink–this way I can use both hands to shovel baked goods in my pie hole. Highly recommended!

  13. Wow! Saw these on foodgawker and was like I gotta see those! I am definitely trying them out!

  14. Colleen Salinas

    My son cannot have rice so any other way to substitute the brown rice flour?

  15. Julia Artemova

    These look really good! A few questions though- *Can you substitute rice flour with oat flour? *What can I substitute for Agave nectar and erythritol? I only have the stevia packets. *And will coconut milk work instead of almond milk, or regular fat free milk for that matter?

    • dessertswithbenefits

      Julia-
      I haven’t tried substituting any of the ingredients in this recipe, but in my personal experience, rice flour doesn’t hold together as well as oat flour. The pop tarts might crumble easily and lack structure.
      You can substitute the agave with honey or pure maple syrup. And you can substitute the erythritol with any granulated sweetener (evaporated cane juice, sucanat, date sugar, coconut sugar, xylitol, etc)
      Coconut milk should work to replace the almond milk.
      I hope this helps, I hope you like the Pop Tarts!
      -Jess

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  17. Just made these and Gena was right – only made 5 not 10 Pop Tart sized pop tarts. (I used a Pillsbury one to size my cut outs). Also, I used applesauce instead of the shortening and the dough was really flaky – it held together enough to roll and they’re cooling right now so I don’t know how they will hold up for eating but I’ll try with the shortening next time to see if they hold up better. They smell delicious! Hope my little guy likes them.

  18. Hey props for the awesome site and recipes! Made these last week and they were awesome! Only question is the nutrition facts – can you share them? I tried generating one with ReciPal, but the Fat content seem really high, as in >30% high! Is this just a high fat recipe because of the required shortening? Thanks and keep on keeping on!

  19. it’s look delicious but i like use the notes for low sugar

  20. Great looking recipe! My 3 year old doesn’t tolerate flax. Should I leave it out? Or is it an egg sub? Thanks!

  21. Lorie Zaragoza

    This recipe looks phenomenal! Thank you for your “hard” work lol getting the ingredients to mesh well. Can I substitute coconut oil instead f using the shortening? Thank you for a terrific recipe!

  22. These pop tarts look yummy. I was looking for oat flour recipes when I saw an image of these beauties. I’ve seen many recipes for a homemade version but never gave any of them a second look until now. Trying to transition my family to a gluten free, whole foods lifestyle and I’m pretty sure this recipe will win my 3 boys over. Thank you for sharing.

    • Thanks so much Michelle!! Congrats on transitioning your family to a healthy, whole foods life :) KUDOS!
      I hope you get to try out this recipe soon and I hope your entire family loves it 😀
      -Jess

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  24. I love your blog and your amazing story!

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  26. Looking forward to making these. Do you know if they will freeze ok?

    • Robin-
      I’m excited! I hope you like the recipe!!
      I’ve never tried freezing these but I’m sure that will work out just fine. Just place them in tightly sealed sandwich baggies and put them in the freezer. Then, to thaw, leave them in the fridge overnight :)
      -Jess

  27. These look amazing!!! Do you know how many calories there are in one I them?

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  30. So this is how people survive diets in this cruel fat filled world… 😀 I love it!

  31. I just found your site and I can’t wait to make these! I used to love poptarts years ago. I’m a long time junkfood vegan who’s slowly switching to plantbased vegan over the last year. SO, is this a vegan blog?

    • Tricia-
      Yay! So glad you found my site too 😀
      Congrats on your diet overhaul! I feel ya, I was a pop tart addict myself. The purple ones with the blue drizzle were my weakness 😉
      Desserts With Benefits isn’t entirely vegan, but I do post a lot of vegan recipes. I’d say it’s an even mix of vegan and non-vegan recipes. Hope this helps Tricia! And I hope you like the Pop Tartz 😀
      -Jess

  32. These look so good! So, i ended up trying to make them….but my dough ended up waaaaay sticky and whenever i rolled it out and tried to get a rectangle up, it was impossible….so i just winged it and made whatever shapes i could and filled them….but then when i baked them…..the dough spread soooooooo thin……any idea what happened?

    • Becky-
      Oh no! The dough shouldn’t be sticky at all, it should be kind of like a sugar cookie cookie dough… and they definitely shouldn’t have spread… did you make any ingredient substitutes and did you measure all the ingredients using a kitchen scale? I always recommend using a kitchen scale, especially for baking, because oat flour is pretty difficult to measure. It’s kind of like brown sugar, it can pack lightly into a measuring cup and it can pack tightly, which can cause dramatically different results in recipes.
      -Jess

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