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Yes, healthy pop tarts.

Healthy Pop Tarts!!!

Pop tarts without the corn syrup.

Without the food dyes, without the trans fats. Healthy pop tarts with real fruit, with whole grains, with ingredients you can pronounce.

vegan pop tart

And you can turn this healthy pop tarts recipe into many different flavors Smile.

healthy pop tart

Healthy Pop Tarts

(or you can make regular-sized pop tarts)

  • 1/2 cup plus 3 tbsp spelt flour (Or all-purpose flour, or a mix of the two. Whole-wheat pastry flour will work; it’ll just be less soft, and you’ll need to add a tiny bit more oil. For notes on gluten-free options, see nutrition link below.) (100g)
  • *tiny* bit over 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tbsp agave or pure maple syrup (or honey, but not for strict vegans) (21g)
  • 3/4 of a packet nunaturals stevia, or omit and add one extra tbsp of the above liquid sweetener
  • 3/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp vegetable or coconut oil (21g)
  • 1 tbsp more oil, or milk of choice (omit if using the extra liquid sweetener in place of the stevia) (15g)

Combine dry ingredients and stir. In a separate bowl, combine all wet ingredients, then mix wet into dry and stir. Pour crumbly dough into a gallon-sized plastic bag and smush into a ball. Still in the bag, roll dough into a very, very thin square. (For step-by-step photos, see nutrition link below.) Chill at least 20 minutes, or your pop tarts will be crispy. Meanwhile, grease a baking pan, and make up whatever filling/s you desire. (I’ve provided a few ideas below, and feel free to make different flavors within the same batch of dough.)

Preheat oven to 350. Cut open the bag and slice the dough into rectangles. If you’ve rolled it thinly enough and use all the dough, you should be able to get 34-38 rectangles. (Cut much bigger rectangles if you want regular-sized pop tarts, as opposed to minis.) Put a little filling—about 3/4 teaspoon—on half the rectangles, then place remaining rectangles on top. Cinch down with a fork or your fingers, and it’s okay if some of the filling comes out. Bake 14-18 minutes, depending on how crispy you want the crust. Once cooled, spread on glaze (recipe at the bottom of this post), and store in a plastic container for soft pop tarts or a glass container for crispy ones.

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Also see above nutrition link for step-by-step “pop tart making” photos.

vegan pop tart

For the healthy pop tarts glaze:

Microwave (or heat on the stove) 1 small strawberry for 20 seconds, then mash very well until it’s like soup. Add 1/2 cup (60g) powdered sugar or Sugar-Free Powdered Sugar and stir stir stir. It’ll seem extremely thick at first, but if you just keep stirring, it’ll turn into icing.

And yes, it does work with the sugar-free powdered sugar (recipe linked above, in blue). You probably won’t use all of the icing for the healthy pop tarts, but this was easier than telling you to microwave 1/8th of a strawberry!

Healthy Pop Tarts- with lots of different flavor ideas!

Other Flavor Ideas

Very Berry Healthy Pop Tarts: (shown above) Simply mash strawberries (or other berries), microwave a few seconds, then stir in a little stevia or powdered sugar. Portion about 1 tsp on each of half the rectangles.

PB&J Healthy Pop Tarts: Spread a thin layer of your favorite jam on half of the rectangles, then add about 1 tsp peanut butter.

Apple Pie Healthy Pop Tarts: Chopped apple, cinnamon, and Sucanat or brown sugar stirred together.

Molten Lava Healthy Pop Tarts: Fill pop tarts with as many mini chocolate chips as you can!

More ideas: brown sugar & cinnamon, strawberry cream cheese, oatmeal raisin, carrot cake, Nutella…

healthy pop tart

What would be YOUR dream pop tart flavor?

I really like the cookie dough idea people mentioned in my previous post. You will be seeing cookie dough pop tarts in the near future…

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Katie is the baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating a balanced diet that includes dessert every single day. More about Katie—> 
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  1. Erikka says:

    This recipe looks AMAZING. you are a genius katie! Anyway, do you think I could sub in applesauce for the oil? Or half oil/half applesauce? Thanks!

  2. These might be the cutest idea EVER. Will they stay together in the toaster? 😉

    1. You can heat regular-sized ones in the toaster. The mini ones should probably only go in a toaster oven, though. Also, I wouldn’t frost them first, as I think the frosting would melt in the toaster.

  3. LOVE these!!! My husband would be so happy to have one of these [or a bowl full of minis and eat them like cereal] 😀

  4. I looooved Pop Tarts back in the day, but they’re so awful for you. I’ve made them at home before, but I’m SO happy to finally see a healthy version! Definitely giving this a try 🙂

  5. Anonymous says:

    Perfect!!! I am so excited to make a batch of these. 🙂
    When you say they are “crispy” if you dont chill 20 minutes before cooking, just how crispy do you mean?
    Thanks for the awesome recipe!!! 🙂

    1. Like not bend-able… I’m not sure exactly how to better explain it. Like crispy cookies, I guess. Or chips?

  6. annabel lee says:

    Hooray! I’ve been trying to find a good homemade and healthy pop tart recipe!
    Pop tarts sans gelatin!! 🙂

  7. Lauren says:

    Yum! I didn’t eat a lot of Pop-Tarts growing up (my mom was very health-oriented, and I was deprived… ;-)), but these look adorable! I may have to pipe on the icing like a Toaster Strudel for my hubby though because that was his favorite as a kid. Thanks for ‘healthifying’ it!

  8. JenniferH says:

    I have been wanting to attempt healthy poptarts forever!!! You just made my day!!! (I recently tried the Kelloggs Pastry Crisps..and they are delicious, but have all sorts of bad stuff for you.) If the whole wheat makes them crispier, I’m thinking that is the direction I will go for copycat pastry crisps! Great job, Katie!

  9. those look so cute and delicious! Haha and waaaaay healthier than regular pop tarts, I used to LOVE them!

  10. Lea says:

    These look so yummy! I had a couple of pop tarts for the first time in YEARS last week and I forgot just how tasty they are.

  11. Barb says:

    Awesome! The step-by-step photos for this are INCREDIBLY helpful! What awesome ideas- I’m going to make chocolate peanut butter poptarts ! 🙂

  12. Katy says:

    I just posted a recipe quite similar to this – pumpkin hand tarts!
    http://superfoodbabe.wordpress.com/2012/10/01/pumpkin-hand-tarts/

  13. Sherlock says:

    OMG These look awesome!

  14. Shundara says:

    Little bite size snacks this is so cute!!! I am so going to make them with raspberries.. This is just to cute!!! 🙂

  15. These are so cute! My grandkids would love them!

  16. Annie B says:

    Love, love, love this!!!! I have been feeling so torn. My kiddos spend three nights a week at their dad’s house (we’ve been divorced quite a while) and they get pop-tarts for breakfast every day at his house and they love them. I refuse to buy them, because they are so awful. Now I can make these for the kids when they ask for them and not feel like they are looking at me like the big bad witch for making them eat healthy food!

  17. If these taste half as good as they look; I’m in heaven….and my kids will be too!! I know what were having for breakfast.

  18. Ellen says:

    I have my dough chillin in the fridge as I type this! LOVE your website. I don’t think there’s a single recipe I haven’t wanted to make as soon as you posted. I probably check CCK more than facebook!

    1. Ellen says:

      Oh, and for my filling I haven’t filled them yet but I’m thinking of mixing some coconut brown sugar with a little Earth Balance for some of them, because the brown sugar pop tarts were always my favorite. I’m not sure what flavor to make the rest of them, but I’ll probably add some chocolate to some of them in your honor.

      1. Anne says:

        Do chocolate peanut butter! 🙂

  19. Anne says:

    THESE ARE TOO CUTE! I love the pictures, and I’m excited because Pop Tarts were always my favorite breakfast when I was a little kid. Now I always see them at the store and have such good memories of eating them as a kid. Trying yours soon!

  20. Rachel says:

    I am dreaming about a pumpkin pop tart! 🙂