We’ve never had a lot of Pop Tarts in my house. And when we did have them…none of us ever ate them for breakfast. It always seemed to be an ‘I’m hungry right before bed so I’ll sneak out and try to open that stupid silver, ridiculously loud, package and eat my delicious Pop Tart without getting caught’ kind of thing…at least it was for me. It had to be strawberry and I had to toast it. Is there any other way? Well, that was until my mom saw Pumpkin pie Pop Tarts, and knowing me oh-so-well, got me a package. Let’s just say, they didn’t last long.
Here’s the scary part. Pop Tarts, among many other ingredients, are made with enriched flour, corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, sunflower oil, palm oil, modified corn starch, caramel color, soy lecithin, and food coloring. What?? Those pastries you see on TV with huge grins, are filled with garbage?
Needless to say, I don’t eat Pop Tarts anymore. RIP Pumpkin Pie Pop Tart.
But never fear! I have created my own version to bring toasty goodness and smiles back to the people again. Now you can be rest assured that your Healthy and Happy Pop Tarts are good for your body and your taste buds. You can thank me later 🙂
Healthy, Happy, Homemade Pop Tarts
-2 cups whole wheat flour
-1/2 teaspoon salt
-1 teaspoon cinnamon
-1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon coconut sugar
-4 tablespoons coconut oil, hardened
-1/2 banana, mashed -1/3 cup water
-You’re desired filling: chia seed jam, peanut/almond butter, PB&J, greek yogurt with fruit chunks, cinnamon apple sauce, pumpkin pie (hehe)
1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Place a sheet of parchment paper on a large baking sheet
2. Mix the flour, salt, cinnamon, and sugar in a bowl.
3. Place the coconut oil into a blender or food processor.
4. Pour in the mashed banana and the flour mixture.
5. Pulse until crumbly.
6. Pour in about half of the water and pulse. Pour in the rest of the water. Combine very well. If you see that the dough is very wet, you may need to add flour. If it is dry, add water 1 teaspoon at a time.
7. You should now be able to put it in your hands and it should stick together. Roll it out, with a rolling pin, on a floured surface until the dough is about a 1/4 inch thick.
8. Use cookie cutters, or just a knife, to cut the shapes you want. Put one piece of cut dough (for each shape) on your parchment paper.
9. Spoon filling onto the dough. (The amount depends on how big your dough is, so put how much you think is appropriate)
10. Put the corresponding dough piece on top and poke holes on top.
11. Take a fork and press down around the edges to keep the filling from leaking out.
12. Place in the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes (again, it depends on the size) Check on them at the 15 minute mark. They should be golden brown on top and not soft if you move them.
13. I did mine in several batches, so just repeat the process until you’re all done.
As you can see, one of my Pop Tarts has a glaze/frosting on top. My brother said it’s not a Pop Tart without it, so I indulged him and made him one with ‘frosting’. I personally never liked the frosting, so I am a-okay without it. If you really want some you can mix a teaspoon of milk with a 1/3 cup powdered sugar. Then just pour it on there and top with sprinkles of course…or with some Chocolate Peanut butter sauce.
To keep it simple, I made some Strawberry chia jam and Blueberry chia jam to use as my filling. It’s very, very good. The dough is not very sweet, so if you want a sweet toasty dough square (aka Pop Tart) you may want to add more sugar or drizzle some honey on top for a more natural sweet glaze. Next time, I’m definitely going to make a double batch and just freeze the rest so I’m ready to go. They are portable, filling, and perfect for those days you wake up too late and scramble to get out the door. Pumpkin pie Pop Tart you have been reborn ❤
Ingredient Chalk-talk: Coconut oil, like olive oil, is deemed a healthy fat which our body needs to function properly. Coconut oil, however, is about 90% saturated fat, the highest percentage in any oil. Many try to stay away from saturated fats, but more research has been popping up that some saturated fats are not very harmful (we’ll have to watch for outcome updates.) It is made up of short and medium chain fatty acids, which make it much easier for our bodies to break down, aiding in digestion. Coconut oil is made up of more than 40 % Lauric acid, one of the highest found sources, which converts itself to monolaurin. Monolaurin helps the body fight disease by improving the immune system. Some other possible health benefits include the improvement/reversal of Alzheimer, improvement/reversal of type 1 and 2 diabetes, improve skin diseases (like acne, eczema, rosacea), kills the candida fungus, provides energy, increases metabolism, and preserves muscle mass.
In conclusion, these Healthy and Happy Pop Tarts are a cure all!! Just kidding…but they are a whole lot better than their store bought, twice-removed and estranged cousins, the chemical/GMO-ridden Pop Tarts. *shiver*
Until next time,
“good food, good life.” the internet