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Healthy Vegan Pop Tarts with Strawberry Filling

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These sweet, flaky, healthy homemade vegan pop tarts are scrumptiously delicious and so easy to make! Dairy free and healthier than traditional pop tarts, these low sugar treats are a healthy alternative to those super sugary store bought pop tarts! The whole family will love these colorful treats with rainbow sprinkles!

healthy homemade vegan pop tarts with strawberry filling with rainbow sprinkles and coconut yogurt icing

You are going to LOVE these easy homemade vegan pop tarts. Made with a sweet strawberry jam and vanilla, these healthy pop tarts are even more delicious because they are drizzled with a sweetened coconut glaze. The flavors from these baked goods are joyful, fun, and yummy.

Your tastebuds will favor these vegan strawberry pop tarts for breakfast, brunch, or even dessert – these treats are perfectly soft, tender, and perfect anytime of the day!

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You can either use a sweet homemade strawberry jam or storebought, but for either option you choose, the results will be the same: delicious and mouthwatering.

If you’re in need of some party favors or sweets for a birthday party or other festive occasion, celebrate with this easy recipe.

We like to make these healthy strawberry pop tarts to keep around the house for easy breakfasts and snacks. With the kids being back in school, these treats make the perfect additions for lunchboxes! Have fun with the different colors of sprinkles there are as there are so many choices. Between you and me, the simple icing and sprinkles are the best parts!

Whether we’re baking cinnamon rolls, biscuits, or pop tarts, we like to keep things fun and light around the house with easily accessible snacks and treats we can enjoy.

As most storebought pop tarts are made with questionable ingredients such as high fructose corn syrup, artificial colors, and mysterious animal products, these homemade pop tarts are made with simple ingredients that are familiar and well-known. The entire household will love this amazing recipe for pop tarts because they taste just like original pop tarts!

🥗 Are Pop Tarts Vegan?

On first glance, the ingredients list for pop tarts looks vegan friendly. However, one thing to keep in mind with most processed foods, is that the sugar used in the foods is processed using bone char from animals. So technically, because of that, traditional pop tarts are likely not vegan!

🍓 Are Pop Tarts Healthy For You?

Unfortunately, no, pop tarts are not healthy at all! They contain up to 30 grams of sugar (that’s equal to FIVE oreo cookies!) and they are filled with processed, controversial ingredients like artificial colors that are banned in Europe. Store bought pop tarts are not a healthy breakfast. Even though they are marketed as an easy breakfast, they are actually worse for you than many desserts!

👩🏽‍🍳 Why This Recipe Works

  • Kid-Friendly: These healthy homemade pop tarts are perfectly kid-friendly and suitable for even toddlers! The kids will love helping in the kitchen with these delicious toaster pastries.
  • Simple to Make: With just some easy steps, you will have these ready in no time! The pie dough is super simple to make and comes together so easily. Who knew homemade pop tarts could be so simple?!
  • Delicious: The coconut glaze and low sugar strawberry jam will satisfy your sweet tooth! When you bite into the crispy dough, you will soon be met with a smooth strawberry-filled center.
  • Lots of Variations: There are so many different flavors of pop tarts and this recipe is easily adaptable to accommodate all of them! See all the ways you can change up these vegan pop-tarts below!

🥘 Ingredients

This recipe calls for simple pantry ingredients you may already have, but if not, you can easily access these items from the local grocery store or market. One of our favorite things about this recipe is how the ingredients are so minimal and basic!

ingredients for healthy vegan pop tarts
  • Flour: For these pop tarts we used whole wheat flour. This adds a dose of whole grains and fiber and is healthier than regular all purpose flour. You can substitute oat flour, spelt flour, or your favorite gluten-free flours.
  • Baking Powder: A leavening agent for the dough, you will want to make sure to have baking powder for this recipe.
  • Oil: Any type of vegetable oil will work such as coconut oil, grapeseed oil, avocado oil, etc. You could probably also use melted vegan butter too.
  • Vanilla Extract: You will want vanilla extract to make the dough slightly rich in flavor.
  • Jam: Any type of jelly-like strawberry jam will work. Just be sure to choose a low sugar or sugar free jam made with real fruit. You can use any type of jam or preserves such as blueberry, blackberry, raspberries, muscadine, etc. for this delicious sweet filling.
  • Sugar: Powdered sugar is used for the sweet icing topping. For a sugar-free version, substitute with powdered erythritol.
  • Yogurt: Dairy-free coconut yogurt replaces cream cheese for the glaze, and you can use any type of plant based yogurt for a customized icing option.
  • Sprinkles: The sprinkles are optional, but highly encouraged for bonus fun! Make sure to use vegan sprinkles with natural colors!

🍽 Equipment

📖 Variations

There are so many different options for fillings such as brown sugar and cinnamon for brown sugar cinnamon pop tarts or chocolate chips for chocolate pop tarts–the list goes on. Here are 9 of our favorite variations!

  • Puff Pastry Dough: Feel free to use a store-bought pie crust or a pre-made buttery pastry dough for these healthy pop-tarts. Just make sure the dough has vegan ingredients and no hidden animal ingredients (like shortening which can be made from lard)
  • Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Pop Tarts: Instead of the strawberry filling, use 1 tablespoon of peanut butter in the center of each of these pop tarts! Drizzle with melted vegan chocolate on top instead of the vanilla icing!
  • S’mores Pop Tarts: Add a couple mini vegan marshmallows and 1-2 teaspoons of vegan chocolate chips into the center of each of the pastry rectangles. Spread melted chocolate on top when the toaster pastry comes out of the oven!
  • Lemon Cream Pie Pop Tarts: Use a vegan lemon curd instead of strawberry jam, and top with the coconut yogurt icing + lemon zest instead of the sprinkles!
  • Vegan Blueberry Pop Tart Recipe: Use blueberry jam instead of strawberry jam!
  • Healthy Cinnamon Pop Tarts: Instead of the strawberry jam filling, brush the dough rectangles with melted vegan butter and add a brown sugar cinnamon filling to the dough before sealing and baking. Top with a dusting of cinnamon sugar on top!
  • Low Sugar Pop Tarts: Use sugar free jam and powdered erythritol instead of the powdered sugar.
  • Make it Keto: Make these pop tarts keto by using gluten-free flour, sugar-free sweetener, and sugar-free sweet homemade strawberry jam.
  • Healthy Gluten Free Pop Tarts: For a gluten-free version, you can try a 1:1 gluten free baking flour like Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free 1:1 Flour.

🔪 Instructions

Follow these step-by-step photos to make the best healthy homemade strawberry pop tarts every time!

Preheat Oven & Mix the Dry Ingredients: First, preheat the oven to 338 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking tray with a piece of parchment paper. Set aside. Next, in a medium mixing bowl, mix the flour and baking powder. Set aside.

dry ingredients mixed in a bowl

Wet Ingredients: In a small mixing bowl, mix together the applesauce, oil, and vanilla extract until smooth.

wet ingredients mixed in a bowl

Combine Wet + Dry: Add the apple sauce mixture to the dry ingredients and mix to form a dough. Add a couple teaspoons of ice-cold water to the dough if it is a bit dry.

dry and wet ingredients mixed together in a bowl

Chill the dough: Shape into a ball of dough, cover with plastic wrap, and allow it to rest in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes.

dough for pop tarts on a cutting board

Prepare the Dough

Roll the Dough: After resting, cut the dough ball in half. Place one half of the dough onto a sheet of baking paper, cover with another sheet of baking paper, and, with a rolling pin, roll dough out to ⅛-inch thick.

pastry dough being rolled out

Cut the Dough: With a pizza cutter, cut the pastry into four equal rectangles. Repeat with the remaining pastry.

pop tart dough cut on a cutting board

Layer with Jam: Arrange the cut pastry rectangles onto a prepared tray lined with parchment paper. Place a heaped tablespoon of jam onto the center of each pastry rectangle and slightly spread out, leaving space around the edges.

strawberry filling added to pastry dough

Seal: Next, top each pop tart with a pastry piece and press down to seal the edges. Using a fork, press around the edges to ensure all edges are sealed.

vegan pop tarts recipe -- pop tarts about to go into the oven

Bake: Bake the pop tarts in the oven for ten to 15 minutes until lightly golden brown. Remove from the oven and allow the pop tarts to cool on a cooling rack.

easy vegan pop tarts fresh out of the oven

For the Glaze

Mix: In a small bowl, mix together the powdered sugar and coconut yogurt to form a smooth glaze. Add more powdered sugar to the glaze until desired thickness is met. For best results, make sure the pop tarts cool before adding the icing (so the icing doesn’t melt off!)

healthy homemade vegan pop tarts with strawberry filling being iced with rainbow sprinkles and coconut yogurt icing

❓Recipe FAQs

How To Make Homemade Pop Tarts Healthy?

This healthy pop tarts recipe uses a few simple swaps to make these treats a healthier alternative to an original pop tart! Here’s what makes our homemade version so much better for you:

1) Whole Grains: Instead of white flour, we use whole wheat flour which has more fiber, nutrients and whole grains.
2) Low Sugar: This healthy recipe has only 11 grams of sugar (versus 30 grams for the store bought version!) You can reduce the sugar even further by using sugar free icing and sugar free jam.
3) All Natural: You won’t find any artificial flavors or colors in this recipe! Natural ingredients make this recipe much healthier for you.

Can I put homemade pop tarts in the toaster?

I wouldn’t recommend heating these pop tarts in a regular toaster as they will likely get stuck to the sides. However, you can use a toaster oven or an air fryer to re-toast these pop tarts (if you’re eating them from the fridge or after being frozen!)

Is there anything healthy about pop tarts?

Unfortunately no, even the unfrosted pop tarts are still filled with artificial flavors, colors and sugar! The healthiest alternative to pop tarts is to just make your own at home!

🧊 How to Store

Room Temperature: Store these pop tarts in an airtight container in a cool dry place for up to four days.

Freeze: Unglazed pop tarts can definitely be frozen! Wrap the pop tarts in plastic wrap and freeze in an air tight container for up to two months. Thaw in the fridge overnight, then reheat in the oven or air fryer before serving.

👨‍👩‍👧 Serving Suggestions

You are going to love serving these pop tarts with your favorite meals and snacks!

  • With eggs, veggie sausage, and tofu bacon
  • With fresh fruit such as pineapple, banana, apples, oranges, etc.
  • Serve these pop tarts with protein truffles for a quick pick-me-up throughout the day or during camping and hiking trips
  • With finger foods in childrens’ lunchboxes
  • Serve these pop tarts with a glass of your favorite non-dairy milk!

💭 Expert Tips

  • To reheat the pop tarts, heat them in the microwave for 30 seconds, or in the air fryer for 3 minutes at 350 degrees, or in the toaster oven or regular oven for a few minutes until warmed through.
  • Cooking times may vary based on different ovens.
  • Make sure not to overmix the dough has this will create a tough dough rather than a flaky pastry.
  • Pastry can be made up to 24 hours before being used. Ensure the dough is covered and stored in the refrigerator.
  • Make sure the dough is no thicker than 1/8 inch thick – otherwise your pastry will be too tough.
  • Do not overfill your pop tarts otherwise they will overflow out of the sides of the pastry when baked. 1 tablespoon is plenty!
healthy homemade vegan pop tarts with strawberry filling with rainbow sprinkles and coconut yogurt icing

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healthy homemade vegan pop tarts with strawberry filling with rainbow sprinkles and coconut yogurt icing
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Healthy Homemade Vegan Pop Tarts

These sweet, flaky, healthy homemade vegan pop tarts are scrumptiously delicious and so easy to make! Dairy free and healthier than traditional pop tarts, these low sugar treats are a healthy alternative to those super sugary store bought pop tarts! The whole family will love these colorful treats with rainbow sprinkles!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Resting Time15 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Appetizer, Breakfast, Brunch, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 277kcal
Author: Anjali Shah

Ingredients

Filling

  • ¼ cup low sugar strawberry jam 5 grams added sugar per tablespoon

Glaze

  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon coconut yogurt
  • sprinkles optional

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 338 degrees Fahrenheit / 170 C. Line a baking tray with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, add flour and baking powder and whisk together. Set aside.
  • In a small mixing bowl mix together the apple sauce, oil and vanilla extract until smooth.
  • Add the apple sauce mixture to the dry ingredients, mix to form a dough. If the dough is a little dry add 1-2 teaspoons of ice cold water. Shape into a ball, cover in plastic wrap and allow to rest in the fridge for 15 minutes.
  • After resting, cut the dough in half. Place one half of the dough onto a sheet of baking paper, cover with another sheet of baking paper, and roll the dough out to ⅛-inch thick.
  • With a pizza cutter, cut the pastry into four equal rectangles. Repeat with the remaining pastry.
  • Arrange the cut pastry rectangles onto a prepared tray lined with parchment paper. Place a heaping tablespoon of jam into the center of each pastry rectangle and slightly spread out, leaving space around the edges.
  • Top each pop tart with a pastry piece and press down to seal the edges. Using a fork, press around the edges to ensure all edges are sealed.
  • Bake the pop tarts in the oven for ten to 15 minutes until lightly golden brown. Remove from the oven and allow the pop tarts to cool on a cooling rack.

For the Glaze

  • In a small bowl, mix together the powdered sugar and coconut yogurt to form a smooth glaze. Add more powdered sugar to the glaze until desired thickness is met.
  • Evenly spread the glaze over the tops of each pop tart and top with sprinkles. Glaze the pop tarts after they have cooled to ensure your glaze doesn't "melt" off the pop tarts from the heat!

Video

https://youtu.be/0hf-7C3K-MQ

Notes

  • Unglazed, cooked pop tarts can be frozen. Wrap them in plastic wrap and freeze for up to 2 months.
  • To reheat pop tarts, pop them into a microwave for 30 seconds.
  • Cooking times may vary based on different ovens.
  • Make sure to not over mix the dough otherwise this will create a tough dough instead of a flaky pastry.
  • Pastry can be made up to 24hrs before being used. Ensure it is covered and stored in the fridge.
  • Make sure the dough is no thicker than 1/8 inch thick – otherwise your pastry will be too tough.
  • Do not overfill your pop tarts otherwise they will overflow out of the sides of the pastry when baked. 1 tablespoon is plenty!

Nutrition

Serving: 1pop tart | Calories: 277kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 9mg | Potassium: 239mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 11g

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24 responses to “Healthy Vegan Pop Tarts with Strawberry Filling”

  1. The heading says this recipe is gluten free but wheat flour is used. Would this work with tigernut flour or a blend of tigernut flours with something else? Not almond flour though-too high oxalate . Thank you

    • Hi Dina! So sorry I missed adding that note in the recipe card! You can use a Gluten Free 1:1 Baking Flour (like Bob’s Red Mill) to make this gluten free. I haven’t tried it with tigernut flour but I suppose it can’t hurt! If you do try it with tigernut or a blend of GF flours let me know how it turns out!

  2. I love making homemade pop tarts. You are correct, the store bought ones have so many questionable ingredients. It’s nice to have a healthy alternative.5 stars

  3. This is such a simple recipe. I can throw these together any morning for a quick, hot, fresh and delicious pop tart.5 stars

  4. Oh how fun! These pop tarts sound absolutely amazing with the strawberry filling. Love all the sprinkles on top too.5 stars

  5. These are fun, wholesome, and they turn out great. My kids including the big one that calls himself husband, love these.5 stars

  6. Oh wow! My kids are going to absolutely love this recipe! Looks so delicious and I love that it’s healthier than store bought! Can’t wait!5 stars

  7. I LOVE pop-tarts but I always feel horrible after eating them due to all of the processed junk they contain. Your healthier recipe sounds so delicious – and easy to make! Thanks for inspiring me to give this a try!5 stars

  8. I love all of the different varieties you can make of these homemade pop tarts! They sound way healthier and tastier than the packaged stuff 🙂5 stars

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