Gluten Free Pop Tarts

These gluten free Pop Tarts are sweet and delicious! Made with a flaky gluten-free crust and filled with your favorite fruit filling, they are a healthier alternative to traditional pop tarts and are free of artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives. Enjoy them toasted or cold for a quick and easy snack or breakfast!
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These gluten free Pop Tarts are a delightful treat that brings back memories of childhood! These tasty pastries are a classic breakfast option enjoyed by both kids and adults. Unfortunately, they often contain gluten and loads of sugar. This recipe provides a delicious and simple way to savor this classic delight without the gluten and with much less sugar!

Gluten free pop tarts.

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Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • These gluten-free Pop Tarts are a timeless favorite, featuring a buttery, flaky crust and a sweet, fruity filling.
  • The dough is flaky and delicious, and the filling is perfectly sweet and tart.
  • You can customize the recipe to your liking, using different types of filling.
  • Their versatility allows you to customize them with your preferred jam or jelly.
  • These Pop Tarts are just as good as the real thing, but they are gluten free and lower in sugar!
  • These treats are loved by both kids and adults. So is this Gluten Free Monkey Bread!
  • This recipe is gluten-free and, aside from the vanilla glaze, sugar-free.
  • Check out these Homemade Snack Bars for another fun breakfast recipe!

Ingredients & Substitutes

These are the ingredients and substitutions for these gluten free pop tarts. Scroll down to the recipe card below for the entire recipe.

Paleo baking flour is a healthier option than white flour for this recipe. In addition, it is naturally gluten free.

Sea salt adds flavor to the pastry dough.

Cut the unsalted butter into cubes. Use cold butter straight from the fridge. Do not use melted butter. Use a food processor to make the dough. Do not mix by hand.

Cold water helps the dough bind together.

Fill the pop tarts with jam, jelly, or brown sugar.

Organic powdered sugar and milk create the vanilla glaze on top!

Taste & Texture

The crust of gluten-free Pop Tarts is flaky and buttery, just like the real thing.

The filling is sweet and tart. The glaze is rich and creamy.

The overall taste and texture of a gluten-free Pop Tart is very similar to a traditional Pop Tart.

How to Make

Step 1

First, make the dough.  Add the Paleo flour, sea salt, and cubed butter to a food processor.  Pulse until crumbly.

Step 2

Then, add in the cold water.  Pulse until the dough sticks together.

Step 3

Form the dough into two flat disks.  Wrap with plastic wrap.  Chill for 1 hour.

Two discs of dough.

Step 4

After 1 hour, roll out the first disk on a lightly floured surface to ¼ inch thickness.  Roll out to a 4-inch by 6-inch rectangle.

Step 5

Use a pizza cutter or sharp knife to cut into three rectangles, each 4 inches by 2 inches.  Carefully transfer to a lined baking pan.  Roll the excess dough back into another rectangle and cut out two more rectangles.

Rectangles of pastry dough.

Step 6

Repeat this process with the other flat disk.  You should have 12 rectangles on the lined pan by the end.

Step 7

Add the filling to half of the rectangles.  Allow at least ½ inch of space around the edges of the dough without filling.  Otherwise, the jelly will escape.

Dough with strawberry jam.

Step 8

Then, very carefully place the other half of the rectangles on top.

Layers of pastry dough.

Step 9

Use a fork to crimp the edges.  Gently pierce the top of each pop tart with a fork 3 to 4 times.

Dough with fork holes.

Step 10

Brush the edges with an egg wash or milk.

Step 11

Then, bake for 27 to 30 minutes at 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 12

Finally, remove from the oven.  When they are completely cool, make the glaze.

Step 13

In a small bowl, combine the powdered sugar and milk.  Stir until creamy.

Step 14

Once the gluten free pop tarts are cool, add the glaze.  Top with sprinkles if desired!

Sheet pan with pop tarts.

Expert Tips for Success

Here are a few expert tips and tricks for making the best gluten free Pop Tarts.

Use a food processor to make the dough. Do not mix by hand.

Chill the dough before rolling it out.  This will make it easier to roll out.

Use a pizza cutter to cut out the Pop Tart rectangles.  This will help to prevent the dough from tearing.

Seal the edges of the Pop Tarts well before baking.  This will prevent the filling from leaking out.

Bake until they are lightly golden brown.  This will help to ensure that the crust is flaky and that the filling is set.

Gluten free pastries.

Flavor Variations & Add-Ins

There are many different flavor variations and add-ins that you can use for these gluten-free Pop Tarts. Here are a few ideas.

Filling: You can use any type of filling that you like, such as fruit jam or peanut butter.

Frosting: You can use any type of frosting that you like, such as vanilla buttercreamchocolate frosting, or strawberry frosting.

Sprinkles: You can add sprinkles to the top of the Pop Tarts before baking for a fun and festive look.

Nuts: You can add nuts to the filling or glaze for a crunchy texture.

Chocolate chips: You can add chocolate chips to the filling or glaze for a chocolatey treat.

How to Serve & Store

Serve these gluten free pop tarts warm or cold.

Eat as a breakfast, snack, or dessert.

To store, place them in an airtight container at room temperature. They will stay fresh for up to 4 days.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I use regular flour in this recipe?

No, you cannot use regular flour in this recipe.  Gluten-free flour blends are specially formulated to contain ingredients that give baked goods a similar texture and taste to regular baked goods. If you are not gluten free, then white whole wheat flour works in this recipe.

Can I bake the Pop Tarts in a toaster oven?

Yes, you can bake the Pop Tarts in a toaster oven.  However, you will need to reduce the baking temperature and baking time slightly.

Can I freeze the Pop Tarts?

We do not recommend freezing the pop tarts if they have the glaze on top. Therefore, freeze them before adding the glaze. Then, thaw overnight at room temperature. Make the glaze before eating.

Can you make these without a food processor?

A food processor makes this recipe easy. However, if needed, add the pastry dough ingredients to a bowl. Use a pastry cutter, fork, or your fingers to incorporate the butter into the mixture.

Can you make the dough ahead of time?

Sure! Make the dough up to 48 hours in advance. Store in the fridge.

Pastry with jelly filling.

Equipment Needed

Food Processor: This food processor makes the best dough. It is powerful and easy to work with.

Baking Pan: These are my favorite baking pans.

Pizza Cutter: Use a pizza wheel to cut the dough. It makes super sharp and precise cuts.

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