It’s no secret that my older daughter has an interest in pop tarts (since I recently shared on facebook that she’s apparently been “trading” at snack time to get some!) so clearly I had to do something about it.
First of all, we took her to the store and let her pick out a box of organic frosted pop tarts. Organic or not…they are still completely junk food with loads of added sugar. I am not the one who is 7-years-old though, and I can understand how “store-bought” and “packaging” may sometimes play an important role at school.
So I showed her how much sugar they contain, in order to convey that they are really more of a dessert than a snack, and she decided she’d like to take one as a snack anyway and one as a dessert on another day (they come in packs of 2). I let my younger daughter do the same, and she was beyond thrilled to be an innocent bystander in all of this decision making :).
After all of that was behind us I put the box of remaining pop tarts “away” (up high and not visible in the pantry of course!) and thankfully neither child said much else about it. Hoping their need for “store bought” pop tarts was satisfied I decided we should try making our own as well.
I am not the first person to make a homemade knock-off pop tart recipe so just think of these as the super EASY whole-grain version. I honestly can’t believe how easy these are to make and how good they taste…everyone loves them! They are for the “kids” of course, but I find myself rationing out my share as well.
I never liked pop tarts as a kid myself because I was a toaster strudel girl, but this recipe somehow unites both of those worlds with one pretty awesome outcome. Just try for yourself, and you’ll see that this recipe does not disappoint.
547 thoughts on “Whole-Wheat Toaster Pastries (a.k.a. Pop Tarts!)”
Do I have to use a food processor?
You can make this by mixing and kneading by hand, too. – Nicole
made it yesterday afternoon by hand. it’s delicious and the kids loved it!
Have these been made with almond or coconut flour before? If not is there a way to fit the recipe to utilize these ingredients?
Made these yesterday! Loooove! Made them with my scratch strawberry jam so there really isn’t much sugar at all, but they do not taste like they are lacking in any way. Thanks for the recipe!
I used 2 cups of whole wheat pastry flour & a 1/4 cup of white cake & pastry flour as that’s what I had on hand.
I used strawberry jam for the centres, but I feel mine needed to be sweeter or have more flavour.
Next time I will try using a pie filling or maybe something savoury!
Thanks for a great recipe!
Can these be made the night before (like your pumpkin scones), refrigerated overnight, and then baked in the morning?
I would recommend making them the night before. They can then be reheated or eaten cold. – Nicole
It sounds good. The kids want to try it tomorrow .
Have you ever tried a healthier frosting version?
Speaking of toaster strudels, have you experimented with those? They are our preferred as well.
Hi there. No, we’ve not experimented with either. Lisa does have frosting recipes but not one for these.
Do you have a healthier jam recipe?
Hi. Here is one: https://www.100daysofrealfood.com/blueberry-jam-honey-sweetened/.
We love these! I sometimes spread a little bit of cream cheese in the middle before adding the jam/preserves. Makes it extra decadent. ;)
I actually have found more variety, here.
I would say for a brown sugar cinnamon just make like a filling like you would for homemade cinnamon rolls. I know my kids would like fruit filling but the brown sugar cinnamon is my preferred flavor!
Perfect! I used a bar of Kerrygold butter, and the crust is amazing! I added 1 tbsp of brown sugar to the egg wash to balance the outside vs inside sweetness, and it was a lovely touch. Thank you for this recipe, we enjoyed the tarts very much!
Is there a way to make it with brown sugar cinnamon? I have looked around and it sounds like people have done it but I can’t find the recipe.
Thanks so much
Hello. Sorry, we’ve have not tried to make this with brown sugar and cinnamon.
Can this be made without a food processor? I don’t want to try unless someone has already.
Hi. Yes it can be mixed and kneaded by hand.
I don’t have a food processor, and I just use a pastry cutter (can use 2 knives or forks) by hand