Whole-Wheat Toaster Pastries (a.k.a. Pop Tarts!)

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Adapted from The Homemade Pantry, these Whole-wheat Toaster Pastries are a much healthier version of a Poptart that your kids will absolutely love. Make sure to freeze a batch for quick breakfast on busy mornings.
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Recipe: Whole-Wheat Toaster Pastries from 100 Days of Real Food

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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 :).

Recipe: Whole-Wheat Toaster Pastries from 100 Days of Real Food

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.


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  1. Can you make cinnamon pop tarts? How would you make the filling? Has anyone every tried? Sorry if the answer is above – I read thru and didn’t see anything pertaining to my question………
    Thank you

    1. My son and we’re talking about the same thing!! Could u not make a cinnamon roll filling and use that? That’s kinda what we were thinking, but it would add sugar, our idea was to use brown sugar.

    1. Amy Taylor (comment moderator)

      Hello. It is like making any dough. You would mix the ingredients, cut in the butter, and knead by hand. It is easier with a food processor but certainly doable. :)

  2. Just made these with my 7-year old, amazingly delicious!! Everyone agreed they tasted much better than the store-bought (Trader Joe’s) variety

  3. Just checked on them after cooling on the rack for about 45 minutes. They sort of crumbled and weren’t firm enough to hold. I used frozen unsalted butter, ice cold water, and made sure to refrigerate before putting them in the oven to cook.

    I will say the dough seemed to have good texture. They looked beautiful and tasted great. Just very very crumbly.

  4. Thank you so much for this! My husband and girls love pop tarts so this is a great modification from the store-bought items. I don’t mind them myself:) Will post how they turn out..

  5. I don’t think that the amount of butter makes this “unhealthy”. I’ve lost 45 pounds in 5 months while adding butter to everything. It’s the chemicals that make things unhealthy. Corn syrup? Soy? Artificial sweeteners, flavors and colors??? All those other things that should never be put in anything edible? THAT’S unhealthy. Butter never hurt anybody ;)

    1. I don’t think it is the exact point of this to be “healthy.” It is “whole” food. If you make butter yourself or find one with three simple ingredients, it is not bad for you. Just like anything else, you have to use in moderation. I also think that the fact that it makes several of these pastries, not just one, allows for the butter to go along way.

      1. I personally love pop tarts, but can’t seem to even take a bite of one now that I know what is really in them. If only there was a way to make the frosting for the outside “whole food” :)..

      2. you could always make a frosting with powdered sugar (or tapioca powder as a replacement for whole food if you like) and milk for that Ashley, adding whatever else you may want otherwise (cocoa powder for example if you wanted chocolate). That’s what a basic frosting would be for a pop tart I’d imagine, and maybe a small amount of butter.

    2. Hi Samantha, Lisa’s recipes are all about staying away from highly-processed items. If you take a look at the ingredients on a box of Poptarts, you’ll see that making your own is much better than consuming all those ingredients. – Nicole

  6. Can I make these with white whole wheat flour? If so, is the measurement the same? . It has been 4 weeks and we are doing GREAT, but Pop Tarts are his weakness. He really loves grape pop tarts, but we can’t find them anywhere. I’m really hoping these will be an acceptable surprise for him. I think white whole wheat flour might make them look a little more like the processed ones.

  7. First I want to say the crust is amazing and so lovely to work with. Genius using the food processor. I’m using a pumpkin filling which has sugar in it a little bit. Maybe in the future I will try something to substitute for that. In the meantime this is the third time I’ve made them and usually I make a half batch but this time I decided to make a full batch and freeze them. To reheat them this time I toasted them but the filling didn’t thoroughly heat up. Do you have a recommendation for reheating?

      1. Toasting in ours the edges burnt and the filling was cold. We were pulling from the freezer. Do you bake in yours?

      2. Amy Taylor (comment moderator)

        No, typically just reheat. You can cover in tinfoil to help it reheat more evenly. Same is true in a regular oven.

  8. I’m new to real foods still and struggling to get my son to eat real. I crunched through the ingredients and while I appreciate being able to pronounce everything in them, I get 8 pastries that are very calorie and fat dense. By my ingredient calculations, I get single pastry at about 50% bigger than a brandname tart and while the sugar is dramatically lower 6 gram range, the fat is brutal, tilting in at 25 grams of which 20 grams are saturated and packing around 350 calories. Granted, I can slash the size of the tarts, they’ll still be 65% of calories from fat. While fat, particularly good, real fat (i.e. from grass fed ‘real’ sources), is healthier, 65% still seems quiet high.

    Any way to ‘healthy’ these up or is that not a concern?

    1. Gloria Prichart

      1 star
      I agree. Recipe is just trading high sugar PopTarts for high fat homemade Pop Tarts, neither of which are healthy.

      1. Hi Gloria, sorry you feel that way, but have you taken a look at the ingredient list on a box of Poptarts? They definitely don’t fall under Lisa’s Real Food Rules! – Nicole

  9. 5 stars
    I just made these today and I have to say these are fantastic. I filled them with Polaner All Fruit seedless strawberry jam and drizzle a little vanilla glaze on top afterwards. The kids and I love them!!! Thank You

  10. 5 stars
    Tried these today with organic strawberry preserves and they came out perfectly. I added some raw sugar on top before baking. They might not make it to tomorrow

      1. While good they are a bit boring. Need to add some natural sweetener to the dough and come up with a good glaze (that will harden).

        Any ideas?

  11. I tried this today but didn’t come good. I just melted butter and mixed it with the flour since I didn’t had the processor . But the dough without adding water was moist so I just sprinkled little water . But couldn’t take it as nice shape before baking since it was crumbling ..I put only 1 and 1/2, butter sticks . So the top part to cover got all crumbled ..

    1. No the butter has to be cold cold cold. If no food processor use 2 butter knives and cut the butter into little pieces while it is in the flour. Or – use a fork to mash the butter into the flour. The idea is to make little pieces if cold butter mixed into the flour and THE N add the water to make a dough. Good luck – try again!!

      1. I have three boys who would love these. One of my boys has an egg allergy, but he also has an allergy to flax (so no flax eggs here). Any alternative to the egg in this recipe? Thank you!

  12. Several of your recipes call for the use of a dough blade in your food processor… What is a dough blade? What does it look like? Maybe that’s a dumb question, but I’m not sure my processor came with one, and I don’t know what to look for. Thanks!

  13. We love these but the past couple of times I have made them the dough never resembled corn meal like it should. It is VERY sticky and super difficult to work with. Could it be the brand of flour that I am using? I used hodgson mill stone ground whole wheat flour with a little white whole wheat this time to try and reduce the sticky. Any suggestions would be great!

    1. Amy Taylor (comment moderator)

      Hi there. So it wasn’t crumbly before you began to add water? Was your butter cold?

  14. My son has a dairy allergy and I was wondering if coconut oil could be replaced for the butter or if you know of a good substitute. Thank you!!

    1. Amy Taylor (comment moderator)

      Hi there. See reader comment below. She did not have good results with coconut oil. :)

      1. Hey, love your blog!!
        I made a batch of these last week. EVERYONE fell in love, even my husband who is a “non bleiever” in healthy/er food. I made them using butter. But saw this comment and thought; If they could work with coconut oil I’d definitely prefer it. It definitely didn’t work. They are literally the texture of sand…I mean LITERALLY sand. lol The taste is good, and I’m not one of those ‘texture freak” people. But I could barely swallow it. So I just wanted to let you know.
        p.s. I tried everything. Keeping the dough cold, warming it up, adding more water, etc. Every time i tried something different i made a few more to see if they cooked better….nope! But I will definitely be making these monthly in my house…just with butter for sure!

    1. Amy Taylor (comment moderator)

      Hi Jennifer. Yes. I’ve used blends like Bob’s red Mill and some that I’ve thrown together myself. :)

  15. I’m so glad that I finally found the recipe for the pop tart.My kids love them but I never bought some from the supermarket because of the ingredients.Thanks!!!! I can’t wait to try them!!!!!

  16. These turned out just AMAZING!! I really enjoyed using the food processor. The dough came together super quick and was perfect. This is going to be a go to recipe for sure. I can’t wait to share this with my family. Thank you so much!!

  17. Wondering if I could thicken the jam somehow? I tend to make these to take as breakfast on the way to work and the jam comes spilling out onto the car seats or my clothes…big mess. Could I add corn starch without affecting the pop tart too much? Or some other way to thicken the filling?

    1. Amy Taylor (comment moderator)

      Hi Emily. You can make this by hand just as you would a pie crust and the results will be very similar. It is just a bit more work by hand. ;)

  18. 5 stars
    These were delicious!! After reading several of the comments before making it I made sure the flour/water consistency was good and not too floury. I added 2 T. Honey to the dough and I drizzled them with Greek yogurt mixed with maple syrup. My kids gobbled them up and this is their first day of the Real Food Challenge so their pallets are still very used to sugar and processed foods! I will make these again.

  19. 5 stars
    These are AWESOME! I made them this morning for my 2 boys using my own Strawberry and raspberry Jam. They gobbled them up. I also made your 5 minute fudgey brownies last night which were also a huge hit. Thank you so much for this website.It has been a huge help in cutting out processed foods in our household.

  20. I made these yesterday afternoon, and they were delicious! However, I put the leftovers in an air-tight container and then forgot to put them in the fridge, so they sat out until this morning. Do you think they will keep okay still for about 3 days?

    1. Amy Taylor (comment moderator)

      Hi Sharon. Sorry that we are rarely able to answer recipe questions in real time. Did they keep okay? :)

  21. We used cinnamon, coconut palm sugar and organic palm oil for Brown sugar cinnamon. I didn’t measure, sorry. I just used enough palm oil to make it clumpy. It was really good.

  22. Any suggestions on a brown sugar cinnamon type? I would love to make some for my boys…they love them (had them other places) but I refuse to buy pop tarts!

    1. Amy Taylor (comment moderator)

      Hi Heather. We’ve not tried but if you experiment, let us know. You might consider coconut palm sugar vs brown sugar.

  23. 5 stars
    Made these today with organic (no added sugar) jelly and added flax to flour. They were super delicious! I did find I had to bake mine longer – like closer to 30 min. I just watched for the desired browness. Also, I will use less jelly next time. Got a little too happy with the jelly. I wasn’t sure I was putting enough in, but it spreads some while baking so use less over using more. Of course these aren’t as sweet as sugar laden Pop Tarts, but my kids never made one mention of that. They just asked for more!

  24. Jennifer Zarrahy

    I found an Organic Raspberry jelly at Trader Joe’s and all the ingredients look good – the only one I question is fruit pectin….okay to use?