Updated: Jun 17, 2018
I remember having pop tarts occasionally growing up, but rarely ever bought them for our kids. Have you ever read the ingredient label on a box of pop tarts? Be brave and check out the ingredients next time your at the store.
I figure by the time I get tired of making the same ol' thing for my daughter, she must be tired of eating it. So when I stumbled on a recipe for homemade pop tarts at Heavenly Homemakers, I got excited! This is a very versatile recipe. I have used it for fruit filled pop tarts, and pizza pockets.
3 1/2 cup flour* (I use a 2:1 blend of garbanzo flour & arrowroot starch)
1/2 cup arrowroot starch
1 cup melted butter* (can use a mix of 1/2 oil and 1/2 butter)
1 cup plain greek-style yogurt (or kefir)
filling - 5 oz jam, fruit, apple sauce. Or pizza toppings for a savory option.
Original recipe called for whole wheat flour. If using any type of wheat flour or gluten free baking blends, omit the arrowroot starch. I had to adapt for my daughter's intolerances and garbanzo flour was the only thing she could tolerate at the time. Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Baking Flour works well also.
I have also used virgin coconut oil mixed with butter with some success.
Mix first 4 ingredients and knead. Dough should be pliable like pie crust dough. If to wet or sticky, add 1/4 cup arrowroot starch and work it in the dough. Roll out between 2 pieces of parchment paper (about 1/4 inch thick) and square up edges. Cut into rectangles. Fill 1/2 the rectangles with 1/2 tsp jam and spread. Top with a plain pop tart. Seal by pressing the edges with a floured fork. Can mix an egg and some raw honey together and brush the top to add a little sweet to the pastry. Bake at 350 degrees for about 25 minutes. Cool on wire rack and enjoy.
dough breaks apart when moving pieces, covering filling, rolling for "hot pockets",
or baking → dough rolled to thin
dough is crumbly → knead in 1/2 tsp arrowroot starch at a time til it becomes more pliable
dough is too dry → wet hands and work dough.
Store in fridge or freezer.
The original recipe can be found at: http://heavenlyhomemakers.com/homemade-healthy-poptarts