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Homemade Pop Tarts (Vegan Gluten-free)

Let's make delicious vegan gluten-free pop tarts in 3 different flavors: frosted strawberry, brown sugar cinnamon, and cinnamon apple pie. There is no long list of weird ingredients, only a couple of simple pantry staples.
Course Dessert, Main Course
Cuisine American, Dairy-free, Egg-free, Gluten-free, International, Nut-free, Soy-free
Keyword gluten-free pop tarts, vegan pop tarts
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Chill 15 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 8 pop tarts
Calories 218kcal

Ingredients

Optional fillings (see notes for instructions)

  • Strawberry jam
  • Apple (grated)
  • Cinnamon
  • Cane sugar or coconut sugar

Glaze

Instructions

Mixing the dough

  • Add all dry ingredients to the food processor (buckwheat flour, rice flour, cane sugar and tapioca starch). Pulse once to combine. 
  • Add the cold dairy-free butter in cubes and pulse/mix until you have a crumble-like texture. 
  • Add cold water 1 Tbsp at a time. The dough is perfect if 1) you can easily form a ball without any crumbles; 2) it is soft to the touch, but does not stick to your fingers and 3) you can easily scrape the dough out of the container without any trace. 
  • Chill in the fridge for at least 15 minutes.

Rolling the dough

  • Take a non-stick parchment paper or a rolling mat. Place to dough in the middle and cover it with a cling foil or saran wrap. Roll the dough out not thinner than 0.5 inch in between them. Try to aim for a rectangle or square shape. It doesn't matter if the edges are rough. If you tear it somewhere or you get a hole, just patch it with a little bit of dough. Smooth it with your fingers, roll over it, and it will still be perfect at the end. 
  • If you ready with the rolling, peel off the top cling foil. Use a sharp knife and cut out 2.5 x 4 inch (6 x 9 cm) rectangles. Or if you want to be creative, take any large cookie cutter, and make as many pairs as you like. Use a slotted turner to gently transfer the cut-outs to a sheet pan with parchment paper or to a non-stick baking sheet.

Cutting, filling and baking

  • Pre-heat oven to 350 Fahrenheit (180 degrees Celsius). 
  • Place your filling in the middle of the cut-out. Cover it with another cut-out and use your hands to gently push the edges together. Then use a fork to really seal it Poke a couple of holes to let the filling breath a bit. (For filling instructions, see notes.)
  • Bake them for 20-25 minutes until they become crispy and get very light brown edges.
  • Drizzle the glaze over the pop tarts and decorate them with sprinkles if you want.
  • Even more tips in the post above the recipe card!

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Notes

Top tips

  • Make sure you use cold butter and not room temperature.
  • Add the butter to the food processor at last in 1x1 inch cubes so that it doesn't stick to the sides.
  • Use a silicone / non-stick parchment paper. If you don't have one, sprinkle it with a little bit of rice flour before rolling.
  • If the dough sticks to your rolling pin, use a cling foil or another silicone / non-stick parchment paper on top.
  • You can leave the dough in the fridge overnight and roll out the next day. No problem.
  • Cane sugar can be substituted for any dry sugar like coconut sugar. Liquid sugar like maple syrup will make the dough too wet to roll out, so might need to add more flour to get to the same consistency.

Strawberry jam filling

If you cut pop tarts in the size of 2.5 x 4 inch (6 x 9 cm) rectangles, you can add 2 tsp tops of your favorite jam. May it be strawberry, blueberry, sour cherry, peach. Whatever you have on hand. A quick note though: When you make vegan pop tarts with jam filling, make sure not to over-fill them. Due to their sugar content and to the high temperature in the oven, the jam will be boiling and will pop the tarts open if you add too much. Poking holes on the top helps, but not necessarily. They will still be delicious though.

Brown sugar cinnamon filling

Take a small bowl and mix together cane sugar and cinnamon. If you cut Pop Tarts in the size of 2.5 x 4 inch (6 x 9 cm) rectangles, you need ½ tsp cane sugar and ⅛ tsp cinnamon to fill one. 

Cinnamon apple pie filling

Wash and peel the apples. I use an apple corer and slicer to finish fast. I grate the apple pieces and add cinnamon and cane sugar. Mix it a bit and fill your pop tarts. If you cut pop tarts in the size of 2.5 x 4 inch (6 x 9 cm) rectangles, you need approx. 1-1.5 Tbsp grated apple, ¼ tsp cane sugar and ⅛ tsp cinnamon to fill one.
Even more tips in the post above the recipe card!

Nutrition

Serving: 1pop tart without filling | Calories: 218kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 239mg | Potassium: 73mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 1mg