I am not gonna lie...Pop Tarts are delicous! Seriously...the chocolate peanut butter ones are out of this world! But, they are not exactly that great for you...sorry to break it to ya...That doesn't mean I don't indulge in one or two from time to time!
While they are very good tasting, they are not very filling...I can eat a package of the pastries and still be starving! I decided that these Pop Tarts needed a makeover! I give you my healthier version of the toaster pastry!
Looks pretty awesome right?! I would compare these ones to the confetti cupcake flavor! Best part about this recipe is you can make virtually any flavor you want! I can't wait to make cookies & cream, cinnamon, fruit filled ones, peanut butter, and so many more!
Ingredients are pretty simple and will change a tiny bit depending on what flavor you want.
For the pastry base you will need whole wheat flour, unsweetened applesauce, baking powder, apple cider vinegar, vanilla, and your choice of sweetener.
*You can use any type of flour*
*white vinegar will work too*
The filling can be whatever you decide! I am using fat free cream cheese and vanilla protein powder. You can use jam or jelly, any flavor of protein powder, chocolate chips...I really like the texture of the cream cheese though!
For the glaze I used a little more protein powder and thinned it out with some water. Once again, you can get as creative as you like! Sprinkles are a must for the confetti cupcake flavor :)
To start, mix together all the base ingredients. If you want, you could add a little cinnamon or cocoa powder to change the flavor. Mix well until you get a dough ball. It will be a little sticky!
Take parchment paper or a baking mat and spray it with some nonstick spray. Put the dough between the paper and roll it as flat as you can without it tearing.
Works just as well with the baking mat!
Don't worry about getting it to look perfect. As long as it somewhat resembles a rectangle.
I spent a little extra time on this one since I knew I would be taking pictures! The ones I have made since then have been less photogenic!!
Cut into 2 equal-ish pieces.
The filling is really whatever you want it to be! I just mixed together 1 tablespoon of fat free cream cheese with 1/2 tablespoon of vanilla protein powder. Worked great!
Spread your filling on one half.
Don't go the whole way to the edges though. We need to seal it up!
Put the other half on top and use a fork to press around the sides.
Seal it up good so the filling doesn't bust out in the oven! Bake at 350 for about 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. I actually like mine a little softer than a normal Pop Tart, but you can make it as crispy as you like.
Perfect!! Just a little brown around the edges!
To make the glaze I just mixed together 1/2 tablespoon of vanilla protein powder and a little water. You want it to be pretty thin.
Pour the mixture over the top and add sprinkles!!
I really like using the protein powder and water mixture because it actually sets up.
I would say that looks pretty close to a store bought Pop Tart!!
Much better for you and actually quite substantial! Only about 150 calories per pastry! And yes, that is including the sprinkles :)
I really love the creamy filling!! This recipe makes just one treat, but you can easily double it for two! You could also try making mini Pop Tarts!
I cannot wait to experiment with different flavor combinations!! The possibilites are endless!
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Healthier Pop Tarts
- -1/4 cup whole wheat flour (30g)
- -1 T unsweetened applesauce (15g)
- -1/2 t apple cider vinegar
- -1/2 t baking powder
- -1/2 t vanilla
- -4 sweeteners (or to desired sweetness)
- -1/2 T vanilla protein powder (3g)
- -1 T fat free cream cheese (15g)
- -1/2 T vanilla protein powder (3g)
- -water to thin
1. Mix together all the pop tart base ingredients until it forms a dough ball.
2. Place between parchment paper of baking mat. Spray paper or mat with nonstick spray.
3. Roll dough as thin as you can without tearing it.
4. Cut in dough in half to form 2 equal rectangles.
5. Mix together protein powder and cream cheese for filling.
6. Spread filling on one half and cover with the other half.
7. Fork around the edges to seal it up.
8. Bake at 350 for about 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.
9. Mix together protein powder and water. Should be a thin glaze.
10. Spread over the top of slightly cooled pop tart.
11. Add sprinkles!
12. Enjoy :)
Makes one confetti cupcake pastry - 150 calories