Paleo Pop Tarts!

by danielle on September 18, 2012

Yes I said Pop Tarts!!!! I would like to lie and tell you I’ve never had such a horribly sugary food before, tell you that I would never touch them, who would want pure carbs and sugar?….um me! I used to love Pop Tarts! They were  a special treat for me and my sister back when we were little and the cinnamon was always my favorite! I have not had a Pop tart in forever, at least 5 years and I wish I could tell you I wouldn’t want one now but actually I would probably love it! I do choose not to eat them because I know how they will make me feel, major sugar crash and fall, but there is no reason why I can’t make a healthier version! Prepare yourself these are a little different and a little healthier than your average pop tart! They a little more cakey and dense but they have far less sugar and ingredients! I’m still working on a cinnamon one but when I make one you’ll be the first to know!

Paleo Pop Tarts

Ingredients: 

  • 1.5 cups almond flour
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1/4 cup coconut crystals
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 tbs. coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1 tbs. vanilla
  • 1/2 cup fruit preserves (only ingredients should be fruit)
  • 1/4-1/2 cup coconut butter
  • Freeze fruit of choice (I used strawberries)

Directions: 

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a mixing bowl combine your flours, coconut crystals, salt, and baking powder.
  3. Add in your wet ingredients and mix well. This includes the eggs, whites, coconut oil, honey, applesauce, and vanilla.
  4. Combine your mixture well.
  5. On a greased baking sheet make 6 rectangles of batter about the size of a pop tart and around 1/4-1/2 inch thick. They should be thin!***
  6. Spoon about 1 tbs. of preserves onto each rectangle.
  7. Gently cover the preserves with a thin layer of batter.
  8. Bake in your oven for 18-22 minutes or until the corners start to brown.
  9. Wait around 5-10 minutes and then while they are still warm spread your coconut butter on top and immediately sprinkle with crushed freeze dried fruit (this is for your sprinkles!)
  10. Enjoy!!!

Makes 6 large pop tarts!

***Little note: I tried to keep this recipe as simple as possible. You are more than welcome to make them a little prettier and more uniform by rolling out your dough and cutting with a cookie cutter! I think they are ten times easier this way and just as delicious, plus far less time consuming to make!

Paleo Pop Tarts
Paleo Pop Tarts

Part of a Complete Breakfast! 

What was one food you ate as a child but would never eat now??? Favorite pop tart flavor?? Any Childhood favorites you want me to remake? 

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Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance September 18, 2012 at 10:32 am

What a cool idea, Danielle! I used to LOVE Pop tarts are a kid. I was ALLLL over that smores flavor ;)

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danielle September 18, 2012 at 11:54 am

Forgot about that flavor! I used to love any kind of them!

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Jess September 18, 2012 at 10:42 am

yum!! Looks good. I love the cinnamon brown sugar poptarts!!!

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danielle September 18, 2012 at 11:54 am

Those were my favorite too!

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Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin September 18, 2012 at 11:31 am

These look amazing! And probably a million times healthier than real Pop Tarts. :D My parents wouldn’t buy them for me and my sister when we were young, so it was always a treat when we got to eat them at our friends’ houses!

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danielle September 18, 2012 at 11:54 am

We only got them on special occasions too so they were definitely a “treat” food for us too!

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Linz @ Itz Linz September 18, 2012 at 12:02 pm

I.need.almond.flour! I’m not a huge fan of poptarts, but your paleo version look good!! And my hubby likes poptarts so I’ve got to make these for him!

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danielle September 18, 2012 at 3:10 pm

Thanks Linz! I be the hubby will love them although they do taste a little healthier than pop tarts ;)

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Madeline @ Food Fitness and Family September 18, 2012 at 12:08 pm

I loved Pop tarts! This looks like a great recipe … do you think oat flour or quinoa flour would substitute well for the almond? I am allergic to nuts :(

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danielle September 18, 2012 at 3:10 pm

Thanks Madeline! Absolutely! I would try oat flour and I think it would swap out great!

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Kim@hungryhealthygirl September 18, 2012 at 12:20 pm

I love this recipe!! I will definitely be making these. Pop-tarts were my face as a kid…cinnamon and cherry with icing.

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danielle September 18, 2012 at 3:12 pm

Yay! Hope you like them Kim!

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Amanda @ .running with spoons. September 18, 2012 at 12:55 pm

Ooo PopTarts, how I used to love them. It’s been forever since I’ve had one as well, but I’m seriously thinking about just trying one to see if it’s as good as I remember, because they’ve been catching my eye every time I walk past them in the store, and I’d like to silence that curiosity. S’mores were always my favorite :)

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danielle September 18, 2012 at 3:13 pm

Hahaha they’re dangerous! Maybe it won’t be as good as remembered!

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Eva @ committed2nutrition September 18, 2012 at 1:33 pm

Great job, girl!! you rock with coming up with AWESOME recipe’s!! Now I just need to get almond flour and coconut crystals and I’m all set. THANKS!

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danielle September 18, 2012 at 3:13 pm

Glad you like it Eva!!! Coconut crystals or coconut sugar works! It’s awesome for baking!

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Kaitlin @4loveofcarrots September 18, 2012 at 1:48 pm

I think I was the only kid who didn’t really like pop tarts. I was more about the mini variety packs of cereal, coco pops were my favorite :) What a creative idea though, I would probably be more interested in yours though!

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danielle September 18, 2012 at 3:14 pm

That’s too funny! I used to love those mini boxes of cereal too! These are definitely different tasting than a regular pop tart!

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Jess @ JessieBearWhatWillYouWear September 18, 2012 at 1:51 pm

I don’t know why, but these are so cute! Makes me want to try them. I need to get my hands on some coconut flour, I’ve been seeing it in a ton of recipes lately. I was OBSESSED with blueberry poptarts when I was little, so maybe I can try to remake that kind. Most of my friends hated that flavor and I’ve never met anyone else who loved them, but they were literally the only poptarts I would eat.

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danielle September 18, 2012 at 3:17 pm

Thanks Jess! Yes you must get coconut flour! It is so great as a swap for flours in baking! Just be careful cause it tends to be drier than most flour so needs some extra liquid with it!

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Jess @ JessieBearWhatWillYouWear September 19, 2012 at 1:39 pm

That’s what I’ve read. I’m excited to experiment with it though!

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danielle September 19, 2012 at 2:53 pm

Yes definitely try it out!

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Rachel September 18, 2012 at 2:40 pm

I used to eat Cheez its haha now I wouldn’t touch them just cause cheese hates my stomach haha

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danielle September 18, 2012 at 3:17 pm

Isn’t it funny what we used to eat! I used to love Cheese its too!

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tera norberg September 18, 2012 at 3:08 pm

I think I LOVE you! Brown sugar cinnamon and chocolate vanilla pop tarts were always my favorite. I wish I could ay that if I was offered one I would say no thank you but I’d be tempted to nibble a corner. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

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danielle September 18, 2012 at 3:17 pm

I used to love the cinnamon ones too! Hope you like the recipe!

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Brittany @ GOtheXtraMile September 18, 2012 at 3:13 pm

OMG!!! How awesome!! I LOVED poptarts when I was younger

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danielle September 18, 2012 at 3:18 pm

Thanks Brittany!

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Christina September 18, 2012 at 3:19 pm

I can’t get over how close to a pop tart this….you amaze me Danielle!

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danielle September 19, 2012 at 1:15 pm

Thanks Christina!!! Can’t wait to see you!

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meagan @ becoming balanced September 18, 2012 at 3:33 pm

These look SO GOOD!

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danielle September 19, 2012 at 1:15 pm

Thank you Meagan!

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Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table September 18, 2012 at 3:50 pm

this ROCKS!!! i’ve had pop-tarts on my list to make “healthy” for a while. must try this! do you think the honey is necessary to bind it, or could i use stevia or xylitol?

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danielle September 19, 2012 at 1:16 pm

Hmm I would stick with the honey just to add some moisture too! They were a little dry the first time I experimented! You could probably swap another liquid though and it would be fine!

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Danielle @ Itsaharleyyylife September 18, 2012 at 4:48 pm

I used to eat pop tarts 2 a day when I was a kid {for breakfast and for a midnight snack… so bad} I haven’t had one in foreverrrrrrrrrrrrrrr! These look delicious and I am definitely going to have to try it! Thank youuuuu! {pinning}

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danielle September 19, 2012 at 1:16 pm

Your welcome!!! Hope you like them just as much!

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Paige @ Your Trainer Paige September 18, 2012 at 5:36 pm

This is freaking awesome, Danielle! And makes me really want a brown sugar poptart….or one of these :)

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danielle September 19, 2012 at 1:23 pm

Hahaha sorry! I used to love the brown sugar ones too!

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Pavement Runner September 18, 2012 at 6:27 pm

very cool… strawberry was always my favorite, but I never really ate them. I was always a cereal with fruit kinda kid.

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danielle September 19, 2012 at 1:17 pm

Yum! I used to love cereal too!

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Courtney September 18, 2012 at 7:42 pm

Ah, this is awesome! Another Win from the kitchen of Danielle! I used to love cheese puffs… but now they gross me out.

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danielle September 19, 2012 at 1:17 pm

Hahaha the things we used to eat!!!

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Lisa September 18, 2012 at 7:43 pm

So interesting! I never loved poptarts, but I think I could start an addiction with these ones!

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danielle September 19, 2012 at 1:17 pm

Yay! Hope you like them Lisa!

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Courtney September 18, 2012 at 8:03 pm

GREAT idea! I used to love chocolate fudge and chocolate chip Poptarts :P

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danielle September 19, 2012 at 1:17 pm

Never tried a chocolate chip pop tart! They really do have every flavor!

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Katie @wishandwhimsy September 18, 2012 at 11:20 pm

No way! You, my friend, think of everything! Sounds delicious.

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danielle September 19, 2012 at 1:18 pm

I try! Always looking for new ideas!

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Melissa September 19, 2012 at 1:15 am

Danielle you are a genious!!! My mom would never buy my sisters and I pop tarts but when it was our birthdays we got these for our birthday breakfasts. Strawberry poptarts right out of the toaster should be illegal they are so good!

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danielle September 19, 2012 at 1:18 pm

We only got them on special occasions too! and yes they are so good!

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Sara @ Nourish and Flourish September 19, 2012 at 6:20 am

I too LOVED Pop Tarts as a kid! My mom would only buy them on special occasions (like birthdays), and we could eat to our heart’s content until they were gone. My favorite flavors were frosted strawberry and cinnamon! I don’t think I’ve eaten once since 7th grade (when I started becoming health conscious), but I’m sure I’d still love them just as much today.

You’re seriously a kitchen genius, Danielle! I really want to try making this healthified paleo version! And a coconut butter topping? SO much better than frosting. :) xoxo

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danielle September 19, 2012 at 1:19 pm

I haven’t had one in forever either!!! I wonder if they would still taste just as good! I agree with you though a coconut butter frosting is better than any regular frosting and so much easier!

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lauren @ whoelwheatorbust September 19, 2012 at 3:07 pm

OMG!!!! THIS IS BADASS. I am going to make these. Thank you.

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danielle September 20, 2012 at 11:39 am

Hahaha love it! Hope you like them!

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julie September 19, 2012 at 7:37 pm

paleo poptarts are SUCH a good ideaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!! i love this recipe and i need to bookmark and make ASAP!

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danielle September 20, 2012 at 11:41 am

Thanks Julie!

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Mira July 15, 2013 at 9:17 pm

Hi Danielle,

Yours look really good! Wish I’d seen this earlier. I just tried one with a kind of shortcake crust! *whew* Exhausting, but delicious! http://peachmonkey.wordpress.com/2013/07/15/paleo-pop-tart-project-part-i-dark-brownie-with-salted-caramel-frosting/

I also hear there’s now an actual Pop-Tart making machine that you can buy at Target for 9 bucks? Hehe oops. Next time, I guess!

- Mira

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