Homemade Pop Tarts Recipe (SF & GF)
I don't know about you guys, but I am weak when it comes to child hood treats. They are so delicious. I grew up eating pop tarts! If you're a 90s kid, you probably have too. As I got older and got into more of a healthy lifestyle, I haven't really had pop tarts since. This recipe I am about to share with you is unbelievably easy to make - almost as easy as unboxing a pop tart and putting it in the toaster.
Making my favorite unhealthy recipes into healthier recipes that accommodate to my adult dietary needs is something I am super passionate about. So the gluten free and sugar free options are not necessary, but for myself I prefer it. I have a gluten sensitivity and I try my best to keep my sugar intake low.
These pop tarts only require TWO ingredients, they quickly air fry to golden flake-y perfection, and then get drizzled in a super simple, classic sweet icing. Oh. And don’t forget the sprinkles.
I love you from the bottom of my tart!
2 packages of Gluten Free refrigerated pie crusts
16 tablespoons pie filling (or preserves) - I used a strawberry stevia sweetened jam.
1 cup powdered sugar - I used swerve confectioner ( sugar free )
2 Tablespoons Milk
Choose your flavor. I did strawberry jam filling for these pop tarts but there is so many variations you can do. Use any type of Fruit, cherries, apples (omg the McDonald's apple baked pies are also so easy to replicate), blueberries, raspberries, any type of jelly! You can use any type of pie filling as well, just keep in mind to not use any fillings that are too watery. Chocolate chips and Nutella are also great for both filling and icing for the top. Make yourself a Nut Butter flavor using peanut butter and jam, almond butter blueberry crumble etc. For a Brown Sugar Cinnamon tart, use cinnamon, a little flour and brown sugar - mix together for a filling - SO GOOD. For icing, you can also mix it up using cream cheese.
Gluten Free : This recipe is Gluten Free! If you'd like to add some gluten though, feel more than welcome to sub out GF refrigerated pie crusts with regular ones!
Vegetarian? This sweet treat is Vegetarian-friendly!
Extra Hungry? The current recipe makes about 6 pop tarts, but feel welcome to double the recipe for more to love!
Roll. To get started with these gluten and sugar free pop tarts, roll out the two pie crusts to about a quarter of an inch thick onto a lightly floured surface. You may have to add a little of your own gluten free flour if its sticky and wet.
Cut. Then, slice the pie dough into four rectangles or into equal squares.
Fill. Next, spoon out two heaping tablespoons of tart filling in the middle of half of the dough rectangles but leave ½-inch around the edges.
Crimp. Immediately lay one of the other rectangles on top, crimping the edges with a fork to seal the edges. Put two small holes in the top of each tart to release steam.
Preheat. Meanwhile, set the air fryer to 360 degrees F to preheat.
Spray. Then, spray the basket of the fryer with cooking spray and place each tart inside, leaving room on each side for air to circulate.
Fry. Finally, arrange each tart in the air fryer basket in a single layer without touching each other. Then, cook for 8 to 10 minutes until the edges are a golden color. After that, transfer to a cooling rack.
Mix the icing. Last, use a small bowl to mix the ingredients for the icing.
Cool. Let the tarts sit for about 30 minutes to cool completely before icing them.
Frost. Last but not least, frost each pop tart and add some sprinkles! ENJOY!!
Air Fryer & Pop Tart Cooking Tips
Don’t overcrowd the air fryer: Be sure to allow space between each pop tart so the circulating air can cook the pop tarts evenly. If you need to, cook the tarts in batches.
Leave an Edge: You’ll want to make sure you leave an edge so that you can seal your pop tarts properly. You don’t want the filling oozing out all over the air fryer.
Storing Leftovers: Keep leftovers in the fridge in a sealed container for up to 5 days. Freeze for up to 4 months. To reheat, thaw the frozen air fryer pop tarts. Place in the air fryer at 360 degrees for 3 minutes.
Know Your Air Fryer: As with all appliances, no two air fryers are exactly alike. It’s important to know how your air fryer cooks. Feel free to adjust the temperature and time as you see fit. This is a starting point. Keep an eye on the first batch you make to see how your air fryer bakes these incredible pop tarts.
Poke the Dough: Be sure to poke holes in the dough before you air fry the pop tarts. This allows the steam to escape from inside and keeps the dough from bubbling up, which allows the crust to cook more evenly.
A LITTLE PEEK OF WHAT YOU HAVE TO LOOK FORWARD TO:
Recipe made with love by Alyssa
Mahalo for checking out this Love Fitness x Aly Marie recipe! For more on Alyssa, check out her Instagram @alymariee._ and Lifestyle Blog for recipes and more!
A little More on Alyssa
- Love Fitness Brand Ambassador, Founder of Blooming in Health & Friend -
Growing up I had an extremely unhealthy relationship with food, which then affected my self esteem and body image. As I got older, it became apparent that healthy relationships in all aspects of life come from smaller, smarter choices. I started creating all my unhealthy favorites into healthier recipes, with whole food ingredients, less sugar and higher protein. This later on has translated into my own healthy baking business, Blooming In Health.
Bloom is ultimately a reflection of me, I love my treats and sweets but without all the added calories, gluten and sugar. We have proudly sold over a million protein donuts in Canada. We are also launching a gluten free 1 to 1 flour come August 2022, so be on the lookout for that.
One thing I have learned through my personal journey is obstacles and hurdles arise almost on a daily basis. Everyday is a new opportunity to work on yourself with the right education and support. I want to help those around me create healthy meals and treats. After being through it all, I have learnt that health and fitness is about so much more than just looking, eating or training a certain way. It’s about our physical and mental health. It’s about finding what works best for you as an individual. It’s about being strong, being active, consuming foods that are going to nourish our body and fuel our lives. It’s about having a healthy relationship with food and most importantly, being able to love and accept yourself at every stage, every step of the way. This is why I will continue to share my recipes, what works for me, and spread positivity.
About 4 years ago I became a Brand Ambassador for Love Fitness Apparel. A couple years later, here I am, sharing my recipes and tips on their blog. Creating my own recipes and seeing others create them for themselves, friends and family is something I am super passionate about. I am grateful for the opportunity to share them, not only on my own platforms, but through the Love Fitness community as well. I hope it inspires others to get creative with your own recipes and live a healthier lifestyle without limiting your favorite foods.
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