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Vegan Pop Tarts

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These Vegan Pop-Tarts are just as good if not better than the originals, and they are super easy to whip up!

Growing up my parents didn’t really buy us stuff like this. Luckily I had a friend who’s mom let him buy whatever he wanted and his house was always stocked with plenty of Pop Tarts, so I definitely went to town on ’em (Thanks Logan’s mom!)

The three I remember eating the most was Frosted Strawberry, Wild Berry, and of course Brown Sugar Cinnamon! Now you might be wondering why Pop Tarts aren’t vegan, do they have dairy? Nope, they have gelatin in them, so they’re not even vegetarian! Now this only goes for the frosted ones, the unfrosted ones are mostly plant-based, but let’s be honest, the icing was the best part!

The recipe I’ve got here is an adaptation of the one by my friend Emma over at Emma’s Goodies. Her original video can be found HERE but it uses eggs, hence why we are veganizing it!

handy dandy VIDEO HERE!

dough

Emma points out in her video that a lot of Pop-Tart copycat recipes make a pie dough, but the dough for pop tarts isn’t really like pie dough. It’s almost like pie dough meets shortbread? I’m not sure how you’d describe it, but I know she got the texture right, and the good news is using aquafaba instead of eggs seems to match it perfectly too!

The dough comes together pretty well, the ingredients are similar to pie dough, with chilled butter that we’ll blend in a food processor with everything else. Then it’s just a matter of rolling it out, cutting it into rectangles, wetting the edges, adding the filling, topping with another rectangle, sealing it shut and then baking. After that all you need to do is whip up the icing and then frost and top them however you like!

royal icing

The Royal Icing is so freaking good! It will harden and get crackly just like real Pop-Tarts! You can add any kind of coloring or flavoring that you like too. I know the OG Strawberry is white icing, but I wanted something visually more POPPING so I added a couple drops of red food dye. I also added some strawberry extract so it actually tasted like strawberries! There’s a lot of extracts for flavoring out there so experiment with whatever you like!

For the Cinnamon Icing, I just added a few shakes of cinnamon, that’s all there is to it! So like I said, I have fun and go to town with it!

Filling / toppings

I went super basic for the fillings. For the fruit ones, I just used some store-bought jam, you could totally make your own from scratch though, however I thought the jams were better than the original. And the brown sugar filling, it’s literally mostly brown sugar! Oh and if you are adding sprinkles, just double check they are vegan, usually confectioner’s glaze (bug secretions, sometimes bugs themselves) is the culprit.

Storage / reheating

Store at room temp and use within 3-5 days (they never last that long in my house!) To reheat, just pop in the toaster oven, or a oven preheated to 350 F for about 3 minutes.

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Vegan Pop Tarts

Thee Burger Dude
4.72 from 7 votes
Course Sweet Treats & Desserts

Ingredients
  

Dough:

  • 250 g all-purpose flour
  • 80 g powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup aquafaba
  • 150 g cold vegan butter

Royal Icing:

  • 190 g powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup aquafaba
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Vegan Food Dye optional
  • Flavored extract of choice optional
  • Cinnamon to taste for Brown Sugar Cinnamon

Fruit Filling

  • Use any kind of jam or jelly that you like!

Brown Sugar Filling

  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp flour
  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp vegan butter melted

Instructions
 

Dough

  • Cut the COLD vegan butter into tablespoon sized chunks and add it to a food processor along with the flour and powdered sugar. Pulse for about 30 seconds or until the butter is broken up into small pea sized pieces.
  • Add the aquafaba, and blend until the dough comes together.
  • On a floured work surface, shape the dough into a rectangle and then roll it out about 1/8" thick. Cut into rectangles, you can measure them to be about 3×5" and make notches if you want, but either way, just try to make them all the same size. Rerolling the scraps is fine, but you might want to chill them while you assemble your first round of Pop-Tarts.
  • Add the bottom layer of rectangles to a parchment lined baking sheet. Then add in your desired filling, about 2-3 Tbsp worth, making sure to leave a border around the edges. After filling has been placed, using a wet finger, wet the edges of the dough, and then place another rectangle of dough on top. Seal it with your fingers by gently pinching down. You can cut off the edges once sealed if you want a perfectly straight edge, but it's not necessary.
  • Poke some holes in the top with a toothpick, then bake at 350 F for 15-20 minutes or until the dough has set and the edges are starting to brown.
  • Let them rest and cool completely on a wire rack before adding the icing.
  • Then add the icing and whatever toppings you like and enjoy!

Brown Sugar Filling

  • Simply add everything to a bowl and stir to combine!
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