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As a mom, I strive to fuel my family with wholesome foods and snacks throughout the week, but there was a time back when my kiddos were little and I was in college full time that I bought a lot of prepackaged foods for convenience. One of the snacks my kids would always ask for were pop tarts. I obliged because what mom doesn’t love an easy breakfast?! It even came in a two pack, one for each kid. Breakfast, check. I’ve come a long way since those days and cringe at the fact that I fed my kids that jelly filled cardboard for breakfast. That’s not to say they didn’t enjoy eating them though. I sometimes catch them looking at the boxes of pop tarts longingly as we pass them in the aisle at the grocery store. I’ve told them for years that I would make a homemade version for them and I’m happy to say that I’ve finally lived up to that promise!
My goal was to make a healthier version, that has regular ingredients, instead of a bunch you can’t pronounce, and that’s full of fresh fruit instead of jam. I had several packages of Crunch Pak Organic Apple Slices in my refrigerator, so I decided to whip up a batch of apple-cinnamon pop tarts! They’re everything you love in an apple pie, but in pop tart form!
These Crunch Pak Organic Apple Slices are not only great for snacking on, but for baking with as well. It’s so convenient to have pre-washed, cut, and cored apple slices that are all ready to be quickly chopped up and thrown into recipes. Having apples ready to go, along with pre-made pie crusts, made these pop tarts such a cinch to whip up!
I love the fact that these Crunch Pak Apple Slices are organic and packaged in a good enough portion size for my family of four to snack on. I can easily grab a bag of apple slices as we head out the door and we have a healthy snack to enjoy on the road or to take to the park. Since they’re packaged in breathable packaging, they stay fresher for longer too.
My kids were super impressed that their mom made homemade pop tarts, which they said were so much better than the ones at the store! Since my nephew’s birthday is only a few days away, I even made his extra special with some colorful sprinkles!
With this mom win, I’m looking forward to making more pop tarts in different flavors! What was your favorite pop tart flavor growing up? Let me know if the comments below!
- 3 cups chopped apples (from one or two 12 oz. packages Crunch Pak Organic Apple Slices)
- ⅓ cup coconut sugar, brown sugar, or pure cane sugar
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice + ½ teaspoon lemon zest, optional
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ cup water
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 2 refrigerated pie crusts or double pie crust recipe (use gluten-free, if needed)
- egg wash (1 egg mixed with 1 tablespoon water) or water, for sealing edges
- Glaze: (optional)
- 1½ cups powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1–2 tablespoons milk of choice
- Preheat oven to 375ºF. Roughly chop apples into small cubes. Place chopped apples, sugar, and lemon juice/zest into a medium saucepan and cook over medium-high for several minutes, until apples begin to release juices and become tender. In a small bowl, stir together cornstarch and water. Stir slurry into apple mixture and cook until sauce has thickened. Remove from heat let cool thoroughly.
- Place one of the pie crusts on a lightly floured surface and roll into a rectangle/oblong shape. Trim the rounded borders, sparingly, to make a rectangle with four straight edges. Cut rectangle into 6 even squares/rectangles. Each pie crust will yield 3 large pop tarts, but you can make slightly smaller pop tarts and get 8 even sections in each pie crust, giving you 8 instead of 6 pop tarts altogether.
- Place a generous spoonful of apple filling into the center of three of the cut pieces of pie dough, brush the edges with water or egg wash, then place the other halves over the side with the pie filling and press the edges together. Use the back of a fork to crimp the edges of each pop tart. Repeat with the second pie crust.
- Place all of the prepared pop tarts onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Brush with egg wash (Optional. Gives crust a golden shine), then bake in the preheated oven for 20–25 minutes, or until crust is golden brown.
- Let pop tarts cool completely before drizzling with glaze.
- To make optional glaze: combine powdered sugar, vanilla, and 1–2 tablespoons of milk into a small mixing bowl, whisking until glaze is smooth. Add additional milk, if needed to get the right consistency.
- Drizzle glaze over pop tarts and serve. Makes 6–8 pop tarts.