Vegan Strawberry Pop Tarts

Flaky and buttery pastry dough stuffed with sweet homemade strawberry jam and drizzled with a simple icing and rainbow sprinkles. 

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Yes, you read that right. Vegan strawberry pop tarts. First of all, the biggest accomplishment I made for this recipe was the stamp of approval from my little sister. She even said it tastes better than the real thing which is a lot coming from her. 

This “gourmet” pop tart will take you right back to your childhood. With the jelly-like strawberry jam in the middle, slightly hollow center, crispy edges, and sweet icing topping…it truly is close if not better than the original pop tart. 

If you’re looking to make the icing a lower sugar healthier version I got the recipe for you. Simply mix together 2 tbsp coconut cream, 1 tbsp coconut oil, and 1 tbsp maple syrup. It will be a little runnier than traditional icing but will save you the extra grams of sugar. 

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These poptarts are easier to make than you may think.

It starts off by preparing the dough. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flours, sugar, and salt.

Cut butter into small cubes and add to the bowl. Using your hands or a pastry cutter, cut the butter into the flour until incorporated and the butter is pea-sized. Slowly drizzle in the cold milk and stir until a soft dough forms. Form into a ball and tightly wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate.

 While the dough is refrigerating, prepare the jam. In a saucepan, add the strawberries and sugar. Bring to a simmer. In a small bowl, whisk together cornstarch and water. Pour slurry into the saucepan and stir. Add the lemon zest and agar. Simmer for 15-20 min. until thick and reduced. Transfer to a small jar and cool completely in the fridge to further thicken. 

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Take the dough out of plastic wrap and cut in half. Take two sheets of parchment paper. Place the ball in the center of one sheet and place the other sheet on top. Roll the dough out into an 8×6.5 inch rectangle. Cut off any rough edges. Repeat with other dough ball. Wrap in parchment paper and stick in the fridge to chill for an additional 30 min.

Cut dough rectangles into 4 3×4 inch small rectangles. Take 2 tbsp of strawberry jam and place in the center of 4 of the 8 rectangles. Brush on water on the edges to seal with the naked dough rectangle. Seal the pop tart with a fork. Transfer to a lined baking sheet. Repeat with the other 3 remaining pop tarts. 

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. While oven is preheating, store pop tarts in the fridge. Before placing in the oven, brush each pop tart with maple syrup and sprinkle with fine cane sugar. Bake for 35 min. until golden brown and bottoms are crispy. Cool for 15 min. before drizzling with icing. 

Whisk together icing ingredients in a bowl until creamy. Spread icing on each pop tart and sprinkle with rainbow sprinkles. 

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These Vegan Strawberry Pop Tarts are…

  • Buttery & flaky 
  • Crispy 
  • Better than your average pop tart 
  • Easy 
  • 100% vegan 

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Vegan Strawberry Poptarts
Prep Time
1 hr 15 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
1 hr 50 mins
 

A buttery and flaky crust filled with a sweet homemade strawberry jam and drizzled with a simple icing and rainbow sprinkles.

Course: Dessert
Keyword: homemade poptarts, vegan dessert recipe, Vegan strawberry poptarts
Servings: 4 Poptarts
Author: Taavi Moore
Ingredients
Crust
  • 1 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup pastry flour
  • 1 tbsp organic cane sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup cold vegan butter
  • 1/3 cup cold non-dairy milk
Strawberry Jam
  • 2 cups strawberries
  • 1/4 cup organic cane sugar
  • 1 tbsp corn starch
  • 1/4 tsp lemon zest
  • 1/8 tsp agar agar powder
(Optional) Icing
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1-2 tbsp non-dairy milk
  • Rainbow sprinkles
Instructions
  1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flours, sugar, and salt. Cut butter into small cubes and add to the bowl. Using your hands or a pastry cutter, cut the butter into the flour until incorporated and the butter is pea-sized. Slowly drizzle in the cold milk and stir until a soft dough forms. Form into a ball and tightly wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 30 min. 

  2. While the dough is refrigerating, prepare the jam. In a saucepan, add the strawberries and sugar. Bring to a simmer. In a small bowl, whisk together 1 tbsp cornstarch and 1 tbsp water. Pour slurry into the saucepan and stir. Add the lemon zest and agar. Simmer for 15-20 min. until thick and reduced. Transfer to a small jar and cool completely in the fridge to further thicken. 

  3. Take the dough out of the plastic wrap and cut in half. Take two sheets of parchment paper. Place the ball in the center of one sheet and place the other sheet on top. Roll the dough out into an 8×6.5 inch rectangle. Cut off any rough edges. Repeat with other dough ball. Wrap in parchment paper and stick in the fridge to chill for an additional 30 min. 

  4. Cut dough rectangles into 4 3×4 inch small rectangles. Take 2 tbsp of strawberry jam and place in the center of 4 of the 8 rectangles. Brush on water on the edges to seal with the naked dough rectangle. Seal the pop tart with a fork. Transfer to a lined baking sheet. Repeat with the other 3 remaining pop tarts. 

  5. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. While oven is preheating, store pop tarts in the fridge. Before placing in the oven, brush each pop tart with maple syrup and sprinkle with fine cane sugar. Bake for 35 min. until golden brown and bottoms are crispy. Cool for 15 min. before drizzling with icing. 

  6. Whisk together icing ingredients in a bowl until creamy. Spread icing on each pop tart and sprinkle with rainbow sprinkles. 

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