Finally, a gluten-free pop tart with a flaky crust, strawberry center, and iced to perfection. It’s a delicious allergy-friendly treat you can make right at home.
Storebought gluten-free pop tarts have nothing on this homemade version and they couldn’t be any easier to make!
It wasn’t until after making empanadas that I realized I could tweak the recipe into delicious homemade pop tarts. The results were an instant hit and I couldn’t keep the kids away from them.
Gluten-Free Pop Tart Ingredients
Don’t care for the ingredient list of store-bought pop tarts? Me either, so I decided to bake my own gluten-free version. Here’s what you’ll need:
- Gluten-free flour
- Xanthan gum- if not in the flour mix
- Butter or non-dairy substitute
- Vanilla extract
- Unsweetened applesauce
- Ice-cold water
- Filling- fruit jam, Nutella, etc.
- Powdered sugar
- Milk or non-dairy alternative
These are one of those gluten-free breakfast ideas made better because let’s be honest, a hot pop tart with a cold glass of milk hits different in the morning.
If you want more kid-favorite snack recipes made into healthier, homemade versions check out my cookbook, The Best Homemade Kids’ Snacks on the Planet. There’s something for everyone in there.
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Gluten-Free Pop Tart Flavors
This recipe for gluten-free pop tarts makes the classic strawberry flavor with strawberry preserves or filling. It’s a favorite for kids, but there are so many more ways to stuff a homemade pop tart, so let’s get creative:
- S’mores Pop Tarts– Nutella and Marshmallow fluff
- Blueberry Pop Tarts- Blueberry preserves or filling
- PB & Chocolate Pop Tarts- peanut butter and Nutella or chocolate chips
- PB & J Pop Tarts- peanut butter and jelly
- Apple Pie Pop Tarts- apple pie filling and a dash of cinnamon
How to Make Gluten-Free Pop Tarts
Who’s ready to make perfectly baked pop tarts with flaky, soft crusts and warm, fruit-filled centers? I know I am and while the process might seem a bit much, you can always skip the homemade gluten-free dough for gluten-free pie crusts. Here we go:
- Prepare the dough
In a large bowl, combine the flour, salt, and xantham gum. Using a pastry cutter or large knife, cut the butter into the flour. Add the vanilla and applesauce to the flour and butter mixture and stir to combine.
- Add Water
Add 4 to 6 tablespoons water and combine until a dough forms. Form the dough into a ball and wrap with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
- Get the Oven Hot
Preheat the oven to 350F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Roll the Dough
Roll out the pie dough to ¼-inch thickness. Cut the dough into 3 x 4-inch rectangles and place one row onto the baking sheet.
- Fill the Center
Spoon 1 tablespoon of preserves or filling of choice onto a rectangle. Using your finger or a kitchen brush, lightly dab the milk on the outer edges of the rectangle.
Place the second rectangle over the top of the filling and, using a fork, press down the edges. Repeat with the remaining dough and filling.
Using a knife, cut 3 to 4 slits into the top of each pop-tart. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until the crust is golden brown.
- The Best Part
Remove from the oven and allow to cool down before topping with the icing and sprinkles. Grab a fresh pop tart and enjoy.
Easy Treat Ideas
While we are on the topic of treats and baked goods here are more of our favorite snack foods recreated into homemade versions. Those Cinnamon Soft Pretzel bits are a total 10 on the delicious scale!
- Homemade Doritos
- Strawberry Fruit Roll-Ups
- Homemade Velveeta Cheese Dip
- PB & J Uncrustables
- Cinnamon Soft Pretzel Bites