Our good friend and Holistic Nutritionist, Rae-Ann from Emerald Roots Nutrition, makes this recipe!
She is a gardener, yoga, and tea lover and preaches about a balanced life style. She also has a big passion for teaching kids about wellness and nature. This recipe comes to us just in time for Valentines!
This childhood favourite is so fun to make & decorate with your kids. These homemade pop tarts are made with a few healthier twists, while not sacrificing on flavor. The icing is coloured with beet powder, which is a great alternative to chemical food dyes and also adds heart healthy benefits. Make for your next school party, or a Galentine’s Gathering!
Rae-Ann Koemsted, R.H.N
Hearty Pop Tarts
Hearty Pop Tarts
1 1/2 CupsAll-Purpose Flour
1 Cup Spelt or Whole Wheat Flour
1/4 TspSea Salt
2 TbspCane Sugar
1CupDonia Farms Sea Salted ButterCold
1 TspVanilla Extract
Strawberry Chia Jam
1CupFresh or Frozen Strawberries
3Tbsp Chia Seeds
1Cup Icing Sugar
2TbspDonia Farms 3.25% Grass-Fed Milk
1/2 - 1 Tsp Beet Powder
Servings: Medium Hearts
Start by making the strawberry jam, to allow time to cool. Add the strawberries, maple syrup and vanilla into a pot and bring to a slow boil. Mash with a fork until it looks like jam. Remove from the heat, and stir in the chia seeds. Allow it to sit and gel up.
Stir together the flours, salt, and sugar. Cut in the cold butter using a pastry cutter or an electric stand mixer, until the butter is about pea size. Continue mixing as you slowly add the cold water and vanilla, until JUST combined. Gather the dough together and lightly form a ball. Cover in plastic wrap and let cool in the fridge for 20 minutes or more.
Once your dough is cool, lightly flour a clean surface. Roll out the dough until it’s about 1/4 inch thick. Cut the dough using a heart shaped cookie cutter. You will need an even number so you have a top and bottom for each pop tart. Lay half of your hearts on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Scoop about 1-2 tablespoons of strawberry jam into the center of each heart. Next, dip your finger in cold water and run some water around the edges of the hearts, this is your glue. Place another heart of dough on top of the jam, and use a fork to crimp the edges together around all sides. Then poke some vent holes in top.
Bake in oven for 15-20 minutes until they are golden brown. While the pop tarts are baking, mix the icing ingredients together until smooth. Set aside until ready to use.
Take the baked pop tarts out of the oven and let cool completely before icing. Decorate how you wish and enjoy!