Whether you really enjoy Valentines Day, or you see it as just another consumerist, hallmark-card holiday, there’s no denying one thing; it’s the perfect excuse to bake super cute pastries decorated with hearts.
So that’s what I did. Plus, everyone secretly wishes they could eat Pop Tarts everyday without having to consume all of the icky refined sugars and unnatural additives that they’re made of.
I mean, at least I do. I think I might have eaten Poptarts for breakfast AND as an after school snack every day during high school. Oh to be a junk-food-eating teen athlete who never has to seriously deal with the repercussions of eating packaged, processed foods.
Young ones, enjoy the Pop Tarts while you can. For the rest of us, well, thank goodness for this recipe. Get ready to reintroduce Pop Tarts into your diet, the clean eating way.
To make the pastry dough, I followed Chocolate Covered Katie’s Healthy Pop Tart recipe. Not only is it vegan and made with coconut oil, but you can make them using no added sugar. Doesn’t get much cleaner than that!
For the filling, you can use anything your heart desires. I used Trader Joe’s Organic Super Fruit Cherry, Red Grape, and Pomegranate Fruit Spread simply because it’s what I had on hand, but any type of jam or fruit spread will work. If you want to keep the recipe clean, make sure you use a jam or spread whose only ingredients are fruit. No artificial flavors or processed sweeteners. And if you want to be really good, you can one-up me and make your own fruit preserve.
I copied the idea for the strawberry heart cutout toppings from The Novice Chef. Last year she posted this super scrumptious Strawberry Nutella Pop Tart recipe, and from the moment I saw them on Pinterest I could think of nothing but strawberry filled Pop Tarts. (Maybe one day mine will look as neat, clean, and pretty as hers!)
Basically I took two different recipes from two extremely epic food bloggers and molded them into one clean-eating holiday treat. Enjoy!
For the dough ~ Follow Chocolate Covered Katie’s Healthy Pop Tart recipe.
Before adding the filling to each Pop Tart and sealing the dough, follow the “Strawberry Heart” cut-out directions from The Novice Chef’s Strawberry Nutella Pop Tart Recipe.