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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Elizabeth Street

HEALTHY HOMEMADE POP-TARTS

Feb 06, 2013

Toaster ready!

Buy or make whole wheat pie dough (here's a great recipe!), and roll it out to about 1/8 of an inch (if you buy pie dough, you'll still need to roll it out further). Cut the dough into rectangles or squares with a cutter or knife. Lay out your filling on one piece of dough—here, we made a savory pop-tart with turkey and cheese.

We also made a low-sugar cranberry filling by making cranberry sauce. You can do this by boiling cranberries with a little bit of sugar and water until they have a jelly-like consistency. Use 1/4 cup or less of sugar and 1/8 cup of water for every cup of cranberries.

Cover the filled dough with a plain piece. Then, use the tines of a fork to press the edges of the dough together. Press the entire perimeter of the rectangle until the filling is completely enclosed.

Use your fork again to make holes on one side of the tart.

When you've made all of your pop-tarts, bake them in the oven at 350 degrees for 20 minutes, or until they are slightly browned. Let them cool, and pop them in the toaster in the morning! You can keep them in the fridge for several days, or for two weeks in the freezer. If you keep them in the freezer, you may have to toast them twice when you take them out.

A warm and tasty breakfast you can take on the go!

Healthy cranberry deliciousness.

Healthy Homemade Pop-Tarts

Pop-Tarts and other toastable pastries are a fun and easy breakfast for kids. Unfortunately, they also pack a lot of sugar and preservatives, which makes them a less-than-perfect start to a wholesome day. Luckily, a healthier version can be made quickly at home! We whipped up these pop-tart-esque hand pies so quickly, we couldn't believe it—they're as easy as whole wheat pie dough and your choice of a low-sugar filling. Bake ahead of time, and then just pop them in the toaster throughout the week. Flip through the slideshow to see how we made them. —Hally Wolhandler