These homemade vegan frosted strawberry pop tarts are a breakfast lovers dream! Other than being highly nostalgic, they're simple to make, have a buttery, flaky shortcrust pastry, are filled with strawberry preserves, and frosted with a pink vanilla icing.
These strawberry pop tarts taste just like, if not better, than Kellogg's Pop-Tarts. Kids and adult will love them the same and they're a great breakfast treat! This kid-friendly recipe is a bit longer (whether you're just reading this or if you're making it!), so let's get started.
You can make this recipe entirely from scratch, but in an attempt to save SOME time, I focused on perfecting a homemade dough and used store-bought strawberry preserves. Don't worry, if you want to make everything from scratch, I give you a strawberry jam recipe at the end of this post (in the FAQ section)!
- All-Purpose Flour: this is the base of the pastry dough. I haven't tried this recipe with any other type of flour. However, if you typically have success swapping all-purpose flour with another flour in similar doughs, please leave a comment below! This would definitely help both myself and fellow readers.
- Vegan Butter: This helps to bind the dough but also allows it to bake into a flaky, buttery pastry. Make sure the vegan butter is cold and cubed.
- Flax Egg + Non-dairy Milk: You can use any non-dairy milk you prefer. I would recommend sticking to a flax egg or using an egg replacement powder. This acts a binder and helps give a soft finish to the dough.
- Sugar: Just a touch to sweeten the dough!
- Salt: To balance out the sugar, of course.
- Strawberry Filling: I used strawberry raspberry preserves, but you can use your favorite jam or make your own filling!
Vegan Pastry Dough:
- In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, and salt. Add the cold, cubed vegan butter to the bowl.
- Using either your hands, a fork, a food processor, or a pastry cutter, 'cut' the vegan butter into the dough until it becomes small chunks and the mixture holds together when you squeeze it.
- Add in the non-dairy milk and flax egg. Knead the dough for a minute or two until it comes together to form a nice, moist ball.
- Divide the dough in half. If you're making the dough in advance and don't plan to finish the pop tarts now, refrigerate the dough for up to 2 days. If you're making the pop tarts now, place one half in the fridge while we get ready to roll out and assemble the other.
Finally! Let's put these pop tarts together!
- Using a rolling pin, roll out one half of the dough into a 9x12 inch rectangle. Cut the dough into nine 3x4 rectangles using a pizza cutter or a sharp knife. Using a spatula, move the rectangles to a parchment lined baking sheet. Whisk together non-dairy milk and maple syrup to create a vegan 'egg wash'. Brush each rectangle with the vegan egg wash.
- Spoon a tablespoon of strawberry preserves onto each rectangle.
- Roll out and cut the second half of the dough in the same manner as step 1. One at time, place a second rectangle of dough on top of a partially assembled one.
- Press the pop tart closed by pressing the fork prongs down and around the edges of the dough rectangles. Using the fork, prick the top of the pop tart in multiple spots to let steam escape while cooking (these will be hidden once iced).
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- Bake the pop tarts for 25-30 minutes, or until they're a light, golden brown.
- Remove from the oven. If you're not icing them, allow to cool for 5 minutes before eating. If you are icing them, allow them to cool completely first.
Top with Icing:
This step is totally optional, but it truly takes these pop tarts to the next level and keeps them similar to the real deal!
- In a small bowl, mix together powdered sugar, milk, and 1-2 drops of red food coloring (less food coloring will keep it pink). Check the consistency - it should be thick, but spreadable. You don't want it to be runny, it'll be a mess, seriously. If necessary, add a ½ teaspoon of milk or powdered sugar at a time until the desired consistency is reached.
- Only once the pop tarts have completely cooled down, spread the icing over each pop tart. Top with some sprinkles and let set for 15 minutes.
Recipe Substitutions & Variations
- Feel free to switch up the filling! Choose a different berry jam or fill with a cinnamon brown sugar filling.
- I haven't tried this gluten-free flour but if you do try it, please let us know in the comments below how it works out!
- Leave these strawberry pop tarts unfrosted! No frosting, no problem - these are still just as delicious.
- Use homemade strawberry filling! I only didn't in an effort to save time, as the recipe is already a bit time consuming.
To ensure these pop tarts are the best they could be here are just a few tips I don't want you to forget!
- Make sure the vegan butter the is cold when making dough. Anything other than cold vegan butter, your dough will not get that flaky yet puffy texture. If it's warm or hot, the butter will leak out of the dough while baking.
- While you're rolling out and cutting the first half of the dough, make sure the other half is in the fridge. I have found that it doesn't roll out as nicely and gets stuck to the rolling pin (even if dusted with flour) when you let it hang out on the counter, at room temperature.
- Avoid over-stuffing the pop tart. The filling will bust through and ooze out of the air holes or the sides of the pop tarts.
- Do not forget to prick top of the pop tart a few times to create those air holes. If you don't, the steam will get trapped inside the pop tart and they will explode in your oven.
- Allow the pop tarts to cool completely before icing them. Otherwise, the icing will just slide off the pop tart. Not only will it be messy, but there will be like no icing on them - lame!!
Yes! Make and divide the dough as instructed, wrap in plastic wrap, then place the dough in refrigerator for up to 2 days.
Definitely! This is also a massive time saver. I would recommend getting a puff pastry dough.
Of course! The only reason I didn't was because I am obsessed with preserves I used and to save time. If you'd like to make your own, try this:
2 ⅓ cups of strawberries, chopped
¾ cup of granulated sugar
1 teaspoon of lemon juice
Pinch of salt
In a medium pot, add strawberries, sugar, lemon juice, and salt. Cook over high heat, stirring constantly with a rubber spatula. Once the mixture starts to bubble, reduce the heat down to a simmer or low-medium. Cook the mixture for 10-15 minutes, stirring constantly, until the jam is thick. Feel free to strain it through a mesh strainer to get rid of any seeds.
Yes, definitely! The dough is made to hold up with whatever filling you prefer. This would be amazing with a cinnamon and brown sugar filling, or any type of jam! With whatever filling you choose, make sure you don't overstuff it!
You can totally leave the icing off and eat these straight out of the oven. But why would you?!
You can freeze these whether they're baked or unbaked! If baked, allow the pop tarts to cool completely then transfer them to a freezer bag or airtight container and freeze for up to 3 months. When you're ready to eat them, let them defrost or reheat them in the microwave or toaster oven until heated through.
If the pop tarts are unbaked, after step 6, transfer them to a freezer friendly bag or airtight container and freeze for up to 3 months. When ready, bake as instructed.
I personally think everything and anything is better when it's fresh, but yes! Keep the iced pop tarts in an airtight container, at room temperature, for 3-5 days.
If you bake these pop tarts, be sure to snap a pic and tag me on Instagram. If you have any questions or feedback at all, send me an e-mail or leave a comment below! I hope you love them as much as we do!Print