Well, here it is. I have been promising a pop tart recipe for nearly a year, and I am finally delivering. Just so y’all know, it’s not like me to hold off that long. The problem with making these pop tarts was that I was totally intimidated! I don’t know why, honestly. I just was. Maybe because the ridiculously processed store-bought ones are just so perfect in appearance. They have a completely smooth surface, the icing is a perfect rectangle, and they are basically all identical. Like zebras. I digress. I just felt afraid of not being able to get it “right.” But the people spoke. YOU spoke. You asked me to come up with a gluten free, clean eating pop tart. And I love you, so I did. These maple pumpkin pop tarts are everything I ever dreamed of and more.
So here’s what I think you want to know. Was it difficult? Absolutely not. It was no more difficult than making a muffin or a cookie or a pie. It just required following the directions and following them carefully. Did it take a long time? Nope. It took about 15 minutes of prep and then they baked for about 27 minutes. So unless you count the time I spent cleaning up, I really only spent 15 minutes or so hands on.
Was it delicious? Hell yes. In fact, my husband ate so many that I won’t have another one. (I love you, Daniel, but you’re one of those treat snatching, dream crushing types).
And maybe you don’t want to know this, but I’ll just go ahead and tell you. It’s totally adaptable. Don’t like pumpkin? No problem. Except, that’s actually a big problem but whatever. These maple pumpkin pop tarts can be easily altered to fit your unique tastebuds. Simply replace the pumpkin puree and coconut sugar mixture with whatever filling you prefer. You can use any jam, chocolate hazelnut spread, apple butter, or whatever the heck you want. For the icing, simply eliminate the pumpkin puree and add a tiny drop of vanilla.
I do want to emphasize one more time that it’s super important to follow the recipe on this one. If you are one of those people who starts mixing things together before you read the whole recipe, you might regret that! Just read it all the way through, then get started and trust the process. I did the work for you— you don’t have to recreate the wheel!
Now go make yourself some pop tarts and enjoy!