Thursday, January 12, 2012

Homemade Nutella Pop Tarts

A few days ago I saw a post on Pinterest that caught my eye from Bake Me More

Even though I personally don't care for pop tarts, the idea of creating a healthy version of something so highly attractive to children captivated me.

So, this morning, using Nutella and a basic pie crust recipe altered to add nutrition, I created something that received a thumbs-up from all three of my girls.


I wanted them to look as much like the cardboard sugar overload as possible and hide some healthy stuff like whole wheat flour and flax, too.


I also added a simple icing and colorful sprinkles (since I couldn't find my chocolate ones.)


Intrigued? They're pretty simple, too!

For the pastry dough

1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
3 Tbsp ground flax seed + wheat flour to equal 1 cup
1/4 cup shortening
1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
3 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt
6 Tbsp ice water

Stir together dry ingredients. Add butter and shortening; cut in with pastry blender til the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add ice water 2 Tbsp at a time til dough will roll into a ball. Wrap tightly and refrigerate 20 minutes or longer.

Roll out dough on floured surface. Cut into desired size; two per tart. Spread desired filling on dough, leaving 1/2" border all the way around.


Top each tart with a second pastry and crimp the edges using water to seal.


Bake at 400F for 8 minutes


Optional: Icing

1 cup confectioners sugar
2-3 Tbsp milk

Stir milk into sugar until it forms a thick paste. Spread on cooled tarts and top with sprinkles, if desired.


I was going to try a few with almond butter and top with sliced almonds but my girls were so excited about the Nutella that I forgot. You could also try sugar free jam or peanut butter! I would love to see more creative variations of these.

My 7-year-old likes it.


My 6-yr-old agrees.


Even my ultra-picky 3-year-old who rarely eats anything likes it!

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