It’s early, so early the sun isn’t up yet. You start your morning routine thankful the weather is finally cooling off. The mind starts turning on as the coffee brews. Those precious moments a mom gets to herself before the children wake. A glance at the calendar to remind yourself of the day’s activities. Reality sets in and the coffee mug rests on the counter. Lunches need to be made. Breakfast eaten. Kids dressed. Hair done. Shoes on. Back packs loaded. What could possibly make the morning run gracefully? Is there time to be gained?
There are so many tips and tricks to making mornings enjoyable in the midst of craziness. One of my favorites is quick breakfasts. The catch is finding easy, fast food that remains healthy and nutritious. Ah, there’s the rub. Pop tarts are a great example. While they are fast, yummy and easy to feed kids – healthy they are not. I refuse to buy into the lie that making healthy food takes too long or is much more expensive. So, once again, I got creative. 😉
Let’s re-think healthy. I made these pop tarts in less than 30 minutes on my meal prep day. While they were baking I finished up a few other meal prep items like grilling chicken and making brown rice for the week. By the way, if you’re not meal prepping- start!Read up about why meal prepping saves lives here.
I put the pop tarts in the freezer along with some homemade popsicles (I’m sooo posting that recipe soon) and boom. They were ready for the week.
What’s incredible about this recipe is how easy they are to “pop” into the toaster and serve. Full disclosure: I had 1 out of the 8 pop tarts get a little stuck in the toaster. So that’s always a possibility. You might notice there isn’t frosting on top of these. Good observation! If I were to put frosting on them, the sugar amount would be very high and I wouldn’t really count these as a healthy breakfast option, more of a dessert. If you want to put some frosting on, use the one from my perfect white cake recipe. Add some sprinkles too!
I made these with a cinnamon apple filling, and that’s what you’ll find in the recipe. However, I have also tried a mango cream and a strawberry mint filling. I need to make those a couple more times before their perfect, but rest assured I’ll update this post as soon as they’re done. The cinnamon apple was my kids’ favorite flavor by far and that’s why I stuck with this one for the recipe. I hope these make your mornings a breeze! Let me know how they turn out, I love hearing from the Sweetest Lemonade community. 🍋
Mix until the dough looks like a bunch of little peas.
Using a clean surface, sprinkle some brown rice flour on the counter and gather half the dough into a ball. I like to save a step by using parchment paper on my counter. When the rolling is done, I can easily throw away the paper and still have a clean counter.
Roll it out with a rolling pin. You may want to sprinkle flour on your rolling pin too. It really helps the dough to keep from sticking.
Stop rolling when the dough is 1/2 thick.
Using a rectangle shape (I use an index card) and a knife, trace the shape over the dough giving you a perfect pop tart shape cut-out.
Move the dough rectangles over to the prepared cookies sheet. You will need 8 rectangles for the bottom of each pop tart.
Now repeat the first step so that your dough tops are ready.
Prepare the ingredients for the apple cinnamon filling in a blender. No need to do this in steps, just toss it all in!
Blend for 1 minute or less depending on the strength of your blender.
Using a tablespoon measurement, scoop the filling out and place it in the middle of each of the 8 dough rectangles on the cookie tray.
Now place the tops on them.
Gently press them down with your finger around the sides. Then use a fork to secure the seal.
Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes.
Allow to cool completely before eating or freezing. Enjoy!