One of my childhood food memories is buying a box of Pop Tarts (the chocolate fudge ones were my favourite) and eating one and then another, and then another, and then it would have been rude not to finish the whole box. It’s no wonder I became so overweight when I had that attitude. I could never just leave something.
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Even at the time I knew that they tasted artificial, but I didn’t care – they were convenient. Now I am older and more health concious, I see the importance of health over convenience and I have also learned that with a little bit of preparation, you can create your favourite convenience foods and store them so they are ready as and when you want them. The homemade Pop Tart is a good example of this.
If you store them in an air tight container, they will last for a couple of days (if you don’t eat them before that), or you can freeze them after they are cooked. You can even freeze a ball of the crust dough so you can make them faster than you would if you had to make the dough again. So many options to make these a little bit quicker. But, even making them from scratch doesn’t take long and it is Oh. So. Worth. It. to have this unhealthy store bought treat made healthier. You can have them for breakfast, or even a snack. The reason these are “healthier” is because they are made with whole wheat flour, half the butter is replaced with yoghurt and they are sweetened with a homemade date syrup, rather that sugar.
As with most things, they are so versatile too. I made these with homemade strawberry jam , but you could put in whatever you like. Other fillings I use are peanut butter and jam, peanut butter and banana, stewed apple and cinnamon, mixed berries, and my homemade healthier Nutella . Drizzle a little dark chocolate on top if you want something a bit more indulgent.
I am in the process of working on a recipe book and you can bet that these are going to feature in it!
Ingredients – makes 12 Pop Tarts:
– 210g/ 1.6 Cups Whole Wheat flour
– 60g/Quarter Cup butter
– 2 tbsp Greek yoghurt
– Half teaspoon salt
– 1 egg
– 5 tbsp cold water and 4 pitted dates
– Homemade jam or whatever filling you are using
1) Put the flour and salt in a bowl.
2) Put the water and dates in a food processor and blend
3) Cut the butter into cubes and add to the flour and mix with your fingers until it becomes a breadcrumb consistency.
4) Add the yoghurt, egg and date syrup and mix with a fork.
5) Then mix with your hands and put on the flour dusted surface and knead for a few minutes. If this is still fairly sticky, add some more flour.
6) Roll the dough out and cut into 24 equal rectangle shapes.
7) Put 12 on a baking tray and add your filling (I used jam) to the middle of each rectangle, leaving a boarder.
8) Using your finger, put some cold water around the edge of the rectangles and then put the other pieces on top.
9) Using a fork, crimp down the edges to seal the Pop Tart.
10) Bake in the oven at 200C/400F for 20 minutes. Leave to cool for a little while before eating.
What other convenience foods would you like to see a healthier version of? Leave a comment below.
Nutritional Information – per Pop Tart:
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