You asked for it and they’re here Berry Pancake Pop Tarts! Things have been very crazy around here and I had planned to share the Raspberry Pop Tarts I posted a sneak peak weeks ago sooner but with the Mother Daughter Yoga and Brunch I was hosting at Athleta and my grandmothers unexpected passing I wasn’t able to but posted the gluten free vegan version on my Instagram as I was getting so many messages asking for the recipe.
I did play with our favorite Birch Bender pancake mix to try to get something closer to the pop tarts I remember having back in the 90’s. Of course it’s been so long it was hard to remember so I just went with the family of taste testers I had and we finally had a winner! So then to name them, Berry Pancake Pop Tarts are a healthier and easy to make version made with pancake mix, hence the pancake part in the name.
I have to say I never was a huge fan of pop tarts growing up as I always remember them having a sweet gel like filling. I was more of a toaster strudel kind of kid. I think it was the flaky pastry and apple filling though. Yes way back I won’t age myself. I will say that I never thought there would come a day that I would think to make pop tarts at home, or like them but I have to say these are ones I like. Not saying I crave them and would make them for myself or all the time, I’m really into waffles and smoothies lately. Even more than homemade sourdough toast. I know I have no clue what is going on with my tastes or cravings lately.
Not that the ones I posted on Instagram aren’t good but they are made with buckwheat flour and healthier but they don’t have that classic pop tart pastry taste like these. While they paleo version is good it also isn’t the same taste and texture as traditional pop tarts. I will say those have a special place though and more to come on those, stay tuned!
We filled ours with berry jam, going classic. A raspberry chia jam and store bought organic strawberry preserves and the family thought both were berry delicious! The options are endless and we may have some fun ones coming but I won’t confirm that as I learned my lesson with the sneak peak. The original ones I topped with fun sprinkles, these I added crushed dried raspberries to the raspberry filled ones.
Honestly the girls even link them without the icing and then they can be put into the toaster IF they last that long. A batch makes four so they are fresh but they are so quick and easy it works. I did make double batches to test though. This is only the classic, which are vegan but not gluten free. I also tested paleo and I will say they are harder to make as they are crumblier and do take some patience but do work and are delicious but have to be enjoyed the same day. If they sit overnight they end up soaking up the moisture of the filling and will crumble easily. I did not test the gluten free Birch Benders as it contains dairy. I am still hoping to test that one and have my husband and A try them but haven’t had the time to test them.
So many flavor options how does one decide? I had to keep the bright pink (pitaya) colored icing but you can do white, light pink with berries, or omit it.
Hope all the mamas out there had a wonderful Mother’s Day! I spent the day with the family having fun but also trying to recharge. Hoping to get back on track this week and normal life in so many ways but with S having soccer 9 out of 10 of the next days and A having gymnastics and a show I’m not sure I should set my expectations so high with catching up and getting back on track and will try to give myself love and grace I didn’t this week with my grandmothers passing and everything I had going on and trying to keep up.
Can’t skip a Monday and today is Meatless Monday, I look forward to seeing what’s happening in your kitchen and hope you link up with me and my co-host Deborah. I also hope you check out and are inspired by the recipes linked up below.Berry Pancake Pop Tarts! #FitFluential #vegan #paleo Click To Tweet
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