Recipe Makeover: Pumpkin Pie Pop Tarts with Maple Glaze

Our revamp of Joy the Baker's recipe

Pumpkin Pie Pop Tarts
Check out our healthy spin on Joy the Baker's Pumpkin Pie Pop Tarts recipe. (Photo Credit: Maeve via Flickr)

December 5, 2017

Healthy pop tarts? Can it really be true?

Well… sort of. A pop tart will never be as healthy as, say, an apple — but it’s only human to indulge from time to time, and you can definitely bake a healthier version of a pop tart without sacrificing taste. That’s exactly what we’ve done, using Joy the Baker’s recipe for Pumpkin Pie Pop Tarts with Maple Glaze as a starting point, and boosting the flavor with better-for-you ingredients:

Increase nutritional value with organic spelt flour, an ancient grain related to wheat with a nut-like flavor, in lieu of all-purpose flour.  Unlike other grains, even conventionally grown spelt is not commonly sprayed with pesticides or other synthetic chemicals. As an added bonus, those with wheat allergies often tolerate immune-strengthening spelt.

Substitute organic palm sugar for granulated sugar. Organic palm sugar is an all-natural and unrefined lower-glycemic sweetener that looks, tastes, and melts just like sugar.  Packed with vitamins and minerals, it has a caramel taste and comes from the nectar of flowers that grow on coconut trees.

Replace table salt with mineral-rich and toxin-free Himalayan crystal salt.

Swap out conventional butter for butter made from the raw milk of grass-fed cows.  Our second choice is organic butter from the pasteurized milk of antibiotic- and hormone-free cows.

Boost flavor and nutrients with free-range eggs from pasture-raised hens.  If these aren’t available in your area, second best are hormone- and antibiotic-free eggs from cage-free hens.  Battery-caged hens tend to produce eggs with salmonella, few nutrients and a bland, fishy taste.

Replace regular milk with organic milk from grass-fed cows not injected with antibiotics or hormones.  If you’re allergic to milk, replace with non-dairy organic rice, almond or hemp milk.

Make homemade pumpkin purée: peel and seed an organic baking pumpkin, cut into chunks, steam until soft, and either mash by hand or process in a food processor until smooth.  If you’re short on time, choose organic canned pure pumpkin purée.

Lower your blood sugar with our organic maple glaze: omit the powdered sugar and simply brush the maple syrup-milk mixture on the pop tarts.  Sprinkle with organic palm sugar.

One final suggestion: enjoy!  And be sure to let us know what you think.