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.