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Are Pop-Tarts Vegan? Here Are Some Flavors You Can Relish

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Hey, pop tarts enthusiasts! We bet your super-sized favorite childhood breakfast comprised of these sugary delights. However, for those who have transitioned vegan may find it difficult to restrain them from snacking on them. We always wonder, ‘Are pop tarts vegan?’  Fear not. We have rounded up some yummy vegan pop tart flavors for you. Keep these flavors in mind on your next grocery store errand.

Remember not all pop tarts are vegan!

The Non-Vegan Ingredients

The two main non-vegan ingredients found in most pop tarts are dairy milk (it could be added in the form of whey protein) and gelatin. Keep an eye out for these two ingredients in your treats to make sure it’s okay to eat if you follow restricted diets.

The Vegan Flavors

There are three unfrosted pop tart flavors without any obvious non-vegan ingredients.

  • Blueberry, unfrosted
  • Brown sugar cinnamon, unfrosted
  • Strawberry, unfrosted

However, they need not be entirely vegan. Let’s see why.

These tarts may contain ingredients like palm oil, artificial colors, and natural colors. These ingredients are broad categories in which not all elements may be vegan. Thus consider them before you buy tarts from the store.

Still Skeptical? Try Making Pop-Tarts At Home

If you are cynical about the store-bought pop tarts, why not try some delicious DIY pop-tart recipes. Homemade pop tarts are healthy so you can eat more than one. You will have the control of all ingredients that go in the baking of the pop tarts to make the dish vegan-friendly. Most pie crust and pastry dough available in the market are vegan. All you need to do is replace dairy milk with a non-dairy substitute.

Here are some homemade vegan pop tarts recipes:

Vegan Berry Pop-Tarts

Crispy vegan pop tarts with a sweet berry filling, raw sugar topping, and delicious vanilla glaze will win your hearts. This is a vegan-friendly and healthy recipe to indulge as breakfast or snack.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups flour (whole-wheat flour and unbleached all-purpose four in the ratio 1:1)
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 2/3 cups cold vegan butter
  • 2-4 tablespoons ice-cold water
  • 1 heaping cup mixed berries (preferable fresh)
  • 2 tablespoons raw sugar
  • Vanilla glaze (optional)

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 190 oC.  Meanwhile line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Place the berries in a small saucepan over medium heat and cook for around 5-8 minutes covered with a lid. Stir occasionally and smash down the berries with the help of a spoon. You can add one teaspoon of sugar to sweeten the pulp if desired. Remove from heat and transfer to a small bowl to cool.
  • To prepare the pop-tart crust, take a large bowl and mix together the flour and salt. Then cut in the vegan butter with a fork or pastry cutter until well combined with the flour mix.
  • Drizzle cold water (one tablespoon at a time) over the mixture and mix well with a wooden spoon until you get a soft dough. You will require roughly 3-5 tablespoons of water. Adjust the quantity as per your batch size. Make sure the dough doesn’t get too sticky.
  • Turn on the dough to a floured flat surface (kitchen top), shape into a disc and roll it into a large rectangle with a rolling pin. Place a plastic sheet or wrap over the dough while rolling it. This helps to reduce cracking.
  • Cut the rectangle dough into equal squares and carefully transfer each square to the parchment-lined baking tray.
  • Place 1 tablespoon of berry filling on half of the squares leaving a 1/4 inch border to seal the edges. Stick the other half of the squares on top using water on the edges. Seal the edges tightly using a fork.
  • Poke tiny holes on top of each piece, brush a tad of vegan butter, sprinkle some raw sugar on top and bake for about 25-30 minutes or until the crust gets golden brown.
  • Cool for a couple of minutes and apply vanilla glaze if desired.
  • Enjoy yummylicious pop tarts!
Vegan-Berry-Pop-Tarts
Image courtesy: Minimalist Baker

Giant Brown Sugar Cinnamon Pop Tart

The childhood classic snack is turned into a healthy, gluten-free and vegan version here. The giant brown sugar cinnamon pop tarts are perfect for entertaining your guests and savoring your taste buds.

Ingredients:

Pastry

  • 2 cups gluten-free flour blend
  • 2 teaspoons xanthan gum (if your blend doesn’t already contain it)
  • 3/4 cup vegan butter (very cold)
  • 4-5 tablespoons ice-cold water
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Cinnamon Sugar Filling

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons gluten-free all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons vegan butter (melted and slightly cooled)
  • 2 tablespoons molasses

Cinnamon Glaze

  • 1 + 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon almond milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Instructions:

  • In a food processor, add gluten-free flour blend, xanthan gum (if using), salt and sugar and combine well.
  • Add cold vegan butter and pulse until well incorporated.
  • Remove from the food processor and place the mixture in a large bowl, add in cold water one tablespoon at a time just until you get a soft dough. You may not end up using all of the water.
  • Pat the dough into a flat circle and chill for at least 30 minutes.
  • Now roll out the dough into two equal rectangles about 1/4 inches in thickness. Place these rectangles back into the freezer for 10 minutes for better handling.
  • Preheat oven to 350 oF and line a baking tray with a parchment sheet. Meanwhile, make the filling and keep it ready for baking.
  • To make the filling, take a large bowl and combine gluten-free flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, melted vegan butter, and molasses to make a paste.
  • Place one rectangle of pastry dough on a baking tray. Spoon out the filling onto the pastry and spread it gently with a spatula, leaving about 1/2 inch border.
  • Place the other rectangle of pastry dough on top of the filling. Gently press the edges closed with your fingers and crimp all the way around with a fork. Make sure all sides are sealed properly.
  • Poke few tiny holes into the top of the pastry. 
  • Bake for 35-40 minutes or until the edges of the crust are golden browned. Remove from the oven and cool completely.
  • To make the glaze, take a small bowl and mix together almond milk, powdered brown sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla. Whisk until combined and no lumps are seen. Spread the glaze over the cooled pop tarts and allow it to dry.
  • Slice and serve. Enjoy your treat!
Brown-Sugar-Cinnamon-Pop-Tart
Image courtesy: A Dash Of Megnut

Vegan Pop-Tart Brands

Bobos Blueberry Lemon Poppyseed Toaster Pastry

This is a yummy vegan pop-tar alternative you can relish. Pastry toasters are getting an upgrade with their unique flavors. The lemony sweet vegan pastry is sure to delight your taste buds.

Bobos Blueberry Lemon Poppyseed Toaster Pastry

Kellogg’s Pop-tarts, Unfrosted Strawberry

Kellogg’s unfrosted strawberry pop tarts are classic snacks that inspire your sweet tooth. The sweet vegan crème is topped with rainbow sprinkles and the tarts are filled with strawberry-flavored goodness.

Kellogg's Pop-Tarts, Unfrosted Strawberry

There are a few vegan pop tarts available in the stores, but that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the delicious treats. You can experiment with your own flavors and DIY pop tarts in your kitchen too.

Share your vegan pop tarts recipe with us below.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are pop tarts dairy-free?

No. Pop-tarts do contain dairy, but there are some flavors that replace it with non-dairy milk.

Do all pop tarts have gelatin?

A few brands in the United States contain gelatin in their frosted pop tarts to maintain the texture of their product. However, plain unfrosted tarts are void of gelatin and can be considered as vegan-friendly. Check the ingredient list carefully before you buy any product.

Which pop tarts are vegetarian?

These flavors are considered vegetarian:
• Unfrosted apple cinnamon (not currently marketed)
• Unfrosted blueberry
• Unfrosted brown sugar cinnamon
• Unfrosted strawberry

Why are pop tarts bad for you?

Pop-tarts contain sugar, refined flour, and unhealthy oils in large amounts. They hardly add protein or fiber in your diet. Thus these sweet treats should be limited to cheat days.

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