Maple-Cinnamon Oat Pop Tarts Recipe - Back to the Cutting Board (2024)

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Just like Spaghetti-os and Oatmeal Cream Pies, Pop Tarts are one of those things I loved when I was kid but have tried to stay away from as an adult. But since I had so much fun learning to make those other favorites at home, I figured it was time I finally attempted homemade Pop Tarts. With the other recipes, I was trying to make a homemade version that was close to the taste and texture of the originals. This time I wanted to make a healthier Pop Tart. But one that still, you know, tastes good. And while this recipe isn’t especially low fat (by my calculations it’s about the same as the store-bought version), after some trial and error I feel like I came up with a satisfying compromise.

A Pop Tart is pretty much just pie crust with some type of filling, so the pastry dough is the most important part. I tried out several different “healthy” pie crust recipes first. Lesson learned: pie crust without butter SUCKS. It just does. But thanks to a tip from a reader (Thanks, Shel!), I figured out you can substitute healthier coconut oil for shortening. So while this dough does have butter, there’s no gross shortening and it’s still flaky and moist. Yay!

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To add more whole grain to the tarts I substituted some of the white flour for oat flour. I just really like the flavor that oat flour adds to baked goods and I think it works well with the maple-cinnamon filling. But don’t worry, you don’t need to go out and buy special flour, you can make your own oat flour just by grinding normal oats in a blender or food processor.

My favorite flavor of pop tarts when I was young was the brown sugar-cinnamon. Hands down. None of that fruity stuff, I wanted straight sugar! But I’ve grown up (a little bit) and while I’m still a sugar fiend, I’ve been trying to cut down on the processed sugar so I used maple syrup instead. The only part of the recipe where I broke my processed sugar rule was with the icing on top. My 8-year-old self would not let me pass up icing these! But the icing has more maple syrup in it to give the tarts lots of maple-y flavor.

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Instead of using brown sugar for the filling, I used maple sugar. Maple sugar isn’t a very common ingredient in recipes, but dammit, it should be! It’s amazing! Imagine a concentrated, crystallized form of maple syrup. It’s a little courser than granulated sugar, but it tastes delicious and you can substitute it for sugar in any recipe. The downside is that it’s tough to find and a bit expensive, I had to order mine from AmazonMaple-Cinnamon Oat Pop Tarts Recipe - Back to the Cutting Board (6). If you can’t get maple sugar, you can use brown sugar instead, but if you love maple syrup this stuff is worth the effort to find it! When the sugar is baked, it melts and makes a warm, gooey maple-cinnamon center for these tarts.

These homemade Pop Tarts are very simple and flexible to make. Feel free to use all white flour or substitute whole wheat (or another whole grain flour) instead of oat flour. The pastry dough only takes about 10 minutes to put together (and you can do most of it in a food processor); after it chills for a short time, roll it out and cut into rectangles. The possibilities for fillings are almost endless. Fill it with cinnamon-sugar, fruit preserves, chocolate, Nutella, or whatever you like!

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Maple-Cinnamon Oat Pop Tarts

pastry dough adapted from Apron of Grace

Makes 7-9 servings

Prep Time: 1 minutes | Cook Time: 30 minutes | Total Time: 2 hours

Ingredients

Pastry

  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup oat flour* (See recipes notes below)
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 6 tbsp. unsalted butter, cut into small cubes and chilled
  • 3 tbsp. coconut oil or shortening, chilled (measure out each tablespoon separately and chill along with the butter)
  • 2 tbsp. maple syrup
  • 6 to 8 tbsp. ice water
  • 1 egg

Maple-Cinnamon Filling

  • 1/2 cup maple sugar or brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon

Maple Icing

  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 to 3 tbsp. maple syrup

Process

  1. Make the dough: Combine both flours and salt in a large bowl. Cut in pieces of chilled butter and coconut oil until the mixture is crumbly. You can do this in a food processor or with a pastry blender. Stir in the maple syrup.

    Add 1/4 cup of ice water, then add one tablespoon of water at a time until the mixture comes together into a ball. Knead lightly a few times until the dough is combined. Shape into a rectangle and cover with plastic wrap. Chill in the fridge for 15 to 30 minutes. (This can be made the night before. Let dough soften up slightly before rolling it out.)

  2. While the dough is chilling, mix together the maple sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Set aside.

    Separate the egg white into a small bowl and discard the yolk or save it for another use. Beat the egg white until frothy.

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees (F). Line a large baking sheet with parchment.

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    Shape and fill tarts: Remove the dough from the fridge and place it on a lightly floured surface. If you have a small work surface, cut the dough in half and store the remaining half in the fridge until you need it. Roll the dough out in a large rectangle to about 1/8-inch thick. Cut into 3×4-inch rectangles. Tip: Use a small food container as a make-shift dough cutter.

    (The dough sticks together pretty easily, so if you have lots of dough remnants you should be able to piece enough together to get a few more tarts.)

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    Transfer one rectangle to the baking sheet. Brush egg white around the top edge of the dough, about 1/2 inch all around. The egg white will help seal the two pieces of dough together. Add about two teaspoons of the cinnamon-sugar mixture in the middle. Brush egg white around the bottom edge of another rectangle and place it directly on top, pressing the edges together tightly. Use a fork to mark the edges of the tart on both sides. Then poke a few holes in the top piece of the tart to let steam escape. Repeat with remaining rectangles.

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  4. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the top and edges start to brown. Cool for about 5 minutes on the pan on a rack.

    While the tarts are cooling, mix up the powdered sugar and maple syrup until smooth. The icing will be thick. When the tarts are still warm but not hot to the touch, spread a tablespoon or so of icing on top. Set aside for a minute and let the icing set.

    Serve tarts warm or at room temperature. These are best right out of the oven, but they can be heated up the next day, about 10 minutes in a 350-degree oven (no need to preheat). Tarts that haven’t been iced can be toasted.

Recipe Notes

*You can make your own oat flour by putting rolled oats (NOT quick oats) in a blender or food processor and processing until fine. Sift the flour to make sure there aren’t any bigger pieces of oat left in there.

To make ahead of time: shape the tarts and freeze them individually. Pull out the tarts as needed and bake.


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    cassie

    Mar 14, 2012 at 1:24 pm·Reply

    I loved Pop Tarts as a kid too..actually, I ate them all through college! These look amazign!

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    I love your Spagetti-o’s recipe. My boyfriend and I make it all the time. So good. These sound great! I will definitely be making them soon. Thank you for sharing it!

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    Rosey (@RoRoRosey)

    Mar 14, 2012 at 3:59 pm·Reply

    On my menu for next week!->RT @Emiline220: {new post} Homemade Maple-Cinnamon Oat Pop Tarts http://t.co/KR7iB9TV #recipe

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    Julie @ Willow Bird Baking

    Mar 14, 2012 at 11:59 pm·Reply

    These look absolutely insane.

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    Nicole@HeatOvenTo350

    Mar 15, 2012 at 1:49 pm·Reply

    This is the way a pop tart should be! I love maple sugar, and sometimes I get sooo in love with it that I refuse to use it. Weird? Yes, I know. It’s like I’m hoarding it for some special reason. I need to just start using it, because it sounds perfect in these pop tarts. I’m so glad the kid in you made you glaze them, too.

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    leslie

    Mar 20, 2012 at 7:32 pm·Reply

    Ohhhh, I will so be making these!!! pinned!

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    Maria

    Mar 21, 2012 at 9:42 am·Reply

    I can’t wait to make these! The best flavor ever!

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    margaret

    May 4, 2012 at 4:09 pm·Reply

    oh my god, these look fantastic. brown sugar was always my favorite flavor of pop tarts!

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    Carla

    Aug 9, 2012 at 5:17 pm·Reply

    I have a question about the maple syrup in the pastry…if I am using preserves for the inside, do I still need the syrup?

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      Emily

      Aug 28, 2012 at 5:16 pm·Reply

      Hi Carla,

      Sorry for the late response, I just saw this comment. The maple syrup sweetens the pastry crust but I don’t see why you couldn’t skip it if you want. Especially if you’re going to put icing on top of it, since that would make it more than sweet enough for most people.

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    Stacey @ Newlywed Survival

    Mar 4, 2013 at 10:51 am·Reply

    I have been trying to have less processed food in our home. This recipe is perfect! I used to love eating this exact poptart – even still ate it right before I got married 😉

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    Laura Dembowski

    May 1, 2013 at 11:20 am·Reply

    I love homemade Pop Tarts. I used to eat the store bought ones everyday, but now they don’t even taste good to my grown up taste buds. Homemade ones are the best. Yours are so pretty too!

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    @piesandplots

    May 1, 2013 at 11:21 am·Reply

    Loving these pretty Maple Cinnamon Oat Pop Tarts from @Emiline220! http://t.co/fhDKXgeWIV

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    Tara | Smells Like Home

    Aug 10, 2013 at 11:46 am·Reply

    I haven’t had a pop tart in years but maple-brown sugar were my fave too. I can’t wait to try this homemade version!!

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    Jeana

    Jan 17, 2014 at 9:24 am·Reply

    I made maple sugar from our 2 trees in the front yard, one of which wasn’t even a maple tree. Granted, we were going for maple syrup, but there is a very fine line between achieving maple syrup and the crystallization point! Pretty easy, but takes time like anything else!

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    Jacquie

    Jul 7, 2014 at 9:59 pm·Reply

    This was my favorite pop-tart flavor too growing up! How great to have a homemade recipe to try now 🙂

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    Melanie

    Oct 15, 2014 at 11:31 pm·Reply

    Do you have the nutritional value for these?

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    Ann

    Nov 19, 2014 at 2:49 pm·Reply

    I don’t have oat flour nor the means to make any – I don’t have a place on my own yet-I travel. I try to keep the amount of all the different baking supplies I need to a low, but I did consider buying some oat flour but where I shop didn’t have any. Can I just use another cup of all purpose flour? I know it won’t taste exactly the same but do you think that would be alright?

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    Jeannette

    Oct 4, 2016 at 1:38 pm·Reply

    This sounds really good. I like just about anything with the word ‘maple’ attached. My whole freshman year of college, I ate pop tarts for breakfast. It’s a wonder my teeth didn’t fall out from all that sugar or that I didn’t gain 1000 pounds! Anyway, now I’m gluten free. While I can put the gluten free oats in the blender like you said, can I use these with gluten free flour instead of all purpose?
    Thank you again!

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    Carol

    Jul 31, 2023 at 7:31 am·Reply

    What a great idea! Can’t wait to try it!

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    Charlie Gluck

    Sep 27, 2023 at 6:56 am·Reply

    Well I didn’t follow the recipe exactly and it wasn’t good. BUT I can tell you that it will be good properly prepared based on my mistakes! Can’t wait to follow the recipe!

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