Raspberry Gluten Free Pop Tarts are here to blow your mind. They are flaky, sweet, and oozing with raspberry chia jam. They are vegan and a gluten free pastry that I can totally get behind. This recipe is a little different than the original. Maybe a little healthier and maybe a little more labour will have to go into it (you can’t buy these ones at the store). But man oh man it is so worth it. This is one of my favourite recipes to date.
Who didn’t grow up with pop tarts? If you are a 90’s baby like me, you definitely had your fair share growing up. The Gilmore Girls lived off pop tarts and so did I. It was just the way it was. Even my father in law ate pop tarts as his main meal when he first moved to Kelowna ahead of my mother in law. Pop tarts were just the cool thing to eat. Maybe they still are. Not too sure. But whether or not they still are, I can bet that if you showed up to someone’s house with these gluten free pop tarts, you will definitely be the COOLEST person there. I mean who makes homemade pop tarts? Only cool people.
the breakdown of these raspberry pop tarts
While we are on the subject of cool, I think it’s pretty unique and amazing to make your own jam. You may have noticed that I’m kind of obsessed with chia jam. I love having it on my toast in the morning. But when I was brainstorming for this recipe I thought why not throw chia jam in as the filling!? The chia jam is next level.
The first batch of raspberry pop tarts that I made, Adam said the filling needed to be sweeter. I first tested it with just 2 tbsps of maple syrup and then tested it with 4. He obviously liked the recipe best with 4 tbsps, cause he has such a sweet tooth. A very picky sweet tooth. But you can adjust the sweetness yourself. I would suggest starting with less, and then you can always add another tablespoon or two during the blending process when you add the chia seeds. Remember there is a sweetened glaze on top of these gluten free pop tarts so that will increase the sweetness factor.
The gluten free pastry that is used is crispy, yet flaky and soft on the inside. It’s actually quite easy to roll out and it is quite forgiving. The filling on the inside is made of three simple ingredients and complements that flaky pastry perfectly. And that hibiscus glaze on top is Adam’s favourite part. It’s basically the last part of the recipe that completes these vegan pop tarts.
are pop tarts vegan?
The traditional pop tarts you buy at the store are mostly non-vegan. The unfrosted ones are actually vegan (apparently) as they don’t contain milk products or gelatin. They are for sure not gluten free though. But this recipe has got you covered. These raspberry pop tarts are gluten free AND vegan so you can dive right in with no concerns.
Did you know that icing sugar isn’t vegan? Honestly, I was pretty horrified to find out that some sugar isn’t vegan. Geez. How is sugar not vegan? Apparently, in the processing of sugar, a lot of companies use bone char as a decolorizing filter. Bone char is bones from cattle. Gross. Although I am not highly educated on this topic I do know that there are some companies that do sell completely vegan sugars. I was happy to see that my go-to brand Wholesome has all vegan sugars. Their powdered sugar is vegan so you can have your gluten free pop tarts frosted without worrying about what the heck bone char is.
here are a few reasons why I love these gluten free pop tarts, so listen up!
- I have not had a pop tart for a LONG time. And the fact that these raspberry pop tarts are gluten free and vegan is just so wonderful. Growing up, I used to live off pop tarts. I can’t get behind store-bought pop tarts anymore, but I can definitely get behind these raspberry pop tarts. I don’t think I would go as far as calling these vegan pop tarts healthy, but they are definitely healthier than the classic pop tarts. This recipe uses all-normal ingredients. They are a treat and a treat that is well worth the time to make them. I absolutely love that they are a walk down memory lane.
- These pop tarts are a gluten free pastry that doesn’t have a gross texture. These raspberry pop tarts are filled with an easy homemade chia jam, and the pastry is flaky and full of flavour. They are beautifully sweetened with a light glaze on top which is Adam’s favourite part of the whole pop tart… They are picky husband approved, and if I may be confident enough to say: I think he would choose these gluten free pop tarts over regular pop tarts.
- Another thing I love about these raspberry pop tarts is the natural food colouring used to make the glaze. Guys, I used hibiscus tea to dye the icing into a pinky colour. So simple and so fun to play around with the shade of colouring you want. All you have to do is steep 3 hibiscus tea bags in a little hot water and then add 1 – 2 tablespoons to your vegan icing sugar. You can play around with thickness too. I liked a thin glaze but if you prefer a thicker icing you can go nuts! I highly suggest using hibiscus tea for food colouring.
These raspberry pop tarts may be a little labour of love, but the end result is absolutely mouthwatering. You’ll wish you could buy these pop tarts in a store. I’m hoping Kellogg’s reaches out with a deal for me. Fingers crossed.