Recipe Makeover: Pumpkin Pie Pop Tarts with Maple Glaze

Our revamp of Joy the Baker's recipe

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

Updated Dec 5, 2017 @ 12:24 pm

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.