These Easy Vegan Apricot Pop Tarts are nothing short of flaky, perfectly sweetened, bursting with the fresh summer flavor of apricots, and topped with a simple vanilla frosting. Complete homage to the classic childhood favorite, these pop tarts are a sure crowd-pleaser, even for picky eaters. The perfect bite for breakfast, brunch, or a nice in between snack. All Vegan ingredients. Gluten-Free option available.
Pop Tarts. Easy Vegan Apricot Pop Tarts. Where do I begin? Honestly, these little flaky, squared sweet treats are MY LIFE! Haha.
If you've been an avid follower of Orchids + Sweet Tea, then you know that pop tarts were my absolute FAVE growing up!
The Kellogg's Strawberry w/ the Vanilla Frosting + Sprinkles were my ride or die for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I seriously indulged in those things at least twice or more a day. Personally, I loved when they made them so perfectly thin. I'm obsessed.
Now, however, since I'm on a health-conscious journey, many of my old habits have been thrown out the window and although I no longer purchase that little blue box of pop tarts, I'm a huge pop tart maker at home.
Seriously, pop tarts are so easy to whip together. It's unbelievable that I didn't begin making my pop tarts a lot sooner.
Of course, that's why I'm so excited to share these with you.
If you love pop tarts like I do, then I'd suggest trying my Homemade Vegan Apple-Cinnamon Pop Tarts, Homemade Blueberry Vegan Pop Tarts, or these Strawberry Glazed Vegan Breakfast Pop Tarts.
Trust me, you won't be disappointed by the flavors above. They are SO GOOD!
The components for these apricot filled Pop Tart are the crust, filling, and glaze. Start by making the flaky dairy-free crust. Then, prepare the apricot filling. Finally, while the Pop Tart is baking, make the simple white glaze. Then assemble, and cover your pastry with sprinkles to serve.
Here’s what you need for the dairy-free crust:
To make the sweet + tangy apricot marmalade filling, find:
No Pop Tart would be complete without a glaze and sprinkles. To make the simple dairy-free glaze for your pastry, combine:
I recently came across an article from Delish, where they mentioned the 15 Things You Need To Know Before You Eat Another Pop Tart, which was a very interesting article I might add.
In this article, they spoke about all of the interesting things about pop tarts that most of us might not have known. I KNOW!
So to all of the pop tart fanatics, including myself----we're RIGHTFULLY OBSESSED for a reason! Haha.
Yes, I know. You’re probably wondering why I said this, however, when making your filling from scratch, it definitely helps to make your filling ahead of time so that it cools completely.
Also, this gives you enough time to ensure that it comes out as perfect and thick as you’d like before having to use it in your recipe.
OK, so this one is a HUGE MUST, especially if you want to have an extremely flaky crust! Much like other pastries (i.e. Hand Pies, Pie Crusts, etc.), using pastry flour more heavily than All-Purpose Flour helps to create a nice outer-layer.
Granted, cold cubed butter does help with this as well, however, I’ve discovered that adding pastry flour to the mix creates a better situation!
I must admit that in my previous attempt to make Pop Tarts, I randomly cut the squares, which obviously came out super uneven.
However, with this recipe, I did a bit of research and found that cutting them 3” x 4” worked magic and made them so even and perfect!
Also, keep in mind that when rolling out your dough, making sure that it’s at least ¼” thick is super important. This ensures that your filling stays inside and everything doesn’t fall a part.
Now, if you’re anything like me then you’re probably just as impatient to try these goodies before they fully cool, so that means that you might also prematurely add the glaze and watch it melt off like a snowman in heat. Haha.
BUT you must let your Pop Tarts FULLY cool (place them in a cool room or open window to speed things up!) before glazing them. No exceptions!
OK, so let's talk about the filling. Usually when making my homemade pop tarts, I create my filling using real fruit or frozen ones.
However, with this pop tart recipe, I chose to go with one of my go-to preserves by Bonne Maman. They are my favorite brand because their preserves are organic, have no GMOs, no high fructose syrup, no food colorings, or preservatives.
Plus, they have a ton of other flavors, therefore, you can mix and match as you please.
For that reason, I felt comfortable using this instead of making my own filling.
If choosing to make your own homemade filling, that can be done easily by heating your fruit (whether fresh or frozen) in a saucepan along with a healthy sweetener (Wholesome Sweet's pure cane sugar, Sugar in the Raw's organic brown sugar, Agave, etc.), followed by a touch of lemon juice (for acidity) and a little arrowroot starch or cornstarch as a thickener. That simple.
So it's truly based on your personal preference and the time that you have set aside to whip together your pop tarts.
To make these GF, simply substitute All-Purpose Flour with 2 cups Gluten-Free Flour (Bob’s Red Mill has a great one!) and the Pastry Flour with ½ cup coconut flour. If your GF Flour doesn’t have Xanthan Gum included, add 1tsp in recipe. Also, reduce vegan butter to 1 ¾ sticks instead of 2. Simply continue the recipe per usual after that.
Store leftover Pop Tarts in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. You can serve the pop tarts at room temperature or warm them in the microwave for 30 seconds to a minute.
You can also freeze leftover Pop Tarts for up to three months. When you want to serve them, defrost the pastry on the counter for a few hours to come to room temperature.
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I think it is SO cool that these are vegan!! I also love the Pop Tart facts. The presentation pops also. Cheers for sharing.
Your pop tarts look so professional! I love the apricot idea.
Thanks so much, Alice! Yes, the apricot makes it SO GOOD!
I'm sitting here breakfasting on some toast and jam and your post is making me wish I was breakfasting on poptarts instead - these look amazing! And they are vegan!
Haha! I'm so with ya right about now, Shashi! Thanks so much! 🙂
We love homemade pop tarts, but I haven't tried apricot before. Great idea.
these tarts looks absolutely delicious! I got some apricot and going to try it out soon.