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Easy Vegan Apricot Pop Tarts
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Easy Vegan Apricot Pop Tarts

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.
Course Breakfast, Brunch, Dessert
Keyword apricot, baked, breakfast, classic, crust, dairy-free, dessert, easy, flaky, gluten-free, healthy, homemade, indulge, plant-based, pop tarts, recipe, sprinkles, sweet, traditional, vegan
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 8 pop tarts
Author Shanika | Orchids + Sweet Tea

Ingredients

Crust:

  • 1 cup organic all-purpose flour (I use Bob’s Red Mill; See Notes for GF version!)
  • 1 1/2 cups organic pastry flour (I use Bob’s Red Mill; See Notes for GF version!)
  • 2 Tbsps organic pure cane sugar (I use Wholesome Sweets)
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1 cup vegan buttery sticks (cold + cubbed) (I use Earth's Balance; That's 2 sticks!)
  • 1 cup VERY COLD fresh water
  • 2 Tbsps apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon

Filling:

  • 1 cup apricot preserves (I use Bonne Maman)
  • 1/2 lemon

Simple Vanilla Glaze/Frosting:

  • 1 1/2 cups organic powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanila extract
  • 1-2 Tbsps Almond milk (I use Califia Farms; You can use your fave plant-based milk!)

Other:

  • Vegan sprinkles

Instructions

For the Crust:

  • In a measuring cup, add the cold water and apple cider vinegar along with an ice cube and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, add the all-purpose flour, pastry flour, sea salt, cinnamon, and organic pure cane sugar, whisking them all together.
  • Add the cubed vegan butter sticks (or regular vegan butter) and using a pastry blender, blend butter into dry ingredients until the mixture becomes “peas-like” and crumbly.
  • Pour the cold apple cider vinegar-water mixture (slowly + without the ice) and stir (working it together with one hand) until the dry ingredients are moistened. **NOTE: If the ingredients feels a little too dry, add 1 Tbsp of cold water at a time, until it’s moistened BUT not too wet!**
  • Now, shape the dough into a ball and wrap it in plastic wrap and flatten it slightly and chill for at least 1 hour.
  • In the meantime, make the Apricot Filling.

For the Filling:

  • In a small bowl, add 1 cup of apricot preserves and lightly squeeze 1 Tbsp of lemon juice in it and stir together until incorporated.
  • Set aside.

Assembly:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Once chilled, remove the dough from the refrigerator and place on a lightly floured surface, rolling it out into a large rectangle (about 3 mm thick). Cut into small-medium rectangles (3″ wide and 4″ long), until all dough it used.
  • On all rectangular cuts, lightly brush vegan butter to ensure that they close together best! On one cut dough, add 1 Tbsp of the Apricot filling and carefully cover it with another rectangular piece, gently pressing the edges down. Using a fork, carefully “crimp” around the edges and place on the baking sheet.
  • Repeat until all pop tarts are made.
  • Once all are laid flat on the baking sheet, gently prick a set of holes on the tops using a fork.
  • Lightly brush all pop tart tops with melted vegan butter and bake in the oven 20-25 minutes, until golden brown and the filling begins to become bubbly and begins to slightly seep out.
  • Once done, remove from the oven and let them cool for a few minutes (10 minutes or so).

For Simple Vanilla Glaze/Frosting:

  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, vanilla, and almond milk until smooth. For more thickness, add additional powdered sugar, 1 Tbsp at a time. If too thick, add almond milk, 1 Tbsp at a time.
  • Once pop tarts have cooled completely, spoon 1-2 Tbsps of Vanilla Frosting atop each and sprinkle with vegan sprinkles. Let pop tarts sit for another 1-2 minutes so that frosting hardens. Enjoy.
  • Bon Appetite!

Notes

STORAGE: Leftover pop tarts can be stored in an airtight container for 1-3 days. To serve warm, heat in the microwave, or flat in a toaster oven. 
FREEZE: For longer storage–pop tarts can be stored in the freezer. After they have baked and are completely cooled, simply place your pop tarts onto a baking sheet (spaced apart) and freeze them for 2-3 hours. Once frozen, transfer them to a zip loc bag and reheat when ready to eat! 
FOOD PROCESSOR FOR CRUST: If using a food processor to incorporate water to flour/butter mixture, ONLY ADD 1/4 cup of water AT A TIME to your dough, keeping it on “pulse” to avoid the dough from breaking down too much and it becoming “watery”. With this method, you may not need the entire 1 cup of water.
TIPS FOR PERFECT POP TARTS: Be sure to read tips within the post!
FLOUR: If you don’t have Pastry Flour available, simply substitute for All-Purpose Flour.
GLUTEN-FREE VERSION: 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 1/2 cup coconut flour. If your GF Flour doesn’t have Xanthan Gum included, add 1tsp in recipe. Also, reduce vegan butter to 1 3/4 sticks instead of 2. Continue all other steps!