I think pop tarts are more popular in the US than elsewhere, but they are something that would tick boxes for many fussy eaters.
These home-made ones are low sugar and have a good protein boost. They are also flexible as you can change the filling to suit tastes.
Overall, they’re fairly simple, and not too time consuming.
Any time we can introduce new foods to a picky eater it’s a good thing, even if it’s a food that is within their comfort zone.
These could be served for breakfast but would also be a perfect snack option.
Many pop tarts come with icing and frequently sprinkles on the top. This could be an option for you. I have left mine plain but adding either icing or even a spread like jam or choc to the top would work.
About 90% of a cup of flour (I used wholemeal)
If not self-raising flour, add 2 tsp baking powder
Just under ½ cup plain yoghurt
2 dessert sp sweetener (I used coconut sugar). Adjust sweetness to taste.
Jam – I used a strawberry one which is fruit and fruit juice – this worked well
Honey – it worked
Peanut butter – it turned out dry and chalky
I think choc spread could work but didn’t try it!!
Milk or melted butter
Heat oven to 180˚
Mix dough ingredients and give it a quick knead. If it’s sticky, add a little more flour.
Roll dough out onto a flat surface. I rolled it between 2 sheets of silicon – you could also use baking paper. This helps to get as thin as possible without sticking. The thinner it is, the crispier the dough will be once cooked.
Cut into rectangles.
Spread a little jam or other filling into the middle of one rectangle. Do not put too much or it will ooze out of the sides (learned that from experience!).
Place another rectangle on top and then press a fork around the sides to seal into a parcel.
Place parcels on a greased tray or silicon sheet.
Brush the top with milk or melted butter.
Bake in the oven for approx. 12 mins – will go brown on top.
Cool on a rack.
Delicious eaten immediately.
*many thanks to Big Man’s World for the recipe inspiration
Judith, MA Cantab, Grad Dip Psychology, is an AOTA accredited picky eating advisor and internationally certified nutritional therapist. She works with 100+ families every year resolving fussy eating and returning pleasure and joy to the meal table.
She is also mum to two boys and the author of Creating Confident Eaters and Winner Winner I Eat Dinner. Her dream is that every child is able to approach food from a place of safety and joy, not fear.
Learn more about Judith here: https://theconfidenteater.com/about/