Hungry for the perfect vegan pop tarts? Unfortunately the classic frosted Pop Tarts are not vegan, but don’t fret. We’ve got you covered with the best homemade Pop Tarts that are lightyears better than the kind from a box. This recipe is my pride and joy — it’s one of my most requested recipes at home and they are just so cute! Grab an apron and let’s get baking!
Anyone who’s enjoyed a slice of leftover pie for breakfast knows the joy of sinking their teeth into buttery pastry with fruit filling first thing in the morning. Granted, that’s a rare indulgence, but it’s not beyond the pale when you can make your own toaster pastries!
Modeled after classic Pop-Tarts, these single serving hand pies from my cookbook, The Friendly Vegan Cookbook, give you all the sweet gratification of that nostalgic experience, but without any questionable ingredients. Add a splash of color to your day with rainbow sprinkles on top, and best of all, you can still call it a reasonably balanced breakfast.
All-purpose flour: Simple, plain, wheat flour, this is the most basic pantry staple that everyone should have on hand. Seek out unbleached options for better nutrition.
Granulated sugar: Otherwise known as white sugar, this dry sweetener has been refined to remove all impurities to create a neutral flavor that’s perfect for baking. For those that are watching their sugar intake, a sugar substitute such as monk fruit or stevia made to measure 1:1 for traditional sugar can be used instead.
Vegan butter: This rich, golden yellow spread looks and tastes like dairy, but is made from plant-based fats such as olive oil, avocado oil, coconut oil, palm kernel oil, or a combination of those options. It’s solid when chilled but melts easily on the stove or in the oven.
Jam or preserves: Smooth or chunky, no-sugar-added or maple-sweetened; truly anything goes! You don’t even need to stick with fruit; peanut butter, homemade vegan Nutella, or speculoos (cookie butter) spread are all great ideas for turning this recipe into a real treat.
Powdered sugar: Exactly as it sounds, this is simply granulated sugar that’s been ground and finely powdered, making it dissolve easily to make super smooth frostings and icings. A tiny touch of cornstarch is added in most cases to prevent it from clumping.
Vanilla soy milk: For a finally extra touch of sweetness and flavor, this is my favorite dairy-free option. You could always use your favorite plant-based milk instead, whether that’s almond, oat, cashew, hemp, or a novel blend.
Vegan Sprinkles: Certainly the most fun ingredient in any vegan baking recipe—sprinkles! Many sprinkles out there are not vegan, but we put together an entire vegan sprinkles guide to show you all the great options that exist today. Colorful sprinkles, rainbow sprinkles, edible sparkles, fun shapes—the sky is the limit! Choose your favorite and use them liberally on these pop tarts.
The easiest, quickest way to make a traditional pie crust is to get a helping hand from your food processor. Some say this approach sacrifices flakiness in favor of convenience, but I don’t believe that any of my pies have suffered as a result. If you have the equipment, my advice is to use it!
In case you don’t have a food processor or just don’t want to clean the darn thing afterward, the old-fashioned method is just as effective, if a bit more labor-intensive.
In either case, press the tough together into a flat round and wrap tightly with plastic wrap. Let chill in the fridge for at least an hour before baking, or up to a week. To save the unbaked dough even
longer, store the pieces in your freezer for up to 6 months. Don’t forget to clearly label them and add today’s date!
Before we jump into the recipe, let’s answer this question that every new vegan asks at some point. Are Pop Tarts vegan? Well, lucky for us, some are—but not the frosted kinds. And what’s a Pop Tart without frosting? Booooring, I know. The frosted strawberry Pop Tarts are where it’s at, right? With those little colorful sprinkles that were just calling you from a vending machine, your kitchen cabinet, or the grocery store shelves.
If you like the boring frosting-less kind, the vegan store-bought Pop Tarts include:
You may be tempted to reach for one of the other varieties because they taste so much better, but hold on! Many of them contain:
Nasty? Yup. Go for the delicious vegan homemade Pop Tart recipe below instead.
Also note: even the three vegan Pop Tart flavors contain palm oil which is a big no-no for some vegans (even though it’s technically vegan).
We covered the three vegan options from the main Pop Tarts brand. But what about copycat products from other brands? Most of these options aren’t vegan, but there is one brand that has an entirely vegan line of pop tarts (well…they call them “toaster pastries”). Meet: Bobo’s.
While Bobo’s does offer a full lineup of vegan flavors (see list below), they are a considerably more healthy option which mainstream people may interpret as less delicious. I think calling these hippie-dippie Pop Tarts is fair. They are still delicious, just not in the same realm as traditional pop tarts that serve more as dessert than a proper meal.
First invented by Kellogg’s in 1964, there were originally only four flavors: apple currant, strawberry, blueberry, and brown sugar cinnamon. None of them had frosting, which is notable because this component is exactly what makes modern Pop-Tarts not vegan. The frosting contains gelatin, made from ground hooves and bones, so it’s not even vegetarian, either!
There are over twenty standard flavors available today, with many limited edition varieties and even more that have been discontinued. Do you remember Frosted Grape, Orange Cream, Root Beer, or Mint Chocolate Chip Pop-Tarts? Those may be long gone, but now you can recreate your own!
Approximately 2 billion Pop-Tarts are sold every year in the United States alone. If you laid those end-to-end, they would reach halfway to the moon!
This vegan pop tarts recipe is from The Friendly Vegan Cookbook by Michelle Cehn and Toni Okamoto. Photos by Zhoro Apostolov. This easy vegan recipe was published with permission from BenBella Books, 2020, all rights reserved. You can find more vegan pop tart recipes from bloggers including Minimalist Baker, Yum Vegan Lunch Ideas, and The Picky Eater. Please note that this article may contain affiliate links that support our work at World of Vegan.