Paleo Pop Tarts

So did you watch the Super Bowl last night? I am a little embarrassed to admit that I missed the last half because I went to bed early….however I just looked up the score and it was a blowout, so I’m sure I wasn’t the only one who would rather be sleeping than watching the game! We had a busy weekend, so I was pretty exhausted. Even though the game wasn’t great, I hope you at least enjoyed some great food. I get more excited about the food than the actual game! ;)

So now that February is officially here, I’m excited to share some Valentine’s Day posts with you! Of course Valentine’s is synonymous with sweet treats, and there is nothing sweeter than these cute heart shaped Paleo pop tarts!

Paleo pop tarts MellowMomma.com

These are really easy to make, with just a few simple ingredients. You will roll the dough between two pieces of parchment paper.

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You will need to break out that heart shaped cookie cutter.

Paleo pop tarts MellowMomma.com

Valentine’s Day always holds a special place in my heart. It was the night my husband and I first met officially. We were both Freshman in college and met at a gathering in his dorm. We stayed up most of the night talking! We did start dating after that, however we haven’t been together all those years. There’s more to the story than that, but I don’t want to bore you with all the details. As the saying goes, if you love something, set it free. If it comes back to you, it’s yours. If it doesn’t, it never was. Now let’s make these pop tarts!

Paleo pop tarts MellowMomma.com

Paleo Pop Tarts
 
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Enjoy these as a sweet treat or for a special breakfast!
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Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • For the strawberry filling:
  • 1 and ½ cups frozen strawberries (about 12 strawberries)
  • 1 and ½ tbs water
  • For the dough:
  • 1 and ½ cups almond flour
  • ¼ cup coconut oil melted
  • 1 medium banana (1/3 cup)
  • Dash of salt
Directions
  1. Start by softening the banana and melting the coconut oil. You can microwave it for 1 minute or heat it in a pan on the stove until it becomes soft and releases it’s juices and the coconut oil has completely melted.
  2. In a bowl, mix the almond flour, salt, melted coconut oil, and banana.
  3. Spread dough onto parchment paper.
  4. Use another piece of parchment paper on top of the dough and flatten out using a rolling pin.
  5. Freeze the dough for 10-15 minutes.
  6. While that is freezing make the strawberry filling by cooking the strawberries and water in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook for 5-8 minutes or until they start to break down and become soft.
  7. Mash them with a fork or you can blend the strawberries if you prefer a smooth sauce.
  8. Preheat the oven to 350 and remove the cookie dough.
  9. Use a heart shaped cookie cutter to cut the dough. Peel away the dough around the hearts.
  10. Put a small amount (1 tsp) of filling on one heart and cover with another heart.
  11. Use a fork to press gently around the edges of the heart to pinch the pop tart together.
  12. Bake for 12-15 minutes.
  13. Roll up the scrap dough and repeat steps 4 & 5, & 9-12 until all the dough is gone.
  14. I was able to make 13 hearts

If you like sweet treats for breakfast give my blueberry maple scones a try.

Blueberry scones MellowMomma

 

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25 comments

    • MellowMomma on February 8, 2014 at 3:58 pm said:

      Hi Lorree,
      I would try 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce or if you want it a little sweeter try 1/4 cup applesauce plus 1 Tbs and 1 tsp raw honey or you could use pure maple syrup. Let me know how they turn out.

    • MellowMomma on February 9, 2014 at 10:12 pm said:

      I really only have experience using coconut flour and almond flour, and they are unfortunately not interchangeable in recipes. However I did some research and it looks like sunflower seed flour would work. Paleo Parents tried this out with one of their recipes here http://paleoparents.com/featured/nut-free-almond-flour-replacement/
      If you don’t have a high quality blender I have used my food processor to break nuts down into flour and it works very well. I hope that helps! Let me know if you try it out.

    • MellowMomma on February 9, 2014 at 10:18 pm said:

      I haven’t done that, but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work! Freezing the dough will help you remove the shapes, since coconut oil melts at a certain temperature. So if you decide to refrigerate it overnight and you may still need to put the dough in the freezer for 5-10 minutes if the dough doesn’t seem firm enough when you are cutting out the shapes. I would also think you could freeze and cut the shapes out of the dough too the night before and put the hearts in the fridge to assemble the following day. I hope that helps!

      • Sarah on February 10, 2014 at 4:03 pm said:

        Thanks for the tips! I’m trying to figure out how to make these for my hubby and kids on valentine’s day and still get out the door to work on time! :)

  • tara on February 9, 2014 at 11:58 pm said:

    How about freezing them after they are made? I’m trying to keep a quick breakfast handy for those days I’m rushing…thanks!

  • Maresa Ricoca on February 10, 2014 at 1:51 pm said:

    question, what if you can’t use bananas? Can I use pear sauce? would that work or does it have to something else?
    please let me know, I would love to make these for my son for valentines. He is 7 years old.
    Thanks
    Maresa

  • Maresa Ricoca on February 10, 2014 at 1:56 pm said:

    I saw your comment about apple sauce, so I am assuming pear sauce would work as well, we also don’t use regular sugar or honey, so I figure I could use yacon syrup? Have you actually tried using the apple sauce technique? if so how did they come out? My son can’t have apples, that is why I asked about the pear sauce.
    Sincerely,
    Maresa

    • MellowMomma on February 10, 2014 at 2:35 pm said:

      Hi Meresa I have not tried the applesauce technique for this particular recipe. I have subbed out applesauce for banana in a 1:1 ratio in some of my scone recipes, so I’m hoping it would work for these. I don’t actually include any honey or maple syrup in the original recipe, so just 1/3 cup pear sauce by itself may be sweet enough. However if you think you might like them sweeter, try 1/4 cup pear sauce and try a little bit of the dough to decide if you want to add an additional 1 Tbsp plus 1 tsp of yacon syrup or if you would rather add the full 1/3 cup of pear sauce (adding an additional 1 Tbsp plus 1 tsp pear sauce (to equal 1/3 cup). I tend to find that bananas are plenty sweet on their own, but when I use unsweetened applesauce I like to use a little honey or pure maple syrup. This is just a personal preference. I am planning to make these again, but not until Wednesday. I will try subbing the applesauce and let you know how they turn out. I hope that helps!

      • mrsricoca on February 10, 2014 at 3:01 pm said:

        Thanks, that would be great, as I plan to make them Thursday or Friday. Thank you for the quick reply. It is so hard when you have a child that has so many food sensitivities. He can’t have dairy, gluten, sugar, corn, honey, and so many other things,I have allot of recipes down packed, but an always looking for something new that he will love, thankfully he loves everything I make. Help is always appreciated, thank you, and may God bless

        • MellowMomma on February 12, 2014 at 10:31 pm said:

          That does makes it tough, but you are an amazing mother for doing everything you can! So I made these tonight with the same ingredients above, but subbed 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce and 1 Tbs plus 1 tsp pure maple syrup (I’m sure any liquid sweetener would work). They turned out great, but felt a little more delicate than the ones with banana. I had to refreeze the dough after cutting the hearts to make it easier to remove. I used a fork to pry away the remaining dough and lift up the hearts. They were delicious…at least I think so! Just a little stickier. You may want to try just 3 Tbs of pear sauce or applesauce and 1 Tbs plus 1 tsp liquid sweetener. I hope you and your son like them!

  • Amy on February 10, 2014 at 2:29 pm said:

    I just made these and had a hard time with the parchment and getting the shapes off…next time I am going to put the dough on the silpat and that way I don’t have to transfer it after I cut the shapes…at least half of them! Otherwise its great to have a treat that doesn’t require eggs..which I am allergic to!

    • MellowMomma on February 10, 2014 at 2:41 pm said:

      It can be tricky. I roll the dough first sandwiching it between two pieces of parchment paper. Then freeze it. Pull it out and cut out the shapes. If you are finding that the shapes are melting and not firm, try freezing the dough for a little longer. I also cook the shapes right on the parchment paper. I hope that helps! I’m glad I was able to create an egg free treat!

    • MellowMomma on March 25, 2014 at 9:26 pm said:

      I honestly don’t know, since I don’t count calories anymore. I used to use calorie king online but I’m sure there is a better app that you can enter the ingredients for calories.

  • Y on March 18, 2014 at 9:23 pm said:

    I tried making these tonight, it didn’t work! The dough was unmanageable and too sticky. I was really looking forward to having these, I’m frustrated because I’ve just wasted a lot of time and ingredients. Has this happened to you? I managed to make 2, but they got stuck to the parchment. Help!

    • MellowMomma on March 21, 2014 at 6:51 pm said:

      I’m sorry to hear that. That is frustrating. The dough is a little sticky but shouldn’t be unmanageable if you freeze it long enough. I know some almond flours react differently. I use honeyville farms blanched almond flour. You can try adding extra almond flour a teaspoon at a time. You could also add arrowroot powder a teaspoon at a time to reduce stickiness.

  • Brianna on March 24, 2014 at 11:26 pm said:

    My boyfriend has had a lot of success on the paleo diet and has just recently been trying to prove the benefits of giving up my processed “forbidden yummies” for a healthier paleo lifestyle! The hardest things for me to give up were my pizza and strawberry poptarts. He solved the pizza with a paleo pizza and your poptarts recipe has officially solved that staple in my diet! We made these successfully tonight and more importantly this skeptic was convinced! The instructions were easy for me to follow (since I’m not the best baker in the world) and they were great! Thanks for sharing this! :)

    • MellowMomma on March 25, 2014 at 9:23 pm said:

      I’m so glad they were great and that even a skeptic was convinced! I’m also happy I could help make your life complete with pop tarts again. ;) Thanks for making my day!

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