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I first thought of this idea for homemade pop-tarts when I was putting together a bunch of care packages for college kids.  I wanted to do something homemade and special but brownies and cookies seemed so ordinary.  Pop-tarts feel vintage and funky to me, especially ones that are made from scratch.  

These are so easy – they are made with piecrusts.  You can buy your pie crusts from the grocery store make your own pie dough.  But either way you roll out the pie dough very thin, cut into rectangles, put your favorite jam or jelly in between two pieces, crimp the edges and bake!  It would be a really fun project with kids.  Once the pop-tarts have completely cooled, top with the glaze, add some sprinkles, and they are ready to eat.


Raspberry Lemon Pop-Tarts

  • Pie Crust (packaged or homemade)
  • Jam (your choice –  I used a mix of raspberry jam and lemon curd)
  • 1 cup of powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp of milk
  • Sprinkles
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Roll dough out into a large square/rectangle; about 1/8 inch thickness.
  3. Cut rectangle strips 2 inches wide and 3 inches long.  Repeat until dough runs out.
  4. Take one rectangle strip and put 1 tsp of jam in the center, cover with another piece of pie crust and then crimp the edges with a fork.  Repeat with the rest of the dough.
  5. Place pop-tarts on a greased baking sheet and bake for 7-8 mins.
  6. While pop-tarts are baking, make the glaze.  Slowly add small drops of milk to the powdered sugar while stirring with a spoon.  Desired consistency should be thick like paste.
  7. Once pop-tarts have cooled completely, top with glaze.  Decorate with sprinkles, as you’d like.



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Do-It-Yourself Power Bars

I love energy bars because they are a quick and easy source of protein and a good needed boost in the late afternoon or after a hard workout.  But it’s difficult to find ones that are tasty and not overly processed at the grocery store.  I do have a few regular store-bought favs but it was time to try something new.  Heidi from 101 Cookbooks has some awesome all natural recipes and this is a slightly adapted version of her Big Sur Power Bars.  Feel free to make your own variations of the recipe.  Brown rice syrup and crisp brown rice cereal can be found at Whole Foods or any other natural food store in your area.

in cupcake tin

DIY Power Bars

Adapted from 101 Cookbooks

1 cup pecans, chopped

1 cup slivered almonds

2/3 cup (unsweetened) shredded coconut

1 1/4 cups rolled oats

1 1/2 cups unsweetened crisp brown rice cereal

1 cup brown rice syrup

1/4 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon fine-grain sea salt

2 tablespoons ground espresso beans

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a baking pan for square bars or a cupcake tin for circular bars.

2. On a rimmed baking sheet toast the pecans, almonds, and coconut for about 7 minutes, or until the coconut is deeply golden. Toss once or twice along the way.

3. Mix the oats, toasted nuts, coconut, and the cereal, together in a large bowl and set aside.

4.  Combine the rice syrup, sugar, salt, espresso, and vanilla in a small saucepan over medium heat and stir constantly as it comes to a boil and thickens just a bit, about 4 minutes. Pour the syrup over the oat mixture and stir until it is evenly incorporated.

5.  Spread into the prepared pan and cool to room temperature before cutting into whatever size bars you desire.

Wrap in parchment or place in sealed baggies to bring with you when you are on- the-go or for an afternoon pick-me-up.  


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