Homemade Strawberry Rose Chia Jam Buckwheat PopTarts: So I’ve been wanting to make these PopTarts for awhile and today happened to be the perfect day. It was a cozy rainy day here in Laguna Beach which is perfect for us to spend some time in the kitchen making some magical recipes! I always reminisce over my favorite childhood treats and snacks and lately, I’ve been craving PopTarts. I would eat PopTarts all the time growing up as a child until my father learned of all of the preservatives and bad ingredients that were in the PopTarts and they were banned from the house. I always loved the sweet taste of these treats for breakfast and have been craving them for a while so I decided to see if I could replicate them in a healthier, all-natural way and honestly, they turned out amazing!
For these delectable treats, I decided to do the pastry outside with a buckwheat flour base and the filling with a monk fruit and stevia sweetened strawberry rose chia jam. Not only were these PopTarts made from all natural, whole ingredients, they actually contain some health benefits. Rose is beneficial for a variety of reasons such as hormone balancing, anti-depression, and migraine healing. Strawberries are rich in vitamin C and help promote a healthy immune system. These aren’t the strawberries you’d find in store-bought PopTarts, these are 100% organic strawberries.
Homemade Strawberry Rose Chia Jam Buckwheat PopTarts
I decided to add a little bit of monk fruit and stevia to the mix to ensure there is no added sugar. The trick with using monk fruit is to round out the sweetness with stevia. Monk fruit by itself is extremely sweet but leaves you missing a rounded out flavor. Stevia can be a little bit bitter by itself. However, combine the two and you get a full rounded sweet flavor which is absolutely AMAZING!
After baking the PopTarts the buckwheat flour turned just slightly crispy which was everything that I wanted. The inside turned gooey and warm just like I remember from my childhood, except without the nasty preservatives and unnatural ingredients. These are the kinds of pop tarts I want my children to eat! This pop tart recipe was inspired from my childhood & adapted the buckwheat dough from this beautiful recipe.
Buckwheat PopTart Dough:
- 2 cups buckwheat flour
- (1 teaspoon of monk fruit (use MYTINYLAGUNA for 20% off) + drops of stevia to taste-optional)
- ½ tsp sea salt
- ¼ tsp baking powder
- 1/2 cup coconut shortening + 2 tablespoons (can use vegan butter as well)
- ¼ cup plant-based milk
- 1 flax egg (3 tbsp of water w/ 1 tbsp of flax)
- splash of vanilla extract
- rose petals to sprinkle on
Strawberry Rose Chia Jam:
- In a food processor, combine the buckwheat flour, monk fruit & stevia, salt, and baking powder.
- Slowly add the palm shortening, the milk, & flax egg.
- Once a dough forms, remove it from the food processor, wrap in plastic wrap and place in the fridge for 2 hours.
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- Remove half of the dough from the refrigerator, roll out on a well-floured surface and cut into shapes of choice.
- I used laid down a parchment paper, floured, added dough, & added another parchment paper over to roll out.
- Change the parchment paper out often if it becomes too greasy.
- Spoon about 1 tablespoon of jam onto each cut-out.*
- Remove the second half of the dough from the refrigerator, roll out and cut into exactly the same shapes as before.
- Place the shapes on top of the others and press down the edges with a fork to seal.
- If the dough is very dry and breaks when pressing down, dip your fork into shortening before pressing. Also helps to hold fork slightly down & forward when pressing.
- Make a + in the middle of the PopTart with a knife or fork.
- Bake in the oven for 15 minutes until golden.
- Enjoy right away or store in an airtight container for up to a week in the fridge.
*How to make the jam:
- In a medium saucepan, add strawberries and monk fruit & stevia to cook over medium heat.
- Allow the fruit to cook until it starts to slightly soften. Use a fork to soften berries so they break down and start to become a syrup. This process will take 8-10 minutes.
- Remove from heat and stir in add chia seeds and rose water.
- Taste and adjust the sweetness and rose water as needed.
- Let stand for 5-10 minutes until it starts to get thick.