Apple and Maple Butter Pop Tarts

Healthy homemade pop tarts with only 6 ingredients. These are too cute for fall!Let’s talk pop tarts. Oh goodness, why are they so delicious?! There must be a little bit of magic packaged in that silver wrapper. We didn’t have pop tarts that often growing up, but when we did buy them as a special treat, I didn’t mind eating them straight out of the package or warmed up in the toaster. Now there are flavors I didn’t even know existed like chocolate chip cookie dough and chocolate vanilla creme, my favorite were the s’mores ones. Unfortunately, pop tarts get a low nutrition score in my book. There might be magic in those silver wrappers, but there is also lots of sugar and processed ingredients, and not to mention that each pop tart is 200 calories!

Healthy homemade pop tarts with only 6 ingredients. These are too cute for fall!But no worries, you can still enjoy pop tarts – use our recipe to make homemade ones! I will admit, going to the store and putting the box of pop tarts in your cart is easier than making homemade ones, but is it more rewarding? NO!!!! Trust me, you’ll feel super savvy and just like Betty Crocker when you whip up these apple and maple butter pop tarts in your own kitchen.

Healthy homemade pop tarts with only 6 ingredients. These are too cute for fall!What’s the best part about these pop tarts? I can count the number of ingredients that go into them on one hand — 5 ingredients! Well, technically there is another ingredient, it’s water.. but that barely counts, so really there are 6. Chopped granny smith apple, cinnamon, nutmeg, water, mighty maple peanut butter and refrigerated pie crusts. All real ingredients and I like that. These pop tarts can be re-heated in the toaster, just like our favorite boxed variety. But they might not last that long after they come out of the oven, everyone will be grabbing for one!

Healthy homemade pop tarts with only 6 ingredients. These are too cute for fall!

Apple and Maple Butter Pop Tarts

Yield: 6-7 pop tarts

Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup chopped and peeled granny smith apple, cut into small pieces
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 3 tbsp Mighty Maple peanut butter, from Peanut Butter & Co
  • Refrigerated pie crust, 2 nine inch pies

Directions:

  1. To soften the apples, combine the chopped apples, cinnamon, nutmeg, and water in a small pan and heat on medium for 5-7 minutes with the lid on, stirring occasionally. Once the apples are soft when poked with a fork, remove the pan from the heat and use a potato masher to smash the apples. Mash until you have your desired texture. Add the mighty maple peanut butter to the apple mixture, and stir until combined. Set aside.
  2. Preheat the oven according to the temperature on the pie crust box.
  3. Put one circle pie crust on the counter. Using a pizza cutter, cut the dough into even rectangle shapes, you can choose the size. I was able to get about 6 rectangles out of each pie crust. Place the rectangles on a baking sheet lined with a silpat. Place 2-4 heaping teaspoons of the apple and maple butter mixture in the center of each rectangle. Be sure to not get too close to the edges, or you will have a difficult time sealing the pop tarts.
  4. Repeat the process with the other pie crust, cutting out as many rectangles as you can. If you have left over dough pieces, you can put them together and roll them out to make additional rectangles. If you’d like to stamp your pop tarts with a cookie cutter, do that now. Be careful to not press all the way through the dough.
  5. Place these rectangles on top of the ones already on the baking sheet, making sure each pop tart has a top and a bottom.
  6. Use a fork to firmly press the edges together.
  7. Bake them in the oven for 8-10 minutes or until the pop tarts turn golden brown.
Healthy homemade pop tarts with only 6 ingredients. These are too cute for fall!
Peanut Butter & Co provided me with free product to use in a recipe. If you want to get your hands on their delicious peanut butter, you can find them at your local grocery store.

38 Responses to “Apple and Maple Butter Pop Tarts”

  1. Christie - Food Done Light — September 15, 2014 at 6:51 am

    These look delicious. I love the flavor combination. I do love a poptart.

    • Beth @ The First Year — September 15, 2014 at 7:06 am

      Haha, yep, even us grown ups love pop tarts! Just something about them!

  2. Lisa @ Garnish with Lemon — September 15, 2014 at 6:58 am

    These look heavenly! I love all things apple!

    • Beth @ The First Year — September 15, 2014 at 7:07 am

      Thank you Lisa! Want to make a swap? One of these for one of those pumpkin cookies you ladies shared today?!

  3. Tonia — September 15, 2014 at 7:25 am

    So cute! I love the little acorns on the top!

    • Beth @ The First Year — September 15, 2014 at 6:30 pm

      That’s my fav part Tonia!

  4. MMMMMMM! We love pop tarts, but for the same reasons you mentioned, we don’t have them very often, if at all!! I love how simple yet full of flavor these are. I need!!!

    • Beth @ The First Year — September 15, 2014 at 6:30 pm

      I’ll drop a box off at your house :)

  5. Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction — September 15, 2014 at 9:23 am

    Homemade pop tarts are the best! Love the apple and maple combination!

    • Beth @ The First Year — September 15, 2014 at 6:30 pm

      They are the best, thank you Jessica!

  6. tanya — September 15, 2014 at 11:46 am

    Now these are poptarts I’d encourage my kids to eat! How wonderful!

    • Beth @ The First Year — September 15, 2014 at 6:29 pm

      They would probably think you’re the best mom ever!

  7. Rachel Cooks — September 15, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    These are so fun and SO cute!

    • Beth @ The First Year — September 15, 2014 at 6:28 pm

      Thank you friend, perfect for fall!

  8. Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor — September 15, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    Wow, I love everything about these pop tarts. I love apple butter and the addition of the Mighty Maple peanut butter sounds incredible. I can’t wait to try that flavor. I love Peanut Butter and Company products, so good!

    • Beth @ The First Year — September 15, 2014 at 6:28 pm

      I totally agree, Peanut Butter & Co is amazing!

  9. elizabeth @LocalSavour — September 15, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    This look delicious, great idea ~ yum!

    • Beth @ The First Year — September 15, 2014 at 8:40 pm

      Elizabeth, thank you!

  10. Katya @ Little Broken — September 15, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    These look adorable! My parents never allowed processed food in the house growing up but now since I’m a little older I think I can give them a try :)

    • Beth @ The First Year — September 16, 2014 at 8:03 am

      Haha, you might get hooked on pop tarts! These are definitely a great alternative without all the processed ingredients!

  11. Jessica @ Sweet Menu — September 15, 2014 at 10:46 pm

    Awww these are super cute!!!

    • Beth @ The First Year — September 16, 2014 at 8:04 am

      Thanks Jessica, my fav part is the little acorn stamp!

  12. Kelly - Life Made Sweeter — September 16, 2014 at 5:37 am

    These are so adorable Beth! Love that you made homemade poptarts and the apple and maple peanut butter combo sounds amazing!

    • Beth @ The First Year — September 16, 2014 at 8:04 am

      Kelly, I agree the combo is delicious in these homemade pop tarts!

  13. Mallory @ Chocolate with Grace — September 16, 2014 at 6:50 am

    I love the leaf cutout! So pretty! And the apple and maple together sound fantastic!

    • Beth @ The First Year — September 17, 2014 at 7:07 am

      Oh! It’s an acorn, might be hard to tell, haha!

  14. Melanie @ Carmel Moments — September 16, 2014 at 7:22 am

    They look awesome! I’ve made homemade pop tarts but never apple. Gotta give them a try!
    Pinned.
    Have a great week!

    • Beth @ The First Year — September 17, 2014 at 7:07 am

      I think these are calling your name and saying “Melanie, make me!!”

  15. Amy | Club Narwhal — September 16, 2014 at 8:32 am

    Beth, these pop tarts are the DREAMIEST! I love the beautiful pattern (and the flavors sound amazing–especially for the coming fall)!

    • Beth @ The First Year — September 17, 2014 at 7:05 am

      Aww, friend you are the dreamiest! Thanks for your kind comment!

  16. Marye @ Restless Chipotle — September 16, 2014 at 9:55 am

    These look fantastic! I haven’t made homemade poptarts yet…and I keep saying I am going to. What a great combo for fall!

    • Beth @ The First Year — September 17, 2014 at 7:04 am

      I say make ’em! It will be a great decision Marye!

  17. Kelly @ Mostly Homemade Mom — September 16, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    Oh my goodness Beth, frosted strawberry Poptarts are my guilty pleasure, haha! These though look absolutely amazing – I have to pick up some of that maple butter!

    • Beth @ The First Year — September 17, 2014 at 7:03 am

      I hear ya Kelly! It’s like they are brainwashing us with their delicious packaged pop tarts. These apple and maple butter pop tarts are a much better option!

  18. Amanda — September 16, 2014 at 6:12 pm

    Oh my goodness, these are adorable! I would like to place an order for 12 dozen…

    • Beth @ The First Year — September 17, 2014 at 6:44 am

      They’ll be at your house in the morning :)

  19. Jocelyn@Brucrewlife — October 16, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    How gorgeous are these?! And I bet they taste just as good as they look! :) I adore how you have them wrapped, too!

    • Beth @ The First Year — October 16, 2014 at 4:32 pm

      Thank you Jocelyn! The wrapping was my husband’s favorite part too, weirdly though.. :)

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