Make Your Own Pop Tarts

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Kim Gerber

Kim Gerber › Kim Gerber, is a Los Angeles mom, wife, Children's Nutrition Advocate, Ambassador for Jamie Oliver's Food ...


Did you know store-bought Pop Tarts can catch on fire if you leave them unattended in the toaster oven long enough? (There’s even an official warning from Kellogg’s on the packaging!)

Faulty appliances have been linked to some of those fires, but fire officials and others say the preserves inside the Pop-Tart make it more dangerous than bagels or bread when stuck in a toaster.


Kim Gerber recently examined the ingredients in the combustible comestible and… they’re not pretty. So, she came up with her own recipe that features whole grain wheat and fresh fruit.

I’ve seen quite a few homemade Pop Tart recipes on the internet. They look delicious and fun, but for me they were still made with white flour, and well — I wanted to find a way to bring them even further Out of the Box. These homemade Pop Tarts are chock full of whole grain wheat, flax meal, and fresh fruit — Making them a win in both taste and nutrition.

Pay special attention to the top six “main” ingredients in the store-bought Pop Tarts — Four out of the six are versions of sugar, one is a flour stripped of all it’s nutrients, then “enriched”, and one has been preserved with a form of lighter fluid. Yep, take a peek.


Kellogg’s Pop Tarts


Contains 2 percent or less of:
  • Cracker meal
  • Wheat Starch
  • Salt
  • Dried Strawberries
  • Dried Pears
  • Dried Apples
  • Cornstarch
  • Leavening
  • Citric Acid
  • Corn Cereal
  • Gelatin
  • Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil
  • Caramel Color
  • Modified Corn Starch
  • Soy Lecithin
  • Xanthan Gum
  • Modified Wheat Starch
  • Tricalcium Phosphate
  • Color Added
  • Tumeric Color
  • Vitamin A Palmitate
  • Red #40
  • Niacinamide
  • Reduced Iron
  • Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (vitamin B6)
  • Yellow #6
  • Riboflavin (Vitamin B2)
  • Thiamin Hydrocholoride (vitamin B1)
  • Folic Acid
  • Blue #1

**All listed product ingredients are taken from product’s package label. Though Out of the Box Food makes every effort to provide complete ingredient information, please check the package for the most current information.

Click here to get the recipe for homemade pop tarts over at!

What are some  popular, packaged foods you’ve started making homemade versions of?

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Photo Credit: Kim Gerber