This Low Sugar No Bake Pop Tarts Recipe is Toddler and Kid Friendly and makes an awesome kid-friendly activity to get them in the kitchen!
Do you remember POP TARTS?! I’m not going to lie, I basically was raised on pop-tarts and not so much for dessert. I am pretty sure I had a pop tart for breakfast every day in highschool (and it was usually the one with lots of extra blue icing on top). No shame here. But now that I have a little one, I can appreciate that we may all want to make things a little bit lower in sugar for them, especially if they’re having this for breakfast!
So I invented the DIY NO BAKE pop tarts recipe that is naturally low in sugar, and packed with some protein and healthy fats.
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Why This Recipe Works
This easy & yummy recipe makes our mornings (and even afternoon snack times) run so much more smoothly. My boys absolutely LOVE this recipe and I love knowing that they’re getting some extra nutrients in compared to regular pop tarts. I also love this pop tarts recipe because they’re
- Naturally low in sugar
- Customizable – see below for alternate topping ideas!
- No bake + only 2 easy steps
- Budget friendly
Graham Crackers – Did you know that each graham cracker has just 1 gram of sugar each? Not joking. I’m literally obsessed.
Chia Jam – I make my own chia jam (it’s one of the most popular recipes on my blog) by mixing cooked down fresh or frozen fruit with chia seeds, a little lemon juice and if you want, you can add maple syrup. But honestly, it’s so flavourful, it’s not even necessary.
Toppings of your choice – Remember the frosting? I’ve been using some high protein greek yogurt for that! And remember the sprinkles? Well, my son calls hemp hearts sprinkles, so that was an easy addition, but for some pretty colour, I pulverized some freeze dried fruit and pistachios, too!
How To Make This Recipe
Step 1: To assemble, spread two tablespoons of the chia jam onto 4 of the graham crackers.
Step 2: Top with the other graham cracker. Drizzle with yogurt and decorate with hemp hearts, freeze-dried berries, and pistachios.
Chia jam is one of the most popular recipes on my blog for a reason. I cook down some frozen berries with a little lemon juice, and usually I find they’re sweet enough for my kiddo but if not, you can add a splash of maple syrup or honey, to taste. Then I just mix the smashed down berries with chia seeds (which add fibre, protein and omega 3 fats) and let it sit overnight. The chia seeds “bloom” in the moisture and thicken the berries to a jam-like consistency.
Looking for other ingredients to decorate these pop tarts? The sky is the limit! You can use:
- Flavoured or plain yogurt
- Fresh sliced fruit inside the pop tart
- Pulverized seeds or nuts
- Chia seeds
- Grated chocolate
- Actual candy sprinkles!
There is honey in traditional storebought graham crackers, so you may want to wait until after 1 to serve them to your new eaters.
A traditional pop tart has about 200 calories and 16 grams of sugar. If you avoid adding sugar to the chia jam (and just rely on the natural sweetness of the fruit), you’re looking at just 2 grams of added sugar since each graham cracker has 1 gram each! Pretty amazing, really.
Depending on their age, children should be able to help you decorate their own pop-tarts. If you’re afraid of mess (I mean, isn’t all of parenthood pretty messy?), you can put down a plastic tablecloth and just let the kids go to down with it.
You can use vegan graham crackers (I’ve seen them before online), and a plant based yogurt! The rest is inherently plant based.
SO EASY! I just put the yogurt into a zip top plastic baggy and cut out a teeny hole in the corner. Then drizzle away!
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What are some of your favourite kid and toddler friendly recipes? How did you like this pop tarts recipe? Leave me a comment below with your thoughts!
Pop Tarts Recipe (Homemade Toddler & Kid Friendly Snack)
- 8 graham cracker squares
- 1/2 cup homemade chia jam
- To assemble “Pop Tarts”, spread two tablespoons of the chia jam onto 4 of the graham crackers.
- Top with the other graham cracker. Drizzle with yogurt and decorate with hemp hearts, freeze dried berries and pistachios.
Abbey Sharp is a Registered Dietitian (RD), regulated by the Ontario College of Dietitians. She is a mom, YouTuber, Blogger, award winning cookbook author, media coach specializing in food and nutrition influencers, and a frequent contributor to national publications like Healthline and on national broadcast TV shows.