Hope the weekend was just what you needed friends! Ours was mellow but also full and even though our home is in shambles still, I’m ready for a shiny new week! Tilly and I had an amazing time hosting a craft event at the Land of Nod on Saturday (more on that tomorrow) and then decided to break-in our Easter menu and jammies Sunday morning. Since we typically head to church first thing Easter morning, it’s nice to have a quick meal ready. Of course the kids want something sweet, fun and new and I want something that will tide them over for a few hours and doesn’t leave a huge mess in the kitchen.
Scrambled eggs or oatmeal is our typical go-to before church but this year I thought I would compromise and make a healthier, homemade version of pop-tarts. Festive enough for the kids and easy enough for me since they can be made the night before.
Instead of icing and a sugary filling I opted for this chocolate coconut peanut butter and some sprinkles and shredded coconut for a decorative topping. Coconut has been all the rage around here lately (coconut water, milk, oil, or dried) so the filling was a hit but I am thinking a fruity option (maybe raspberry?) would be nice on Easter morning along with some eggs or greek yogurt.
Anyways, I’ll spare you of my indecisiveness and menu plan. Here is how we made them:
HOMEMADE POP-TARTS, takes about 30 minutes, makes about 9
- Enough pie crust for one pie (either homemade or store bought)
- 1 egg
- Splash of milk
- Chocolate nut butter or filling of your choice (fruit preserve or pie filling works too)
- Chocolate nut butter for topping or make your favorite icing recipe
- (optional and for the kids of course) A totally adorable felt bunny mask from Opposite of Far :)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Make and roll out pie crust or prep according to package directions.
- In a small bowl whisk together the egg and milk.
- Cut pie crust into rectangles. Place on prepared baking sheet and brush with egg mixture.
- Spoon 1 to 2 tablespoons of chocolate peanut butter onto half of the rectangles. Cover with the remaining pie crusts, egg wash side down.
- Crimp the edges using a fork.
- Place in the oven and bake for about 20 minutes or until they begin the brown.
- Remove from oven and let cool before topping with more nut butter or icing and sprinkles.
While I was utterly deprived of all the processed foods that were plentiful in the 80’s and 90’s, my husband was not. Pop-tarts happen to be at the top of his favorite childhood foods list. Needless to say this less sugary version did not fill his pop-tart void but Espen, Tilly, Griffin and Poppy were totally fooled.
I guess you can take the kid out of the 90’s but you can’t take the 90’s out of the kid! Do you have a favorite food from your childhood that you would rather not feed your kids!?