freezer cooking challenge: homemade poptarts

I’ve never been much of make-and-freeze-now-then-eat-later kind of cook.  I’d like to be, don’t get me wrong, but cooking meals in advance and freezing them for a later date (when a convenient dinner is really needed) takes some planning and preparation.  My homemaking skills are somewhat lacking in the “planning and preparation” department these days!  (But I’m working on it…)

So, when Laura over at Heavenly Homemakers and Once a Month Mom announced a Freezer Cooking Challenge, I thought I’d start with small steps.

I made Laura’s Homemade Healthy Poptarts!  Hubby goes to work at 6 AM every day, and while I do get up with him at 5:20 AM (yawn!) I don’t always have the time (or the mental capacity) to fix breakfast at that hour.  So a quick and easy food that doesn’t require a plate and fork is perfect.

These are delicious!  I can’t remember the last time I bought packaged toaster pastries…they have basically zero nutritional value, even if they’re the organic variety.  But this homemade version is made with just five simple ingredients: whole wheat flour, yogurt, butter, salt, and jam.  It’s not a nutritional powerhouse, but it’s significantly healthier than almost any breakfast food you’ll find on the grocery shelf.

{On a side note: I’ve been making an effort lately to soak my grains when possible.  You can read more about the whys and hows of soaking grains here.}

Laura’s Homemade Healthy Poptarts

3 1/2 c. whole wheat flour

1 tsp. sea salt

1 c. butter, melted

1 c. plain yogurt (I used honey-sweetened Greek yogurt)

5 – 6 oz. 100% fruit jam, any flavor

Combine the first four ingredients until they form a ball.  You may have to use your hands at the end to stick it all together.  If you’re soaking the flour, then leave the bowl–covered with a kitchen towel–on the counter for at least 6 hours.  (I mixed the ingredients in the morning, then rolled them out in the afternoon.)

Knead the dough a little bit to make it workable.  Roll it out on a floured surface to approximately 1/8 of an inch thick.  Use a knife to cut the dough into rectangles (or squares, whatever you prefer.)

Place a teaspoon (or so) of jam in the center of half of the rectangles.  I used wild blueberry preserves.

Place another rectangle (or square) of dough on top of the jam-covered pieces.  Use a fork to crimp the edges together.  Make sure they’re sealed tightly so the jam doesn’t seep out during baking.

Place in a single layer on a lightly greased baking pan (or two) and bake in a preheated 350-degree oven for 25 minutes, or until lightly browned around the edges.

Allow to cool on a wire rack.  Except for the ugly ones…those you must eat immediately.  That’s my rule. 😉

This recipe makes 15-20 poptarts.  (I ended up with 16.)  They freeze well, and can be reheated easily in the toaster or oven.

Maybe someday soon I’ll schedule a freezer cooking day and spend those designated waking hours on preparing meals to stock my freezer.  But for now, a gallon-sized freezer bag full of homemade poptarts will have to do! 😉

**Please take a few minutes to browse the Heavenly Homemakers website.  It’s a valuable resource for healthy cooking and baking with real, whole foods.  I’ve learned so much from Laura!**

{Part of the Freezer Cooking Round-Up at Heavenly Homemakers}


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4 Responses to freezer cooking challenge: homemade poptarts

  1. Wow, way better than the real thing, or should I say fake thing!

  2. Beth says:

    You’re doing great! I used to do a better job of making things head of time and freezing them…maybe someday again…

    These look really tasty. And how did you cut such perfect squares?!?

    The snow photos. Amazing. So hard to imagine. I got sunburned on my neck today just sitting on a bench outside for 20 minutes or so!

    • Abby says:

      I never thought I’d be living in a place where it snows in May (pretty much every year!) But I do love it. Growing up, we vacationed in Colorado every year and it still has that ‘dreamy’ feel for me.

  3. I love this! I’m with you on the whole “early to rise” lifestyle! I get up during the 4:00 hour and by 6:00 am I’m a ravenous me. I will eat anything so long as it’s coming at me fast. This is a brilliant idea! I can’t wait to get crackin on them : )

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