Whole Green Love | Monthly Archive | September

15 Sep

Nothing gets me more revved than how toaster pastry companies try to make their products look soooo wholesome in their commercials. Real fruit filling? Really? I counted 38 ingredients in a popular strawberry toaster pastry ingredient list, which included preservatives, food dye, and trans fats. It saddens me that there are children out there who eat these for breakfast on a daily basis! Can poptarts be a treat every now and then? Sure. But I still don’t think something like a poptart needs to have almost 40 ingredients!

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel recently published a fantastic recipe for homemade Toaster Pastries. I made both flavors the recipe included – brown sugar and the fruit filling (I did strawberry instead of raspberry). Some of our facebook fans said that smores was their favorite poptart flavor, so I also made my own version of the smores poptart. Yum! Click here to view the Toaster Pastries recipe from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

There were only nine ingredients in the dough for the pastries, which was super easy to throw together and the dough was incredibly easy to work with. If you do any type of regular baking, you will surely have all of the ingredients in your kitchen already. I followed the recipe exactly, but you could definitely try to swap in a bit of whole wheat flour if you’re looking to health this up a bit. Personally, we won’t eat these pastries for breakfast. They will be more of a dessert item in our house, but don’t hesitate to play around with ingredients if you wish!

For the fruit filling, I used a strawberry jam that my mother-in-law made from scratch, so I know the ingredients were the real deal. My personal favorite, the brown sugar filling, tasted just like the cinnamon goodness in the middle of a Cinnabun. Mmm, mmm, mmmmm… For the smores version of a poptart, I went on a search for a homemade marshmallow fluff recipe. Score! I found one! Check out one of my new favorite blogs – CHEESESLAVE. Ann Marie provides a fabulous version of marshmallow fluff with real ingredients. Click here to see her recipe. This recipe creates an exact replica of the consistency of marshmallow fluff with the great flavor of honey. I couldn’t stop dipping my finger in the bowl to sneak some tastes.

As you can see in the picture, I smeared melted chocolate chips and the marshmallow fluff on the pastry dough as the filling for the smores version. While the smores variety was delicious, the marshmallow fluff didn’t hold up in the baked pastry as I had imagined it would. Don’t let this deter you from trying the smores version! It was still delicious. I believe Whole Foods carries a version of marshmallow fluff that might work a bit better. You can use this fluff recipe for an ice cream sundae topper, spread it on a sandwich with peanut butter or nutella, or use it as a dip for fresh fruit. Just be mindful that this recipe includes a raw egg white. If this concerns you, you may want to avoid this recipe. Consumption of raw eggs may increase your risk of foodborne illnesses.

This recipe is perfect for a weekend breakfast treat or for a fun, sweet addition to an adult brunch. Balance out the meal with something savory like a quiche or soufflé. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we did! If you try any other filling flavors, let us know!