Vegan chocolate fudge poptarts are your favorite childhood breakfast, turned healthy! Made with 3 simple ingredients, these poptarts are a fun breakfast or dessert option, and they’re gluten free and naturally sweetened.
GUYS, WE GET THE KEYS TO OUR HOUSE TOMORROW!!!! Can’t breathe. Too excited. Let’s celebrate with a lot of chocolate, specifically some vegan chocolate fudge poptarts.
Did you eat poptarts growing up? I don’t want to make assumptions, but I feel like most of us did. When I was younger, I didn’t really like breakfast (GASP), because usually I’d roll out of bed about 10 minutes before I had to leave for school, and obviously I wasn’t working out at age 11, so I really didn’t have an appetite first thing in the morning. I think my mom sort of resorted to poptarts as a way to get me to eat at least a bite of anything before going off to school.
I remember many mornings taking about 4 bites, after breaking off the crusts obviously, because the filling was the best part. Brown sugar cinnamon was a classic, of course, that I feel like everybody loves. But my chocolate-loving soul was most satisfied by the chocolate fudge flavor. Chocolate crusts, chocolate icing, and chocolate filling. All part of a balanced breakfast, no? What was your favorite flavor?! Seriously, I want to know, for future healthy poptart recipes! 🙂
I don’t even want to think about the ingredients in real, store brand poptarts. I haven’t had one in probably 10 years, but they are a pretty fun and playful concept for breakfast, so let’s make our own! Still super rich and chocolatey, but made with 3 (I KNOW) healthy ingredients.
These vegan chocolate fudge poptarts are really fun to make. One of my favorite things to do is recreate nostalgic recipes, and poptarts totally fit that bill! I still am having a hard time deciding if these are breakfast or dessert. Considering they’re made of just oats, dates, and cocoa powder, you definitely could eat them for breakfast and go conquer an awesome day. BUT I’m leaning hard toward the dessert side – they seem like a fun, weekend treat.
Whatever time of day, what I do know for certain is that these vegan chocolate fudge poptarts will blow you away with their texture, rich chocolate flavor, and creamy filling. Pool of chocolate on top, optional, but highly recommended, of course.
Just a heads up – this recipe is a teeny bit more complicated than what is typical around here. BUT because my recipes are usually really easy, these are NOT hard to make. They just have a few steps/components, but stick with me and you’ll see that they’re still relatively easy to make! And totally worth it when it comes to flavor.
Let’s get started! First of all, we need the base crust for our fun little pastries. Three simple ingredients is all you need – whole grain oats, some dates, and cocoa powder! That’s literally it. Sounds too good to be true, but when combined, these create the best chewy, sweet, super chocolatey dough that’ll hold the poptart filling.
It definitely differs from traditional, store-bought poptarts, in that the crust is much thicker and chewier. So, better! That reminds me, I should tell you, these vegan chocolate fudge poptarts are large and in charge. Like, they’re heavy. If you threw one at somebody and hit them in the face, it might hurt them. But no worries, because they’d eat it and experience chocolatey poptart bliss and immediately forgive you for throwing a poptart at their face. Don’t ask me when an instance of you throwing a poptart at someone’s face would actually occur. What I’m saying is, they’ll fill you up. They’re hearty and thick and wonderful, in all the best ways.
More chocolate is always better, right?! If we’re going to make our own, homemade poptarts, let’s make them fun and huge.
Next is the filling. Just a little bit more date paste and some cocoa creates a deep, dark, sweet and chocolatey filling. It’s creamy and smooth, and perfect inside the poptarts. And two ingredients! Hooray for easy, especially in a recipe like this with multiple components.
Once you’ve got the crust dough and filling ready, you need to measure out the dough so that all the poptarts are the same size, and you have enough dough to top all of the poptarts.
Measure out a quarter cup of dough and shape into a rectangle – doesn’t need to be perfect! You’ll repeat this 3 more times, so you’ll have 4 poptart bottoms. These will bake for a few minutes on their own, to firm up so that they won’t get soggy from the filling.
Take out the partially baked poptart bottoms, and spoon on a little bit of filling. Be sure not to overfill! If you get too greedy with this step it’ll be really hard to seal the tops of the poptarts on, and you’ll definitely get filling oozing out of the sides, which takes away from the presentation a bit (but not that taste, of course!). Measure out quarter cup amounts of dough once again, shape them into a rectangle in your hands or on a separate sheet, and press onto the filling and poptart bottoms, sealing the edges with a fork or your hands to help them bake together.
Back into the oven the fully assembled vegan chocolate fudge poptarts go, for just another 10 minutes to help the crust seal together and for the filling to get nice and warm.
While the poptarts are cooling, prepare your topping. Of course, these vegan chocolate fudge poptarts are incredible with no topping at all. Chewy crust, creamy filling, all good things. BUT if you’re going all out with these fun treats, you might as well mimic the frosted poptarts, right?!
Two options – more of the cocoa date paste, exactly the same as the filling, can be spread over the top of each poptart for a creamy, frosting element. OR you can melt down some PASCHA chocolate chips and drizzle or spread over the tops of the poptarts, which is what I did. Now we’re definitely in dessert land! My favorite place to be.
The best part about the chips is that they’ll harden and make almost a chocolate shell on top, which we all know is perfection.
That’s it! Told you we could do it – healthy, homemade, vegan chocolate fudge poptarts. Best day ever.
These vegan chocolate fudge poptarts will seriously blow your mind. With a hearty, chewy outside crust and that super rich, deeply chocolate filling, plus some more glossy chocolate on top, you’ll be in chocolate heaven! How amazing is it that these are made with good for you ingredients?! These would be such a fun project to put together with the little ones in your family or some friends. What better way to bond than over a fat vegan chocolate fudge poptart?!
Have a FABULOUS week, friends!
If you try this recipe, let me know how it goes/what you think! Take a picture and tag me @beamingbanana on Instagram. Happy baking!