Vegan Strawberry Rhubarb Pop-Tarts

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Homemade Vegan Strawberry Rhubarb Pop Tarts on a parchment-lined cutting board

Yep, it’s happening. A rhubarb invasion on the blog. Prepare yourself.

Stalks of fresh rhubarb on a wood cutting board

Using a pastry cutter to make the dough for Easy Whole-Grain Pop Tarts

When planning out recipes for the month of June I was plotting many ways to feature rhubarb. It’s such a curious plant and I just had to employ it.

My first memory of having rhubarb was during a road trip I took with my friend Ashley years ago. After touring 7 states we landed at her parents’ house in rural Idaho where their garden was abundant with the stuff.

While Ashley’s mom made us dinner one evening, her dad baked a pie: strawberry rhubarb. It was so delicious I knew I had to get my hands on some and try it for myself.

Series of photos showing the steps for making homemade Strawberry Rhubarb Pop Tarts

The funny thing about rhubarb is, it’s elusive. It doesn’t peek its head until late April, early May and only remains seen for a certain stretch of summer. Which is why I was anxious to get my hands on some come spring. Well, after multiple phone calls to area grocery stores and failed attempts at picking some up at markets, I finally spotted some and when I did, I stocked up.

Consider this the first of at least two rhubarb recipes in June if not more.

Freshly baked vegan Strawberry Rhubarb Pop Tarts on white parchment paper

So these pop tarts.
They’re amazing.
They’re made with whole grain pastry.
They’re flaky and perfectly sweet.
They’re loaded with rhubarb and strawberry compote.
They require 7 ingredients.
They’re vegan.
They’re adapted from my Vegan Berry Pop Tarts (a must try).
They don’t need frosting but, why not? Life is short.

Stack of Strawberry Rhubarb Pop Tarts using our vegan recipe

You simply must try these pop tarts. They’re the perfect way to celebrate summer fruit and indulge in a little something sweet.

If you do, snap a picture and tag it #minimalistbaker on Instagram. You guys know I love it when you show me what recipes you’re making from the blog. So get to baking and then get to Instagramming. Cheers!

Close up shot of homemade vegan pop tarts revealing the delicious Strawberry Rhubarb filling

Vegan Strawberry Rhubarb Pop-Tarts

7-ingredient vegan pop tarts made with whole grain pastry and strawberry-rhubarb compote. Simple, fast and perfect for using up spring and summer fruit.
Author Minimalist Baker
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Plate of homemade Vegan Strawberry Rhubarb Pop-Tarts drizzled with pink glaze
5 from 10 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 8 (pop tarts)
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine Vegan
Freezer Friendly 1 month
Does it keep? 3-4 Days

Ingredients

  • 1 cup rhubarb (ends and leaves removed // chopped)
  • 1/2 cup strawberries (chopped)
  • 1/4 cup orange juice (optional)
  • 2 Tbsp raw sugar or maple syrup (or honey if not vegan)
  • 2 cups flour (I used half whole-wheat pastry + half unbleached all-purpose // plus more for rolling)
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 2/3 cup cold vegan butter (such as Earth Balance // more for topping)

OPTIONAL GLAZE

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 Tbsp melted vegan butter
  • 2-3 tsp pomegranate juice (or other similar juice)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Prepare the compote by placing rhubarb, strawberries, raw sugar, and orange juice in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cover and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally and smashing down with a spoon to muddle the fruit together. If it bubbles too much, turn down to low heat. Transfer to a bowl to cool.
  • In a large bowl, mix flour and salt, then cut in butter with a fork or pastry cutter until well combined.
  • Drizzle ice cold water over the mixture in 1 Tablespoon amounts and mix with a wooden spoon until it starts to form a dough. It usually takes about 2-3 Tbsp, but you may need to add up to 5 Tbsp (amounts as original recipe is written // adjust if altering batch size). It should be moist enough to form into a ball, but not too sticky to handle. Add more flour if it gets too wet.
  • Turn onto a floured surface, gently shape into a disc, and then use a floured rolling pin to roll into a large rectangle. I find it helpful to place a sheet of plastic wrap over the dough while rolling to reduce cracking.
  • Cut into 16 equal squares (amount as original recipe is written // adjust if altering batch size) and carefully transfer to a baking sheet. My first attempt, I got 12 squares. Then I rolled out my scraps and got four more!
  • Place about 1 Tbsp of the fruit filling onto half of the squares, leaving a 1/4 inch border to seal the edges. Then use your finger to run water around the edges so the two squares stick together. Top the squares with their matching halves and then seal lightly with a fork.
  • Poke a few holes in the top of each pop tart, brush with a bit of melted vegan butter, sprinkle with raw sugar (optional), and bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Let cool and then top with glaze if desired. To prepare glaze, simply whisk together melted vegan butter, powdered sugar and add juice 1 teaspoon at a time until desired consistency is reached. The glaze is not necessary, but recommended for sweeter pop tarts.
  • Store leftovers in a covered container at room temp for up to a few days.

Notes

*Adapted from my Vegan Berry Pop Tarts
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated without glaze.

Nutrition (1 of 8 servings)

Serving: 1 pop tarts Calories: 237 Carbohydrates: 27 g Protein: 3.2 g Fat: 12 g Saturated Fat: 3 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 193 mg Fiber: 3.5 g Sugar: 4.3 g

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  1. Anna says

    Absolutely delicious! My husband who doesn’t like rhubarb loved these tarts! There is right amount of sugar in them, so they aren’t overly sweet, which makes them healthy :-)

  2. Patty Patzman says

    My granddaughter is alergic to the protein in all mammals milk, nuts (including almonds, so no almond milk and I can’t stand the taste of coconut in any form), peanuts and eggs. We are going on a vacation to a cabin with my daughter and her family, but not for another 2 months. I would love to make your pop tarts to take along. Could I make them now and freeze them? Can I freeze them before baking and bake them fresh at the cabin? Also, a side question, what would you suggest I use for a milk substitute in other recipes?

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Patty, that should work! We think they are best when frozen within 1 month of consuming, but 2 should be fine as well. We haven’t tried freezing before baking, but if you try it, we would recommend keeping the compote and crust separate until just prior to baking. If you give it a try, we would love to hear how it goes! Also, our favorite non-dairy, nut-free milks are Oat Milk and Hemp Milk. Hope that helps!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Lindsey, thanks for catching this! We are referring to leaves and discolored ends. The recipe has been updated.

  3. Tamsin Brincatos says

    This recipe is wonderful! Thank you! Just made my second batch and have some compote left over and I would love to make another batch some time soon. How long do you think it will last in the fridge? Thank you so much!!!

  4. Diane says

    My daughter is vegan now but used to love strawberry/rhubarb pie. I made this today for her 21st birthday and she loved them. They came out so cute also. Very easy to make – thanks for the recipe!

  5. Carly M Spear says

    Would love to make this but the only flour I have on hand is buckwheat. Is that an OK replacement?

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Carly! We haven’t tried making this recipe with just buckwheat and can’t say for sure. If you give it a try, report back!

  6. Silvia says

    Can other flours be used, specifically, do you think coconut or oat or almond flour would work (or some combination of them)? P.S. Totally love your site! It’s the first place I check whenever I want a recipe for something new. It never disappoints! :)

  7. Legacy Wellness Woman says

    Hey Dana! I tried out this recipe last week and loved it – it was great to have for breakfast during the week. Would you mind if I linked to this recipe in my Weekly Round up post of things I am loving at the moment? I would love to share the knowledge. : )

  8. Rosi says

    Is it possible to substitute oil instead of vegan butter? Unfortunately vegan butter is not available where I live and I’d like to keep them vegan.

  9. April says

    I would really love to make these, but I am a little confused about the amount of flour. Is it 2 cups whole grain, 1 cup white? Or is the white just for flouring your rolling surface? I’m sorry, it seems others figured it out, but there appears to be a typo in that area, and I don’t want to mess up the recipe! Thanks!

  10. Allison says

    Just made these and I’m so excited to try them! My bf loves rhubarb and poptarts. He hasn’t had a poptart in forever because of their ingredients. This is so perfect and was so easy to make.

  11. Anne says

    Dear Minimalist,

    How have I been a vegan foodie for 3 years and not found your site until this week? And honestly, are you trying to kill me? I cannot make all of these recipes, but I’m sure gonna die trying. I can’t promise I’ll be able to fit through the door when I’m done. It’s almost like you knew that I used to be a pop tart addict. I read many vegan food blogs and yours is my new fav. Thank you, thank you!

  12. Monica says

    I’m not sure we use rhubarb here in Italy, I certainly have never seen in the market here in my area so I used raspberries and blueberries for the compote and they are delicious! great recipe even though I had to change the filling completely! Hopefully one day I’ll find rhubarb and try the original recipe.

  13. Alex @ Kenzie Life says

    I just found your website and your recipes look incredible! I keep clicking on one only to find another recipe that looks more mouthwatering than the last! I can’t wait to try the vegan peanut butter swirl brownies, these pop tarts and the apple breakfast streusel pizza!

  14. Julie says

    soo…i just put them in the oven. but the filling was so runny! When i tried to close the edges, the filling was coming out for almost all of them, and i left an edge to close them. Do you think the filling was more juicy because i prepared it last night and put it in the fridge? i got it out today early, so it would be at room’ temperature, and it was so i don’t see what it did wrong. is it because my squares were too small? i could do nine and i had a bit of dough left. i’m sure they’ll be delicious, but for the esthetics, well i think i’ll pass! also, when i poked the holes gently, some dough broke and more filling was coming out of the edges. please help so i can do better next time! thanks!

  15. Molly says

    Just made these- I had leftover frozen pie crust in the freezer so I took the even easier way out… Next time I’m using your dough recipe though- they look like they’ll be even more delicious than the ones on my counter now!
    I have been dreaming of strawberry rhubarb pop tarts since last summer when I had one from the Cinnamon Snail food truck. These turned out delicious, and it was first time I’ve ever tried baking with rhubarb! Thank you for this amazing recipe!

    • Dana @ Minimalist Baker says

      So glad it went well! Rhubarb seems intimidating but totally isn’t! Thanks for sharing, Molly :D

  16. Jenné @ Sweet Potato Soul says

    Oh man! These look so yummy yummy! I haven’t had pop tarts since college (sad face). I had so many as a kid that I think I’ve had more than my share of the pre-packaged ones. However, now as an adult, I think I’m ready for these vegan homemade poptarts :)

    I love rhubarb! I just posted a recipe and video for a cherry rhubarb crumble on my blog! mmmmm!

    xo

    • Dana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Lovely! Yes, and I’m not sure where you stand on vegan butter (I’m personally OK with it in moderation) but these will likely also work well with coconut oil!

  17. Kate @Almond Butter Binge says

    I am now craving these with some kind of peanut butter icing. Yummmmm. Thanks so much for sharing!

  18. Beth @ Eat Within Your Means says

    These look amazing as usual! I have a fun story about rhubarb that I wanted to share. When I lived in Boston, my friend Jamie and I decided to take a weekend road trip to Amish Country in Pennsylvania. As we were driving through Intercourse (yes, for real), Jamie said to keep an eye out for farm stands because she wanted to find some rhubarb. Not 5 minutes later we happened upon a sweet farmhouse with a sign in the yard saying “Free Rhubarb”. We pulled in the driveway and a Mennonite woman came out of the house, looking like she walked straight off a movie set, and led us around to the back of an outbuilding that had rhubarb growing along the side yard. She got out a huge black trash bag and just started hacking away at the rhubarb, filling the bag with at least 15 pounds worth. Jamie tried to give her $10 and the woman absolutely (but politely) refused. Later that day we saw a calf being born and standing up for the first time, as well as a very vain male peacock who literally modeled for us like he was on a catwalk. Thank you for bringing those memories back to me. :)

  19. hippymomelizabeth says

    Hello, I use to make pop tarts when I was in 5 and 6th grade I would make pie crust roll it out then scoop different jellies in it, square it off fork the sides, bake them then slather them in powdered sugar water mixture on top, and if I was getting crazy with it melted buttered, I love natural ingredient pop tarts you have here and of course Family approved this is a awesome recipe for my children to make over summer vacation…One love, peace…

  20. Lisa @ Simple Pairings says

    Finally, an alluring and healthy pop-tart! Love the strawberry/rhubarb combo. I’ve contemplated buying whole-wheat pastry flour for awhile now, and I think you’ve convinced me.

  21. Shikha @ Shikha la mode says

    Rhubarb is definitely so elusive. There’s a restaurant here in SF called Foreign Cinema that makes their own version of pop tarts too, but they aren’t whole wheat, nor do they take advantage of rhubarb season!

  22. Kathy says

    I’ve made similar bad boys with raspberries in a spelt crust. Rhubarb is best friend with EVERYTHING!
    Bring on the invasion.

  23. Cate @ Chez CateyLou says

    I keep seeing rhubarb recipes everywhere and I am dying to try it! These look amazing – what cute little pop tarts!!

  24. Millie l Add A Little says

    The rhubarb looks totally amazing! I would probably just end up making a double batch of the filling, and using the rhubarb on top of pancakes or french toast – mmm!

    • Dana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Perhaps coconut oil, but I haven’t tried that myself and it may not work quite as well. But if you do, make sure it’s solid (not melty). Hope that helps!

  25. Katy says

    New lens? These pics look super super sharp and totally awesome!! I just want to keep scrolling and staring at them…

  26. Ella says

    RHUBARB! My love! The first time I ever had rhubarb, I was about 4 and I ate it raw out of a neighbor’s garden. Ick! Definitely do not recommend this method of preparation! ;) Much better with strawberries in PIE!

  27. Nazia @ This Baker Girl Blogs says

    I’m not a huge fan of pop tarts, but I’ve been wanting to try rhubarb for ages and this recipe just looks so good that I think I may give it a go! :-D

  28. Brittany @ i love vegan says

    Yah, rhubarb! We had a big rhubarb plant when I was growing up and every summer we got to eat rhubarb crumble and rhubarb pies. It was glorious! Rhubarb really is such a weird little plant, it tastes so bizarre before it’s cooked and sweetened. Thanks for the recipe.

    PS: Thanks to you I’ve been checking out the minimalists and the other blogs about minimalism that you recommend. Thank you so much, it’s exactly what I needed!

  29. Sonja @ practical-stewardship.com says

    These sound awesome, and I am totally hungry now! I love your food as art and minimalist approach to food and life. Thank you for sharing your life on the blog!

  30. Zia Patti says

    Thanks, Dana! I have been waiting for a great recipe for rhubarb. Didn’t want to do a pie. How could one not enjoy being Vegan with all the great recipes (and information) you provide?
    Thanks so much!

  31. molly yeh says

    keep the rhubarb coming!!! i have SO much of it in my backyard! these little pop tarts look awesome. i have a flight tomorrow and think they might make for the perfect snack :)

    • Dana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Brilliant plane snack ;D More rhubarb goodness coming next week :D Hope your trip goes well, friend!

  32. CakePants says

    Oh these look delightful!! Strawberry rhubarb pop tarts…and they’re vegan?! Doesn’t get better than that!

  33. LB says

    Oh man, all these rhubarb posts are taunting me. I have never had rhubarb before and we don’t get it here in Dubai. I’m so curious about its flavour. All I know is that it has a luscious red colour and pairs well with strawberries. What else… WHAT ELSE??

    • Dana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Ah, sorry it’s not available in Dubai! But man, I’m just jealous that you live in Dubai! Would love to visit sometime. You can sub a more tart fruit, such as blackberries or raspberries :D

  34. Leigha @ Minougirl says

    I wish I could give you some of my rhubarb. I have SO much right now! I just made rhubarb rye scones with them, then I made a sour cream rhubarb cake, now today I’m making strawberry rhubarb pie with my grandma. And that won’t even be the end of it! Rhubarb literally grows on every block here in my little town. These look so yummy!! Might have to try these too! Although I don’t have any pastry flour.. only regular whole wheat.

    • Dana @ Minimalist Baker says

      That’s so awesome! Super jealous. If I lived near you I’d fill up my trunk!

  35. Maryea {happy healthy mama} says

    I love rhubarb season! I need to make these for my littles as a special treat. They would love it. :)