We’re just over 24 hours away from Brett’s family being here…and we couldn’t be more excited! I feel like I’ve been nesting the past few days as I’ve been preparing so many meals and snacks in advance. I’ve frozen a bunch of food–like marinara sauce, mexican beans and bread–and I’ve also made sure our pantry is stocked with things like granola, crackers, dried fruit etc. Cooking for people is one of my favorite things to do and it’s even more enjoyable when I’m cooking for my family who’s flying all the way to China to visit us!!
In other news, I got my hair trimmed today and I officially have “my guy.” The guy that cuts my hair was the first person I ever went to (once I worked up the courage to actually get my hair cut in China) and I’ve gone back to him ever since. Never have I ever has such amazing and cheap hair cuts in my life! In America, I remember spending $50 sometimes for a haircut, just because they told me it was so thick and it took them forever to cut and blowdry it. Then if I went to cheaper places, my hair cuts would always turn out horribly.
But with this guy, I’ve had 3 successful haircuts in a row and I now just trust him. Sometimes it looks like he’s cutting way too much off, but in the end my hair always looks so healthy and feels half its usual weight. PLUS it only cost me $7!!
What’s also been cool about going to the same guy over and over again is that everytime I go back to get my hair cut my Chinese has improved. The first time I went I struggled to make out what he was saying, but now we can have pretty good conversations about family, life, faith, etc. It’s so nice to not have to worry about bad haircuts amidst all the other new things that living in China can bring!
Okay, enough about family and hair. I need to share these Homemade Vegan Coconut Oil Pop-Tarts with you! They we’re better than I expected and flakier than I expected too! Plus the fact that they’re made with only 8 ingredients, some of which are optional, makes them all the less intimidating. You can fill your poptarts with whatever jelly you like, but I went with a red jelly to make it more festive for Christmas!
Please let me know if you give these crazy flaky, decadent Homemade Vegan Coconut Oil Pop-Tarts a try! I’d love to know your thoughts and how they turned out!
- 2 cups flour
- ½ tsp salt
- ⅔ cup cold coconut oil
- ½ cup -3/4 cup ice cold water + more if necessary
- favorite strawberry jam
- powdered sugar
- non-dairy milk
- Shredded coconut for sprinkles
- Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
- In a large bowl mix together the flour and salt.
- Add in the cold, hard coconut oil and using two knives or a fork, cut the coconut oil into the flour until a crumbly uniform mixture.
- Starting with a couple of tablespoons, add in the ice water a little at a time until a dough is able to form and hold together. I ended up adding about 14-15 tablespoons.
- On a silicone baking mat or between two pieces of parchment paper, roll the dough out into a large rectangle, shaping the edges as you go. You want the dough to be about ¼ inch thick.
- Cut the rectangle into about 18 equal rectangles.
- Line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper. Place 9 of the rectangles onto the baking sheet and place about 1 tablespoon of your favorite jelly onto the middle of each rectangle. Spread the jelly out to about ¼ inch away from the edge of each rectangle.
- Cover each jelly topped rectangle with the remaining rectangle doughs and use a fork to pinch the edges together.
- Bake the pop-tarts for about 20-25 minutes or until the tops turn golden.
- Remove the pop-tarts from the oven and enjoy!