Greedy Recipe! Healthy Homemade Hot Pockets

These here pockets are custom made. You’re the boss, baby. The ingredients are all up to you. I’m only here to guide you into the deliciousness.

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I was inspired to cook up some healthy homemade hot pockets, thanks to my overactive lazy bone — the kind of lazy that desires to spend zero moments in the kitchen while optimizing time well spent doing not a damn thang. Frozen, boxed pockets are out of the question. This healthy homemade version is quick & easy, and had the family howling for more. They even ate the fresh veggies packed inside.


Makes 6 pockets. Total prep & cooking time: 25 minutes or less.

  • Pillsbury Thin Crust Pizza Dough
  • Shredded cheese of your choice
  • Raw broccoli, spinach or other favorite veggie(s)
  • Cooked chicken, turkey or ham. Deli meat may be used (preferably nitrate free)
  • Optional toppings such as hot sauce or red pepper flakes
  • Sprinklings of water & milk


  • Spread dough onto cookie sheet and cut into 6 even pieces using pizza cutter.
  • Build each pocket by adding ingredients, starting with cheese on the bottom. Be careful not to overstuff to ensure the pocket will properly seal.

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  • Lightly brush the edges of the dough with water, then fold over to seal. Press down hard around the edges to achieve a good seal. If you don’t have a pastry brush, use a paper towel for this step, and also for the next step.
  • Very lightly brush/dab the top of closed pocket with milk. This step is important to achieve a golden brown crust. Be careful not over-milk or crust will come out way too brown.

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  • With pockets still on cookie sheet, place in preheated 375-degree oven and bake for 15 minutes. Crust will be golden brown when done.

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  • Allow the pockets to rest for a minute or two to avoid burning your mouth, especially if feeding greedy children.

Combo ideas for your homemade hot pockets:

  • Turkey, cheddar and broccoli
  • Turkey, spinach and cheddar
  • Chicken, spinach and cheddar with hot sauce & red pepper flakes
  • Chicken, broccoli and cheddar
  • Ham, broccoli & cheddar
  • Mushroom, spinach & cheese
  • Pepperoni & mozzarella
  • Bacon, egg & cheese

hot pockets 2chicken, cheddar, spinach, hot sauce & red pepper flakes

Got any good combo ideas? And remember, you’re the boss because you control the ingredients and portion sizes. No matter your combo, it’s much healthier than boxed pockets. Now don’t you feel all empowered ‘n stuff?

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  1. Those look really good. Now I’m wondering if I (or my wife, since she’s the baker and I’m the cook) could make these with homemade pizza crust.
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  2. mimi says:

    My kids will get a kick out of making their own! Great idea.
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  3. My hubby LOVES hot pockets! I am going to try these this weekend! Thanks for sharing Josie!
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  4. Shannon says:

    Those look so yummy! I want to try out a breakfast version :)
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  5. Jack Sh*t says:

    This is even better than my recipe for healthy Pop-Tarts (it’s just regular Pop-Tarts that you scoop out the filling and replace with mashed sweet potatoes).

  6. Geosomin says:

    Mmm…i so want to make a breakfast pocket now…
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  7. Allie says:

    OMG I just jumped here from GiGi Eats Celebrities b/c the video you made with her made me DIE laughing!!! I’m now officially stalking you on FB. Twitter and Instagram :-)
    I also love the look of these pockets! I think I could actually do this and the kids would eat it. Imagine that!?
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  8. Kita says:

    Homemade one looks so much better. I am not a fan of hot pockets my hubs eats them by the droves but me they just look eeewww
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    • Yum Yucky says:

      I agree. I gave up store bought hot pockets years ago before I even started getting in shape. A little voice inside told me to steer clear of them for good. Something just ain’t right about it.

  9. I want to throw Ryan Gosling in a hot pocket and heat it up!
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    • Yum Yucky says:

      Girl, don’t do that. He’d come out all crispy & limp. You don’t need a hot pocket to heat up Ryan anyways. I’m sure you can do that all by yourself.

  10. Portia says:

    The store bought kind are usually so gross but these look awesome! Plus I bet you can freeze this ahead of time and cook on demand.

  11. Lex says:

    Thanks! Now I’m drooling again… :-(
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  12. Kim says:

    Yum – I’m almost motivated to finally go to the store just to get the ingredients for this!!!
    I’m sure these will be a hit in our house!
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  13. quix says:

    My mind. You just blew it. I’m thinkin’ of trying this out with some whole wheat pizza dough. YUM!
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  14. Sheila says:

    Nom! Nom! We might have to try these on an upcoming lazy day!

  15. These look so darn good! Pity I can’t eat pastry. Will have to devise a pastry recipe that has no flour or gluten in it and make these. Great idea.

  16. blackhuff says:

    They look delicious. I will have it as my cheat meal on a Saturday but these are great to make on week nights for the children.
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  17. MIZ says:

    should I be embarrassed I have a TUBE OF DOUGH in the fridge for something else?
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  18. Um, genius.
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  19. I’ll take two please, with a glass of milk.
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  20. KalleyC says:

    I need to gets me some of this!!! I had a craving for hot pocket and too lazy to want to make it. This looks so easy, I’m going to see if I can trick Mr. C in cooking for me :-)
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