These whoopie pies are what dreams are made of; soft, chocolate-y, and paleo. Does it get any better than that?! In this recipe we’ll be making moist chocolate cakes with fluffy vanilla frosting sandwiched between. It’s the perfect way to kickoff a sweet summer season!
If you’ve never had a whoopie pie then stop what you’re doing and make this recipe right now. Not only are they the most perfect “bite-sized” sweet treat, but it’s ridiculously easy to make. Oh, and did I mention that my version is refined-sugar free? YUP. No sugar, paleo-friendly, and totally bursting with flavor and chocolate-y goodness. In true KaleJunkie fashion, I’m here to show you that you can have ALL of your favorite foods without sacrificing your health and wellness. But enough about me, let’s get into this.
Contrary to its name, it’s not a “pie” at all- it’s a cake! Think of these as mini, bite-sized chocolate cakes. It’s made of two small gluten-free chocolate cake rounds that are filled with a creamy, fluffy filling. The most traditional filling for a whoopie pie is a marshmallow cream, but there are so many variations out there. Some people do ice cream, others do coconut cream, it just depends on what you like best! For this recipe, we will be using vanilla frosting to truly make it like an inside-out cake!
You may be thinking to yourself, “But Nicole, these look like cookies, not cakes,” and you’re right! Think of them as somewhere in-between. The batter will be thicker, like a cookie, but will turn into a softer, moister cake-like consistency. It really is the perfect in-between!
While you can find conventional whoopie pies in bakeries all over America these days, they originally began as an Amish tradition in early 1900’s New England. Rumor has it, when kids would open their lunchboxes at school and see a whoopie pie inside, they would shout “whoopie!” hence the name. Today, they’re still popular in New England, but have made their way west. And for my Southern friends, you can think of a whoopie pie as the sister to the moon pie.
Thankfully, these paleo whoopie pies are fairly easy to make! Most of the ingredients can likely be found in your pantry. Oh, and did I mention they’re gluten-free?!
As mentioned earlier, we’re going to be filling these whoopie pies with a nice schmear of vanilla frosting. I like the Simple Mills brand, but you can use any vanilla frosting that you like.
If you’re feeling adventurous, you can also swap out the frosting for a different creamy filling! Ice cream would be amazing, just make sure that you eat them right away. Or, you could try coconut cream, homemade whipped cream, etc.
If you make this recipe, please be sure to leave a rating and a comment below – this really helps others decide whether to make this recipe as well. And since I practically live on Instagram, be sure to tag me in your creations so I can see them and repost! Enjoy!
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