Paleo Whoopie Pies

May 13, 2021

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.

What is a whoopie pie?

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!

So, why is it called a whoopie pie?

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.

What you need to make these paleo whoopie pies

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?!

  • Almond Flour: If you’ve been following my recipes for a while now, then you’ll know that this is one of my favorite ingredients! Almond flour bakes like a dream and is a great gluten-free flour replacement.
  • Unsweetened Cocoa Powder: If you want a much sweeter taste you can definitely opt for a sweetened cocoa powder, but if you want to make this recipe truly paleo, then you’ll want to skip the refined sugars and opt for the unsweetened version.
  • Coconut Sugar: An unrefined, just-as-sweet alternative to traditional cane sugar!
  • Salt: Just a bit of salt to balance out the sweetness!
  • Baking Soda: Baking soda will make these cakes rise, so don’t skip it.
  • Coconut Oil: Make sure it’s melted and cooled! This is important.
  • Eggs: I strongly recommend traditional eggs here, as it’ll help give the cakes their light and texture!
  • Vanilla Extract: Vanilla extract is always the star in any baking recipe, it adds the best flavor!
  • Maple Syrup: These “pies” are sweetened with both maple syrup and coconut sugar – and not too much – so you don’t have to worry about them being too sweet.

 

How to fill these whoopie pies

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.

How to make these paleo whoopie pies

  1. Preheat your oven to 350° F.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together your dry ingredients – almond flour, cocoa powder, coconut sugar, salt, and baking soda.
  4. Next, mix the wet ingredients into the dry, adding them one-by-one; the coconut oil, eggs, vanilla extract, and maple syrup.
  5. Use a medium cookie scoop (or ice cream scoop!) to form 16-18 cakes (this will yield 8-10 total whoopie pies).
  6. Bake for 11-12 minutes.
  7. Let the cakes cool COMPLETELY before adding the frosting.
  8. Spread the frosting on the cakes and form them into sandwiches.
  9. If you want, add a sprinkle of sea salt on top and enjoy!

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!

Paleo Whoopie Pies

Author: Nicole Modic of @KALEJUNKIE

Prep Time 12 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Total Time 24 mins
SERVES 10
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Soft chocolate cakes filled with fluffy, creamy frosting. What's not to love?! These whoopie pies are gluten-free, refined sugar-free, paleo, and absolutely delicious.

Ingredients

For the Cakes:

  • 2 3/4 cup almond flour
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil melted and cooled
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together all dry ingredients (first 5 ingredients). 
  • Then mix in the wet ingredients one by one, until the dough is smooth.
  • Use a cookie scoop to form 16 - 18 small cookies (should be 8 - 10 total whoopie pies) depending on how big your cookie scoop is. 
  • Bake 11-12 minutes. 
  • These must cool COMPLETELY so the frosting spreads on easily.
  • Spread the frosting, form sandwiches, and enjoy!
  • Feel free to add a sprinkle of flaky salt on each one, if desired! 

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    • Homemade vegan vanilla frosting? Sign me up, that sounds delicious! Thank you for your sweet review!

  1. These turned out HEAVENLY!!!! The texture is spot on! Love all your recipes never have had a failed one!

    • Aww I love hearing that Corinne! So happy you love these, thank you for your sweet comment!