Chocolate Whoopie Pies (Paleo)

13 Mar

Whoopie Pies - 15I must admit, I never had a whoopie pie before I made these. It turns out I like them. They’re like an inverse cupcake, and they were fun and easy to make. They’re also a lot easier to frost than a cupcake, and they look pretty any way you do them. Next time I might pipe the frosting in to make them a bit neater, but just using a knife worked fine.

I had no idea how they’d turn out, since I made up the recipe using a few others for paleo cupcakes, hoping that it would all be alright in the end. Whew! They turned out really well, and I think most people would be hard pressed to realize that they were totally grain free if they weren’t told.

Whoopie Pies - 12Of course, one star of the whoopie pie show here is my famous chocolate Swiss meringue buttercream frosting, which is crazy out-of-this-world delicious. But the other frosting I whipped up, a coconut maple orange frosting, was a yummy contrast to the chocolate, and my guests couldn’t agree which one they liked better.

That means you’ll have to try both fillings and decide for yourself. I’ll give you a clue, though—if you want the easy option, don’t attempt the chocolate frosting. It’s a pain in the butt, but SO worth the effort.

Like the Jamaican patties, The Husband couldn’t resist trying one of these right as they were finished, as you can see from the photo. He may have been persuaded to share it with me. We ate it purely to make sure that the whoopie pies were good enough to serve our guests. The ONLY reason, of course…

Whoopie Pies - 09CHOCOLATE WHOOPIE PIES (Paleo and gluten free)

Makes about 18 small pies

Cookies

1/2 cup coconut flour
1/2 cup tapioca flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 tsp sea salt
3 whole eggs
3 egg whites, beaten to stiff peaks
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/3 cup coconut sugar
1/2 cup coconut oil, melted & cooled
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl and whisk together. Using a mixer, combine the whole eggs, coconut oil and applesauce. Add the vanilla and sugar and beat well.

Whoopie Pies - 02

Add dry ingredients and mix until well combined. Using a large metal spoon, fold the egg whites in carefully.

Heat the oven to 350°F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Using a small ice cream scoop (about a one-tablespoon capacity), place heaping scoops about 2 inches apart on the trays.

Bake for 8 minutes, then rotate and spin the trays on the oven racks so they bake evenly. Let cool completely before filling with frosting. (And I mean completely, as they will melt the frosting and slide all over the place. I know this from impatient experience!)

Whoopie Pies - 03Coconut Maple Orange Frosting

1/2 cup coconut butter (manna)
1/2 cup coconut cream
1/4 cup pasture-raised butter (or coconut oil)
1 tsp vanilla
1 Tbs orange zest
1/3 cup maple syrup

Blend together with a mixer until light and fluffy.

Assemble: Take two similarly sized cookies and frost one of them. Use as much filling as you’d like. Press other cookie on top, and set aside. Repeat until all cookies are paired and stuffed.Whoopie Pies - 04

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9 Responses to “Chocolate Whoopie Pies (Paleo)”

  1. girl in a food frenzy March 13, 2014 at 3:22 pm #

    Such a great little American invention. I heard somewhere these were invented out of left over cake mixes and when children or men opened their lunch boxes (the next day,) they went whoopie!!!

    They look awesome,I agree no one would know they’re grain free or otherwise! (Btw) the new blog is up too! Yay for pies & blogging ;)

    • tinykitchenstories March 14, 2014 at 12:15 pm #

      Your new site is SO GORGEOUS! Well done! I don’t know how you do it. :)

      I never heard that story about the whoopie pies, but they are more popular back on the East Coast. Whatever, they’re delish! You should try them down under and see how they go over… And I agree–YAY for pies and blogging!

      • girl in a food frenzy March 14, 2014 at 3:55 pm #

        Lol, Jen I didn’t do a single thing! I hired a web designer/marketing duo to revamp the whole brand! The process took 4 weeks for the professionals, can’t imagine how long it would take a pleb like me!

        You have such a unique way of recreating the recipes you love into a paleo way of life. It’s so useful for peeps to be able to find what they need in all walks of life. I’ve never made whoopie pies, so I’ll need to fix that soon :)

  2. Butter, Basil and Breadcrumbs March 13, 2014 at 7:50 pm #

    Yum!! These look so delish!! :-)

  3. An Unrefined Vegan March 14, 2014 at 1:48 pm #

    Welcome to the wonderful world of whoopies!

    • tinykitchenstories March 14, 2014 at 2:17 pm #

      Thank you! My waistline is telling me I may like them a *bit* too much! ;)

  4. dedy oktavianus pardede July 21, 2014 at 2:51 am #

    wow, looking great CHOCOLATE WHOOPIE PIES!!!
    btw, what is coconut sugar???
    neer heard any of it before, it’s is sweetened coconut flakes or palm sugar???

    • tinykitchenstories July 21, 2014 at 11:30 am #

      Thanks so much! They are pretty tasty, especially for being grain free.
      Coconut sugar is like palm sugar, but made from the coconut tree. It’s low glycemic and has a real interesting taste, a little like bourbon. Thanks for the comment!

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