Vegan Whoopie Pies
These whoopie pies are the perfect Valentine's day treat for your loved one's, or yourself! These are vegan, dairy-free, oil-free, nut-free, and refined-sugar-free! They also have a hidden vegetable included, can you guess? Hint: it's my favorite!
Guys, I can not wait to share this recipe with you guys!!! I made it today, and have been rushing to edit, and write up this blog so that you guys will have this recipe ready to go in time for Valentine's day!
How are you celebrating this Valentine's day? I will be by myself, but I plan on having a major self care day, which I couldn't be more excited for. I have been so busy with school and work recently(hints why recipes have been a little less recently), so a self care day is way overdue. Is there such thing as a self care day that doesn't include chocolate? I don't think so, however let's try to make that sugar craving a little healthier this time around. I love experimenting in the kitchen, and honestly I feel like I have been on a roll recently. I did not have high expectations for this recipe, because I thought it was so bizarre, but it exceeded my expectations by a mile, and is definitely going to be a reoccurring recipe!
Now, you're probably wondering what the hidden vegetable in this recipe is, and where it is. It's my absolute favorite vegetable in the world: the Japanese Sweet potato! It's what the filling is made from, HUH? Yep, that's right this filling is made with a sweet potato. You could say that this recipe is the healthiest icing/frosting ever, and you wouldn't be wrong. Instead of traditional icings that are made using fat, dairy, and sugar, this recipe is made with whole foods! Any substitutes you can make in your diet to include more whole foods is a huge step towards optimal health. The way I think about it is I could diet and deprive myself of these treats, or I could make healthy substitutions, and create a delicious dessert to satisfy those cravings, while also increasing the amount of whole foods I consume.
It wouldn't be a valentine's day treat without some pops of red/pink. I created this with my favorite food colorings by Rawnice. I love their food colorings, because they are all natural, and not made in a lab. They create their food colorings straight from plants, it doesn't get better than that. Head to their website to check out all the colors they have (there are so many!). You can use my code "NATURALVEGAN15" to get 15% off your order! https://lddy.no/u17c
Total time: 2 Hour - 15 Hands on
Serves: 6 Pies
* - see notes
For the Pie
- 1 1/4 Cups whole wheat flour
- 1 Teaspoon Vanilla
- 1 Teaspoon baking soda
- 1 Teaspoon baking powder
- 1 Cup applesauce
- 1/2 Cup dates made into paste*
- 2/3 Cup cacao powder
- 1 Cup soy milk
- 1 Teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- 3 Tablespoons ground flaxseed mixed with 5 Tablespoons water
For the filling
- 1 Large Japanese sweet potato
- 1/2 Cup date sugar
- 1 Teaspoon vanilla
- 2 Tablespoons coconut cream(for a low fat version sub plant milk)
- 2 Teaspoons Rawnice pink powder
Begin by preheating your oven to 400 and placing your sweet potato in the oven. Be sure to poke holes in it.
Next in a bowl combine the soy milk and apple cider vinegar together, mix and set aside. In another small bowl combine your flaxseed and water, set aside.
In a large bowl combine all your dry ingredients. Next add the apple sauce and date paste to the dry mix, and stir to combine, next add the vanilla, followed by the soy mixture and the flax egg. Mix until smooth.
On a baking sheet with either nonstick silicone mats, or sprayed with oil, scoop your mix into 12 big cookie sized globs. Make sure to create the shape you want when doing this. Place in the oven and bake for 15 minutes.
Once the pies are soft, but cooked through remove from oven and place on your cooling rack. You can also place in the fridge.
When your potato is finally done(You can also definitely prep the potato in advance) remove from the oven and cut in half. Scoop the insides out and place in a bowl and mash with either a fork or potato masher. Next add all ingredients under filling to the bowl and mix. Scoop into a blender or high speed food processor(This step is most important) and blend until smooth and creamy. Next place in the fridge and allow to cool for at least an hour(You don't have to wait, but it thickens up in the fridge and sweetens up a little) Once cooled place in an icing bag and then pipe the filling onto the pies and make that delicious sandwich! Enjoy!
* To make date paste simple add equal parts dates and water in a saucepan, and heat on high. The dates will gradually break up. Once the water and dates have started becoming one mixture add ingredients to blender and blend until smooth!