These whoopie pies are so good I could not wait to share them with you!
What we have here are soft, pillowy pumpkin cakes with a delicious and creamy chai coconut filling. The filling is so rich and creamy it almost tastes like ice cream!
WHAT ARE WHOOPIE PIES?
If you are not familiar with whoopie pies, it's basically two tender cakes with a cream filling sandwiched between them. Traditionally, it's prepared with chocolate cakes and a vanilla cream filling.
Here, we will go with pumpkin cakes and a rich and creamy chai-spiced filling for a special holiday version!
HOW TO MAKE PUMPKIN WHOOPIE PIES
Before diving into the cake batter, let's start with the chai filling, which needs to be prepared ahead of time. The base is soaked cashews blended with coconut cream, maple syrup to add sweetness, coconut oil to help it firm up, spices, a teaspoon of vanilla, and a mandatory pinch of salt. For the spices, I went with a simple blend of cinnamon, cardamom, and ginger. For an even more authentic chai flavor you can also add some cloves.
Once your cream is silky smooth, you transfer it to a bowl and chill in the refrigerator until firm and spreadable. You can speed up the process by placing it in the freezer for about 2 hours.
Next comes the sandwich cookies. It's gluten-free, naturally sweetened with coconut sugar, and flavored with pumpkin purée. I used one FULL cup of pumpkin! We can almost say we get our daily dose of vegetables with a couple of whoopie pies. Almost.
The recipe calls for cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg to add flavor, feel free to substitute those spices for a pumpkin pie spice mix.
The cakes won't spread much so you have to slightly spread them into a disk using the back of a spoon. Bake for about 13 minutes in the oven and it's ready! The addition of pumpkin puree gives them a beautiful orange color and makes them soft and fluffy.
Finally, spread a generous amount of chai coconut cream onto half of the cakes and top with the rest. This recipe makes about 14 whoopie pies, which is not much actually considering how fast they disappear.
If you are a chai tea addict, you will love these pumpkin whoopie pies. The coconut cashew cream almost melts in your mouth while still keeping its shape at room temperature, and the cakes have a super tender texture.
These whoopie pies are the perfect holiday treat to have while watching a Christmas movie, or basically at any time of the day. They would make a nice Thanksgiving dessert too!
Let me know in the comments if you try this recipe!
Chai Pumpkin Whoopie Pies (Vegan + GF)
- 1 cup oat flour
- ¾ cup rice flour
- ½ cup tapioca starch
- ½ cup coconut sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon ginger
- ⅛ teaspoon nutmeg
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- 14 tablespoon almond milk
- 1 cup pumpkin purée
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
Chai Cream Filling
- Drain and rinse the soaked cashews. Place them in a blender with the coconut cream, maple syrup, coconut oil, spices, and salt. Blend on high speed until smooth, about 1-2 minutes. Taste and adjust the sweetness to your liking. The cream will be very thin, it's okay, it will firm up in the refrigerator.
- Transfer to a bowl and chill in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours, or in the freezer for about 2 hours.
- Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
- Whisk together oat flour, rice flour, tapioca starch, coconut sugar, baking soda, baking powder, spices, and salt in a large mixing bowl until combined.
- Pour in the almond milk, pumpkin purée, coconut oil, and vanilla extract. Whisk to combine. Then, stir in the apple cider vinegar and whisk again. The batter should have the texture of pancake batter.
- Scoop out about 1 and ½ tablespoon of the batter onto the prepared baking sheet, leaving about 1-inch between the cakes and spread slightly with a spoon (see photo). I had enough batter to fill 3 baking sheets.
- Bake for about 13 minutes, or until the tops appear dry and slightly cracked. The cakes should spring back when pressed. Remove from the oven and let cool completely, about 20 minutes.
- Once the cakes are cooled, turn half of them upside-down and pipe or spread about 1 and ½ tablespoon of the chai filling onto them. Top with the rest of the cakes and press down slightly.
- Whoopie pies are best served the same day but will keep for up to 3 days in the refrigerator. You can eat them straight from the refrigerator, or leave at room temperature for 15 minutes if you prefer a creamier filling.
- Cashew cream filling adapted from Minimalist Baker's Cashew Buttercream Frosting.