A “Whoopie Pie” is an American Desert, well to be specific it is more of a North Eastern American thing, consisting of a frosty filling smothered between 2 mounds of (traditionally) chocolate cake. Sounds delicious I know. However, usually Whoopie Pies are made with dairy products. Milk and Eggs in the cake mixture, and of course the filling is usually dairy-based as well. Definitely not vegan friendly.
According to food historians, Amish women would bake these desserts (known as hucklebucks, or creamy turtles at the time) and put them in farmers’ lunch boxes. When farmers would find the treats in their lunch, they would shout “Whoopie!” – Wikipedia
A year or so ago, I decided to start following a plant-based diet. Personally, I found it relatively easy to convert to, but maybe that is because I had wanted to do it for so long and had years to think it through before acting on it. I really do feel that as long as one conducts their research and is really committed, anybody can do it. Surely the benefits are astounding, and well worth it; bright skin, weight loss, increased energy, healthy heart, and a clear conscience that one’s personal footprint of harm towards our animals and our environment is less than what it would be otherwise.
The word vegan is going mainstream, and with demand there is supply. This means that many more options are becoming readily available in the market place, and that vegans really aren’t missing out on anything. Seriously! There are many plant-based milks, yogurts and butters on the market, which were once upon a time all made from animal products. Online, there are also resources on how to perfectly substitute eggs in baking, among many other helpful pointers. And, if you really want to be wowed just type the words “vegan desert” into pinterest, and be prepared to be blown away with some of the amazingly beautiful food dishes people are creating made of just plants. It is becoming more and more evident that one can survive without eating animals or animals products, and indeed medical data is indicating that following a plant-based diet is a healthier way for one to live, but that is a whole other article.
You can now even find vegan Whoopie Pies, and I am specifically talking about those made by Mompreneurs, Carolyn Shulevitz and Leslie Kaplan, who are also known as The Piping Gourmets.
The Piping Gourmets make decadent frozen ice-creamy Whoopie Pies, which are certified vegan and Non-GMO. They are also gluten-free and kosher too. Amazing right? They come in 6 different flavors – Chocolate, Chocolate Vanilla, Vanilla, Chocolate Mint, Chocolate Raspberry and Vanilla Lemon. They are available in Whole Foods Markets across the United States, or you can use this handy store locator tool to find a stockist near you HERE. Alternatively, you can buy online from Vegan Essentials, or The Gluten Free Shoppe and have them delivered straight to your door.
So how do they taste? Well, I have to be honest, being Australian, I had never tasted a Whoopie Pie, let alone a vegan one, until I was sent a package in the mail so I really do not have anything to compare them too. However, I will say that my 4-year-old and I happily spent the following week tasting all the flavors, and they are delicious. It is a perfect “special treat” for a child, as they take a while to melt and are well suited for small hands. Heed warning Mums, they are moist and a little sticky, so keep a wash cloth near by to clean up afterwards.
These Whoopie Pies were definitely a hit in my family home. Miles Storm, myself and my husband all loved them, and as long as they are available they will be filling up a spot in our freezer for sure.
Thanks for stopping by Willy B Mum. Peace, Love and Vegan Whoopie Pies Make the World go Around.