Let’s Make Some Whoopee (Pies)*–without Refined Sugar, Gluten, Eggs, Dairy, Soy or Nuts

*Or, It’s almost Valentine’s Day–time for bad puns!

When I was a teenager, I believed Valentine’s Day was all about romance–and the fact that I didn’t have a sweetheart with whom to be romantic.  I’d sit at home listening to (Rod Stewart’s version of)  The First Cut is the Deepest on my parents’ console stereo in our living room, fantasizing about tall, dark, handsome strangers who’d present me with a dozen long-stemmed roses; or dashing, rakish strangers (who happened to own their own chartered jets) who would sweep me off my feet and fly me to Paris for brunch. In reality, I was spending the evening alone, feeling sorry for myself and, mostly, wondering why I didn’t have a boyfriend.  My parents, of course, were out for the evening, with each other–since it was Valentine’s Day. Once I met my friend Sterlin in grade nine, she and I began to spend our Valentines Days together, watching old movies on TV and ruminating about why neither one of us had a boyfriend.  One of our best February 14ths was the year they decided to broadcast that old Susan Hayward classic, I Want to Live, on TV.  (You see, Oh Younger Readers, those were the days before the advent of PVRs–or even VCRs–in every home, and we were dependent upon the whims of the Great TV Programming Gods for our show selection.)  We sat on the faux leather sofa in my parents’ basement hunched over a big bowl of Doritos, alternately munching and sobbing uncontrollably–especially when the laywer character (not realizing he is defending his own mother) remarks to the Susan Hayward character (who is going to face the gas chamber after being wrongfully accused of murder), “If I had a mother, I’d want her to be just like you. ”  Oh, boo hoo hoo hoo!! (Crunch, crunch). Nowadays, although I have a sweetie with whom to share the Day of Hearts and Roses (and let’s not forget Chocolate), I still bemoan the lack of romance in my life on Valentine’s Day.  The HH, you see, is many things (witty, kind, generous, incredibly artistically talented, a human trivia database, in love with our Girls), but “romantic” is not one of them.  His idea of romance is reading aloud to me. . . from his “Polywell Fusion Reactor” article.

Normally, for special occasions like Christmas or my birthday, I’ve learned to let the HH know in advance what I might like so that, at the least, he’ll show up after work with something gift-wrapped under his arm.  This year for Valentine’s Day, however, I decided not to put in my usual request for chocolates (not ACD-friendly) or champagne (ditto) or flowers (I’d probably be allergic to the ones he chose) and just accept that he expresses his love in other ways.  A few weeks ago, for instance, when I was feeling a little under the weather, the HH marched out into the snow and -22C (-8 F) weather with The Girls every evening to spare me having to go.  And when I slowly rotate my head from side to side in an attempt to release some of the stress in my neck, he’ll often magically appear behind my desk chair and provide a mini neck-and-shoulder massage, no prompting necessary. I hope I’ll be pleasantly surprised on Valentine’s Day, whether or not the HH’s contribution to the day is classically “romantic.”  For my part, I’ve got a special celebration in mind, and it involves making Whoopee. (Pies, of course.  Silly!).  We’ll have chocolate, we’ll have cake, we’ll have sweetness and a light filling.  And, of course, we’ll have each other. And that’s romantic enough for me.

Candida Diet, Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free, Vegan Halloween Whoopie Pies

[For this Halloween Version of the Whoopie Pies with “Pumpkin” Buttercream, see here.]

Mum, we wouldn’t mind staying home watching a movie on Valentine’s Day if we could munch on those Doritos, too. . . or else maybe we could make our own canine form of whoopee by just playing outside.  As in, ‘It’s snowing–Whoooopeeeee!'”

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  1. I hope you, the HH and the girls have a fantastic lovefest on Monday. Even if your version of a lovefest is more love and less romance than others.


  2. Well Ricki, you did it again. You put the most interesting ingredients together and come up with something wonderful. I’m always impressed!

  3. What a lovely post, I hope you have a fab v day 🙂
    These look incredible, I’ve neve tried whoopie pies, and thought I never would but these look so great that I must make them… Thanks for sharing, your recipes are so ingenious!

    Teenie Foodie

  4. I’ve never, ever had whoopie pies (they aren’t a “thing” in Australia), but I know for a fact that I’ll love your nutty version far more than the super-sweet kind I saw in stores when I lived in America for a year!

    Also, thank you for your Valentine’s story. I’ve always been single on it, but luckily the celebrations aren’t as in-you-face over here! At least I don’t have to deal with heart-shaped candy in the supermarket 😉

    • They’re actually not a “thing” in Canada, either, which is why I’d never had one before. But I think I’ll be having more from now on. 😉 And yes, those heart-shaped boxes in the stores can really get on one’s nerves!! 😉

  5. YUM! These look great. Hope you have a wonderful Valentines Day!!!

  6. Adorable post, Ricki! And, look at those whoopie pies–wow! They look totally delightful. 🙂

    Happy Valentine’s Day! xo,

  7. I think I would actually like these better than traditional whoopie pies!

    Very sweet post 🙂

  8. Love to hear what the girls are saying 🙂
    What a great treat with incredibly diverse ingredients! Tahini! I’ve never had real whoopie pies either but they sound like a dream come true.

    • The tahini is a great sub for nut butter for anyone with allergies. 🙂 And it is a wonderful balance between rich, creamy, fluffy frosting and cakey-cookie!

  9. Elsie looks so happyfaced in the snow! julie also loves the snow – she runs around in it all crazy and tries to eat a bunch of it. cracks me up! dan isn’t very romantical either, but he sounds like HH when it comes to being sweet in his own way & ever-so considerate at times. that’s too awesome he walked the girls in the snow when you weren’t feeling your best. awwwwwwww! the only whoopie pies i made where for a friend’s bridal shower and i made them with wheat flour so i didn’t get a taste – i didn’t want to use up all my pricy gf flours for people who might have not appreciated them as much as i would have. i cannot wait to try your whoopie pies, Ricki – not only do they sound superb, but they look gloriously good! decandent and oh-so yummmmmmy!

    • I’m go glad you think so, too! I am sure she is smiling. 🙂

      How sweet of YOU to make those whoopie pies when you couldn’t eat them! Hope you like these, though. And hope you had a great V-Day, classically romantic or not!

  10. Happy Valentines Day, Ricki. I hope you enjoy it to the hilt. You know, I’ve never had a whoopie pie (do whoopie cushions count?) of any kind, and wouldn’t recognize an “authentic” one if it hit me in the head. I’m tempted to try this one though because it sounds so good, and I have all the ingredients except for millet flour and xanthan gum (which I know my next door neighbor has). We’ll see.

  11. alas chocolate is easier to expect than any effort from E on valentines day – it’s so easy to dream about when you are single but the reality is not quite the same – never had whoopie pies but have always been curious about how they taste and I suspect I would love this version – maybe will try them if I get to try the buttercream frosting

    • I agree, singletons often imagine that couples are much more romantic than they really are! And don’t worry about the pies–the frosting on its own is just fine. 😉

  12. I’ve never had whoopie pies either, but these look delicious!

  13. ooh, i must try these!! and i just got coconut sugar, so it’s time to play 🙂

  14. these are amazing!!… i couldnt find the coconut sugar here in halifax…so i used brown sugar – sugar twin…. and they are absoLUTLY amazing…THANKYOU!!!!!

  15. I never cared much about whoopie pies before but for some reason they’re now stuck in my head! I would love to try one of yours. 🙂

  16. Ricki,

    Can’t wait to try these! Do you think I can sub out the coconut sugar with some stevia? Trying keep the candida miserable these days! 😉

    • Faye, in a cake like this, the coconut sugar actually serves to bind the cake somewhat as well, so I’m not sure how it would work without it. It’s also a substantial amount, so leaving it out will change the texture of the cake. That said, you could certainly try it (I’d start with only 1/2 a recipe, in case it doesn’t work out) and add a bit more tahini or almond butter if you’re okay with it to replace the binding power. But that’s just a guess on my part–I’ve never made them without the coconut sugar. Let me know how they turn out if you do give them a try!

  17. My husband is going to love these. He gets the ones from the store with all that junk in them. Thank you so much. One question, what is teff flour? And, where can I find it?

    • Thanks, Hsiu-Li! Teff is the smallest grain. It’s a tiny brown grain and the flour from it is slightly brown with a subtle flavor that I think works beautifully with chocolate. You can order it through amazon.com if you’re able, and it’s in most health food stores. You can also buy teff grain and grind it in a coffee grinder or blender. I’ve added a link to the amazon teff in my recipe. Hope that helps! 🙂

  18. The title of these whoopee pies says soy free, yet it lists of the ingredients as soy milk. Oops.

  19. Susan Wright says

    I made forks over knifes lentil minestrone soup and biscuits and forks over knives roasted sweet potatoes and Shane and Simple apple crisp for dissert and next week making these whoppee pie for dessert too thank you so much for this


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