Happy Easter! Here is my healthy chocolate recipe for you to make this weekend to celebrate all things chocolate!
Okay! I’ll just jump straight in to explain the name! These chocolate whoopie pies are made with cooked and pureed black beans and arrowroot instead of flour, making them gluten/grain free and very rich in protein. With chia seeds and almond butter also in the mix, these whoopie pies are technically, let’s face it, a protein whoopie pie suitable for your next post-workout snack! Sorta. But what they are good for is this: tricking your family into eating healthy ingredients in their sweets. Seriously, they are that convincing! These are not dense and thick like black bean brownies (though they are wonderful too), they are made lighter from the addition of arrowroot and have a little bounce and lift from gf baking powder.
Perfectly delicious as a protein rich double choc chip cookie (see recipe notes), these are taken to the next level with the addition of a salted caramel “cream” made from fresh medjool dates and soaked cashews. This recipe makes a little extra caramel then you’ll need (you’re welcome) but it’ll keep airtight in the fridge up to 5 days for all your other caramel needs. Eat a few whoopies fresh and then pop the leftovers in your freezer for a few hours to make some perfectly fudgey ice dream sandwiches! Talk about versatile!
The best thing about this dessert is that many of its ingredients are already likely to be in your pantry, just waiting to be turned into something delicious yet satisfying! Yes, you too can have spontaneous caramel, just remember what Isa Chandra Moskowitz says: “ABS – always be soaking” (thats a clever David Mamet reference for all you young’nes). Keep some cashews soaking in your fridge for making creamy dressings, sauces, cheeses and desserts.
Isn’t it comforting to know you’re eating something nourishing and substantial on a holiday full of empty carbohydrates? Happy Easter!
Thanks to my talented sister Dettie for taking the action shot and extreme whoopie close up below. You’re the best xx
Chocolate Black Bean Whoopie Pies with Salted Caramel Cream
Salted Caramel “Cream”
For the Cookies: Set your oven to 180C.
In a high speed blender or food processor, combine the beans, maple syrup, chia seeds, almond milk and butter and coconut oil. When completely blended, empty contents into a medium-large bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients except the chocolate, and fold with a spoon till smooth. Add the chocolate and stir to combine.