vegan carrot whoopie pies

vegan carrot whoopie pies
 Whoop whoop!

This post is part of an ingredient-based collaboration project amongst many super talented food bloggers and bakers, so I was honored to participate! Special shout out to Square Meal Round Table  and What's Annie Eating for inviting me to contribute. We're all presenting recipes with a common ingredient, ranging from sweet to savory. Be sure to check out the other recipes at the bottom of this post or check out #24carrotgoals on Instagram. And behold, the secret ingredient for this round is...(actually it's not a secret at all, but I love the over-the-top drama of this reveal. You gotta watch the video below)...

ALLEZ CUISINE! 

This recipe happens to be vegan. I'm not vegan, but use a lot of vegan recipes in my baking to help accommodate my daughter's egg allergy. You'd never know it's lacking egg or that the "cream cheese" in the filling is a vegan substitute. For serious. And this isn't the most glamorous looking dessert, but she is mighty tasty.

I love whoopie pies, but the name is so damn confusing. It's a cake, but we call it a pie. So henceforth in this post, the outside of the whoopie pie will be referred to as "cakey pie things".  You're welcome. 

Carrot whoopie pies + ginger cream cheese filling (vegan style)

Adapted from a Sticky Fingers' recipe
Makes about 12 filled whoopie pies

Ingredients

Cakey pie things

  • 2 cups grated carrots
  • 1/2 cup (100g/3.5oz) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (114g/4oz) packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup almond milk
  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2.5 cups (290g/12oz) all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1/2 cup raisins

    Filling
     
  • 1/2 cup (112g/4oz) Earth Balance buttery spread
  • 6 oz vegan cream cheese (like Tofutti Better than Cream Cheese)
  • 2 1/4 cups (284g/10oz) powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1.5 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

Method

1. Make the cakey pie things
    Preheat the oven to 375°F.  In a large bowl, mix together the carrots, sugars, and vanilla until combined. Whisk the milk and oil together and add to the carrot mixture. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, and allspice. Add the walnuts and raisins to the flour mixture, give a good stir, then add it all to carrot mixture. Stir until well combined. 

2. Scoop and bake 'em
     Line a couple of baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone liners. Use a medium-sized scoop (about 2 Tablespoons worth) and scoop the batter onto your prepared pans. Leave at least an inch between scoops. Bake for about 12-14 minutes. Then cool the cakey pies on wire racks after removing from the oven. 

2. Whip up the filling
     In a large bowl, beat the Earth Balance until smooth. Add the vegan cream cheese and beat until smooth. Add the remaining ingredients and beat until smooth. I used a hand mixer for this purpose, but feel free to use a stand mixer. You can refrigerate for up to a few days, allow to warm to close to room temperature before using.

3. Assemble
    Schmear on a few tablespoons of the filling between two cakey pie things. You can even get a little fancy and pipe the filling so they feel like pretty princesses. Or not and skip to Step 4. 

4. EAT

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