Accidental Afternoon Treats – Chocolate Chai Whoopie Pies

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Sometimes you have wonderful ideas and unfortunately they just don’t go to plan.
Take this afternoon’s first run of chocolate chai spiced cookies – I don’t know how I managed to put the ratios out of whack so much, but they were miles cakier than I’d wanted! That was until I realised I’d just baked perfect whoopie pies, all they needed was a sweet creamy filling…

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These will take you very little time to throw together, but will certainly satisfy your craving for something sweet, soft, and chocolatey.
They include Chai spiced cacao – a lovely blend of cacao, coconut nectar, and chai spices I picked up from Naked Foods. This makes them a tad more interesting than your regular chocolate base, and also makes them feel a little more grown up. As I hadn’t planned on whoopie pies, I threw a quick filling together in a matter of minutes whilst the little cakes cooled. Confectioners sugar, almond milk, vanilla powder, and dairy-free margarine, mixed with a hand-beater to make a creamy and sweet buttercream. Simple!

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Enjoy as a sweet afternoon treat with a glass of cold milk, or a warm cup of chai.. however you like, I hope you enjoy these simple tasty treats!



Chocolate Chai Whoopie Pies

Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Cooking Time: 12 Minutes
Makes  7 Large Whoopie Pies

Ingredients:

– 1 Cup Wholemeal Spelt Flour
– 1 Cup Almond Meal
– 1/2 Cup Coconut Sugar
– 2 Tablespoons Cacao
– 1 Tablespoon Chai Spice Cacao*
– 1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
– 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda
– 2 Tablespoons Ground Flaxseed
– 1/2 Cup Melted Raw Coconut Oil
– 1 Cup Almond Milk
– 1 Tablespoon Rice Malt Syrup
– 100g Dark Chocolate*

 

Method:

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 180 degrees celcius, and either line a cookie sheet with grease-proof paper or grease with coconut oil.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine milk, coconut oil, rice malt syrup, coconut sugar, ground flaxseed, and whisk very well to combine.
  3. Into your wet ingredients, add the spelt flour, almond meal, cocoa powder, chai spice cacao, baking powder, and baking soda. Mix with your whisk until just combined.
  4. Add in your chocolate chunks – you can use chips, or chop up some chocolate o whatever size you desire! Lightly fold them in until just combined.
  5. Using a tablespoon, drop a spoonfull of batter onto the tray, and light flatten in down and shape it with you finger. Repeat this process until you have 14 lovely circles!
    If they don’t all fit on one tray, you can either use two trays or simply do them in two batches.
  6. Pop them in the oven for around 12 minutes, or until the edges start to brown slightly. Remove them from the oven, and leave to cool on the tray before transferring to a wire cooling rack.
  7. Whilst they are cooling, whip up your filling! In a medium sized bowl, combine all buttercream ingredients and simply beat until light a creamy! When the cakes are completely cool, simply dollop some buttercream on cake, and sandwich another cake on top! Easy peasy!

I did chai spice as I had some fabulous spiced cacao on hand, but if if you don’t have this you could add some spices of you own, or simply stick to good old fashioned chocolate! Whatever combination you choose, whoopie pies are always a tasty treat!

– Persephone

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*If you don’t have some of this fabulous chai spiced cacao sitting in your cupboard, you have a few options! You can either stick to plain chocolate, do a chai spice mix of your own using ground spices, or experiment with some different flavours! Almond extract and red food colouring for red velvet perhaps?!
*I used Loving Earth Dark Chocolate for this as I’d picked some up earlier in the week, but you can use whatever chocolate you fancy! or simply leave it out if you prefer a more traditional whoopie pie.

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