Healthy Whoopie Pies
Until I moved to Vermont, I had never heard of whoopie pies— a cream-filled cakey chocolate sandwich cookie originally from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. They have a cultlike following in New England. At every roadside stop between here and Maine they are piled up in neat little stacks. And they’re quite delicious…but often made with a filling of sugar-laced shortening. So they’re not so stellar nutritionally.
We decided to makeover the classic whoopie pie and we had great success.
Here’s how a traditional whoopie pie stacks up against our madeover version:
- Traditional Whoopie Pie
- Calories: 679
- Fat: 36 grams
- Saturated Fat: 9 grams
- Trans Fat: 4 grams
- EatingWell Whoopie Pie
- Calories: 202
- Fat: 11 grams
- Saturated Fat: 4 grams
- Trans Fat: 0 grams
Here are the secrets of how we made whoopie pies healthier:
- Replaced vegetable shortening with healthy canola oil and substituted nonfat milk for whole milk in the cookie.
- Whole-wheat pastry flour replaced all-purpose flour.
- A combination of nonfat yogurt and whipped cream thickened with gelatin replaced vegetable shortening, marshmallow fluff or whipped cream in the filling.
- We made a whoopie pie with a slightly smaller portion size – many traditional versions are nearly as big as a salad plate!