Chocolate-Strawberry Vegan Whoopie Pies

Rich strawberry cream is sandwiched between homemade chocolate cookies for these vegan whoopie pies. Freeze-dried strawberries are the secret ingredient both in the cream filling and as a fun decoration. To neatly crush freeze-dried strawberries, seal them in a resealable bag, pushing out as much air as you can. Roll over the bag using a rolling pin.

Tip: To soak cashews, place in a bowl and cover with boiling water; let stand at least 30 minutes. Drain. 


By Katie Simmons,

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  • 1 cup raw cashews, soaked (see tip in intro)
  • 1½ cups pitted dates
  • 1 cup freeze-dried strawberries, crushed in a blender, food processor, or by hand
  • 2 teaspoons tapioca starch
  • 3 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 1 cup mashed bananas (about 2 bananas)
  • ¾ cup unsweetened, unflavored almond milk
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup spelt flour
  • ½ cup brown rice flour
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons regular or sodium-free baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt


  • Make Strawberry Cashew Cream: In a blender combine cashews, ½ cup of the dates, ½ cup of the freeze-dried strawberries, the tapioca starch, 1 teaspoon of the vanilla, and ½ cup water. Cover and blend until smooth, scraping sides as needed. (The mixture will be thick.) Set aside.
  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
  • In a blender combine the applesauce, the remaining 1 cup dates, the bananas, almond milk, and the remaining 2 teaspoon vanilla. Blend until smooth, scraping down sides as needed. In a medium bowl whisk together the next six ingredients (through salt). Add applesauce mixture to flour mixture; stir to combine.
  • Spoon batter in ¼-cup portions onto prepared baking sheets, spacing about ½ inch apart. You should have 24 portions.
  • Bake about 12 minutes or until set, rotating pans halfway through baking. Set baking sheets on wire racks to cool.
  • To assemble pies, spread about 2 tablespoons Strawberry Cashew Cream onto flat side of one cookie. Press flat side of another cookie onto cream. Roll edge of pie in the remaining crushed freeze-dried strawberries to coat cashew cream halfway around pie. Repeat with remaining cookies and cashew cream. Serve immediately or transfer to an airtight container and store in refrigerator up to 1 week.

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could you just sub the spelt and rice flour for all purpose GF flour?

Courtney Davison

Hi Tanya, That substitution should probably work fine! If you do try it, please let us know how it turns out. Thank you, Courtney Editor, Forks Over Knives


I always read your recipes and think that looks so good. Then you read through the ingredients and there is always some thing that is not of the ordinary, like spelt flour and such that the local grocery stores don’t carry, or cassava flour or some other ingredient. It would be so much easier to follow if you would just use some ordinary ingredients that we all have in the pantry. I’m not complaining, just explaining. I do make things from the garden and try the grain, veggie and not meat routine and thanks for opening my eyes to that.


Dianna, it is possible to find these ingredients online. Try Vitacost. My local grocery store doesn't carry a lot of the stuff either, but a lot of times the ingredients are chosen for a reason -- that it is the best ingredient for the end result.


No print button…don’t want multiple pages. ‍♀️


Liesa, try copying and pasting the text into a text document. Voila! :-)


Made a half batch and it worked great! These taste delicious!


These were as delicious as the recipe sounds and a hit with my picky family— rather than saying we were trying a “healthier dessert without butter, sugar, and eggs”, I sold it as an awesome dessert made with cashews, strawberries, and chocolate. They are none the wiser ;) The only thing is when I poured a quarter cup of the batter for one half of a pie, I only got 14 (so 7 total pies) and they were rather large! Maybe my batter was too thick? I followed the recipe to the T. Regardless, I will make this again!

Patti Wake

These sound intriguing! Is there a total of 1 and a half cups of dates or 2 and a half cups?


That appears to be an error - I found the original recipe on her site ( and it only calls for 1.5 cups dates total.

Susan Hertzler Hertzler

Can't wait to try these.


the tapioca starch doesn't need to be cooked ?

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Katie Simmons

Chef Katie Simmons is a personal chef based in Chicago. She specializes in creating delicious, healthy recipes for those with special concerns including gluten-free, oil-free, plant-based, and low-residue diets. Outside of the kitchen, she is a fitness instructor for Equinox, with over 13 years experience in the fitness industry. Learn more at her Plants-Rule website, and follow her on Instagram and Facebook for updates.
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