While they aren’t likely to fool any meat-eaters into thinking they’re eating a real hamburger, these adorable whoopie pies are sure to be a crowd-pleaser.
For the buns: (makes 12 circles)
- 1/4 cup milk of choice
- scant 1 tsp vinegar
- 1/2 cup whole-wheat pastry flour (or white flour)
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp baking powder
- just over 1/8 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup evaporated cane juice (or white sugar)
- 1 1/2 tablespoons applesauce
- 1 tablespoon water
- 1 1/2 tablespoons oil (coconut or canola/veg)
- 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 375 F. Mix vinegar into milk, and set aside. In a separate bowl, combine dry ingredients and mix very well. Then put all the other liquid ingredients into the vinegar mixture and stir. Pour wet into dry, and stir to combine. Drop tiny circles (a little over the size of a silver dollar) onto 1 or 2 cookie trays. (Or, if you have a whoopie pie maker, you can use that!) Bake around 8 minutes.
For the burger fixins:
Feel free to get creative. I sliced strawberries to represent tomatoes. For the green frosting (i.e. the spinach!), I used a small portion of this recipe:
- 2/3 cup Mori-Nu silken-firm tofu (140 g) (I’m sure soft-silken would work too!)
- 6 tablespoons coconut butter or raw cashew butter
- scant 1/8th tsp salt
- small handful spinach (You can’t taste it! But if you doubt me, you can use food coloring instead.)
- 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- sweetener to taste (stevia, agave, sugar, etc.)
Blend everything in a blender, food processor, or Magic Bullet cup. This frosting is thicker when cold, so it’s a good idea to make it up ahead of time. But don’t frost thewhoopie pies until just before serving (or frost them and then store in the fridge). I put the frosting in a plastic bag and cut a tiny hole in the side to squirt it out.
**For a soy-free frosting, add the vanilla extract and spinach to the following recipe (and sub the peanut butter for coconut butter or raw cashew butter): Soy-Free Option.
For the chocolate:
You can use your favorite hot fudge sauce, chocolate frosting, or melted chocolate chips. Or you can even make vegan brownies and cut out circles for your burgers.
I used my favorite chocolate recipe: Hot Chocolate Butter.
Happy April Fool’s Day!