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The “Almost Breakfast” Whoopie Pies

written by Becky

Banana Bread-Chocolate Chip Whoopie Pies with Dulce de Leche Buttercream 

As is usually the case with any banana baking, the plan was to use up the rather brown 3 bananas that I had in the fridge. I had several thoughts of what to do with these inedible rejects including the usual banana bread, healthy banana oat or bran muffins, or of course Banana Whoopie Pies. And I had a mission to fulfill with these bananas: make

something for lab meeting since I was presenting and I like to provide something tasty and home-baked to distract people before I start presenting! In my head, people go easier on you if they are sweetened up a little!

The problem was that that I felt like Whoopie Pies might be a little sweet for a morning lab meeting. But when I realized that I needed to make some dessert to take to a friend’s for dinner on Saturday, I figured I would multi-purpose some Whoopie Pies and just make my lab-mates endure the sweetness at 10:30am. I had thought that I would try to make a more breakfast version by making them banana oat but since they needed to also now be served for dessert, they had to be banana-chocolate instead! But they are made with half whole wheat flour so they are almost breakfast-like!!

As a sidenote, I do realize this is the second Banana Whoopie Pie on this blog but I still needed to try the recipe in the book! Plus, I had to use up those 3 bananas and needed something not too sweet for lab meeting! So it made sense to me!

I mostly followed the recipe from the Whoopie Pie cookbook but changed it enough that I can actually

call it my own! Apparently you need to change 3 things in a recipe to call it your own but I will still comment that I adapted the recipe from this one!

For the filling, I had some Banana Dulce de Leche sauce I had bought awhile back, which I never really knew what to do with but I wanted to try it, and I decided that it would work just mixed into a regular buttercream. It ended up a not very strong flavour but it was the PERFECT texture to pipe!

In the end, I created a delicious cookie that really tasted more like sup

er moist banana bread with a creamy tasty filling! Mmm… it had great reviews. And, the friend that I took these creations to on Saturday night did eat her leftovers for breakfast Sunday, prior to going for a run with me!

Next time, I will try to make this even more breakfast like and make a Banana Oat Whoopie Pie (sans chocolate chips)  with maybe Honey Cream Cheese Filling? Or the Peanut Butter buttercream would be good… or I mentioned a Nutella filling and had people drooling…

PS. sorry to those at work that aren’t in my lab that missed out on sampling these ones! I ran out 😦

Banana Chocolate Chip Whoopie

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 6 Tb unsalted butter, at room temp
  • 2 Tb shortening
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 very ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips
  1. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and preheat oven to 350.
  2. Whisk together the two flours, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.
  3. In a stand mixer (or just a bowl with beaters), beat butter, shortening and vanilla until light and creamy. Add the eggs one at a time and beat until well mixed.
  4. Add bananas and beat for about 2 minutes. Beat in dry ingredients with mixer on low just until mixed. Mix in chocolate chips.
  5. Using a spoon or a cookie scoop, portion batter onto baking sheets about 2 inches apart.
  6. Bake 8-10 minutes (depends on your pan and your oven etc) until the cakes look slightly brown and cooked. Allow to cool on baking sheet for a couple minutes before transferring to rack to cool.
As a sidenote, you could use all butter and no shortening, I just happen to have shortening. Plus I have read a few placed that say it makes for lighter, fluffier baking so I thought I would use some. The original recipe actually calls for a 50:50 mix of butter & shortening but I really don’t like shortening.

Dulce de Leche Buttercream

  • 1/2 cup butter, room temp
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup dulce de leche sauce
  • 2 cups icing or confectioners sugar
  • 2-3 tsp water if necessary
Beat butter until creamy. Add vanilla and then sauce. Beat in sugar 1/2 cup at a time. If it is stiff, add water to get a creamy smooth consistency. I honestly don’t remember if this is exactly what I did and really I just dumped the rest of the sauce in that I had but hopefully it should work!
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