Paleo Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

M and I used to host an annual Halloween Party. Halloween is my favorite.

One year I made pumpkin whoopie pies for the party. And they were amazing.

Since then, I’ve been thinking about pumpkin whoopie pies.

And how to paleo-i-fy them.

Last week I stopped thinking about it, and did it.

pumpkinwhoop4 Yep. Grain-free pumpkin whoopie pies with cinnamon cream cheese filling.

pumpkinwhoop2 Cream cheese is Paleo, right?

pumpkinwhoop3 The cookies were soft and chewy.

PumpkinWhoop1 M said they looked just like Little Debbie snack cakes or whatever they’re called. They may look like Little Debbie, but they’re sweetened with honey and naturally delicious.

Paleo Pumpkin Whoopie Pies
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Cookie recipe adapted from Deliciously Organic . Frosting recipe adapted from The Food Lovers Primal Palate.
Serves: 10
  • For the Cookies:
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 3 Tbsp coconut flour
  • 2 tsp cinnamon (or 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice--I didn't have any)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1½ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup pumpkin
  • ¼ cup raw honey
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • For the Frosting:
  • 8oz full fat cream cheese
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ cup raw honey
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F
  2. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, pumpkin, vanilla and honey together until smooth.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the almond flour, coconut flour, baking soda, baking powder, sea salt and spices.
  4. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet, mixing throughout.
  5. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  6. Scoop out about 2 Tbsp of batter and roll into a ball.
  7. Here's the "whoopie" part: fling the ball of batter onto the baking sheet so that it splats. Yell WHOOPIE.
  8. Bake the cookies for 12 to 15 minutes or until they are springy and slightly browned.
  9. Allow them to cool completely on a wire rack.
  10. While the cookies are cooling, mix the room temperature cream cheese, cinnamon, honey and vanilla together with a hand mixer.
  11. Once the cookies have cooled, sandwich some frosting between two cookies and you have yourself a whoopie pie!

These were fun to make and even more fun to eat…

What’s your favorite fall treat? Feel free to share in the comments below.


22 Responses to Paleo Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

  1. Debbie September 18, 2013 at 1:29 AM #

    Is cream cheese primal? I have some organic sitting i my fridge outside because one day I was craving cheesecake and realized it might not be such a great idea. (I’m on the full GAPS diet.).

    But I would love to make these. I’m usually a little less restrictive and boring around the holidays, so I think these would work :).

    • Allison September 18, 2013 at 9:48 AM #

      Hi Debbie. Technically (according to Mark Sisson’s Primal Blueprint) full fat dairy is Primal. I would say that if you don’t have any digestive or immune response to dairy, cream cheese would be fine. It’s all about what works for you personally.

    • Jennifer September 26, 2013 at 6:18 PM #

      We are also doing GAPS and I am pretty sure cream cheese is not allowed. I thought it was only cultured dairy and hard cheeses.

      • Allison September 27, 2013 at 10:44 AM #

        Hi Jennifer– if you’re doing a GAPS diet, you could substitute a coconut cream frosting for the cream cheese frosting. I would use this recipe from Elana’s Pantry and substitute honey for the agave nectar:

        Let me know how they turn out!

      • Debbie September 27, 2013 at 10:44 AM #

        Thanks 🙂

  2. Yamir October 4, 2013 at 4:33 PM #

    Do you use pumpkin puree??!!

    • Allison October 7, 2013 at 9:38 AM #

      Yes! Canned pumpkin puree, or you could use fresh pumpkin puree, but you might have to adjust the dry ingredients a bit.

  3. thefitty (@DeeFitty) October 5, 2013 at 10:33 PM #

    I believe diary products are primal, but not paleo. I think I’ll make these while I’m in the transition towards paleo. I’ll cut out grains first before dairy.

    I’d like to see a paleo version of this! Perhaps use, oh, I don’t know, fruit jams for the center instead?

    And my favourite fall treat is ANYTHING spice, pumpkins, chai, and/or almond milk! I know it sounds strange, but I really love the food festivity of fall.

    Thanks for the recipe!

  4. thefitty (@DeeFitty) October 5, 2013 at 10:34 PM #

    I do have one question:

    Why is it only full fat diary that’s primal? What’s wrong with low or non fat? Aren’t they fairy nonetheless?

  5. Dorothy Kilgallen October 20, 2013 at 2:08 PM #

    Do you think this could be made egg free? I’m thinking about my sister-in-law who has a few food allergies, and I’d love to be able to make a treat she can enjoy.

    • Allison October 21, 2013 at 2:56 PM #

      Hmm…you could try substituting one banana for the two eggs in this recipe. I’ve never tried it, so I’m not sure how it would work, but usually when I substitute bananas for eggs the outcome is good. Let me know how it goes!

  6. Tara Sickler November 25, 2013 at 2:44 PM #

    I’m curious to know how many cookies you ended up with? I’d like to make for a birthday party in place of a cake. Thank you!

    • Tara Sickler November 25, 2013 at 2:45 PM #

      Sorry Allison, I see my answer now. It serves 10. 🙂

      • Allison November 25, 2013 at 4:03 PM #

        Hi Tara! No need to apologize! Yes, This recipe makes 10 “regular-sized” whoopie pies– but you could easily make more, smaller pies–they’re really dense and I found myself only eating half at a time. I think next time, I’ll make smaller cookies for bite-sized whoopie pies.

        Let me know how they turn out!

  7. malinda September 19, 2015 at 12:33 AM #

    these sound so amazing, really want to make them. what can i sub almond flour with? we are nut free, grain free & sugar free so most fruits we can not have either. thanks.


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