Whoopie Pie Recipe

Made to Create & Whoopie Pies

Exodus 35:3133 (niv)

and he has filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills- to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver, and bronze, to cut and set stones, to work in wood and to engage in all kinds of artistic crafts.

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Recently, my husband has been obsessed with a documentary series on Netflix called Our Planet. It’s an incredibly close look at different plants and animals all over the globe, shot from really incredible angles with really amazing equipment. You get to see penguins in Antartica, lions in Africa, and monkeys in the Amazon.

I was working on my computer while he had one of the episodes playing in the background, when I overhead the narrator saying that the Amazon Rainforest is home to over 2 million species of insects. Let me repeat that – in one area of the world, there are over 2 million different types of insects. Now, I’m not the biggest fan of bugs; simply knowing there’s an ant in the house makes my skin itchy, so I don’t love thinking about the millions of other creepy-crawlies in the world. But, for the rest of the episode, I couldn’t stop watching all the different insects that were featured – their incredible colors and patterns, their natural instincts for eating and survival – it was all so interesting, and so creative.

That’s when I started thinking about the Creator of those 2 million+ insects. Isn’t it simply mind-blowing that God filled in every incredible detail about each and every thing in this universe? If I looked at 50 different insects, I probably couldn’t pick out the majority of their differences (mostly because of the screaming and crying from being that close to 50 different insects) but each one of them is God’s unique, intentional design.

His limitless ability to create and the joy He finds in creating is evident every time you open your eyes. But this devotional isn’t just about God’s creativity – it’s also about yours and mine. In Genesis, we learn that God created humans in His image. That means that we were designed with the qualities of God. When sin entered the world, some of those qualities were lost (temporarily – thanks Jesus!), damaged, and distorted. But, that doesn’t change that certain things were written on our hearts by God. And because we can see how important creating is to God, we can see why it’s important to us.

I have an undeniable desire to create at all times. Whether it’s concocting new recipes for this blog, capturing and editing photos, or making something for an upcoming birthday or holiday, I enjoy the process of creating. But I’m not always good at it, and things don’t always turn out the way that I’d hope or expect them to. Some people don’t enjoy the process of creating at all, at least not in the “traditional” arts and crafts sense. But I want to dive a little deeper into that thought today.

Some of our very first moments in life were spent creating; thoughts, ideas, relationships. As we get older, we continue to create; after all, anything that’s new is a creation. We create our first words, our first teeth, our first movements. We learn to color and read and write and sing. But then we start to create things that are most than just “fun”. Sketches for art class, essays for English, projects for science, melodies for choir – and those things get labeled: good or bad, pass or fail, in or out.

We learn that not everyone loves our creations the way our parents loved our first words and songs. It’s no longer fun to make up poems and stories. It’s scary. And in an effort to protect ourselves, we stop creating. Or we stick to creating only the things we know that we can do well. The successful CEO knows he can create wealth, but he’s afraid to create relationships, so he remains at the office long after dinner’s on the table. The artist can paint with watercolors like a pro, but has no idea how to create a business plan, so her work remains hidden away in her basement.

Maybe this is you; you’re afraid to create. You stick to what’s safe, you don’t pursue passions out of fear, your talent remains unseen, your potential untapped. Me too, sister. But I’m here to share with you, while reminding myself, the truth about our creativity. It’s within you on purpose. You were meant to create because you were made by a God who sees great value in creation. Your work isn’t being judged by the Founder of creativity, the Maker of all things. No, friend, your work is loved, understood, appreciated, and accepted. It’s plastered on God’s fridge with gold stars.

Write

What is something that you’ve always wanted to do that you’ve been too afraid to do? Is there anything you’ve “failed” at that’s kept you from trying again?

Pray

For confidence in pursuing the creative desires that God’s placed on your heart.

Whoopie Pies

5 minPrep Time

12 minCook Time

17 minTotal Time

Serves 3 • 1 Whoopie Pie Per Serving

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Ingredients

    Whoopie Pies
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup honey or maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sweetener
  • dash of salt
  • Filling
  • 1 cup plain or flavored greek yogurt

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper
  3. In a bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, granulated sweetener, and salt and mix
  4. In a separate bowl, combine remaining and ingredients and mix
  5. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix just until combined
  6. Using an ice cream scooper, scoop out 6 equal cookies and use the back of the scooper to smooth out the tops
  7. Be sure cookies are placed at least 1 inch apart on cookie sheet
  8. Bake for 12 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean from the center
  9. Allow cookies to cool
  10. Place greek yogurt in a ziplock bag (or icing bag if you have one) and cut the very tip of one corner
  11. Squeeze the yogurt evenly onto the inside of 3 of the cookies
  12. Cover the yogurt filling with the other 3 cookies, creating a sandwich
  13. Refrigerate for 30 minutes before eating

Nutrition

Calories

1412 cal

Fat

62 g

Carbs

185 g

Protein

35 g
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Tips & Tools

These can be stored in the fridge in an airtight container for several days – but trust me, they won’t last that long! The nutrition information for this recipe is calculated using Fage 0% plain greek yogurt and Swerve granulated sweetener.

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