Red Velvet Protein Whoopie Pies With A Healthy Cheesecake Filling

You guys.. I am so excited to share this with you.

As you may know, I have been experimenting with Protein Powder recipes (especially with my Cellucor Protein- YUM! Highly reccomend.) I have made tons of protein pancakes and a few other protein-packed treats but I was thinking about somehow adding it to a cookie- one of my favorite treats. I originally wanted these to be plain red velvet protein cookies but they came out very soft and sponge-y, just like a whoopie pie so, TA-DA! This is what I call a happy accident. Also, these little guys are made without any grains so they are not only grain-free but gluten-free!! Woohoo! And the "cheesecake filling" in the center is made with greek yogurt and a sugar-free cheesecake flavored pudding mix so there is no added sugar. All good in the neighborhood!

Recipe makes about 6 mini whoopie pies

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INGREDIENTS

For the Whoopie Pies:

1 scoop Red Velvet Whey Protein (I used Cellucor) 

3/4 large ripe banana, mashed (about 1/2 cup) 

1 Tablespoon greek yogurt

1 egg white

2 Tablespoons sugar-free chocolate pudding mix  

1/2 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder (optional)

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

 

For the cheesecake filling:

1/3 Cup Greek yogurt

1 Tablespoon sugar-free Cheesecake pudding mix  

 

DIRECTIONS

To make the Whoopie Pies

1. Preheat oven to 325F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat. Spray with a non-stick cooking spray and set aside. 

2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together all of the ingredients until smooth. It helps if you mash the banana before hand, that way the end product is much smoother. 

3. Scoop a Tablespoon size amount of the batter and drop onto the baking sheet about 3 inches apart.  Bake for 10-12 minutes. When done, let cool completely before removing from the cookie sheet. Wow the whoopee pies are cooling, make the cheesecake filling.

 

To make the cheesecake filling

1. Mix together the Greek yogurt and putting mix until smooth. Spread about 1 Tablespoon of the yogurt in between two cooled whoopie pie pieces and press together to make a sandwich. Enjoy!! 

NOTE*** Best when eaten the day they are made. If you want to save them for a later date, assemble with the yogurt mix the day-of to avoid sogginess.