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

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For the cheesecake filling:

1/3 Cup Greek yogurt

1 Tablespoon sugar-free Cheesecake pudding mix  

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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.

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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.