Vegan Twinkies

Vegan twinkies

♫ Listening to: We by Felix Da Housecat ♫

Update: These didn’t taste exactly like I remembered twinkies tasting, but I was participating in VeganMofo in September 2014 when I created this recipe, and I had to post something every day. So, while the cream filling came out perfectly on my first try, I tweaked the cake part of the twinkie recipe to make it a bit spongier. I hope you like it.

This recipe makes 12 twinkies.

Vegan Twinkie Ingredients

  • 2 cups organic unbleached flour
  • 1 tablespoon organic cornstarch*
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup nondairy milk
  • ½ tablespoon apple cider vinegar (or substitute white vinegar)
  • ⅓ cup (or 5 tablespoons) safflower oil
  • ¾ cups organic vegan sugar*
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Vegan Twinkie Directions

Preheat the oven to 350°.

Coat the inside cubbies of a canoe pan using a paper towel with safflower oil on it.

Combine vinegar and nondairy milk, stir, and let sit.

Sift the flour, cornstarch, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in another bowl and whisk together.

Add oil, sugar, and vanilla to the milk mixture and stir well. Add dry ingredients into the wet and mix until smooth.

Fill the canoe pan cubbies about half full. I used ¼ cup of batter in each, and I think it was too much. It made my twinkies look like they were wearing a dorky hat. So, don’t overfill yours accidentally! This is what too full looks like.

Vegan twinkie batter in a canoe pan

Bake for 15 minutes in the center rack (or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of one comes out clean).

This is what overfilled twinkies look like when they come out of the oven with stupid hats on all of them. Grrrrr.

twinkies with hats

Vegan Twinkie Cream Filling Ingredients

  • 1 can coconut cream (I buy mine from Trader Joe’s, but if you don’t have one near your house, you can use 2 cans of chilled coconut milk, but don’t use the water part)
  • ½ cup organic powdered sugar*
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon xantham gum

Vegan Twinkie Cream Filling Directions

Whisk the ingredients until smooth in the kitchenaid. You want it to form peaks that do not fall.

vegan twinkie filling

Transfer into a piping bag fitted with the Ateco Decorating Tip #231. (You can substitute any tip if you don’t have this one, but keep in mind that the bigger the tip, the bigger hole it will leave at the bottom of your twinkie.)

Ateco Decorating Tip #231

Flip the twinkies onto their backs and poke them in their tummies about halfway through.

Do this in 3 or 4 places so you make sure the twinkies don’t have any part without cream filling.

Vegan twinkies


* I use mostly organic ingredients when I cook, but I realize that not everyone has the disposable income to purchase all organic ingredients. Therefore, I only specify organic on the ingredients that really matter - when buying the organic version is the only way to ensure that the item is vegan.

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