June 17, 2020
Vegan Strawberry Shortcake
Homemade vegan shortcake biscuits topped with fresh strawberries and whipped coconut cream.
Makes 8 Shortcakes

Vegan Strawberry Shortcake! If you love strawberry shortcake then you’ve gotta try this vegan version.
Served with coconut cream and sweet strawberries.
Vegan Strawberry Shortcake

It’s strawberry season! It really is the best time of the year and I am so excited for hot weather and the opportunity to eat my body weight in berries over the next few months. In-season strawberries taste like candy to me, and I happily eat bowl after bowl this time of year for both dessert and snack. I love that fruit can be so simple on it’s own yet perfectly decadent when made into this vegan strawberry shortcake.  

While we haven’t been fresh strawberry picking yet this year, I plan to do some when we head up to Michigan next week. I’m hoping we can find a few smaller farms where we can practice both social distancing and filling our basket with pounds of berries. (STL friends, we love both Eckert’s Farm and Theis Farm.)

After eating them by the bowlful, I’m alway in the mood for using the remains in some fun way. I created this vegan strawberry shortcake last weekend then made them again on Friday after a quick trip to a local farm to grab more berries. With rustic biscuits, fresh berries and fluffy coconut cream, this is one of my favorite May treats.

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How to Make Vegan Strawberry Shortcake 

These are pretty easy to put together as it’s essentially a slightly sweetened biscuit topped with sliced berries and a dollop of whipped cream. As someone who is absolutely more a cook than a baker, I appreciate the simple, rustic quality that shortcakes have.

If you have it, I highly recommend using oat milk here instead of other non-dairy milks. Oat milk is higher in carbohydrates and therefore browns easier compared to other non-dairy milks, especially almond or coconut. Coconut milk replaces butter for perfectly flaky, melt-in-your-mouth biscuits. 

No need to be perfect here, which is exactly my kind of dessert. They absolutely taste best when eating on the porch, with your babe taking bite after bite and juicy strawberries running down both of your cheeks. Van loved these vegan strawberry shortcakes, especially with the mounds of coconut cream on top. 

Vegan Strawberry Shortcake with Coconut Cream

How to Make Coconut Whipped Cream

The coconut cream is the perfect topping for these vegan strawberry shortcakes and a neat dairy-free trick. If you haven’t made coconut cream before, it’s fairly easy but you will need a can of chilled coconut cream for best results.

Once coconut cream (or full-fat coconut milk) is chilled, it solidifies and separates into a fatty, solid cream layer and a watery layer. You’ll want to skim the top of the cream off, discarding any watery remains for another recipe (try it in smoothies!)

From there, place the solid coconut cream in the base of a stand mixer fitted with a whisk along with a little sugar and vanilla; it will whip up very similar to regular whipped cream! So yummy; I usually split a few spoonfuls with Vander as soon as it’s ready.

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It’s so good, I really hope you try this vegan strawvberry shortcake. If you do, come back and leave a comment (and a rating), or show me your creations on Instagram using the hashtag #delishknowledge

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vegan strawberry shortcake with coconut cream

Vegan Strawberry Shortcake

  • Author: Alex Caspero
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 13 minutes
  • Total Time: 33 minutes
  • Yield: 8 shortcakes with topping and berries 1x
  • Category: dessert, vegan
  • Method: Oven, Baked
  • Cuisine: vegan, dessert, American

Description

Vegan Strawberry Shortcake! If you love strawberry shortcake then you’ve gotta try this vegan version. Served with coconut cream and sweet strawberries. A MUST for Spring and Summer!


  • Author: Alex Caspero
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 13 minutes
  • Total Time: 33 minutes
  • Yield: 8 shortcakes with topping and berries 1x
  • Category: dessert, vegan
  • Method: Oven, Baked
  • Cuisine: vegan, dessert, American
  • Author: Alex Caspero
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 13 minutes
  • Total Time: 33 minutes
  • Yield: 8 shortcakes with topping and berries 1x
  • Category: dessert, vegan
  • Method: Oven, Baked
  • Cuisine: vegan, dessert, American
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Ingredients

Vegan Shortcakes:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup oat milk (see notes)
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted and cooled
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar

Coconut Cream:

  • 1 (14 ounce) can coconut cream, chilled
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Strawberries:

  • 5 cups sliced strawberries
  • 2 tablespoons sugar

Instructions

  1. Make the shortcakes. Preheat oven to 475 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt together in a large bowl. In a separate medium bowl, whisk together the coconut milk, melted and cooled coconut oil, lemon juice (it’s OK if the oil clumps.) Stir milk mixture into the flour mixture and stir until just incorporated, taking care not to over mix. Using a greased 1/3 cup measuring cup, scoop and drop batter onto the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining biscuits, leaving ~ 1 1/2 inch space between biscuits. Bake until tops are golden, about 13 minutes. Transfer shortcakes to a wire rack and let cool before serving.
  3. Make the coconut cream.  While the shortcakes are baking, make the coconut cream. Skim the top layer of the cream from the can and place either in the base of a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment or bowl to use a hand mixer. (Discard any remaining liquid for another use.) Add the sugar and vanilla to the bowl and whip until well combined and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. place in the fridge until ready to eat.
  4. Make the strawberries. Place one heaping cup of strawberries in the base of a bowl along with the sugar and mash with a fork or potato masher. Stir in remaining strawberries and let sit while the shortcakes cool.
  5. Assemble! Split each shortcake in 1/2, then top with berries and a dollop of coconut cream. Top with remaining half and enjoy immediately!

Notes

*This recipe is adapted from America’s Test Kitchen

** I don’t recommend almond or soy milk for these biscuits. If you don’t have oat milk, then I recommend coconut milk beverage instead (the kind in the carton, not the can)

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Meet Alex Caspero

Alex Caspero is a Registered Dietitian, Plant-Based Chef and Yoga Instructor. She aims to cut through the nutrition noise by providing real-life, nourishing tips for body and mind. Learn more about Alex.

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  1. The instructions say to add lemon juice and coconut milk to the shortcakes but the ingredients call for oat milk and vinegar. Was that a typo?

    Thanks.

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