Gluten Free Strawberry Shortcake + Vegan Whipped Cream Topping

This Gluten Free Strawberry Shortcake recipe uses almond flour, has no processed sugars, and is topped with a vegan whipped cream topping that will make you melt.

Gluten Free Strawberry Shortcake + Vegan Whipped Cream Topping

Attention: We have some extreme goodness here, people.

I’ve been wanting to make a healthy strawberry shortcake for-EVER and I am so very, very excited to share this recipe with you today.

Can you feel the giddiness?  Good.

Bowl of fresh strawberries, to be used in gluten-free strawberry shortcake recipe Handful of fresh strawberries to be used to make strawberry shortcake

Growing up in Southern California, I had access to some of the best strawberries in the world.  Every year, when strawberry season came along, my dad and I would drive out to Camarillo to the same strawberry stand and buy our flats of freshly picked strawberries.

We’d be lucky to make it halfway home without eating at least a dozen of them each. They were the most amazing strawberries I’ve ever tasted and leave me with such a fond memory of my dad.

Healthy, gluten-free strawberry shortcake, ready to be served and enjoyed,

So.  Fast forward 25 years or so and I now have three little kiddos of my own.  And, of course, they love strawberries.  I mean, who doesn’t, right? Jordan, now 6, has been asking to make strawberry shortcake with me for at least 6 months.  And I think I must’ve said, “Maybe this weekend…” a good 10-15 times already.

And she has waited, patiently.  She’s such a good kid.
Side angle photo of strawberry shortcake on a white serving plate, garnished with fresh strawberries and topped with vegan whipped cream

As luck would have it, this past weekend, Jordan and I finally got our opportunity to create our own strawberry memories together.  Now, these strawberries weren’t from Camarillo, but they still did the trick.  I added some coconut sugar to them to add just a tad of sweetness and syrup.

Because you HAVE to have the delicious syrup with your strawberry shortcake, amirite?

Step by step photos on how to make and assemble gluten free strawberry shortcake

How to Make Almond Flour Shortcake

Not only is this strawberry shortcake recipe delicious and healthy, I’m going to show you how to make strawberry shortcake gluten free! The secret is almond flour. To kick it up a notch or two and to put a healthy spin on this delicious dessert, I decided to swap all-purpose wheat flour with almond flour (or almond meal, which is the same thing) and can be purchased at most grocery store bulk sections.

Not only does replacing the regular flour with almond flour remove the gluten from the shortcakes, it increases the protein, good fats, fiber and nutrients. Super cool.

But, we didn’t stop there.

daughter Jordan; Right: gluten free almond flour shortcake with strawberries

Nope.  We removed all processed sugars from this gluten free strawberry shortcake recipe, too.  Instead, I used coconut flour, honey, and applesauce to sweeten the almond flour shortcakes.

Jordan had a blast helping me make these.  As you can see, she was able to pretty much make the entire shortcake all by herself, which she absolutely loved.  I set u a little station for her with all the fixings and let her went to town.  So much fun.
Close up of strawberry almond flour shortcake resting on a serving plate, ready to be enjoyed

But, we didn’t stop there.

Nope.  We also made a 100% vegan whipped cream topping out of coconut milk and a little maple syrup.

It was delicious.  The whipped cream also happens to be dairy-free and low carb, too – which is totally awesome, as well.  So yeah, to all you readers who have ever wondered, “Can I make strawberry shortcake healthy?”  Yes, you certainly can!

Gluten-Free Strawberry Shortcake

All in all, Jordan and I had a pretty fabulous time making our gluten free strawberry shortcakes together and we plan to make them again very soon.

And, of course, eat tons of strawberries in the process. 🙂

If you give this gluten free strawberry shortcake recipe a try, let me know what you think by leaving a comment and rating it. And don’t forget to take a picture and tag it #asweetpeachef on Instagram! I LOVE seeing what you come up with. Enjoy!

5 from 2 votes
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Gluten Free Strawberry Shortcake
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
45 mins

This Gluten Free Strawberry Shortcake recipe uses almond flour, has no processed sugars, and is topped with a vegan whipped cream topping that will make you melt.

Categories: Clean Eating, Dessert, gluten free, Paleo, Sweet Treat, Vegan
Difficulty: Easy
Keyword: gluten free shortcake, gluten free shortcake recipe, gluten free strawberry shortcake
Servings: 6
Calories: 462 kcal
Author: Lacey Baier
For The Shortcakes:
  • 2 1/2 cups almond flour (AKA almond meal)
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted and cooled
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 tbsp raw honey
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 eggs
  • For The Strawberries:
  • 1 quart fresh strawberries, halved
  • 1/2 tbsp coconut sugar
For The Vegan Whipped Cream Topping:
  • 1 14- ounce can coconut milk, refrigerated
  • 1 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt
  1. For The Shortcakes:
  2. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or tin foil and set aside.
  4. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the almond flour, baking powder, and kosher salt. Set aside.
  5. In another medium bowl, combine the coconut oil, applesauce, honey, almond milk, and eggs. Whisk together until well combined.
  6. Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture until it's thoroughly combined.
  7. Scoop out a large spoonful of the batter and gently roll into a small ball using your hands. Repeat with the remaining dough until you’ve made 6 balls.
  8. Place the dough balls on the parchment-lined baking sheet, separated by approx. two inches.
  9. Place into the refrigerator for 15 minutes to allow the balls to become more firm.
  10. Gently flatten each ball using the palm of your hand.
  11. Bake for 10-15 minutes, until golden brown on top and a knife or toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  12. For The Strawberries:
  13. Place the sliced strawberries into a medium bowl and sprinkle the coconut sugar over them. Toss to fully cover the strawberries with the sugar and then set aside. As the strawberries sit, they will release juices.

  14. Before getting started, make sure you have refrigerated the coconut milk until completely chilled (overnight is best).
  15. Scoop out the thick cream at the top of the can, leaving the looser coconut water for another use.
  16. Add the coconut cream to a stand mixer, followed by the maple syrup, vanilla extract, and salt.

  17. Beat on high speed using a whisk attachment until the cream is fluffy and stiff ridges have formed.
  18. For The Strawberry Shortcakes:
  19. To serve, slice a shortcake in half and set the top aside.
  20. Layer the bottom half of the shortcake with a handful of the sweetened strawberries.
  21. Place a dollop of the whipped cream over the strawberries, followed by the top of the shortcake.
  22. If desired (and I totally recommend), you can garnish with another dollop of the whipped cream and a strawberry on top.

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Nutrition Facts
Gluten Free Strawberry Shortcake
Amount Per Serving (1 shortcake)
Calories 462 Calories from Fat 414
% Daily Value*
Fat 46g71%
Saturated Fat 21g105%
Cholesterol 54mg18%
Sodium 187mg8%
Potassium 497mg14%
Carbohydrates 32g11%
Fiber 9g36%
Sugar 17g19%
Protein 14g28%
Vitamin A 100IU2%
Vitamin C 94.7mg115%
Calcium 170mg17%
Iron 3.9mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Lacey Baier

Hey y’all, I’m Lacey Baier and I’m so glad you’re here! I’m a healthy lifestyle influencer and the creator of this clean-eating blog and YouTube channel, A Sweet Pea Chef. My recipes have been published on Food Network, Good Morning America, FoxNews, Tastemade, Fitness Magazine, and much more. I live in Dallas, Texas with my husband and four kiddos. Let’s get started!

8 thoughts on “Gluten Free Strawberry Shortcake + Vegan Whipped Cream Topping

  1. I want to make this recipe, but don’t have a stand mixer for the whipped topping. For the whipped topping, can I use a blender for the cream to get fluffy and form stiff ridges?

      1. I would like to try your recipe, but I need to take out the eggs. Do you have any suggestions?

      2. I want to make this recipe, but don’t have a stand mixer for the whipped topping. For the whipped topping, can I use a blender for the cream to get fluffy and form stiff ridges?

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