Gluten Free Strawberry Shortcake (with dairy free whipped cream)

This Gluten Free Strawberry Shortcake recipe is a must make during the summer! With buttery drop biscuits as it’s base, the macerated strawberries are topped with a delicious dairy free coconut whipped cream and make the easiest end to a summer meal. They’ll be loved by all, and nobody will know (or care) it’s gluten free!

gluten free strawberry shortcake recipe with coconut creamGluten Free Strawberry Shortcake Recipe

There might be no better dessert out there than a classic Strawberry Shortcake during those hot summer months! While there may be some controversy whether or not Strawberry Shortcakes should be made with a cake or with a biscuit, after trying this gluten free version, you’ll be hooked on the biscuit. This version tops the lightly macerate berries with a dairy-free coconut whipped cream and it’s just so perfect.

How do you make it?

There are three steps to making this gluten free Strawberry Shortcake recipe.

  1. Make the biscuits! This recipe uses the beloved LCK drop biscuit recipe as the shortcake. You can check out this post for more information and helpful hints on this recipe! They can be made up to 1 day head of time.
  2. Macerate the strawberries. This may sound complicated but it’s not! To macerate strawberries you add in a touch of honey and let it sit at room temperature until the delicious strawberry liquid has started to release.
  3. Make the coconut whipped cream. Using an electric mixer, whip the coconut cream until light and fluffy. Add in powdered sugar or honey and whip a bit more and then you’ll have luxurious coconut whipped cream!

macerated strawberries for gluten free shortcakeTips for Making Coconut Whipped Cream

Our best piece of advice for making coconut whipped cream is to make sure the coconut milk is cold! Leave it in the refrigerator for at least 24 hours to make sure that the cream (or fat) separates completely from the light coconut milk. Then when you are whipping make sure to only scoop the solid cream into the bowl, and leave behind any trace of the milk. It won’t be quite as thick as whipped cream made with dairy, but the luxurious taste more than makes up for it.

We’ve given options for using organic powdered sugar or honey. The powdered sugar gives the cream a better texture and more stability, so we recommend that over the honey. But if you’re avoiding refined sugar, the honey will work fine to sweeten it.

Don’t make the coconut cream too far in advance, and no more than 4 hours before you plan to serve.

Make Ahead Instructions

The simplicity of this dessert is one of the reasons this dessert is so beloved, but there are a few components needed before assembling. To make it easy, make the biscuits up to 1 day ahead of time. The whipped cream and the berries can be made up to 4 hours ahead of time, and chilled in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

You cannot assemble this dish until right when you are ready to serve.

almond flour strawberry shortcake recipe

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Gluten-Free Strawberry Shortcake

Prep Time 00:20 Cook Time 00:15 Total Time 00:45 Serves 6

Ingredients

Gluten Free Shortcake:

Strawberry Sauce:

  • 1 quart (16 ounces) strawberries, cleaned, hulled and sliced cups strawberries
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

Coconut Whipped Cream:

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. Make the shortcake: Make the biscuit dough according to these instructions. Divide into 6 portions and bake for 15 minutes, or until slightly puffed up in the center and golden brown on the bottom. Let cool completely (can be made up to 1 day ahead).
  3. Macerate the berries: In a medium bowl combine strawberries, honey, lemon juice and vanilla extract. Let sit for at least 30 minutes, or until the strawberries have softened and released their juices.
  4. Whip the cream: Add the coconut cream to a bowl of an electric mixer, taking care not to add any of the thin coconut milk. Whip the cold coconut cream until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the vanilla and powdered sugar and whip for an additional minute.
  5. To serve: Cut the biscuit in half, top with a scoop of macerated berries, juice and a dollop of whipped cream and serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

  1. You can substitute lactose free ghee for the butter in the biscuits
  2. If you wanted to avoid refined sugars completely, you can substitute honey for the powdered sugar, but the coconut cream will be a bit thin.
  3. This recipe was originally published in May 2015, but updated with new pictures and a change to the recipe. Previously the biscuits were made with 1 cup of flour, but we've updated it to be more accurate when weighing ingredients. See post for more detail.
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Gluten Free Biscuits

These light and fluffy Gluten Free Biscuits come together quickly and are made using a mix of almond flour and coconut flour. They can be made in under 30 minutes, and are perfect on their own or in any recipe that require biscuits!

gf biscuits on a cooling rackGluten Free Biscuit Recipe

These classic Gluten Free Biscuits are so beloved here at Lexi’s Clean Kitchen. We decided it was time to give them their own post dedicated to making this recipe successfully. While we are partial to eating these biscuits on their own, they are also equally great as a shortcake, a cobbler, on top of a soup or made with pumpkin!

Ingredients Needed:

  • Almond flour
  • Tapioca flour or arrowroot powder
  • Coconut flour
  • Baking powder
  • Fine sea salt
  • Butter or Ghee
  • Unsweetened applesauce
  • Egg

butter being rubbed into almond flour

How the Recipe Has Evolved

This recipe was originally developed in 2014, evolving from a pumpkin biscuit recipe. They’ve been made by hundreds of LCK readers, and countless times in the LCK test kitchen and are tried and true. But in 2019, after we started regularly using a scale to measure our baking flours, we noticed that the biscuits were baking up flatter then usual. It was at this point we discovered how important it was to use a baking scale. But additionally, we discovered that more often than not, when we measure paleo flours in a standard cup measurement, we actually overmeasure it. Which means that when the recipe was developed, we were actually measuring out 1-1/4 cup of flour, instead of just 1 cup of flour. Because of this we have updated this classic recipe to note that if the flour is measured correctly you’ll actually need 1-1/4 cup almond flour (or 120 grams) instead of 1 cup (96 grams).

How to Make These Gluten Free Biscuits

  1. Whisk together the dry ingredients.
  2. Rub the butter into the dry mix until it is completely combined.
  3. In a separate bowl whisk together the applesauce and the egg and add it to the flour mixture.
  4. Drop biscuits on a sheet tray and bake!

wet batter for gluten free biscuit recipeStorage Instructions

The biscuits are best eaten the day they are made, but you can store them for a few days in the refrigerator and they’ll reheat nicely in a toaster oven! The biscuits are more delicate when they are warm so give them a few minutes to cool after they are toasted up before handling.

Recipes Using these Biscuits

As this is such a classic LCK recipe, there are many recipes that use this biscuit dough. Check out:

gluten free biscuit recipe cooked and cooling on a rack

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Gluten Free Biscuits

Prep Time 00:15 Cook Time 00:15 Total Time 00:30 Yields 6

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF and grease a baking sheet.
  2. In a bowl, whisk together the almond flour, tapioca flour, coconut flour, baking powder and salt until well blended.
  3. Add the butter to the dry ingredients and using your hands rub the butter into the mix until it is completely combined, with no visible pieces of butter remaining. 
  4. In a separate bowl whisk together the applesauce and the egg. Pour it into the butter and flour mixture and combine until a smooth dough forms.
  5. Scoop a scant 1/4 cup dough on prepared baking sheet at least 2" apart, repeat with remaining dough to make 6 biscuits. Bake until light golden, about 15 minutes.
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Gluten Free Lemon Bars

Lemon Bars {Paleo-friendly, grain-free, gluten-free} | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

These bright and cheerful Gluten Free Lemon Bars are the perfect summertime treat! They’re creamy and delicious, and best-of-all, so easy to make. Bring them along to your next pot luck or BBQ and everyone will be thanking you!

Gluten Free Lemon BarsGluten Free Lemon Bar Recipe

Lemon bars are one of my staple Summer desserts and I can’t wait for you to try this gluten-free version! The perfect balance of tart lemon, buttery crust, and just the right amount of sweetness. It took us a few tries to perfect this recipe, but man was it WORTH IT! These lemon bars are bursting with lemon goodness and the crust compliments the lemon curd so perfectly. No one will be able to tell these are grain and gluten-free! They will be the hit of your summer BBQs!

Gluten free lemon bars almond flour with powdered sugar

How do you make gluten free lemon bars?

There are three basic steps to making these easy lemon bars:

  1. Assemble the crust. It’s super easy and all mixed up in on bowl. Pat it into the pan and bake it.
  2. Next make the lemon curd. All the ingredients are mixed in a pot, heated until thick and then strained out. You’ll whisk in butter to make it smooth and creamy.
  3. Next you pour the lemon curd into the baked crust and back in the oven it goes for a bit longer!

Lastly, you let the whole thing cool before slicing and serving. Optionally you can dust with powdered sugar to make it just a bit more pretty! But that’s not essential as these are already sweet enough.

Lemon curd in a jar

Other Lemon Curd Uses:

This lemon curd filing is amazing and you can use it for other recipes as well.

  • It makes the perfect filling for cupcakes, like the ones in my cookbook!
  • Use in a layer cake, like our classic birthday cake.
  • Use in overnight oats or chia seed pudding.
  • In an oatmeal bake.
  • As a topping on ice cream!

Watch the video here:

Uses for lemon curd in lemon bar

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Lemon Bars

Prep Time 10 minutes Cook Time 40 minutes Total Time 0:50 Yields 4

Ingredients

    Crust

    Lemon Curd

    • 3 large eggs
    • 4 large egg yolks
    • 1/2 cup beet sugar OR maple sugar
    • Zest from 4 lemons
    • 3/4 cup fresh-squeezed lemon juice (from about 6 lemons)
    • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
    • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened and cut into cubes
    • Powdered sugar, for dusting

    Directions

    1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees °F.
    2. Line an 8x8 baking pan with parchment paper and set aside.
    3. Combine all crust ingredients in a medium mixing bowl and mix well. Press evenly into the baking pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until crust is lightly brown.
    4. While curst bakes, make the lemon curd.
    5. Place lemon curd ingredients, except for the butter, in a small saucepan.
    6. Over low heat, whisk the lemon curd until it becomes thick enough to coat the back of a spoon and take off heat. This process should take around 8-10 minutes.
    7. Using a fine mesh strainer, strain the lemon curd into a medium mixing bowl. Add in the butter and stir well until melted.
    8. Pour lemon curd over the crust. Bake for an additional 10-15 minutes. Set aside, let cool completely, cover, and store in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours to set.
    9. Top with powdered sugar, slice, and devour!

    Recipe Notes

    *Store in the refrigerator.

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    Gluten-Free Cherry Pie Bars

    These gluten-free cherry pie bars have all the deliciousness of a cherry pie without the time needed to actually making one! It uses nutrient-dense almond flour to make the crust and the crumble on top and is packed with fresh cherry flavor. These bars are gluten-free, dairy-free friendly, and the ultimate summer dessert!

    A gluten free cherry pie bar on a plateGluten-Free Cherry Pie Bars

    There is nothing better than an awesome summer dessert that is easy-to-make and made healthier using simple wholesome ingredients. These gluten-free cherry pie bars are just so delicious and so quick to put together! The crust is made out of almond flour and the filling is jam-packed with cherries that are sweetened just the right amount.

    We use the same mixture for the crust as well as the crumble topping, and precook the cherry filling on the stove top so that it’s just the right texture with minimal baking time!

    Let’s talk cherries

    We tested this with two different types of cherries: fresh sour cherries and frozen sweet cherries. They do result in slightly different flavors and textures but both are equally delicious. The fresh cherries are of course, a bit less sweet and have a firmer texture. The frozen cherries are sweeter and are a bit more juicy. The photographs shown in this article are the frozen sweet cherries and they have a darker color, but the video features fresh cherries. You can use whatever is available to you whether it be fresh or frozen cherries.

    Top view of gluten-free cherry pie bars

    What you need to make these cherry pie bars:

    • Almond flour
    • Tapioca flour
    • Coconut oil or butter
    • Maple syrup
    • Vanilla
    • Sea salt
    • Cherries, fresh or frozen
    • Maple sugar (or coconut sugar)
    • Arrowroot

    Here are the kitchen tools you need:

    gluten free cherry pie bars

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    Gluten Free Cherry Pie Bars

    Prep Time 00:15 Cook Time 00:30 Total Time 00:45 Yields 12

    Ingredients

    For crumble crust and topping

    For Cherry Filling

    • 4 cups pitted cherries, halved (see note)
    • 1/3 cup maple sugar
    • 1 tablespoon arrowroot
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla

    Directions

    1. Preheat oven to 350ºF and line an 8x8 baking dish with a parchment paper sling.
    2. In a large bowl add almond flour, tapioca, coconut oil (or butter), maple syrup, vanilla and sea salt and mix well until it turns into large crumbles. Place ⅔ of the mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan and press down evenly.
    3. Bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes. Set aside.
    4. Meanwhile make cherry filling: in a medium saucepan add cherries, maple sugar, arrowroot and vanilla and mix well. Cook on medium heat, stirring often, until filling becomes thick, about 5 minutes.
    5. Pour cherry mixture into parbaked crust and sprinkle the remaining crumble mixture on top and bake for 20 minutes. 
    6. Let cool completely before cutting.
    7. Store in refrigerator.

    Recipe Notes

    1. Do not substitute the maple syrup in the crust/topping with another sweetener, it will alter the recipe.
    2. You can substitute the maple sugar in the cherry mixture for coconut sugar if you wish.
    3. You can use frozen cherries here if you don't have fresh.
    4. Recipe and photos updated 5/16/19
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    Gluten-Free Funfetti Blondies

    If you like buttery, chewy and dense blondies that are speckled full of sprinkles and also happened to be gluten-free with a dairy-free paleo option, then you are going to love these Funfetti Gluten Free Blondies! They’re so ridiculously tasty, and come to you today to celebrate Lexi’s Clean Kitchen turning 6 years old this month!

    gluten free blondies

    Funfetti Gluten Free Blondie Bar Recipe

    Lexi’s Clean Kitchen just turned SIX. Where has the time gone? Six years of recipes, cleaner living, healing journeys together, and so much more. Remember when I quit my teaching job? Or when I shared this epic birthday cake to celebrate 5 years? To say I’m grateful for our amazing community is an understatement. So let’s celebrate! These Funfetti Blondies are the perfect treat to celebrate any occasion, but especially LCK’s 6th birthday! They’re pretty easy to make and are SO, SO, SO GOOD!

    sprinkles getting poured into almond flour blondie batter

    Here’s what you need to make them:

    • Butter or coconut oil
    • Almond butter
    • Maple sugar
    • Egg
    • Vanilla extract
    • Almond flour
    • Coconut flour 
    • Baking powder
    • Salt
    • Sprinkles (see below for the brands we recommend)

    A note about sprinkles

    We stay away from artificially dyed sprinkles at all cost. Lucky for us there are so many good brands out there for naturally dyed sprinkles derived from fruits, vegetables and herbs. And for a true funfetti look try to avoid sanding sugars or nonpereils, the best kind of sprinkles here are the classics.

    Here is a list of some of the ones we’ve tried and liked:

    • India Tree
    • ColorKitchen Foods
    • Let’s Do Organic: This one will add some color to the blondies but are similar to nonpareils. We’ve added this to the list because this brand can be purchased at a few natural grocery stores and Whole Foods and might be easier to find, though these would be our last choice.

    gluten free blondies

    If you like this birthday inspired recipe, check out these others:

    chewy paleo blondies with sprinkles

    Thank YOU for being a part of the LCK family. We couldn’t do all that we do here without each and every one of you!

    Watch the video:


    Funfetti Gluten-Free Blondies

    Prep Time 00:15 Cook Time 00:20 Total Time 00:35 Yields 9

    Ingredients

    Directions

    1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF and prepare an 8" baking dish by greasing it and lining it with a parchment paper sling.
    2. Add the butter and the almond butter to a small pan. Melt together over low heat and whisk to combine, and set aside to cool slightly.
    3. To a large bowl add maple sugar, egg, vanilla extract. Whisk until combined. Slowly pour in melted butter, a little bit at a time while whisking until it is all combined.
    4. Add in the almond flour, coconut flour, baking powder and salt and combine until it comes all together.
    5. Fold in the sprinkles and place better into the prepared pan. The batter will be thick. Using an spatula press the batter down evenly into the pan and smooth over the top. Add more sprinkles to the top of the batter.
    6. Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until the blondies have puffed up throughout.
    7. Remove from oven and let cool slightly. Remove the blondies from the pan and let cool on a rack.
    8. Cut into 9 portions and enjoy.
    9. Store in the refrigerator or freezer.

    Recipe Notes

    1. You can substitute coconut sugar if you cannot get maple sugar but it will change the color of the blondies and make them darker.
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    Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower Nuggets

    Cauliflower to the rescue again! These buffalo cauliflower nuggets made in the air fryer are downright addictive, with a crispy exterior coated in an easy spicy buffalo sauce. These easy vegetarian bites are gluten free and low carb, with an option to make it paleo and dairy free.

    Portion of gluten free buffalo cauliflowerAir Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower Wings

    Cauliflower has masqueraded as many different things here on LCK, such as hummus, hash browns, rolls and pizza bites. But these Buffalo Cauliflower Nuggets, from the new Skinny Taste Air Fryer Cookbook might be a new favorite! They are easy to make, and fun to eat!

    If you don’t know my friend Gina, not only is she one of the kindness people I know, she works so hard, and her cookbooks are a total reflection of that dedication and work ethic! Her newest cookbook is no exception! Gina shares 75 of her best recipes that work in every type of air fryer, including basket models and countertop ovens with air fryer settings. I seriously am amazed at all of the things she makes happen in the air fryer! Not only is the cookbook amazing, but in true Gina fashion, she also has her very own AIR FRYER that you can go ahead and purchase now!

    This book is not only an amazing air fryer guide but of course it’s filled with with crave-worthy recipes for favorites such as:

    • Appetizers:
      • Cauliflower Rice Arroncini
      • Crispy Coconut Shrimp, Za’atar Chickpeas
      • Cheesy Crab Stuffed Mushrooms
      • Pickle-Brined Chicken Tenders
    • Dinner fav’s:
      • Korean Pork Lettuce Wraps
      • Roasted Fish with Lemon-Almond Crumbs
      • Sugar and Spice Acorn Squash
      • Apple Stuffed Pork Chops
      • Charred Sesame Green Beans
    • Baked goods:
      • Homemade Bagels
      • Petite Spiced Pumpkin Bread
      • Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Icing

    This book has plenty of swaps for dietary restrictions, including gluten free and is just all around a great resource.

    photo of skinny taste air fryer book

    Tips for Making Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

    1. Make sure to cut your cauliflower into similar sized pieces. The cook timing on this recipe is based off of bite sized pieces, which are around 1″ to 1-1/2″ pieces of cauliflower.
    2. Gina instructs to individually coat the pieces, instead of breading them inside of a bag or in large batches. It takes a little bit more time but is well worth it because these bites came out so crispy!
    3. There is no seasoning inside of the breading or egg because the hot sauce is quite salty, but feel free to add some garlic powder or pepper if you desire.
    4. If you want to make the buffalo sauce dairy free, substitute with ghee.
    5. Gina suggests serving this with blue cheese, but ranch would also work as well!

    breading gluten free cauliflower bites

    What type of air fryer should I get?

    1. Gina has her very own air-fryer launching in July, which you can grab here!
    2. We’ve used both the NuWave and the Phillips and both are great options.
    3. One we haven’t tried, but plan to, is a toaster-style one.

    Note: While we love our air fryer, you should know that they are not a small appliance, so just make sure you have the space! And in case you don’t, we went ahead and tested these baked for you!

    Can these be baked?

    If you don’t have an air fryer (YET!), these cauliflower bites can be baked on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper in a preheated 375ºF for 25-30 minutes, flipping halfway through, until cauliflower is tender.

    pouring buffalo sauce on low carb spicy cauliflower

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    Grab your copy of The Skinny Taste Air Fryer Cookbook here!


    Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower Nuggets

    Prep Time 00:10 Cook Time 00:17 Total Time 00:27 Serves 4

    Ingredients

    • 3 large eggs, beaten
    • 1/2 cup almond flour, more if needed
    • 28 bite-size (about 1 inch) cauliflower florets (16 ounces)
    • Olive oil or avocado oil spray
    • 6 tablespoons Frank’s RedHot Sauce
    • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted (or ghee for dairy free/paleo)
    • Carrot sticks and celery, for serving (optional)

    Directions

    1. Preheat the air fryer to 380ºF.
    2. Place the eggs in small bowl. Place the almond flour in a separate medium bowl. Dip the cauliflower into the egg, then into the flour to coat, shaking off excess. Place on a sheet tray and spray both sides with oil.
    3. Working in batches. arrange a single layer of the cauliflower in the air fryer basket.
    4. Cook for 7-8 minutes, flipping halfway, until golden and tender.
    5. When all the batches are done, return all of the cauliflower to the air fryer and cook for 1-minute to heat through (for a toaster oven style air-fryer, cook at 350ºF; timing remains the same). 
    6. Transfer to a large bowl and toss with the hot sauce and melted butter.
    7. If desired, serve with celery and carrot sticks, and dipping sauce of choice.

    Recipe Notes

    1. This recipe comes from The Skinnytaste Air Fryer Cookbook (p. 122) and was reprinted with permission. This recipe shared reflects the alternative of almond flour instead of a gluten-free flour blend.
    2. Use more almond flour as needed.
    3. We recommend using avocado oil spray (that contains no added ingredients) for high heat cooking.
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