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

If you like this clean eating strawberry dessert, check out these other recipes:

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

If you like this Classic LCK recipe, check out these others:

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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