Get ready for the best vegan strawberry shortcake of your life. Extra high flaky biscuits are topped with a salted vanilla strawberry filling and fresh coconut whipped cream. This will you your new favorite gluten free diary free summer dessert!
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There is nothing I love more than fresh strawberry shortcake on a hot summer evening after the dishes are cleaned and everyone is casually sitting around the table on the deck. That's the feeling I want to replicate when you take a bite of this vegan strawberry shortcake!
Is strawberry shortcake vegan?
Traditional strawberry shortcake isn't vegan because because the biscuits are made with butter and the whipped cream is usually made from heave cream.
The simple ingredients
For the biscuits:
- 1:1 gluten free baking flour
- Baking powder
- Baking soda
- Granulated sugar
- Quality vegan butter (we use Myokos)
- Homemade vegan buttermilk
For the strawberries and cream:
- fresh strawberries
- Lemon juice
- maple syrup, brown rice syrup or date syrup
- Vanilla extract
- Sea salt
- Homemade coconut whipped cream or store bought
Epic vegan biscuits (learn how to make them)
These biscuits are huge and unlike any other vegan biscuit you will have. They're based off of a local Columbus (Ohio) favorite from Fox and the Snow. I used their recipe as a base and turned them gluten free and dairy free!
- Make the dough: Add 2 cups of the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, sugar, and chilled butter to a bowl. Use a pastry blender to cut the vegan butter into the flour until the chunks of butter are the size of a nickel. Add the rest of the flour and pour the buttermilk over top and use your hands to create a shaggy dough:
- Fold the biscuits: this is where all the layers happen! We're doing six folds to this dough to create tons of lamination. Scroll down to the recipe card to watch how to see detailed steps.
- Cut the biscuits: use a 3 inch biscuit cutter to cut straight down into the dough (don't twist it!). Bring it straight up and transfer the biscuits onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Push the dough together tightly and repeat until all the dough is gone.
- Egg wash and bake: Quickly whisk the egg wash together then generously cover the tops of the biscuits so they turned golden brown in the oven. Bake for 30-35 minutes.
- Sticky vegan topping: Whisk together melted vegan butter and brown rice syrup or date syrup and spread it over the warm biscuits. Give them enough to drips all down the sides. Top with a little sea salt!
Vegan strawberry shortcake FAQs
Shortcakes are not vegan because they're made with buttermilk and butter but this recipe calls for a vegan butter and a homemade vegan buttermilk!
Use a whisk attachment to beat coconut cream until soft peaks form (4-5 minutes) then beat in the sugar and vanilla until incorporated. Read this recipe for how to make coconut whipped cream.
Full fat coconut milk typically separates in the can so the milk (which has a water consistency) sinks to the bottom and the cream stays on top. For the coconut whipped cream you'll only use the thick cream. You can buy coconut cream only! This is a great vegan alternative to heavy cream!
How to quickly make vegan buttermilk
The buttermilk in this recipe is key to sky-high biscuits because the acid in it reacts with the baking soda and baking powder to make them tall. Fill a liquid measure cup with 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and fill the rest up with almond milk until it reaches 2 cups.
Source: this recipe is inspired by a local favorite from Fox in the Snow. I used their recipe as a base and changed it to make it gluten free and vegan.
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More of our favorite vegan desserts
- Vegan turtle cheesecake bars
- Coconut whipped cream
- Strawberries and cream vegan popsicles
- Strawberry rhubarb crisp
- Healthy fruit salsa
Vegan Strawberry Shortcake [Gluten Free]
Strawberries and cream:
- 5 1/2 cups 1:1 baking flour we used Bob's Red Mill, plus more for dusting (can also use all purpose flour)
- 3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 3 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1 1/2 teaspoons granulated sugar or coconut sugar
- 1 1/2 cups cold vegan butter we used Myokos
- 2 cups homemade vegan buttermilk (2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar then enough almond milk to fill up to 2 cups)
Vegan Egg Wash:
- 1/4 cup full fat coconut milk
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup, brown rice syrup or date syrup
Sweet and sticky butter topping:
- 1/4 cup vegan butter melted
- 1/4 cup maple syrup, brown rice syrup or date syrup
- Sea salt to top
Make the strawberries:
- Add the strawberries, lemon juice, syrup, vanilla and sea salt in a medium bowl and toss well to coat. Cover and place in the fridge while you make the biscuits.
- If you're making the homemade whipped cream, place the cream in a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or bowl with a hand mixer) and beat for 4-5 minutes until soft peaks form. Add the sugar and vanilla and beat until incorporated. Store in the fridge until ready to use.
Make the biscuit dough:
- Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
- Start by preparing the buttermilk. Add 2 tablespoons of apple cider vingegar to a liquid measuring cup (enough to hold 2 cups) then fill the measuring cup up to 2 cups with unsweetened almond milk. Set aside to curdle.
- To make the biscuits, preheat the oven to 375°F. Add 2 cups of the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, sugar, and chilled butter to a large bowl. Use a pastry blender or two knives to cut the butter into the flour, until the butter is the size of a nickel.
- Add the rest of the flour (3 1/2 cups) and toss together until the butter is evenly distributed. Pour the prepared buttermilk over the flour mixture and knead it until a shaggy dough forms and there is little to no dry ingredients left at the bottom of the bowl.
Fold the biscuits:
- Turn the biscuit dough out onto a well floured work surface. Pat the dough roughly into a 14-inch wide rectangle (it doesn't have to be perfect), with the longest edge of the dough facing you.
- Trifold the dough (book fold) by taking the left edge and folding it into the center. Next, take the right edge and fold it in and over top of the first fold. Press it down well to make sure the dough is compact then use a rolling pin to flatten it out again into a rectangle shape. Add more gluten free flour as needed.
- Turn the dough 90 degrees so the long edge of the rectangle is facing you again. Fold the dough from left to right in half. Press it down firmly so it's combined then roll it out into another rectangle (the short edge will be facing you). Fold the dough from the top down and press firmly to combine.
- For the last fold, roll the dough out into another rectangle with the long edge facing you and fold it from left to right again.
- Use a rolling pin to adjust the dough to your desired thickness, about 3/4 of the heigh of your biscuit cutter (ideally about 3 inches wide). The dough will be pretty thick/tall. Dip your biscuit cutter into flour to prevent sticking, then press it straight up and down into the dough, without twisting it at all. You will get 4-6 biscuits out of your first rectangle.
- Press the remaining dough together and reshape into a small rectangle. Flip it on it's side and push down into a rectangle to seal any cracks. Cut out more a few more biscuits and repeat the process until a small amount of dough remains. You should get about 7-8 biscuits total.
- Place all of the biscuits on the prepared baking sheet. Whisk the maple syrup and coconut milk together in a small bowl then brush it generously on top of each biscuit. Bake in the oven for 30-35 minutes until golden brown.
- While they're baking, melt the vegan butter in the microwave and whisk together with your syrup of choice (we used brown rice syrup). When the biscuits are done, brush a generous amount of butter mixture over top of the hot biscuits, letting it fall down the sides to coat the whole biscuit. Top with sea salt. Allow them to cool slightly before serving.
Assemble the strawberry shortcake:
- Break the biscuits in half and place the bottom on a plate or in a bowl. Top with coconut whipped cream and the prepared strawberries then place the other half of the biscuit on top.