There are a lot of food holidays whose origins we can’t pinpoint, but today, June 14th, is not one of those days. Today is National Strawberry Shortcake Day and truth be told, we’re really excited. Strawberry shortcake, as we know it, is a dessert composed of crumbly shortcake layered with whipped cream and macerated strawberries — that’s the process of allowing fresh strawberries to sit in sugar until they begin to break down. The first strawberry shortcakes appeared in an English cookbook in the late 1500s, but it wasn’t until the early 1900s that French pastry chefs added whipped cream to the recipe.
Strawberry shortcake has been a popular dessert in the United States since the 1850s when Americans would celebrate the summer harvest with strawberry shortcake parties. You won’t find those around these days but chances are if you live near a strawberry farm, you’ll have a chance to attend your local strawberry festival, where you’ll find all kinds of strawberry-based desserts and drinks! You’ll be able to devour all the fresh strawberries and strawberry refreshments you want, but since the traditional strawberry shortcake contains milk, butter, cream, and sometimes eggs, it’s not an option when you’re looking to try more plant-based foods. But, it’s easy to make a vegan strawberry shortcake that’s just as good, if not better and we’re here to help by providing the recipes.
So, in honor of National Strawberry Shortcake Day, here are 10 strawberry shortcake recipes that contain no eggs and no dairy!
1. Strawberry Shortcakes With Coconut Whipped Cream Topping
There’s nothing like the old classic and these Strawberry Shortcakes With Coconut Whipped Cream are the epitome of just that! Fresh berries and cool, creamy coconut whipped cream are layered with crumbly shortcakes. This recipe is pretty quick to put together and a lot of fun to eat because it can get a little messy.
2. Strawberry Shortcake Shooters
These Strawberry Shortcake Shooters are a lot less work than making a regular strawberry shortcake, but they taste just as good — and they’re raw! The “shortcake” is made from shredded coconut, almond meal, and dates and then pressed into the bottom of a glass. Then, it’s topped with creamy, buttery strawberry coconut cream and topped with fresh strawberries. Hel-lo!
3. Strawberry Coconut Sponge Cake
Did you know that in Japan, they make their strawberry shortcakes with sponge cake? This gorgeous Strawberry Coconut Sponge Cake is just like that, but it’s gluten-free! It’s made of moist, vanilla sponge cake, a zing of lemon, beautiful coconut frosting, and is topped with fresh strawberries. This is the perfect dessert for a little celebration.
4. Strawberry Parfait
This Strawberry Parfait is like a single serving of strawberry shortcake — deconstructed, that is. It has all the fruity, creamy elements of the strawberry shortcake we all know and love but instead of cake, we get a layer of crunchy granola. This beautiful parfait is perfect for dessert or breakfast!
5. Raw Strawberry Angel Food Cake Tart
This Raw Strawberry Angel Food Cake Tart is more cake than tart, meaning it’s pretty much like a raw, single-layer strawberry shortcake. It has a crumbly crust made from coconut flour and dates, a thick maple coconut cream topping made from coconut meat and coconut butter, and a topping of fresh berries! Leave out the blueberries if you want to keep it as close to the original as possible, but if you leave them on (because blueberries rock), we won’t tell.
6. Strawberry Shortcake Smoothie
This divine Strawberry Shortcake Smoothie is so refreshing, you’ll want to have one every day and that would be easy, because it takes only three ingredients to make! Frozen strawberries, coconut meat, and coconut water are blended up until smooth and creamy — and that’s all you need to do. If you love coconut and strawberry, you are going to LOVE this.
7. No-Bake Strawberry Cream Pie
Strawberries and coconut cream are a match made in heaven and this dessert is like a strawberry shortcake in no-bake pie form. It takes only five ingredients to throw together this beautiful No-Bake Strawberry Cream Pie. Super easy and super delicious. This is the beauty of raw desserts, they do not take long to make and they are also pretty darn good for you.
8. Strawberry Shortcake With Almond Creme
When it comes to flavor, this Strawberry Shortcake With Almond Creme is anything but short. This moist vanilla cake absorbs the drips and drops of fresh strawberries and almond creme, all while standing perfectly tall.
9. Sugar-Free Strawberry Shortcake
If you’re looking for a healthier take on dessert, this Sugar-Free Strawberry Shortcake is also grain-free and oil-free! It’s easy-to-make and delicious with fresh berries, strawberry cashew cream, and healthy almond flour biscuits. Make the biscuits ahead of time and you can put it together in no time at all. This dessert is sure to please!
10. Strawberry Shortcake Crisp
This Strawberry Shortcake Crisp reinvents classic summer dessert as a baked crisp with a crumbly date sugar topping and a warm, gooey strawberry center. Crisp-ifying this classic dessert means it takes less effort to build, less time to bake, and as such, there’s less time waiting before digging in.
Strawberry shortcakes make us pretty happy, so if you have vegan strawberry shortcake today, take a picture and share it with us! We love seeing your creations. Use #EatForThePlanet and tag @onegreenplanet!
Lead image source: Strawberry Shortcakes With Whipped Coconut Cream Topping