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Gluten-Free Strawberry Shortcake (Vegan Option)

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This delicious Gluten Free Strawberry Shortcake recipe could not be easier to make! Perfectly pillowy shortcakes topped with sugared strawberries and a dollop of whipped cream. It makes the perfect summer dessert! Naturally egg free and refined sugar-free with a vegan and dairy-free option.

A speckled ceramic plate topped with gluten free strawberry shortcake lit by golden light.

I’ve had it in my mind to create a good gluten-free strawberry shortcake recipe for some time now. The combination of flavors and textures in this dish are synonymous with summertime for me, and such a classic dessert to boot. Vanilla-scented biscuits contrasted with the freshness and vibrancy and subtly sugared strawberries is absolutely divine…wouldn’t you agree? I’m pretty pleased with this recipe and hope you enjoy it, too!

A fork immeshed in strawberry shortcake on ceramic plate topped with whipped cream.

🍓 What’s to Love

  • Super easy one-bowl prep recipe.
  • Made with easily purchased, wholesome ingredients.
  • Works with both fresh strawberries or frozen strawberries.
  • Very flavorful and satisfying.
  • Naturally egg-free, gluten-free, refined sugar-free, soy-free and nut-free, with a vegan and dairy-free option.
A fork pokes into the sugared strawberry topping of a strawberry shortcake dessert.

🥣 How-to Make

Step 1: Preheat oven and prepare baking sheet. Set aside.

Step 2: Combine dry ingredients. Cut in butter. Add milk and vanilla, then mix until a dough forms.

Step 3: Place rounds of shortcake batter onto prepared baking sheet. Bake.

Step 4: Meanwhile, prepare strawberries by combining them with sugar.

Step 5: When the gluten-free shortcakes are finished, let them cool for a few minutes before serving with sugared strawberries and a dollop of whipped cream. Enjoy!

For extra decadence, also top off these shortcakes with this 3-ingredient strawberry jam!

Whipped cream and strawberries sandwiched between golden shortcakes lit by the sun.

💭 Top Tips

Make it Vegan and Dairy-Free

To make this shortcake vegan and dairy-free, simple use vegan butter that you buy in stick form instead of regular butter. Alternatively, softened coconut oil can be used in a pinch.

Buy coconut milk whipped cream in the can from the store or make your own dairy-free whipped cream by whipping a can of coconut cream until it is whipped cream consistency.


Once you get this cake recipe down pat, experiment with different fruit for a fun twist. Swap the strawberries out for blueberries, peaches, raspberries or black berries instead!

❓ Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use frozen strawberries instead of fresh?

Yes, you most certainly can use frozen strawberries. Just make sure they are mostly thawed before mixing with the sugar, for best results.

Does this dessert store well?

Yes. The shortcakes themselves will keep lightly covered at room temperature for about 24 hours. Any longer, then store in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 3 days. You can also make the strawberries ahead of time and keep them stored in the fridge for up to 3 days as well.

A speckled ceramic plate topped with gluten free shortcakes sugared strawberries and coconut whipped cream.

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Strawberry shortcakes lit by golden sunlight on a ceramic plate with vintage fork.

Gluten Free Strawberry Shortcake

This easy and luscious Gluten-Free Strawberry Shortcake recipe requires only one bowl and is filled with simple, wholesome ingredients. This healthy summer dessert is naturally egg-free, with a vegan and dairy-free option.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: British
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 13 minutes
Total Time: 23 minutes
Servings: 7 shortcakes
Author: Kristen Wood


  • 1 ½ cups gluten-free all purpose flour blend with xanthan gum
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 3 tablespoon coconut sugar or any granulated sugar divided (see recipe)
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt or pink salt
  • ¼ cup cold, cubed butter or plant-based butter
  • ¾ cup milk of choice I like to use oat milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract gluten-free certified, if necessary
  • 1 pound sliced fresh (or thawed frozen) strawberries approximately 3 cups
  • regular or dairy-free whipped cream for serving


  • Preheat the oven to 425°F. Grease or line a baking sheet with parchment paper, then set aside.
  • In a mixing bowl combine flour, baking powder, 1 tablespoon of sugar and salt. Mix well.
  • Add the cold, cubed butter and using a pastry cutter or a fork, work the butter into the flour until it resembles coarse crumbs.
  • Add the milk and vanilla. Mix until a smooth batter forms.
  • Using a large spoon or ice cream scoop, scoop mounds of batter onto prepared baking sheet. Bake for 13 minutes or until bottoms are browning and tops are turning golden.
  • Meanwhile, prepare strawberries by mixing the sliced strawberries with 2 tablespoons of sugar. Using your hands or a fork, mix and mash the strawberries a little to release their juices. Set aside.
  • When the shortcakes are done, let them cool a few minutes. Serve shortcakes whole or sliced, topped with strawberry mixture and a dollop of whipped cream. Enjoy!


You might also like Strawberry Polenta Apple Crisp (GF/V).
To keep this dish entirely refined sugar-free, use only coconut sugar and make your own whipped cream by whipping a can of coconut cream or regular cream
Also see: A Pint Is How Many Cups? + Free Printable Kitchen Conversions Chart.
You might like: Gluten-Free Vegan Blueberry Muffins.
Also see: Is Baking Powder Gluten Free?
You might also like: Strawberry Milk Tea.


Serving: 1shortcake | Calories: 191kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 358mg | Potassium: 102mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 210IU | Vitamin C: 38mg | Calcium: 162mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. 5 stars
    Super highly recommended! Thank you so much for sharing this amazing recipe! Will surely have this again! It’s really easy to make and it tasted so delicious!

  2. 5 stars
    The kids really enjoyed this! Which makes this mamma bear happy as they love to reach for a sugary dessert!
    A delicious healthier alternative. Thank you

  3. 5 stars
    Easy and delicious – we will definitely be making these again! Thank you for the great recipe.

  4. 5 stars
    I love this recipe, and am thrilled to add it to my arsenal! I often look on while my family enjoys gluten-full desserts, but now I can join in on the eating with this easy recipe. It turned out perfectly and I look forward to pairing it with other berries and summer fruits as well.

  5. 5 stars
    Love the strawberry shortcake. Its easy to make too. The coconut milk is a great addition and add a touch of sweetness too!

  6. 5 stars
    I loved this recipe from day one! I have made it a couple of times now! Never disappointed!

    1. 5 stars
      I don’t normally bake gluten-free but I have guests and I needed some good recipes. The shortcakes are so easy to make and the ingredients were easy to get at the market. Everyone loved the dessert.

  7. 5 stars
    Such a tasty summer dessert! My sister can’t eat gluten so I made this for our family dinner and it was a hit.