Juicy strawberries and a light coconut whipped topping sandwiched between a flakey buttery vegan biscuit. This easy vegan strawberry shortcake recipe is a dream come true!

closeup of vegan strawberry shortcake with fresh strawberries on top

Hello, all my strawberry shortcake fans! This is by far one of my favorite desserts and I’m so excited to make it vegan!

What is strawberry shortcake?

Strawberry shortcake consists of 3 components:

  • Some type of biscuit or poundcake (biscuit is “southern style” or “classic”)
  • Strawberries
  • Whipped cream

Now obviously there are many variations and techniques for strawberry shortcake, but these elements always stay true. This vegan strawberry shortcake recipe consists of buttery flakey biscuits, fresh strawberries, and an easy whipped cream made of coconut milk.

ingredients for vegan strawberry shortcake

Ingredients for vegan strawberry shortcake

Biscuits:

  • Flour
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
  • Sugar
  • Almond milk
  • Vegan butter (I like Earth Balance)

Strawberry Filling:

  • Fresh strawberries
  • Lemon juice
  • Cane sugar

Coconut Whipped Cream:

  • Canned coconut milk
  • Powdered sugar
  • Vanilla extract

hands cutting strawberry with paring knife

How to make vegan strawberry shortcake

First, we prep the strawberries! Using a paring knife, hull the strawberries.

Hulling a strawberry simply means cutting off the top and removing the center of the strawberry.

Cut the strawberries in half and place in a mixing bowl.

How do you macerate strawberries?

Add sugar and lemon juice to the strawberries and mix well. Let sit while you make the biscuits and whipped cream. The sugar will react with the strawberries making them nice and juicy!

Can you use frozen strawberries for strawberry shortcake?

Fresh strawberries are ideal, but if it’s not strawberry season and you are craving this dessert, frozen will work as a great substitute. You will want to let them thaw completely before mixing in the sugar and lemon juice.

instructions on how to make vegan biscuits

How to make vegan biscuits for strawberry shortcake

  • Whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar.
  • Use a cheese grater to grate cold butter over the dry mixture.
  • Add almond milk and mix unstil just combined.
  • Roll out the dough and use a cookie cutter to make the biscuits.
  • Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a Silpat and bake 425F for 10-15 minutes

Tip: If you do not have a cookie cutter, a standard size mason jar lid will work!

The key to getting flakey biscuits

Flakey biscuits are a result of using cold butter. When baking, the butter melts and created air pockets to create a flakey texture. Try to reduce how much you touch the dough and handle it as it will make the butter melt before baking.

hands mixing coconut whipped cream in mixing bowl

How to make coconut whipped cream

The key to a successful coconut whipped cream topping is cold coconut milk.

I pretty much always have a can of coconut milk in my fridge for this reason. When coconut milk is cold, the liquid separates from the cream. In order to make coconut whipped cream, we use all that creamy goodness! I like to save the liquid for a smoothie.

Scoop the cream into a bowl and beat it with a hand mixer. Add powdered sugar and vanilla and beat until combined!

homemade biscuits on baking sheet

Assemble strawberry shortcake

  • Carefully slice a biscuit in half just like you would with a bagel.
  • On the bottom half, spoon some strawberries, then top with a dollop of whipped cream.
  • Add the top of the biscuit and top with additional whipped cream.
  • Garnish with fresh strawberry slices.

two white plates with strawberry shortcakes

Strawberry shortcake is the best Summer treat! It’s a perfect way to take advantage of berry season.

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More delicious Summer desserts:
Triple Berry Oatmeal Bake
Dairy-free Strawberry Nice Cream
Vegan Peach Crisp

closeup of vegan strawberry shortcake with fresh strawberries on top

Vegan Strawberry Shortcake

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This recipe is SO easy to make and perfect for Summer! Buttery flakey biscuits paired with juicy strawberries and a coconut whipped cream topping!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword coconut whipped cream, healthy strawberry shortcake, strawberry dessert, vegan baking
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Chill Time (for coconut milk) 4 hours
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 308kcal
Author Amanda

Ingredients

Biscuits

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cane sugar plus more for topping
  • 4 Tablespoons vegan butter cold (I like Earth Balance)
  • 1 cup almond milk can substitute with any plant milk
  • 2 Tablespoons vegan butter melted

Strawberry Filling:

  • 2 cup fresh strawberries hulled and cut in half
  • 1/4 cup cane sugar
  • 1/2 lemon juiced

Vegan Whipped Cream:

  • 1 14-ounce can full-fat coconut milk refrigerated at least 4 hours
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar plus more to taste (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Tools:

Instructions

  • Place mixing bowl and beaters for hand mixer in the freezer.

Make the Strawberry Filling:

  • Cut the tops off the strawberries and remove the top hard center (known as hulling). Slice the strawberries in half.
  • In a small mixing bowl, add strawberries, sugar, and lemon juice. Mix well and set aside. The strawberries will get nice and juicy as you make the other components!

Make the Biscuits:

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Whisk flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar together.
  • In a separate large mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt. Whisk to combine.
  • Using a grater, grate the cold butter into the dry mixture.
  • Add milk and mix until you have a stiff dough.
  • Put the mixture on a floured surface and knead a few times ensuring dough is not sticky.
  • Using a rolling pin, roll out dough to 1/2-inch thickness.
  • Cut out circle shapes using a cookie cutter or mason jar lid. Place on a lined baking sheet and sprinkle with addiitonal cane sugar. Bake for 10-15 minutes.
  • Let cool slightly and transfer to a cooling rack. Brush with additional melted butter.

Make the Vegan Whipped Cream:

  • Remove mixing bowl and beaters from the freezer and remove coconut milk from the fridge. Open can and spoon out cream into mixing bowl.
  • Beat on low-medium speed for 30 seconds until peaks begin to form
  • Add powdered sugar and vanilla extract. Beat again until ingredients are well combined. Note, if whipped cream is too liquidly, try adding some more powdered sugar or 1-2 teaspoons of cornstarch.

To Assemble:

  • Using a serrated knife, cut biscuits in half like you would a bagel.
  • Spoon some strawberry filling on the bottom half and top with a dollop of whipped cream.
  • Place the biscuit top on top and add some more whipped cream. Garnish with fresh strawberry slices!

Notes

Can substitute homemade whipped cream with vegan "Cool Whip"
I have not tested a gluten-free version of this recipe, but I would recommend Bob's Red Mill 1-1 GF flour
How to store leftovers:
Keep leftovers separate: When ready to eat, assemble the strawberry shortcakes. Leftovers should keep about 5 days.
The biscuits can be stored in an airtight container on the counter. Store the strawberry filling and whipped cream in the fridge.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 308kcal | Carbohydrates: 39.7g | Protein: 4.2g | Fat: 15.1g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Sodium: 207mg | Potassium: 465mg | Fiber: 1.7g | Sugar: 13.1g | Calcium: 127mg | Iron: 3mg
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