This homemade strawberry shortcake recipe is a healthy version of the perfect summer dessert. It’s so easy to put together with a simple almond flour shortcake, whipped coconut cream with a hint of lime, and fresh strawberries!

Paleo Strawberry Shortcake with Lime Coconut Cream

When you find some beautiful fresh ripe strawberries at the farm market, it’s the perfect time to make these gluten-free strawberry shortcakes. The combination of sweet juicy strawberries, zesty lime, and whipped coconut cream is a revelation.

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Here’s what you’ll need

As with any strawberry shortcake, there are three components you’ll need to put this classic dessert together.

  1. Almond flour shortcakes stand in for the traditional shortcakes made with all-purpose flour. You’ll need just a few basic ingredients to make this simple recipe for slightly sweet biscuits.
  2. Fresh ripe strawberries simply sliced. Fresh berries don’t need any added sugar, especially during the summer months.
  3. Whipped coconut cream replaces the traditional whipped heavy cream or cool whip.
    • full fat coconut milk
    • vanilla extract
    • honey or maple syrup
    • lime zest (or lemon zest)

You can also substitute dairy-free ice cream for the whipped cream if you prefer.

How to make almond flour shortcakes

This easy strawberry dessert is really quick to put together with a little advance preparation. The almond flour shortcake biscuits for this recipe couldn’t be easier. And it takes just a few minutes to put them together.

Simply stir together the almond flour, baking soda, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Then mix the wet ingredients – eggs, lime juice, and honey – into the dry ingredients to form a soft dough and scoop the cakes onto a baking sheet.

You can make the shortcakes ahead and freeze them until needed. To thaw, put them in a cold oven and turn the oven on to 300 degrees. They can thaw while you whip the coconut cream and slice the strawberries. I like to do this while dinner is cooking, so everything is ready for quick assembly after dinner.

Paleo Strawberry Shortcake & Lime Coconut Cream

For the coconut whipped cream, be sure to use a full fat coconut milk (like this one) that has just organic coconut milk and water as the ingredients so the cream will separate from the liquid when you refrigerate it overnight.

Pro tip: keep an unopened can or two of full fat coconut milk in the refrigerator. This way it’s already chilled and you can make the whipped coconut cream in about five minutes.

With fresh fruit, pre-baked shortcakes in the freezer, and coconut milk in the fridge, this healthy strawberry shortcake recipe is a great dessert any day of the week. And perfect for strawberry season!

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Almond flour strawberry shortcake with lime coconut cream

Almond Flour Strawberry Shortcake with Lime Coconut Cream

This easy strawberry shortcake recipe is perfect for summer or any time you have fresh strawberries. Make the simple almond flour shortcakes ahead and store them in the freezer for a quick dessert any time.


Prep Time: 15 mins

Cook Time: 20 mins

Total Time: 35 mins

Servings: 10 shortcakes

Course: Dessert

Cuisine: American

Diet: Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Paleo, Vegetarian

Author: Lisa Wells



  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

  • Combine almond flour, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. Make a well in the center of the almond flour mixture and add eggs, 2 tablespoons honey and lime juice. Stir until well combined and a soft dough forms. Drop biscuits by large spoonfuls onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

  • Bake until golden brown, 15-20 minutes. Cool completely on wire rack.

Coconut cream

  • Open the bottom of a can of coconut milk and pour off liquid. Scoop the coconut cream into a bowl and beat with a hand mixer until it is the consistency of whipped cream. Add vanilla and honey to taste, and beat until combined.

  • Fold in the zest of one lime. Refrigerate until ready to serve.


Calories: 235kcal Carbohydrates: 20g Protein: 8g Fat: 16g Saturated Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 33mg Sodium: 153mg Potassium: 171mg Fiber: 5g Sugar: 11g Vitamin A: 66IU Vitamin C: 60mg Calcium: 87mg Iron: 2mg

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