Healthy Strawberry Shortcake

This healthy strawberry shortcake is top notch: the shortcakes have Greek yogurt to make them moist and turbinado sugar as a crunchy sweet topping.

Healthy Strawberry Shortcake

This strawberry shortcake recipe. Friends, it’s got the “it” factor. It’s that just-sweet-enough, spongy cake with sweet summer berries you’d imagine relishing on a porch swing in the heat of the day, or savoring on a lazy summer night. It’s something for summer birthdays, July 4, picnics, and cookouts. I imagine serving it to my dearest friends and family, and one day, to my own children. Keep reading for this delicious healthy strawberry shortcake recipe.

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Ingredients in healthy strawberry shortcake

On to the recipe! Alex and I love the simplicity of this summer dessert: we use it for entertaining all the time for summer dinner parties! For the shortcakes, here are all the ingredients you’ll need:

  • Flour
  • Baking powder
  • Turbinado raw cane sugar: has big crystals that give a satisfying crunch!
  • Egg
  • Greek yogurt
  • Vanilla extract
  • Salt

Just mix the ingredients together and pop them in a muffin tin. Without the typical butter and cream, this healthy strawberry shortcake is a light dessert that’s a nice alternative to the standard.

How to make healthy strawberry shortcake

Strawberry shortcake toppings

Once you’ve baked your healthy strawberry shortcake, it’s time for the fun part: the toppings! Here’s what we used:

Use local berries if you can find them!

Strawberry season is on here in Indiana, and we were happy to inaugurate it with these Indiana berries from our local produce stand. There’s truly nothing better than the earthy sweet taste of a ripe local strawberry, in our opinion!

Once you’ve had local berries, you’ll never go back: there something unlike any of the out of season berries in the grocery store! If you like this strawberry shortcake recipe, here’s a little video of how we started strawberry season last year. Enjoy the sweet taste of summer!


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Healthy Strawberry Shortcake

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  • Author: a Couple Cooks
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x


This healthy strawberry shortcake is top notch: the shortcakes have Greek yogurt to make them moist and turbinado sugar as a crunchy sweet topping.


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 cup turbinado raw cane sugar
  • 1 pinch kosher salt
  • 1 large egg
  • ¾ cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups strawberries
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • Sweetened whipped cream or coconut whipped cream
  • Fresh mint


  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the all-purpose flour, baking powder, turbinado raw cane sugar, and kosher salt.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg, Greek yogurt, and vanilla extract.
  4. Mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Grease 6 cups of a muffin tin, then pour in the batter equally to the 6 cups (or 8, for slightly smaller cakes). Sprinkle the tops of the cakes with extra turbinado sugar, then bake for 15 to 20 minutes until the tops are lightly browned. Let stand in the muffin tin 1 minute, then remove to a wire rack to cool for 5 minutes.
  5. While the cakes bake, wash the strawberries, and slice them into a medium bowl. Stir in the sugar and balsamic vinegar, then let stand until serving, stirring occasionally.
  6. Make the whipped cream, using whipping cream or coconut milk.
  7. Thinly slice the mint (chiffonade). When ready to serve, cut the shortcakes in half. Spoon over strawberries, add whipped cream and fresh mint, and top with the remaining half.


Shortcake adapted from My Recipes

  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Strawberry Shortcake, How to make strawberry shortcake, Healthy strawberry shortcake, Strawberry Desserts, Strawberry Recipes

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.


  • Reply
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
    June 2, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    These are gorgeous! Strawberry shortcakes are so perfect in summer :)

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    June 2, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    So pretty! I am loving the flavor combos and cant wait to try it!

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    Kelly @ hidden fruits and veggies
    June 2, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    Strawberry shortcake is one of my all time favs! This looks so yummy.

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    June 2, 2013 at 11:50 pm

    I love the picture of the strawberries in the blue basket. Such beautiful colors!

    Props to you for opening up about this phase. I understand. I wait patiently, too. Good thing we know that all things will work out just the way they are SUPPOSED to, right? :)

  • Reply
    June 3, 2013 at 4:39 am

    These are really beautiful, a perfect summer dessert.

    Sending you both so many good thoughts for this new phase of your life.

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    Belinda @themoonblushbaker
    June 3, 2013 at 8:00 am

    I am not familiar with short cake but these remind of Australian type scones. With all these strawberries recipe going around I feel so envious of The USA produce right now>_<

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    Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor
    June 3, 2013 at 9:48 am

    Yum, I love strawberry shortcake! Please know that I am thinking of you as you start this new phase in life.

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    June 3, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    We’re on the same wavelength today ;) Love the shortcakes and the fact that you used my coconut whipped cream.

    Sending so many good baby making vibes your way <3

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    June 3, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    the pictures are just amazing!

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    Lindsey @ Pas de Deux
    June 3, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    YUM! I can’t wait to make these :-)

    Sending you both warm wishes as you start your family–so exciting!

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    Samantha Carroll
    June 3, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    These look fantastic! Hoping all goes well with the next phase. Can’t wait to be back in Indy. I miss the market so much. I will be back the weekend of the 23rd so maybe we will see you then!!

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      June 4, 2013 at 10:37 pm

      You are sweet! We’d love to see you then! Broad Ripple market?

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    June 4, 2013 at 5:12 am

    Just beautiful. This weekend, I will most definitely be eating these!

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    thyme (sarah)
    June 4, 2013 at 11:06 am

    All the best luck to you as you begin working on a family and cope with health issues that may cause worry. One day at a time…

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    June 5, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    I’m sending you guys all of my good vibes and big hugs as you wait to move into the next phase of family life. With true intentions and an eye on your well being, you can’t lose.

    And, these photos are really, really stunning. I think that third one is the most beautiful photo of a strawberry I’ve ever seen, seriously. xo

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      June 5, 2013 at 6:38 pm

      Thanks Laura! And thanks for the comment about the photos too; I was having too much fun with the macro capabilities :)

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    June 5, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    Thanks for a new way to try strawberry shortcake!
    And the best of luck–all good wishes to you both as you continue trying and hoping.

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    June 6, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    Lovely shortcakes. And, much love to you, friends! You will be in my thoughts. xo

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    June 10, 2013 at 8:53 am

    I made these on Saturday. They were a huge hit with Nathan’s family:)

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    July 12, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    I always say that everything happens for a reason and timing is everything; sending you so much love and good wishes for a fruitful summer. These shortcakes look like a spectacular way to wait it out. xoxo

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      July 14, 2013 at 7:13 pm

      Thank you so much, friend!

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    Katie @ Whole Nourishment
    May 12, 2014 at 4:09 am

    Made these shortcakes this weekend and everyone loved them. They’re so simple to put together last minute too. Thanks for a great recipe!

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      May 12, 2014 at 11:57 am

      So glad you enjoyed them!

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