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These Strawberry Rhubarb Shortcakes are a make-ahead healthier twist on the classic recipe. The perfect summer vegetarian dessert showcasing the magical combination of strawberries and rhubarb! | Healthy Seasonal Recipes | Katie Webster

Strawberry Rhubarb Shortcakes

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  • Author: Katie Webster
  • Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Yield: 12 servings 1x


These Strawberry Rhubarb Shortcakes are a make-ahead healthier twist on the classic recipe. The perfect summer dessert showcasing the magical combination of strawberries and rhubarb!


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Spiced Strawberry-Rhubarb Compote

  • 4 cups chopped rhubarb
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup, dark or amber
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • pinch salt
  • 3 cups sliced hulled strawberries

Coconut Shortcakes

  • 2 cups whole-wheat pastry flour
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted and cooled
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 3/4 cup non-fat milk
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 egg-white
  • 2 tablespoons demerarra sugar, or raw sugar

Cardamom Yogurt Cream


  • Additional strawberries


Make Compote:

  1. Stir rhubarb, maple syrup, cinnamon, ¼ teaspoon cardamom, cloves and salt in a large saucepan. Place over medium heat and cook, stirring often until the rhubarb breaks down, about 10 minutes. Stir in strawberries and refrigerate until cold.

Make Shortcakes:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 9 by 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Pulse pastry flour, all-purpose flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a food processor fitted with the steel blade attachment. Remove lid and add coconut oil and canola oil. Process until the oils are cut in and the mixture is crumbly, about 45 seconds.
  3. Transfer to a large bowl and create a well in the center. Stir 1 egg into milk. Pour the milk and egg mixture into the well in the flour mixture. Gently stir to incorporate the liquid into the dry. Knead gently to gather the crumbs into the dough. Turn out into the prepared dish and press out into an even layer. Cut into 12 squares. Brush the egg-white over the dough. Sprinkle the demerarra sugar over the dough. Bake until the shortcakes are set up, about 25 minutes. Let cool.

Make Yogurt Cream:

  1. Whisk yogurt, 1/3 cup maple syrup and cardamom in a medium bowl. Whisk whipping cream in another bowl until stiff. Gently whisk the whipping cream into the yogurt mixture until streaks no longer remain.

Assemble shortcakes:

  1. Break shortcakes apart with a fork and split in half. Spoon 2 tablespoons compote and 2 generous tablespoons cream over the bottom half of the shortcake. Place the top half of the shortcake on top and then repeat with 2 more tablespoons each of compote and cream. Top with additional freshly sliced strawberries if desired.


To Make Ahead: Prepare through step 1 up to 1 day in advance.

  • Prep Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven and Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


  • Calories: 382
  • Sugar: 9 g
  • Sodium: 142 mg
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Fiber: 5 g
  • Protein: 11 g
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