Strawberry Shortcake Time

The beacon of summer – quarts of strawberries – are showing up at Michigan Farmers Markets, Farm Stands, and Grocery stores. And, you know those spongy plastic-like cakes that are used for shortcake right? I try to avoid that kind of stuff, so when I saw this shortcake recipe full of healthy ingredients – I gave it a try right away. It’s been my Dreaming of Summer Dessert this winter using strawberries that I froze last summer.

For the shortcake: (This makes about 4)

1/2 cup raw almonds
1/2 cup raw cashews
1/2 cup dates
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 cup water
Put everything except the water into a food processor, fitted with the ‘s’ blade. Pulse until crumbled. Add the water and blend on high until a dough begins to form.
Using your hands, roll dough into 4 palm-sized balls. Using hands, flatten each ball into small cakes about 5 inches in diameter and 1/4 inch thick.

For the whipped cream:
1 cup organic raw cashews soaked for 2 hours (if you don’t have a high-speed blender soak for 4 hours)
¼ to 1/2 cup filtered water depending on desired thickness
1 or 2 Tbsp maple syrup, to taste
1/2 tsp natural vanilla extract
a pinch of sea salt
Put everything into the blender and puree until thick and creamy.
It is a good idea to start with ¼ cup of water, and then gradually thin it out in order to achieve the desired thickness.

For the fruit:
1/2 to 1 pound strawberries, depending how many you like.
De-stem, chop, and mash them to make a chunky sauce.

Assemble. You can make either a double-decker shortcake, which serves 2, or a single layer to make 4 desserts. Using a spatula, place a shortcake on the bottom of a dessert plate. Top with strawberries, then whipped cream. If going double-decker, add the second shortcake, more strawberries, then more whipped cream.

Devour! And, know that you ate something much healthier than you might otherwise have eaten.

Raw Strawberry Shortcake

This raw food shortcake recipe had been bouncing around the internet. I saw it through Sista in the Raw on Facebook and they got it from Well and awake. The whipped cream recipe is from Healthy Blender Recipes.

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