Healthy Shortcake Recipes

Find healthy, delicious shortcake recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Staff Picks

Individual Strawberry Shortcakes

These shortcakes' flaky layers are created by repeatedly rolling, cutting and stacking pieces of the dough. It takes a few extra minutes, but trust us—the results are worth it.
By Judy Kim

Mini Angel Food Strawberry Shortcakes

Rating: 4 stars
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These adorable strawberry shortcakes are made with mini angel food cakes. These single-serve desserts are perfect for a picnic or party on a warm summer day.

Muffin-Tin Strawberry Shortcakes

Skip rolling and cutting dough and use your muffin tin in this healthy strawberry shortcake recipe. Look for lemon curd in the store near jams and jellies or skip it and combine the berries with 2 tablespoons sugar in Step 4.

Berry Ginger Shortcakes

For this ginger-flavored berry dessert recipe, sweet biscuits are split in half, filled with sweetened berries and topped with sour cream-flavored whipped topping. Heavenly!

Brown Sugar Peach Shortcakes

Rating: 5 stars
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Brown sugar-sweetened shortcakes with fresh, ripe peaches and a lightly sweetened cream topping that's reminiscent of crème fraîche is the perfect ending to a summer meal.

Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes

Stuff each tender cupcake with a whole fresh strawberry for a fun surprise inside these healthier cupcakes--a perfectly portioned take on a classic strawberry shortcake.

Strawberry Shortcake

Rating: 2.67 stars
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Besides succulent fresh, ripe strawberries, the key to a great strawberry shortcake lies in the quality of the biscuit. And this one is top-notch. These tender, sweet buttermilk biscuits are made with a blend of cake flour and whole-wheat flour and lightened by substituting reduced-fat cream cheese for some of the butter. As a delicately tangy alternative to whipped cream, we use a blend of cream and reduced-fat sour cream.

Cornmeal-Blueberry Shortcakes with Honey Whipped Cream

Rating: 5 stars
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The nutty flavor of cornmeal adds depth and a sunny golden hue in this sweet shortcake recipe. Here, the healthier biscuits hold fresh blueberries and a honey-scented whipped cream, but they're delightful with peaches and raspberries, roasted plums or cherry compote as well.

Cornmeal-Pecan Shortcakes with Lemon Curd & Blueberries

Cream cheese and buttermilk are the secrets to these tender, scrumptious shortcakes.

Apricot-Strawberry Buckwheat Shortcakes

This whole-grain shortcake recipe pairs perfectly with any fruit filling for a healthy dessert. We prefer light buckwheat flour over the darker variety--its milder flavor lets the fruit shine.

Rhubarb-Peach Shortcake

Juicy rhubarb and fragrant peaches soak deliciously into tender buttermilk biscuits.

Roasted Pineapple Shortcakes

Rating: 3.5 stars
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Shortcake isn't just for strawberries. Roasted pineapple and macadamia nuts give this version a Hawaiian twist and perfume the kitchen with a tropical fragrance. Leftover shortcakes freeze well and the pineapple is also great on its own.
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Inspiration and Ideas

Chocolate Strawberry Shortcakes

Rating: Unrated
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Delicate chocolate biscuits are a perfect pairing with summer berries. This drop biscuit is especially quick because it doesn't need to be patted or rolled.

Strawberry Shortcakes

Lightly sweetened yogurt cream is a delicious healthy alternative to whipped cream. Substitute your favorite summer fruit for the strawberries if you prefer.

Summer Berry Shortcakes with Vanilla Sauce

Fresh-picked raspberries and blackberries spiked with raspberry liqueur make a fabulous filling for slimmed down shortcakes.