Even though fruit seasons get blurry because you can find whatever fruit you are looking for all the time, if there was a quintessential summer fruit, in my mind it would be strawberries. I have fond memories of spending hot summer afternoons picking strawberries and bringing home flats of the delightfully juicy (non-organic) berries. We would eat them plain, probably until our fingers were stained pink or with yogurt and granola, which was my absolute favorite. So in honor of summer strawberries, I’ve got a totally delicious, totally healthy strawberry recipe for you.

If I tell you that you can have strawberry shortcake for breakfast will you kind of love me?

I won’t pretend that this strawberry shortcake tastes exactly like the typical strawberry shortcake, but I’m also not going to pretend that the typical strawberry shortcake has almost 30 grams of protein, 9 grams of fiber and is essentially low-carb.

Breakfast Strawberry Shortcake

by Emily Dingmann

Keywords: bake blender breakfast gluten-free high fiber high protein summer


Ingredients (serves 2)

  • 2 cups strawberry halves

For the Almond Cakes

  • 1/2 cup almond meal
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/2 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

For the Cream

  • 1 cup light cottage cheese
  • 1/8 cup skim or almond milk
  • 2 scoops Vi-Shape


Top almond cakes with strawberries and drizzle with cream.

For the Almond Cake

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix together almond meal, egg white, oil and vanilla.

Split into 4 portions and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Bake for about 10-12 minutes until firm to the touch.

For the Cream

Blend together cottage cheese, Vi-Shape and milk until smooth.

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Nutrition per serving: 393 calories, 21 grams fat, 26 grams carbohydrates, 9 grams fiber, 13 grams sugar, 29 grams protein.

Disclaimer: I received compensation for this post. {Vi-Shape is a meal-replacement/protein/supplement powder in sweet cream flavor. Learn more.} Getting paid to develop recipes is pretty much my dream job, so I was thrilled at the opportunity. 

16 Comments (Reply )

  1. Chelsea @ Designs on Dinner
    Jun 12, 2013 @ 7:24 am

    Cake for breakfast is always a good thing. Thanks for the recipe!


  2. Alyssa
    Jun 12, 2013 @ 8:45 am

    The fact that you’re telling me I can have this for breakfast makes me REALLY love you–strawberry shortcake is my favorite!


  3. Karla @ Foodologie
    Jun 12, 2013 @ 9:11 am

    Strawberry shortcakes are just downright adorable.
    I think I’d also be all over trying this with greek yogurt instead of cottage cheese too (probably reducing the amount of almond milk so it’s not too runny). Definitely giving this a try as soon as I get back from a wedding back east!

    Also this seems like a great thing to make in advance, take to work and quickly assemble. Love it!


    • Emily
      Jun 12, 2013 @ 10:49 am

      If you try it out, let me know. I originally planned on greek yogurt but then wanted it to be more “cheesecakey” than tangy so ultimately went with the cottage cheese.


  4. She Rocks Fitness
    Jun 12, 2013 @ 1:19 pm

    WOW WOW WOW this looks so awesome! Perfect for a weekend breakfast…now I just need to get these ingredients. Awesome recipe Emily..High-Fives!


    • Emily
      Jun 12, 2013 @ 2:10 pm

      Thanks! :)


  5. Luv What You Do
    Jun 12, 2013 @ 8:54 pm

    ohh dessert for breakfast is the best…I even like it more than breakfast for dinner!


  6. Crystal @ Simply Playful Fare
    Jun 13, 2013 @ 11:07 am

    This looks pretty much amazing! I think I know what I’m having for breakfast on Saturday! I love that this is super healthy!


  7. Mercedes
    Jun 13, 2013 @ 11:12 am

    Yum strawberry shortcake for breakfast?? Yes please! I would love the flavor of the almond and coconut together in these cakes!


  8. Megan (Braise The Roof)
    Jun 13, 2013 @ 3:44 pm

    This is pretty brilliant, Emily – YUM! And gorgeous photos, too!


  9. Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef
    Jun 13, 2013 @ 9:50 pm

    what a creative breakfast!! love this. tomorrow i’m posting a strawberry shortcake recipe too…but it isn’t healthy. did you know that it’s also national strawberry shortcake day? i never know food holidays so i’m excited about this. :)


  10. lynn @ the actor's diet
    Jun 14, 2013 @ 11:19 pm

    I LOVE that you made cream out of cottage cheese!


  11. erin
    Jun 17, 2013 @ 7:25 am

    Oh, yum! This looks SO good and super simple to make, Emily! You always have the best recipes :) Thanks for sharing!


  12. smithsophiagrace
    Jun 17, 2013 @ 2:17 pm

    I just love strawberry shortcake. Now I’m planning to prepare the recipe with family this weekend. Thank’s for sharing!


  13. Lori
    Jun 19, 2013 @ 9:17 am

    Love the sound of those almond cakes. What a great idea!


  14. Sloan
    Jun 22, 2013 @ 8:29 am

    I have always been a strawberry shortcake fan. My version has always been to use the little pastry cups and pile on as much Cool Whip as possible! Almond cakes sound really good and the recipe is much healthier than what I have been doing. Also, I have never thought of cottage as part of the topping. Thanks for sharing.


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