Dairy-Free Strawberry Shortcake Made in a Pan or Roll & Cut Style


June 14th is National Strawberry Shortcake Day! To celebrate I’ve updated this delightful dairy-free strawberry shortcake, which marries two recipes.

Many years ago, The Imperfect Mommy shared her favorite allergy-friendly and naturally vegan shortcake-in-a-pan recipe with us. She serves it with classic macerated strawberries and dairy-free ice cream or dairy-free whipped cream. But Kim of C’est La V Bakery shared her special touch with homemade whip and balsamic strawberries. I’ve included both options, so you can choose a classic version or a bakeshop specialty.

Dairy-Free Strawberry Shortcake Recipe Made in a Pan or Roll & Cut Style. Just happens to be vegan, nut-free and soy-free too. Recipe includes classic and balsamic strawberry options.

Dairy-Free Strawberry Shortcake Made in a Pan or Roll & Cut Style

Long ago, Bisquick shared a classic recipe for biscuit-style strawberry shortcake made in a pan. It’s a no-fuss method that’s great for parties. Imperfect Mommy didn’t tell us what size pan she used, so I did some research. It seems some people use an 8×8-inch pan and some use a 9×13-inch pan. You choose whether you want thicker or thinner shortcakes, but the larger pan is better for easily serving a crowd.

I have added a classic roll and cut biscuit option, since the recipe also works well this way. Whichever method you choose, the results will elicit smiles.

And yes, Heart Smart Bisquick is actually dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, soy-free, and vegan by ingredients. (Note: Bisquick has had to do some temporary reformulations, some boxes of Heart Smart may contain soy – check the label!) Their Original and Gluten-Free Bisquick mixes are also made without dairy. They used to be certified kosher pareve, but I’m seeing conflicting certifications on the packaging. Make sure that the product is safe for your needs. If not, try our Homemade Biscuit Baking Mix recipe for the shortcakes.

Dairy-Free Strawberry Shortcake Recipe Made in a Pan or Roll & Cut Style. Just happens to be vegan, nut-free and soy-free too. Recipe includes classic and balsamic strawberry options.

Special Diet Notes: Allergy Friendly Strawberry Shortcakes

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free (see post above), vegan, and  vegetarian.

Dairy-Free Strawberry Shortcake
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This recipe just happens to be vegan too! It's the pan-style, dairy-free, adapted version of Bisquick's classic recipe, but we've also included a roll and cut option.
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 9 servings
Balsamic Strawberries (see Classic Strawberries below)
  • 1½ pints fresh strawberries, hulled and quartered
  • 1 tablespoon good-quality balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar (or more to taste, depending on how sweet your berries are)
Dairy-Free Shortcake
  • 2⅓ cup Heart Smart Bisquick
  • ½ cup plain, vanilla, or unsweetened dairy-free milk beverage
  • ¼ cup melted dairy-free buttery spread (can sub coconut oil)
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • Raw or sanding sugar, for topping
Coconut Cream
  • 1 (14-ounce) can full-fat coconut milk, refrigerated overnight
  • 1 teaspoon agave nectar or sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch sea salt
Balsamic Strawberries
  1. In a large bowl, stir together the strawberries, balsamic vinegar, and brown sugar. Let sit and macerate while you bake the shortcake.
Dairy-Free Shortcake
  1. Preheat your oven to 400°F and lightly grease an 8x8-inch baking pan (can use a 9x13-inch baking pan for thinner cakes).
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together the Bisquick, milk beverage, buttery spread, and sugar until soft dough forms.
  3. Lightly pat the dough into your prepared pan, and sprinkle with the raw sugar.
  4. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until golden.
Coconut Cream Topping
  1. While the shortcake bakes, open the can of coconut milk and scoop ⅓ cup of the very thick cream at top. It must be very thick and spoonable already. Runny or soft coconut milk will not whip!
  2. Add the agave or sugar, vanilla, and salt. Whip with a hand mixer until smooth and creamy.
  1. Cut shortcake and top with the strawberries and a spooonful of whip, to serve. If you made a thicker cake, you can slice the pieces horizontally and serve with strawberries and whip int he middle.
Classic Strawberries: If you prefer simple, sweet, macerated strawberries, omit the balsamic vinegar and brown sugar. Stir 3 tablespoons sugar into the strawberries and let sit.

Roll & Cut Shortcake Option: Lightly pat the dough out to ½-inch to ¾-inch thickness on a surface dusted with a little Bisquick. Cut straight down with a biscuit cutter or cookie cutter (do not twist). Place biscuits on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake at 400°F for 10 to 15 minutes, or until golden.

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About Author

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.


  1. Heart Smart Bisquick is not soy-free. The ingredients listed show Vegetable oil:soybean and/or canola oil. My daughter is soy sensitive and I am glad I read the ingredients listed in the Heart Smart Bisquick, before making the shortcakes.

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