Strawberry Shortcake. Come on. Say it three times. I have always thought this was was a fun and easy dessert to make. June 14th is National Strawberry Shortcake Day and the perfect way to celebrate Strawberry season.
What I really love about Strawberry Shortcake is that it’s messy. It’s really about putting it together in layers. I like to add a little whipped cream to my plate and then start building. First half the biscuit, then more whipped cream, then strawberries. And repeat! It’s all about creating your own masterpiece.
So You Can Have Strawberry Shortcake?
So why a recipe for Strawberry Shortcake? When I first started leaning into plant-based nutrition, I was focused on getting more plants on my plate. I took a couple of online classes with the Center for Nutrition Studies. It was clear that eating more vegetables, fruits and grains would help me fight inflammation. I focused on choosing whole foods that had not been broken down or processed. Then I started looking at dessert differently.
Sugar was off the table for a while. I knew that too much was not good for my body. But I live in a world which includes a family and a little girl who likes to bake with mommy. So truthfully, I don’t eat as many sweets as I used to. When I am in the mood for a sweet treat, I usually make it myself. Our version of Strawberry Shortcake is easy to make and we love the fact that there are no mystery ingredients.
Black Girls Eat is all about meeting people where they are. I know that I’m making healthier choices every day. We avoid lots of salt and sugar by making desserts for the family at home. I’ve made this recipe with plant-based products and without and we didn’t notice a difference. So it’s up to you. Whatever you choose, Strawberry Shortcake is a fave and easy to make with a few ingredients.
LA is a plant-based advocate from the Bronx who is hyped about summer and planting tomatoes in her garden. If you are looking to go from plant-curious to plant-focused, try the Easy 5 Day Introduction to Plant-Based Nutrition Class. Feeling social? Visit LA on Instagram @blackgirlseat