low carb diabetic friendly strawberry shortcake

Easy to make Diabetic-friendly Strawberry Shortcake

Strawberry season isn’t over yet. I’ve enjoyed many fresh berries right out of the field. Strawberries are absolutely best when they are just freshly picked. Strawberries (fresh or even frozen) are a fantastic fruit to use in diabetic-friendly desserts.

Seasonal desserts are always a favourite around our house. This diabetic-friendly Strawberry Shortcake is easy to make and tastes great. I can remember growing up always looking forward to rhubarb pie, strawberry shortcake, fresh beans, and cucumbers and the list goes on and on. I may have grown older but my enthusiasm for picking and enjoying whatever is in the season hasn’t changed.

Fresh strawberries are also great in Diabetic-Friendly Strawberry Cheesecake, Diabetic Strawberry Cheesecake squares, Diabetic Friendly Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp and so on. The list goes on and on.

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low carb strawberry shortcake recipe for diabetics

As a diabetic, sometimes it just takes a little creativity to make all-time favourite recipes, diabetic-friendly, but there is no reason that you can’t enjoy a wide selection of diabetic-friendly dessert options.

I have altered this recipe to lower the number of carbs and replace the sugar, making it a diabetic-friendly Strawberry Shortcake. After all, if we can control the almighty blood sugar, we can eat guilt-free and stress-free. Even though I am the only diabetic in the house, my family enjoys the diabetic-friendly version as well. Sugar really isn’t healthy for anyone, so why not enjoy the alternative recipes together.

I hope you enjoy this delicious dessert as much as I do.

When can you buy the best fresh Strawberries (in season)

Strawberry season typically starts in June and lasts into July in the region that I live in. In the southern states of the US, look for fresh strawberries in April and May.

For making sugar-free jams or jelly or other sugar-free recipes, I recommend a pick-your-own farmers market, if you have one available.

low carb strawberry shortcake
diabetic friendly low carb strawberry shortcake

Being able to pick your own ensures that you get the freshest sweetest berries on the vine.

Cjoose an organic farm if possible, to avoid pesticides and chemicals that have been used on the strawberry fields during the growing process.

When hand-p[icking strawberries, pull the stem from hte plant. Don’t pull on the berry, as this can bruise the fruit.

How to pick the best strawberries at the market

If you are able to get your strawberries at a farmer’s market, as opposed to a supermarket, they will be fresher. Strawberries do not have a long shelf life and at a farmers market, they are likely to have been p[icked more recently.

fresh strawberries for a diabetic-friendly strawberry shortcake
fresh strawberries for a diabetic-friendly strawberry shortcake

Look for strawberries that are bright red with no white spots. Many fruits when picked will continue to ripen after picking, but unfortunately, strawberries aren’t one of them.

The tips of the strawberries are the last area to ripen, so if the tips are white, they are not quite ripe. You also don’t want white around the stem.

Choose strawberries that have fresh green leaves. If the leaves are dry or have brown or black spots, keep looking.

If you are able to smell the strawberries, a nice ripe strawberry will have a strong, sweet strawberry smell.

If you are buying strawberries in a plastic container (clamshell), be sure to check underneath and as much of the inside as possible. Strawberries only last a few days and can get mouldy quickly.

The size of the strawberry doesn’t mean it is any sweeter than the others. The only benefit is, that a nice large plump strawberry has a much nicer presentation than the small ones. I tend to try and pick medium-sized strawberries.

Choose strawberries that are firm but not hard. A soft strawberry or a strawberry with a soft spot is on the very of rotting. When they are soft, they have lost some of their flavours and will likely only last a day or two at best.

How to store strawberries

Store your strawberries in a clean container in the refrigerator for up to three days. As strawberries age, they tend to lose some of their sweetness. It is best to use them as soon as possible, so you get the full flavour of the strawberry.

Kitchen tools needed to make this diabetic-friendly Strawberry Shortcake

low carb diabetic-friendly strawberry shortcake

Grocery list for diabetic-friendly Strawberry Shortcake

  • flour
  • baking powder
  • salt
  • Splenda
  • egg
  • butter
  • vanilla extract
  • whipped topping
  • strawberries
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Recipe for diabetic-friendly Strawberry Shortcake

low carb strawberry shortcake

Diabetic friendly Strawberry Shortcake

this recipe uses Splenda. and sugar-free cool whip. Cutting out some of the sugar doesn't mean compromising on taste. Make and enjoy this delicious summertime favorite.
Prep Time 45 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 239 kcal


  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2/3 cup Splenda
  • 1 egg (best at room temperature)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup skim milk
  • 4 cups Cool Whip – Sugar-free (1L container) (regular or other brand can br used but will affect nutritional value)
  • 4 cups strawberries – sliced

Strawberry Drizzle

  • 2 cups strawberries,mashed (using a potato masher is a good way to mash them, leaving a few pieces in the mash)
  • 2 Tbsp Splenda


  • Preheat oven to 350 ° F
  • In a small mixing bowl, cream together butter and Splenda.
    Add egg and vanilla and beat well.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together, flour, baking powder and salt
  • In mixing bowl, alternate adding flour and skim milk, a little at a time, mixing in between additions Continue until mixed thoroughly. mixing well
  • Grease a 9 inch pie plate.
  • Pour mixture into the pie plate and bake on center rack in oven for 20-25 minutes.
  • Once baked ( check to make sure a toothpick comes out clean), let cool on a wire rack.
  • Once cooled, slice horizontally and then cut into 8 triangular pieces (like a pie)

Strawberry Drizzle

  • In a small saucepan add mashed strawberries and Splenda and stir.
  • Bring to a boil and remove from heat, stirring to keep from burning.
  • Let cool.


  • Place a bottom slice of cake onto a dessert plate. Spoon about 2 tbsp cool whip onto the piece of cake.
  • Spoon on 3 tbsp of sliced strawberries onto cool whip.
  • Place the top piece of cake onto strawberries and cool whip
  • Spoon 3 tbsp of Cool whip onto the top piece and top with 3 tbsp strawberries.
  • Drizzle 2 tbsp of strawberry drizzle over top
low carb strawberry shortcake

Photos of steps to make diabetic-friendly Strawberry Shortcake

Nutritional value of diabetic-friendly Strawberry Shortcake

Comparing regular strawberry shortcakes to our diabetic-friendly strawberry shortcake version reduced the carbs and the calories by half.

I have experimented with using Almond flour but found the result heavy and unsatisfying. To reduce the carbs even further, feel free to substitute the all-purpose flour for almond flour.

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