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Strawberry Shortcake

Like Sara Lee pound cake, this buttery, very vanilla shortcake loaf begs for strawberries and whipped cream. Get the recipe in time for strawberry season.

This very special strawberry shortcake is the result of a recipe conversion for a beloved member of our LFG community, Carolyn Gurski. She entrusted her family's secret shortcake recipe, generations in the making, to me and asked me to recreate it LFG. Her original recipe is quite simple with all purpose flour, baking powder, salt, margarine, sugar, milk, eggs, and vanilla. But you can already see the problems, LECTINS, BAD FAT, and SUGAR! I converted this to lectin free with a few easy swaps. Read on to see how it's done.

Of course, to convert a recipe I have to experience the original. The sacrifices I make for you, I swear! Don't worry, I only had a couple bites. When I tasted it, I was delighted to discover that it was JUST LIKE SARA LEE POUND CAKE. This pound cake was what my mother used to make strawberry shortcake when I was growing up. So this shortcake, that tastes like the shortcake I had as a kid, was a welcome addition to my LFG lineup.

If you've tried to bake anything lectin free, you know how frustrating it can be when you have a classic recipe in mind and your lectin free version turns out nothing like it. You scratch your head wondering what went wrong. In theory, swapping out flours and sweeteners should do the trick, right? But gluten and sugar are two important ingredients that hold many baked goods together. How often have you ended up with a crumbly mess?

To assure your baked goods turn out in one piece, you need a few tricks up your sleeve. Once you know them, baking becomes quite enjoyable as more and more of your efforts pay off in the form of tasty treats.

First, you have to make my flour blend. I use it one-to-one for any recipe containing all-purpose flour. The LFG blend is 2:1:1 cassava, coconut, and blanched almond flours. Each flour contributes something to mimic all-purpose flour. Cassava has lots of nice starch, coconut has great fiber, and almond has protein. To make the blend, measure each to the gram if you have a kitchen scale. For instance, to make one pound of my flour blend sift 227 grams of cassava flour and 113.5 grams each of coconut and almond flours together and store it in a large canister. This way you don't have to do any crazy math when a recipe calls for 3/4 cup (like this recipe does). You can just measure it out of the blend you already have mixed.

Second, accept that Xanthan gum is friend not foe. This ingredient often gets undeserved criticism likely due to its name. I mean, XANTHAN GUM sounds like Batman's arch enemy. It's chemical-sounding name was given when its inventor fermented sugar resulting in a gooey slurry that contains a good bacteria called Xanthomonas campestris. The broth is then mixed with alcohol and dried into a powder. When you add it to cakes, cookies, and breads made without gluten or sugar, it magically acts like gluten without the harmful effects on your gut. If only the inventor had called it "baker's magic" instead.

Third, Dr G and I are both very interested in allulose for lectin free baking. Baked goods made with allulose result in cakes and cookies closest to their sugary original. That's because allulose is a form of sugar, sort of. It will count toward total sugar and carbohydrate (CHO) grams on food and beverage labels; however, your body won't metabolize it and does not contribute calories to the diet. Best of all, it's gut-friendly. I prefer allulose over sweeteners containing erythritol. Like erythritol, allulose provides the bulk for recipes, But unlike erythritol, allulose doesn't give you that weird cooling effect on your tongue when you eat it.

Finally, understand that lectin free flours need extra moisture. I almost always use sour cream or plain coconut yogurt in my cakes and sweet loafs. It gives them the familiar moist texture like their classic originals, the ones I remember in my pre-lectin-free days.

Keep this LFG strawberry shortcake recipe handy when strawberry season arrives in your area. Remember, Dr. Gundry says fruit is ok occasionally on the Plant Paradox if it's consumed in season. Ask your local organic berry patch, "When is strawberry season?" Some are as early as March. It's so fun to pick a bushel of berries to bring home for eating and baking up recipes like this delicious LFG strawberry shortcake.

Ready to make strawberry shortcake? Let's do it!


The Recipe

LFG Strawberry Shortcake


3/4 Cup LFG Flour Blend*

1/2 tsp Xanthan Gum

1/4 tsp Salt

2 tsp Aluminum Free Baking Powder

*2:1:1 Cassava, Coconut and Blanched Almond Flours


1/4 Cup Grassfed Ghee (room temp)

1 Pasture Raised Egg

3/4 Cup Organic Sour Cream or Plain Coconut Yogurt

1/2 Cup Allulose Granules

1 Tbsp Raw Local Honey

10 Drops Vanilla Sweet Leaf (stevia drops)

1 Tbsp Vanilla Extract


Fresh Organic Strawberries

Organic Heavy Cream or Coconut Cream (whipped)


Step 1: Sift Dry Ingredients

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, sift flour, Xanthan gum, salt, and baking powder together. Set aside.

Step 2: Cream Wet Ingredients

In a medium bowl, cream together ghee, egg, sour cream, allulose, honey, stevia drops, and vanilla extract with a wire whisk until smooth.

Step 3: Add Wet to Dry

Dump the wet ingredients into the dry bowl and stir together with a rubber spatula until well incorporated, airy, and very fluffy. Stop stirring once you achieve this lofty texture. Over stirring will cause your shortcake to fall.

Step 4: Bake

Line the bottom of two mini loaf pans with parchment paper. Divide batter and pour into lined pans. Bake for 40-45 minutes until loaves are a rich dark brown and a toothpick inserted into the center of the risen loaves comes out clean.

Remove from the oven and cool in pans 10 minutes. Then, slide a butter knife between the cake and the edges of the pans. Turn one cake out into the palm of your hand and peel the parchment paper from the bottom of the loaf. Repeat for second loaf. Allow cakes to cool and set on a rack for another 20 minutes before slicing and serving warm. Wrap in plastic and store on the counter. They get better and better as they sit.

Serve one-inch slices of shortcake with fresh organic strawberries and whipped cream.


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Jun 14, 2021

I made this today for our dessert and oh my goodness, it did not disappoint. I haven't had any sweets in over a month since I started the lectin free way of eating and this tasted so good to me. Strawberries are in season, so I felt very Dr. G compliant as I devoured this dish. I will definitely make it again. I used organic whipping cream with a little vanilla and it was pure heaven. Thank you for all your wonderful recipes.

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Sounds perfect, darling. Glad you’re getting some mileage out of this recipe. 💋


Morinomiya Osaka
Morinomiya Osaka
Jun 07, 2021

I can't wait to make this for my husband's birthday. What size are the mini loaf pans? Thank you so much!

Morinomiya Osaka
Morinomiya Osaka
Jun 17, 2021
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Just wanted to thank you for a wonderful fool proof recipe. The hubby was very happy with his birthday cake! It was a huge hit with the entire family! Can't wait to try more recipes! ❤️


I have never used allulous before I just looked on amazon at the brand wholesome sweetener, the only listed ingredient listed is allulous but in the question section this is what the seller said so I am confused, could corn be in this and we dont know? what brand do you use in your baking?

"At this time, our allulose is not organic, but we are actively experimenting with this option and are hopeful to be able to offer organic allulose later in 2021. For our current product, the corn that is used as the starting raw material is certified non GMO corn. Utilizing a combination of heat and enzymatic fermen… see more

By A manufacturer MANUFACTURER on October 12…

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Hi Ernit! D-Psicose (C6H12O6), also known as D-allulose, or simply allulose, is a low-calorie monosaccharide sugar. Both Dr G and I are excited about this low (zero) glycemic sweetener‘s potential. While it can be made from corn or sugar beets as a base, the fermentation process is what gives us the compound. Ultimately there is no corn or beets in the end product.


Benjamin Weiss
Benjamin Weiss
Mar 05, 2021

My wife has a severe allergy to lectins, resulting in fibromyalgia-like symptoms. So I'm very careful what I cook for her.

She hasn't had strawberry shortcake in years, so she loved this recipe! But she got terrible gas afterwards. Is that from the allulose (which I haven't tried before)? If so, is there something else I can substitute?

Thank you!

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Hi Ben, I’m not sure what gave your wife gas. It could be allulose. Try subbing another sweetener that she can tolerate. Thanks, K


Kristine how do I print the receipe off Wix

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Hi Jennifer, you won’t get a great result if you just print from the web. You’ll t lots of blank space and pages you don’t want. Many blog followers find cutting and pasting content into a word doc is the easiest way to get one of my blog pages in a printable format. You can adjust font size and margins to fit on the page. If you don’t want to include all the write-ups before the recipes, well you can also selectively only cut and paste the actual recipe, instructions and maybe the photo.

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