Healthier Mini Strawberry Shortcakes (Individual Dessert Recipe)


With Easter and Passover just around the corner, we wanted to create a recipe that was quick, healthy, and easy for socially distant gatherings. Our Healthier Mini Strawberry Shortcakes (Individual Dessert Recipe) is made with organic kefir, olive oil, and reduce sugar for the perfect light sweet. There's no better time that the present to spend quality time with your loved ones, so why not add a little sweetness to brighten the day!

Healthier Mini Strawberry Shortcakes (Individual Dessert Recipe)
Healthier Mini Strawberry Shortcakes (Individual Dessert Recipe) with Lifeway Kefir

What is Kefir?

Lifeway Kefir is a “live and active cultured dairy beverage with a tart and tangy taste and creamy consistency. It originated over 2000 years ago in the Caucasus Mountains and is associated with good health.” (source)

It is a powerful probiotic – live microorganisms (good bacteria) that may support immunity and a healthy digestive system.

What are the benefits of Kefir?

There are several evidence-based health benefits related to whole milk kefir:

  • More powerful probiotic than yogurt!
  • Potent antibacterial properties
  • Can improve bone health and lower risks of Osteoporosis
  • Can improve overall digestion
  • May be protective against cancer
  • And more!

I've been using Lifeway's Whole Milk Kefir for years now. It's not only an essential in making salad dressings and smoothies, but it's my secret ingredient in making my cakes super moist and fluffy! If you ever wondered what's the key tip to making your favorite bakery's cake, well try adding kefir and you may just surprise yourself ;)

Why Lifeway Organic Whole Milk Kefir?

The Lifeway Organic Whole Milk Kefir is rich, creamy, and nutritious. It’s made with only 1g of added sugar per ounce, making it the perfect addition to bake goods, especially cakes. Plus, their Organic Whole Milk Kefir is up to 99% lactose-free and gluten-free!

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Healthier Mini Strawberry Shortcakes (Individual Dessert Recipe)
Healthier Mini Strawberry Shortcakes (Individual Dessert Recipe)

I truly hope you all enjoy this deliciously easy and healthy strawberry shortcake recipe made with organic kefir and olive oil that has nestled its way into our hearts here in the ABM kitchen! ’till next time… xxL

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“So do not fear, for I am with you;
    do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
    I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)

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Healthier Mini Strawberry Shortcakes (Individual Dessert Recipe)



For the cake:

  • 1 cup Flour
  • 1 tsp. Baking Powder
  • 1/4 tsp. Kosher Salt
  • 3/4 cup Lifeway Kefir Organic Whole Milk Kefir, (plain or strawberry flavored)
  • 1/4 cup Olive Oil
  • 1 large Egg + 1 Egg Yolk
  • 1/3 cup Granulated Cane Sugar
  • 2 tsp. Vanilla Extract

For the Whipping Cream:

  • 1 cup Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 2 tbsp. Powdered Sugar

For the Strawberries:

  • 4 cups Quartered Strawberries
  • 2 tbsp. Granulated Cane Sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly grease and line an 8x8" baking pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together the quartered strawberries and sugar. Set in the fridge until ready to serve. If you are prepping this dessert in advance, let the strawberries sit in the fridge for 1-2 hours for the juices to be at their best.

For the Cake:

  1. In a mixing bowl, add in the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar. Mix until well combined.
  2. In a separate mixng bowl, whisk together the egg, egg yolk, kefir, olive oil, and vanilla extract. Pour the wet mixture into the dry ingredients bowl, then mix just until incorporated.
  3. Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan, using a spatula to evenly spread it out in the pan, then bake for 16-18 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  4. Let it cool 2-3 minutes in the pan, then transfer to a cool completely on a wire rack.

For the Whipping Cream:

  1. Using a hand mixer or a stand mixer with the whisk attachment, beat the heavy cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla on medium-high speed until soft-medium peaks form, about 3 minutes.

To Assemble:

  1. Slice the cooled cake into small bite-sized pieces, then evenly distribute in 6-8 small individual cups. Add a generous layer of the strawberries on top, then frost with the whipping cream. Garnish with a fresh mint leaf and/or strawberry to serve. Enjoy!

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