9 Healthy Strawberry Desserts That Go Beyond Shortcake and Pretzel Salad

We’re coming up on prime strawberry-picking season, and while it may not be time to stroll through a field snapping pics just yet, we’ll gladly start stocking up during grocery store runs. Besides snacking on them whole, what better way to eat strawberries than in a dessert? The vitamin C-packed berries sweeten desserts the healthy way and are so versatile—blend 'em into a healthy milkshake, add them to muffins or crisps, or try a spin on a classic with chocolate-dipped strawberry truffles. These are the sweet-tart strawberry desserts we need heading into summer. 

Meet peanut butter cups’ fruit-friendly cousin. These vegan chocolate treats are filled with a shredded coconut and strawberry cream and are covered in a coconut oil and chocolate coating. If you love to snack on Reese’s, you’ve gotta try them.

Eat this for breakfast or dessert… we won’t judge. Just make sure you leave time in the fridge for the chia seeds to expand. Besides tasting delicious, they also look pretty gorgeous. The strawberry purée almost makes 'em look like margaritas, and topping the bowl with more fresh slices gives it a pretty finish.

Paleo and vegan? We’re hooked. Grab a cast-iron pan or small ramekins and fill with berries, maple syrup, and vanilla, then top with an almond butter-coconut sugar crumble. After half an hour in the oven, you’ll have the juiciest, sweetest dessert to devour.

If you’re eating keto, these cream cheese-stuffed strawberries are probably calling your name. A little bit of powdered sugar, vanilla, and heavy cream mixed in will make you feel like you’re actually eating cheesecake. And best of all—no utensils necessary.

You won’t need a fancy machine to put together this DIY ice cream. Just blend strawberries, lemon juice, and honey, then mix with Greek strawberry yogurt and pour into a loaf tin or other freezable container. It’ll come out looking like a sorbet, but the yogurt helps it taste rich and creamy.

Ditch the pound cake and drink this classic dessert instead. This healthier milkshake uses cashew butter, dates, and oats to get a thick, creamy, and slightly nutty taste that will replicate strawberry shortcake’s flavor. Like the chia pudding, this recipe makes for a tasty dessert or a sweet breakfast.

These muffins are already lightened up with substitute ingredients like egg whites and applesauce, but adding strawberries to the mix gives you a serving of fruit in your dessert too. Plus, strawberry and chocolate just taste great together, so why not?

Get the taste of chocolate-covered strawberries without all the mess. These bite-size truffles couldn’t be easier to make, especially since you only need four ingredients: fresh strawberries, dried strawberries, coconut flour, and dark chocolate chips. They take about an hour in the fridge to set. After that, the only hard thing is resisting the urge to eat them all at once.

If you haven’t invested in a popsicle mold yet, you're seriously missing out. They’re super cheap on Amazon and can be used to make things like these vegan and Paleo pops. The mix of bananas, berries, coconut, and maple syrup will get you even more pumped for summer.