10 Best Gluten Free Strawberry Desserts

Strawberries, known for their vibrant red hue and sweet-tart taste, are versatile fruit that can be added to numerous gluten-free desserts. From classic strawberry shortcake to refreshing ice cream cake, elegant mousse, a smoothie, or simply enjoying them fresh, strawberries are the perfect naturally gluten-free ingredient for your next sweet indulgence.

cross section of strawberry tiramisu dessert on a cake platter


Why add strawberries to gluten free desserts?

The natural sweetness of strawberries often allows us to cut back on sweeteners making strawberry desserts healthier with a punch of delicious fresh strawberry flavor.

You can also enjoy them in muffins like our popular Gluten-Free Strawberry Muffin Recipe or the tasty Dairy-Free Strawberry Pecan Muffins.

fresh strawberries in a bowl for strawberry desserts

FAQs about strawberries

Are organic strawberries pesticide-free?

Organic strawberries are grown without the use of synthetic pesticides. Organic farming practices prioritize the use of natural methods and substances to control pests and diseases.

However, it’s important to note that organic farming allows certain approved pesticides derived from natural sources. These substances are subject to strict regulations and are typically considered less harmful to the environment and human health compared to synthetic pesticides.

While organic strawberries generally have lower pesticide residues than conventionally grown strawberries, they can contain trace amounts of naturally derived pesticides. However, these residues are typically significantly lower than those found on conventionally grown strawberries.

To ensure that organic produce meets the required standards, organic farms are certified by regulatory bodies and undergo regular inspections.

Consumers can look for the “USDA Organic” label or similar certifications to identify organic products in the United States. Other countries may have their own organic certification systems.

It’s essential to thoroughly wash all fruits and vegetables, including organic strawberries, before consumption to remove any potential residues or contaminants.

Best way to wash strawberries?

Washing strawberries thoroughly can help remove pesticide residues and other contaminants. 

Fill a large bowl or basin with cool water. Make sure it’s enough to submerge the strawberries fully.

Add a few tablespoons of white vinegar to the water. The vinegar helps to break down any pesticide residues and remove bacteria.

Place the strawberries in the water-vinegar solution. Allow them to soak for about 5 to 10 minutes.

Gently swish the strawberries in the water, ensuring that all surfaces come into contact with the solution. This helps to dislodge any dirt, debris, or pesticide residues.

After the soaking period, remove the strawberries from the water and vinegar solution.

Rinse the strawberries under cool, running water. Use your fingers to gently rub the surface of each berry while rinsing.

Continue rinsing until all traces of vinegar and other debris are washed away.

Pat the strawberries dry with a clean kitchen towel or paper towel.

It’s important to note that washing strawberries can reduce but not eliminate pesticide residues. If you are concerned about pesticide exposure, consider buying organic strawberries. 

How to store strawberries to keep them fresh longer.

Strawberries are delicate fruits, and their quality can decline rapidly. To extend their shelf life, follow these steps:

Inspect the strawberries: Before storing, carefully examine the strawberries and remove any damaged or moldy ones. Damaged strawberries can cause the others to spoil faster.

Keep them dry: Moisture can lead to mold growth, so make sure the strawberries are dry before storing them. If they are damp, gently pat them dry with a paper towel.

Store unwashed: It’s best to store strawberries unwashed to maintain their freshness. Washing them can speed up spoilage.

Choose the right container: Place the strawberries in a shallow container lined with paper towels or a clean kitchen towel. This helps absorb excess moisture and provides a cushion for the berries. We love this berry container for the fridge.

Single layer: Arrange the strawberries in a single layer to avoid squishing or bruising. If you have multiple layers, place a layer of paper towels between them.

Ventilation: Ensure that the container has some ventilation to allow air circulation. You can use a container with small holes or leave the lid slightly ajar.

Refrigerate: Place the container of strawberries in the refrigerator. Strawberries are perishable and should be stored in the fridge to extend their shelf life. 

Consume within a few days: Fresh strawberries are best enjoyed within a few days of purchase. They are highly perishable and tend to deteriorate quickly.


Our List of Best Gluten Free Strawberry Desserts

strawberry shortcake on a plate garnished with mint, gluten free

Gluten-Free Strawberry Shortcakes

Buttery, flaky and perfect Gluten-Free Strawberry Shortcakes – filled with juicy sweet strawberries and a lightly flavoured whipped cream. A perfect gluten free summer dessert!

slice. of strawberry cream pie dessert on a plate, gluten free

Gluten-Free Strawberry Cream Pie

A gluten free strawberry dessert with almond cookie-like crust, light vanilla custard, and sweet fresh strawberries. This pie is anything but humble and yet so easy and simple to make. 

slice of gluten free strawberry apple cake

Gluten Free Strawberry Apple Cake

Another one of our favorite strawberry recipes is this gluten free dessert made with a buttery crust filled with strawberries and apples in a light sponge-like cake, flavoured with cinnamon, lemon and vanilla.

cross section of strawberry tiramisu dessert on a cake platter


Gluten-Free Strawberry Tiramisu – The Wicked Dessert

This stunning gluten free strawberry tiramisu puts a twist on the classic tiramisu dessert. This gluten-free dessert is made with layers of ladyfingers soaked with richly flavoured strawberries and light creamy mascarpone cheese. This is an insanely delicious strawberry dessert!

a slice of strawberry snacking cake

Gluten-Free Strawberry Sheet Cake with Strawberry Glaze

If you are looking for a dessert recipe that is super easy try this strawberry sheet cake. Sweet, buttery Gluten-Free Strawberry Sheet Cake overflowing with fresh strawberries and the very best fresh strawberry glaze. Every bite is heavenly and plainly hard to forget.

strawberry ricotta mousse topped with blackberry sauce in a glass

Strawberry Ricotta Mousse With Blackberry Topping

Do you need a chilled dessert using fresh strawberries? Then try this light and refreshing mousse using six ingredients, ricotta cheese, fresh strawberries, blackberries, whipping cream, tapioca flour and a splash of pure maple syrup. The mousse is egg-free, and it’s practically effortless.

paleo strawberry pie in a pie dish

Easy Paleo Strawberry Pie Recipe

The juicy strawberries topped with almond crumble make this gluten free paleo dessert explosively delicious.This is the easiest strawberry pie recipe you will ever make. A perfect strawberry dessert for when the berries are in season.

a slice of strawberry jelly roll on a dessert plate

Gluten Free Strawberry Cheesecake Jelly Roll

This is a chilled strawberry vintage dessert made with gluten free sponge cake filled with a creamy fresh strawberry filling.  This dessert is light with marshmallow-like texture and a sweet cheesecake filling.

strawberry mousse in glasses, keto dessert recipe

4-Ingredient Keto Strawberry Mousse

For the diet savvy, try this extra creamy, refreshing mousse. You can whip up this perfectly sweet and low-carb recipe in minutes—an easy strawberry dessert for novice cooks and chefs alike.

a slice of strawberry icebox dessert on a plate

 Icebox Cake – Gluten Free Strawberry Dessert

This chilled strawberry dessert is about fresh strawberries and a fluffy strawberry cream nestled between, four layers of delicious gluten free cake. This dessert will satisfy your sweet tooth every time.

There is always a good time to enjoy a strawberry dessert without gluten! Whether you are looking for an after dinner delectable dessert or something sweet and delicious for Sunday brunch, strawberries are always a huge hit. Enjoy!

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