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Low Calorie Strawberry Shortcake

Have you ever made a traditional Strawberry Shortcake? Well, I have and the "shortcake" part calls for cream AND butter. Wowza!

And, then, you add heavy whipped cream to the top of the dessert. It does taste amazingly good, but it turns an otherwise incredibly healthy food into a dessert disaster.

What to do?

Over on Facebook, a reader suggested using an Angel Food cake as a substitution for the shortcake and I thought that was an interesting idea. Angel Food cake is basically egg whites and sugar, so you get volume without too many calories.

Because I am super lazy, I purchased an Angel Food cake from my local Stop & Shop for $4.99. After I brought it home, I cut it in half and put one half into my freezer.

The label on the side of the cake said "8 Servings" but I decided it was more like "16 Servings" - this cake is LARGE. So, one slice of my new serving size is:

75 calories, 0 g fat, 18 g carbohydrates, 1.5 g protein, 0 g fiber, 235 mg sodium, 2 Points+

Then, I used 2 quarts of strawberries and mashed up about a third of the berries (after washing and hulling them) and just tossed them into a plastic container.

At dessert time, I poured my "no added sugar" concoction onto the "almost entirely" sugar Angel Food cake and waited for my children to complain that it wasn't sweet enough.

Guess what? They liked it! The cake added all the sweetness that was necessary to be dessert - and my children inhaled a ton of strawberries. Hurray!

For you Weight Watchers fans out there, this is a 2 Point dessert where you can eat your zero point strawberries till you are red in the face and the tummy :)

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Strawberry Healthycake Recipe

(8 servings)

1 15 ounce Angel Food Cake (store made)
2 quarts strawberries

Cut Angel Food cake in half and place one half in the freezer for a future date. Slice 8 slices of cake and place on plates. Wash and hull strawberries. Mash 1/3 of them in a bowl with a potato masher and cut the remaining 2/3 in half. Mix all the strawberries and divide into 8 servings onto the cake.

Enjoy!

For one serving: 115 calories, 0.6 g fat, 26.4 g carbohydrates, 2.5 g protein, 3.3 g fiber, 201 mg sodium, 2 Points+

Points+ values are calculated by Snack Girl and are provided for information only.

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First 20 Comments: [ see all 23 ]

This is how I grew up thinking about shortcake. My mom always used angel food, and I didn't know that an actual "shortcake" was something entirely different until a year or two ago. I love both ways but use the angel cake most often since its healthier, and "just like mom made"

Kristine on June 27, 2011

I love angel food cake! Am I the only one who thinks strawberries are super-sweet anyways?

Cristina @ An Organic Wife on June 27, 2011

My daughter and I eat this all summer long. It's delicious and bonus - neither one of us like shortcake!

Jessica on June 27, 2011

I've eaten it that way for years and I actually like it better than traditional shortcake. It has a nice tang to it!

Abi on June 27, 2011

So simple, even I couldn't screw this up!

Cathie on June 27, 2011

Thanks for this! My family love strawberry shortcake and this is so much better for them. I'm sorry I never thought of it. I will be trying it!

Jaimie on June 27, 2011

I've never liked the pound cake type either.

Head Ant on June 27, 2011

This is one of those treats I have so rarely that I would go for my fave, calories and all, and I prefer shortcake over poundcake or angel food. I love the texture and flavor of the shortcake so much more, it's worth it.

tanna on June 27, 2011

angelfood cake is the best but you could also do a variation w/ sugar free vanilla meringues! less calories & lots of protein!

tea-bag on June 27, 2011

We have also always made it this way. The angel food cake is so much lighter and has a better flavor. I do usually add the whipped cream though!

laxmom16 on June 27, 2011

To make the shortcake "saucier" blend 1/2 of the berries into a puree and then pour over the top of the remaining berries and cake. Deelish!

Lynn Scott on June 27, 2011

I like angelfood cake better too... although I do also add whipped light cream and I like balsamic vinegar with strawberries so I would marinate them in that first.

Sue on June 27, 2011

I've only known it to be made with angel food cake actually! That makes me really wonder what I've been missing out...but happy since its nothing that is good for me. My mom has been on weight watchers for as long as I can remember and this was always a popular dessert. :)

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Alyssa Steffes on June 27, 2011

Oh wow! I've learned something new today - I always thought it was supposed to be angel cake, too! I've never had it differently and I wouldn't dare think of changing it. We get these packages of four small, round angel food cake helpings that are slightly indented in the middle. Then we fill that hole with a huge scoop of strawberries and a dollop of low-cal, low-fat whipped cream! It's mine, my husband's, and our kids' favorite dessert!

Whitney Gigandet on June 27, 2011

Strawberry Angelfood Shortcake sounds DIVINE and a great dessert for entertaining. I would add a TINY SPLOOSH of agave nectar to my berries though, and top off the whole yummy creation with Greek yogurt mixed with mushed up ripe banana. Okay, now I'm drooling. Can salivation short out a netbook? LOL

Sparkina on June 27, 2011

@Whitney, That's EXACTLY what we did too. So delicious, and healthy!

Alyssa Steffes on June 29, 2011

I marinate strawberries with a splash of balsamic vinegar and serve over slices of homemade angel food cake. We prefer the lighter texture of angel food cake to the traditional short cake.

Eating Deliciously on July 5, 2011

My family always used my grandmother's homemade tea bicuits and real whipped cream instead of a cake. Its a real taste of childhood summer for me. Try it!

Angela on July 6, 2011

I love Angel Food cake. We make strawberry angel food cake by buying a package of angel food cake mix and stirring in a can of strawberry pie filling. YUM, YUM!!!

Kim on August 9, 2011

@Sparkina- YUM! This is what I knew strawberry shortcake to be.

Kay on April 26, 2012

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