Craving a sweet treat, but don’t want to make a whole cake? Go with this gluten-free Strawberry Shortcake for One!
Can we talk cookbooks for a hot minute? As in, how many do you own? Since you’re reading this food blog, I’m guessing you probably have an interest in food. And since you have an interest in food, I’m guessing you probably own several cookbooks. Maybe even more than several.
I know I have a bunch of cookbooks and cooking magazines. (Yes, I keep all of my old issues of cooking magazines on a shelf in my basement. I keep thinking one day I’ll go back through and read them again. Maybe once Robbie goes off to college…)
We have a small shelf in the kitchen where I keep a couple of my go-to cookbooks. One of them is Bread by Jeffrey Hamelman. That book is amazing if you love to bake bread! My sister has also written a couple cookbooks, and of course those stay in a prominent location, too. (I mean, it’s my sister! But to be fair, her books are great resources…especially her book on Frostings.) But now I have a new cookbook for my collection! Clean Sweets by Arman Liew.
If you guys haven’t met Arman yet, then you need to! Well, to be fair, I haven’t officially “met” Arman yet, but we’ve been internet friends for several years now. I stumbled across his blog, The Big Man’s World, a while back, and I became an instant fan. First of all, he’s another guy food blogger…and us guys have to stick together!
But more importantly, his voice really comes through in his posts. He shares all sorts of healthy substitutions for the classic foods that we all love and crave. What’s not to love about a Nutella Breakfast Pizza (especially when it’s low-carb and sugar-free)? He even shares his homemade version of Nutella made from toasted hazelnuts and cocoa powder!
Over the past year or so, Arman has been working away like crazy on his new book. I got a chance to check out Clean Sweets, and it’s pretty darned awesome! His book is packed with simple, high-protein desserts…for one! I love eating something sweet after dinner at night, but sometimes it’s hard to satisfy my sweet
tooth teeth without going over the top and eating a whole cake. So I was excited to try some of Arman’s recipes for one-person desserts.
I chose his Strawberry Shortcake for One, and get this…the cake is made in the microwave! So in a total of about 7 minutes, I went from an empty bowl to this Strawberry Shortcake for One. Win! (Plus, this one is gluten-free!)
Giving up dessert is no fun. I get it. And healthier desserts often require hard-to-find ingredients. Arman set out to create sweeter, cleaner desserts using more accessible ingredients. (And many of his recipes are no-bake, too…added bonus!) So if you’re looking to expand your kitchen skills into the world of easy, healthier desserts, then check out Clean Sweets and click around The Big Man’s World, too. Have a great weekend, my friends!
Oh, and if you pick up a copy of Arman’s book, then save your receipt/proof of purchase. He’s got a fun giveaway coming up on The Big Man’s World in April for everyone who purchased his book. Cheers!
Strawberry Shortcake for One
For the Cake
- 1 Tbsp coconut flour
- ¼ tsp baking powder
- ¼ tsp sea salt
- 1 Tbsp coconut oil or substitute with any neutral-flavored oil, such as canola
- 1 Tbsp maple syrup
- ¼ tsp vanilla extract
- 1 large egg white
- 1 Tbsp milk of choice dairy-free, if necessary
For the Layers
- ¼ cup strawberries
- ¼ cup yogurt of choice I used Cabot’s Vanilla Bean Greek Yogurt
- Grease a small microwave-safe bowl and set it aside.
- In a small mixing bowl, ad the dry ingredients and mix well. Add the wet ingredients and, if the batter is too crumbly, increase the milk of your choice.
- Microwave the batter for 1-2 minutes, or until it’s fully cooked.
- Remove the cake from the microwave and allow it to cool. Once it’s cool, cut the cake in half and layer it with strawberries and yogurt. Enjoy!