June 5, 2015 46

Strawberry Shortcake Donuts with Coconut Cream + Basil Macerated Strawberries

Strawberry Shortcake Donuts with Coconut Cream | @withfoodandlove

If you follow me on Instagram you know I’ve been traveling back east this week. My first stop was Philly, where I stayed just long enough to hug my favorite people and eat a bowl of noodles I’ve waited months {literally} to come back and devour. It was my first time back ‘home’ and it felt damn good. The east coast will always hold my heart – my soul feels free there.

Something about not being trapped in the middle of the country, I don’t know.

I headed north up to Brooklyn to celebrate my Saveur Blog Award nomination. I didn’t win, but I sure loved partying with all of my super-talented friends who did. It’s just such a major honor to be nominated, and to be in the same room with so many people who inspire me is such an incredible feeling.

This trip was equally rejuvenating, as it was exhausting. There were beautiful views, fun hangs, delicious cheese and many, many cocktails. But, it was the people I met there and moments we shared that made this trip one magical experience. A big thanks to Saveur Magazine for nominating me and putting me in a room with so many outstanding people. For a complete list of winners, click here.

Basil Macerated Strawberries | @withfoodandlove

Basil Macerated Strawberries | @withfoodandlove

Strawberry Shortcake Donuts with Coconut Cream | @withfoodandlove

So, I left New York this morning and right now I’m flying back over the Midwest and to the Rocky Mountains to meet my nephew for the first time, and oh man I can’t freaking wait. So let’s get down to business. It’s #nationaldonutday – check out this link for more donut recipes that you need in your life.

Strawberry shortcake has always been my favorite dessert. I even had a strawberry shortcake inspired cake at my wedding. So these strawberry shortcake donuts are really my jam. They’re naturally vegan and gluten-free. They’re soft and chewy on the inside and a little crispy on the outside. Perfect for topping with juicy strawberries, and a dollop of coconut cream.

This post is sponsored by Winona Pure – a brand I love and support and have been working collaboratively with for a few months now. You can check out my previous WP posts here and here. Their oils are all-natural, soy + GMO-free. I am partial to their olive oil and their new coconut oil, it sprays and works like a dream. One of you lucky folks will win {4} cans of Winona Pure Oils. To enter check out of their products here, and then drop me a comment below letting me know which oils you would like to try. Contest is open until noon CT on June 12, 2015, and the winner will be notified via email. You must live in the continental US to be eligible to win.

Strawberry Shortcake Donuts with Coconut Cream | @withfoodandlove

Basil Macerated Strawberries | @withfoodandlove

Strawberry Shortcake Donuts with Coconut Cream | @withfoodandlove

Strawberry Shortcake Donuts with Coconut Cream

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Serves 12 donuts

These strawberry shortcake donuts would also be really delicious sans macerated strawberries and coconut cream, and with a simple glaze on them instead.


  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 1/2 cups gluten-free all-purpose flour {see notes}
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 cup strawberries, finely chopped
  • 1 cup coconut cream


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees and spray {2} donut pans with a vegetable spray, I prefer Winona Pure's Coconut Oil.
  2. Mix together the maple syrup, milk, coconut oil and vanilla extract, and set aside.
  3. Whisk together the salt, flour and baking powder. Pour in the wet ingredients and combine well, but be careful not to over-mix. Lastly fold in the strawberries.
  4. Distribute evenly in {2} donut pans and bake for 15 minutes.
  5. Serve warm with a dollop of coconut cream and a scoop of basil macerated strawberries {see below}.

Basil Macerated Strawberries

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Serves 2 cups

The longer you let the strawberries sit, they juicier they'll become. These can be made ahead of time, refrigerate in an air-tight container for up to 2 days or until you're ready to use them.


  • 2 cups strawberries, thinly sliced
  • 1 - 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea or pink himalayan salt
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped


  1. Stir all of the ingredients together for a few minutes, and then allow the strawberries to sit for 5 minutes more.

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This post is sponsored by Winona Pure; all opinions are my own.

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46 Responses to "Strawberry Shortcake Donuts with Coconut Cream + Basil Macerated Strawberries"

  1. Reply


    June 5, 2015 at 7:13 PM

    These donuts look AMAZING! :) Yum. I would love to try the popcorn butter oil, of course!! :)

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    June 5, 2015 at 7:52 PM

    I would especially love to try the olive and coconut oils, since those are the two I use most frequently in my cooking.

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    June 5, 2015 at 8:08 PM

    The coconut oil looks awesome, but I wouldn’t say no olive either!

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    Catherine Jackson

    June 5, 2015 at 9:14 PM

    I use olive oil and coconut oil all the time, but I think it would be fun to try the sunflower oil because it has such a high smoking point!

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    June 5, 2015 at 10:02 PM

    These are so so dreamy, Sherrie! It was SO wonderful to meet you this week though it was way too brief :( Hoping our paths cross again soon!!

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      June 7, 2015 at 7:05 PM

      I was thinking the same thing. It was way, way too brief! But so nice to finally see your face and give you a hug. Until next time, xo!

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    June 5, 2015 at 10:28 PM

    I would love to try the coconut oil. Those donuts look outrageously good!

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    Millie | Add A Little

    June 6, 2015 at 2:34 AM

    These look so wonderful Sherrie! So delicious – I love the combination of strawberries and coconut cream and love how you jazzed it up a notch!

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    June 6, 2015 at 6:58 AM

    I have popcorn almost every night for a snack so I would love to try the popcorn butter!

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    Brooke @ Chocolate + Marrow

    June 6, 2015 at 11:16 AM

    These are beautiful, Sherrie! I would never skip out on an opportunity to eat donuts, especially if they include berries and cream :) Loved meeting you this week! Have fun hanging with the little guy!! PS: I’m making your potato salad today for a BBQ and am insanely excited about it.

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      June 7, 2015 at 7:07 PM

      Brooke! It was so great to meet you. I have a feeling we’ll be seeing each other again. Come to STL anytime my friend. All my love, all the way, xo!

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    Amanda Paa

    June 6, 2015 at 4:05 PM

    I’m so happy you got to take a little time for yourself and celebrate your amazing-ness at the awards party. You deserve it girl. And a new nephew to meet?! How fun.
    These donuts look so perfect! I can’t wait until strawberry season gets going around these parts. I would love to check out Winona’s coconut oil spray! I’ve been looking for that is of higher quality that trader joe’s and it looks like all of their products are top notch. xo

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      June 7, 2015 at 7:08 PM

      Aww thanks Amanda, you’re the best :)

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    June 6, 2015 at 6:52 PM

    i’d love to try the coconut oil!!

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    June 7, 2015 at 9:12 AM

    the olive oil and the coconut oil for sure!

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    Alison H.

    June 7, 2015 at 9:19 AM

    I would like the try both the olive and coconut oils!

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    June 7, 2015 at 10:27 AM

    coconut oil and olive oil! though i’m pretty curious about the popcorn one too :).

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    Jessica @ From Jessica's Kitchen

    June 7, 2015 at 11:01 AM

    As a New York native I completely relate to that feeling you get when hanging back “home”, there’s nothing like it…well maybe being nominated (think you should have won) and going to Blog Awards does come close!! Both back to back must have had you flying high! I’m just loving this recipe (basil with berries!) and cannot wait to pull out my doughnut pans for this! I would also love to try the coconut and olive spray for pancakes and waffles instead of globbing my insanely expensive coconut oil :)

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      June 7, 2015 at 7:09 PM

      Aww you’re too kind Jessica, thanks for the love!

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    Ashley Chew

    June 7, 2015 at 11:06 AM

    I think the coconut or sunflower oils look great!

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    June 7, 2015 at 11:19 AM

    This recipe looks amazing! I have been wondering if there was a spray coconut oil available, so this is super timely. Thank you for sharing!

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    June 7, 2015 at 11:25 AM

    I’d love to try the coconut oil spray! That would be very convenient! I saved the recipe to Pinterest!

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    Jessie Snyder | Faring Well

    June 7, 2015 at 12:54 PM

    So stoked to have met you Sherrie! Such a wonderful/amazing/inspiring three days! And these donuts looks so crazy gorgeous and delicious. Might need to whip out my donut pan this week. Hugs!! xo

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    June 7, 2015 at 12:57 PM

    Perfect treat for summer! I would love to try the coconut and olive oils. Cheers!

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    lynsey | lynseylovesfood

    June 7, 2015 at 12:57 PM

    oh i love how you topped these. Gourmet donuts if there ever was. So glad you had a great time back east!! xo

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    June 7, 2015 at 6:05 PM

    This looks delicious! I will have to try very soon :)
    The oil sprays look awesome, I would of course try the coconut one!!! And olive oil too

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    Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine

    June 7, 2015 at 6:23 PM

    Coconut oil! That would make life a bit easier ;)

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    June 7, 2015 at 9:38 PM

    I want to try both the Coconut Oil and the Sunflower Oil. The Coconut oil, though, would be my first choice.

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    June 7, 2015 at 10:34 PM

    I would love to try the coconut oil but the olive oil looks great too

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    Alexandra robertson

    June 7, 2015 at 10:55 PM

    I would love to try the coconut because i hate pouring from the jar when cooking with it. It always drips and makes a mess lol. I also think the buttered popcorn sounds so crazy good!

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    Shari Z

    June 7, 2015 at 11:44 PM

    Your donuts look amazing and I think dessert for Father’s Day would be a perfect time! I was wondering if I could substitute almond flour? I think the consistency may change. Thank you ;)

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    Amy L

    June 8, 2015 at 5:59 AM

    I would like to try their butter flavored oil for popcorn. We love to eat popcorn with butter, and I’ve tried subbing coconut oil, but the flavor just wasn’t right.

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    Susan Lucchesi

    June 8, 2015 at 6:24 AM

    Definitely the cocoanut oil….can’t wait until strawberries are ripe to try this recipe! Thanks

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    June 8, 2015 at 9:09 AM

    I can’t wait to make these! My little guy can not have dairy and loves, loves, loves strawberries. I think he will love these! I would love to try that coconut oil cooking spray. I already use coconut oil to grease my pans – this would be so much more convenient!

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    Sarah Scott

    June 8, 2015 at 11:17 AM

    I already LOVE and use the olive oil Winona Oil as you mentioned in your post, but I would love to try the coconut oil as I’m sure it must be equally amazing! I’ve also been meaning to try the spray butter :D

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    Lily | Kale & Caramel

    June 8, 2015 at 2:07 PM

    Sherrie! Your work is so inspiring to me—thrilled that you were honored in Brooklyn with all of our sweet blogging friends this week. Hope you had an amazing time! And these shortcake donuts are my everything. If only I had a donut pan and some of that coconut spray oil!

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      June 9, 2015 at 2:01 PM

      Lily you’re too kind, xo! Get yourself a donut pan girl, whatcha waitin’ for???

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    Renee (will frolic for food)

    June 8, 2015 at 4:01 PM

    my head just exploded. this is everything. GIMME.

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    June 9, 2015 at 6:56 AM

    I would love to try the olive oil and the coconut oil.

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    Kristina N.

    June 9, 2015 at 11:28 AM

    I use olive and coconut oil the most so that would he nice, but I would love to try sunflower oil!

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    Becca F

    June 9, 2015 at 9:36 PM

    I’d love to try their sprayable sunflower oil

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    June 10, 2015 at 12:17 PM

    I am making these tonite! Because of the strange weather out here our strawberry season is about over…sigh. So, we go out with a bang! I would love to try their popcorn butter or the sunflower oil…actually, any of their wonderful products…and thank you for the recipe!

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    June 10, 2015 at 4:38 PM

    I’d love to try all of the oils! They each sound great for different things. Olive oil is a definite must, and I’ve never tried sunflower oil but I’d love to.

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    June 25, 2015 at 6:49 AM

    Basil macerated strawberries sound/look amazing.And donuts.. Who can say no to this dessert?!! Well done, Sherrie.

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