Special Diet Information

Coumadin® (Warfarin)
This recipe is safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users.

Avoid this recipe if you are lactose intolerant.

This is NOT a low sodium recipe.

GERD / Acid Reflux
This recipe contains GERD triggers and those with GERD may wish to avoid it.

Gluten Sensitivity
This recipe is NOT safe for those who are sensitive to gluten.


"All the world is birthday cake, so take a piece, but not too much." -George Harrison, Beatle

The refrigerator light goes on...

The angel food cake is a great substitute for making your own shortcake and has fewer calories and less fat. The best part is that you donít have to spend time cooking the shortcake. While the angel food cake keeps pretty well in the freezer, the result is less fluffy (but it is a little more like the texture of shortbread).

All of this, including the sauces, can be made the day before for a dinner party and is so simple but elegant and a great dessert at under 200 calories. The Chocolate Strawberry Sauce adds a new twist to this comfort food recipe and it's well worth the added 25 calories (you'll want to lick the plate).

Chocolate is Good For You!

Aside from being delicious, chocolate is generally thought of as being bad for you. While it does contain fat, its fats are the less harmful ones, stearic and oleic fats, and they don't cause a rise in blood cholesterol levels. Because it is made from a plant, it contains some beneficial substances associated with other foods of plant origin. There are small amounts of copper, zinc, iron and magnesium, along with polyphenols (chemicals that have been implicated in research studies as providing potential health benefits).

Both cocoa powder and chocolate are derived from a bean that's high in flavonoids (known antioxidants). As with other antioxidants, flavonoids have been associated with a reduction in cardiovascular disease risk.

It seems that unsweetened powdered cocoa contains the highest quantity of these antioxidants, followed by dark chocolate and then milk chocolate. The more diluted the finished cocoa, the less flavonoids in each serving. According to one research study, a 40 gram serving (about the size of a standard chocolate candy bar) of milk chocolate contains about 400 milligrams of antioxidants. This is equal to a typical serving of red wine, which has also been recommended for its flavonoid content.


Strawberry Shortcake

Servings = 4 | Serving size =1 slice cake with 4 ounces strawberries and 1/4 cup sauce

Cooking Time = 90 Minutes

This recipe can be multiplied by 2, 3.

The Angel Food cake will freeze fairly well although itís not quite as fluffy. The strawberries are good the next day. This recipe requires either Strawberry Sauce or Strawberry Chocolate Sauce to be made first.

12 strawberries (stemmed and sliced)
2 tsp granulated sugar
1/2 commercially prepared Angel Food Cake
1 chocolate strawberry sauce or strawberry sauce
12 Tbsp canned whipped cream

Healthy Strawberry Shortcake recipe from Dr. Gourmet
Combine the sliced strawberries with the granulated sugar. Toss well to coat the berries and place in the refrigerator for at least an hour.

Slice the whole angel food cake into 4 quarters. Cut a half of each quarter for every serving you will need. Place the remaining cake in ziplock bags and put in the freezer.

When ready to serve, place 1/4 cup of sauce on a plate and top with the sliced angel food cake. Top with 1/4 of the strawberry mixture and then 3 tablespoons of whipped cream. Serve.

Nutrition Facts

Serving size = 1 slice cake with 4 ounces strawberries and 1/4 cup sauce

Servings = 4


Amount Per Serving

Calories 179 Calories from Fat 23
  % Daily Value
Total Fat 3g 4%
    Saturated Fat 1g 7%
    Monounsaturated Fat 1g
    Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 7mg 2%
Sodium 327mg 14%
Total Carbohydrates 37g 12%
    Dietary Fiber 3g 77%
    Sugars 9g
Protein 4g
Vitamin A 2% Vitamin C 110%
Calcium 9% Iron 4%
Vitamin K 3 mcg Potassium 224 mg
Magnesium 21 mg