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Baking sheet of Vegan Double Chocolate Shortcakes stuffed with coconut whip and fresh berries
4.91 from 10 votes

Double Chocolate Shortcake (Vegan)

Sweet, flaky 1-bowl Chocolate Shortcakes made in just 30 minutes and 1 bowl! Simple, quick, and studded with gooey dark chocolate.
Author: Minimalist Baker
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings: 6 (shortcakes)
Category: Dessert
Cuisine: Vegan
Freezer Friendly No
Does it keep? 3-4 Days

Ingredients

SHORTCAKE

  • 3/4 cup unsweetened plain almond milk (plus 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice per 3/4 cup almond milk)
  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 3 Tbsp super-fine sugar (such as coconut or cane sugar blitzed into powder in a spice mill)
  • 5 Tbsp semi firm coconut oil or cold vegan butter (plus more for topping)
  • 1/4 cup dairy-free dark chocolate chips

FOR SERVING

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (232 C) and measure out almond milk and add lemon juice (which will act as buttermilk).
  2. Mix dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
  3. Add semi-firm coconut oil (if runny, chill in the freezer for about 10 minutes - it shouldn't be rock hard, but rather scoopable.) or cold butter and use fingers or a pastry cutter to combine until small pieces remain and it looks like sand.
  4. Make a well in the dry ingredients and, using a wooden spoon, stir gently while pouring in the almond milk mixture 1/4 cup at a time. You may not need all of it. Stir until just slightly combined – it will be slightly sticky but not wet. Add chocolate chips and stir once more to just incorporate.
  5. Turn onto a lightly floured surface, dust the top with a bit of flour and then very gently turn the dough over on itself 5-6 times – hardly kneading.
  6. Form into a 1-inch thick disc, handling as little as possible, flouring hands as needed.
  7. Use a 1-inch thick dough cutter or a similar-shape object with sharp edges (such as a cocktail shaker) and push straight down through the dough, then slightly twist.
  8. Repeat and place shortcakes on a bare baking sheet in two rows, making sure they just touch – this will help them rise uniformly. Gently reform the dough and cut out one or two more – you should have 6-7 (amount as original recipe is written // adjust if altering batch size).

  9. Brush the tops with a bit more melted coconut oil and gently press a small divot in the center using your thumb. This will help them rise evenly so the middle won’t form a dome.
  10. Bake at 450 degree for 10-15 minutes or until fluffy and the tops are firm and the middle no longer appears doughy.
  11. Let cool slightly (for 5 minutes or so), then serve warm with coconut whipped cream and fresh berries. Dust with additional cocoa powder for extra garnish.
  12. Let remaining shortcakes cool completely before storing in an airtight container or bag at room temperature (though best when fresh).

Notes

*Adapted/inspired by my Best Damn Vegan Biscuits.
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate.

Nutrition Per Serving (1 of 6 shortcakes)