Vintage Low-FODMAP Strawberry Freezer Cake Squares; Gluten-free

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This recipe is a classic.  One of the desserts you remember scrawled on a card in your grandma’s recipe box.  A super easy recipe for strawberry freezer cake squares.  I have also seen this called ‘Strawberry Delight”.  So old school!

I simply had to make my own version of low-FODMAP Strawberry Squares when I saw it posted on Reddit.  The buttery, nutty base and topping, with a frozen, creamy strawberry center. It sounded sooo good.

Of course, I created my recipe with only real, natural ingredients?.  You will NOT see any jello, whipped topping or strawberry pie filling here!  Just the amazing flavor of fresh strawberries and real cream.

My Vintage low-FODMAP Freezer Strawberry Squares are perfect for summer, but you will end up making them all year long.  Too delicious to resist.

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Although this recipe has not been lab tested, a single serving should be low-FODMAP based on the ingredients (based on available FODMAP data at time of posting)

Serves 12 or more

Prep time: 20 min, plus chilling

Bake time: 20 min

Total time: 40 min, plus chilling

Bake: 350 F

Equipment: 13 by 9 inch casserole pan, large sheet pan, electric mixer, food processor


For bottom/top layer:

  • 1 & 1/2 cups low-FODMAP, gluten-free all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup (70g) pecans or walnuts
  • 2/3 cup butter, melted (or substitute low-FODMAP vegan spread)

For middle layer:

  • 2 large egg whites (*see note below about using raw eggs*)
    • Recommend room temperature for best results
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 cups (300g) diced fresh strawberries
    • 65g is one low-FODMAP serving
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (about 1/2 lemon)
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
    • 1/4 cup of the liquid cream is one low-FODMAP serving
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar (optional, if using pasteurized eggs *see note below)


  • Preheat oven to 350 F, place a large mixing bowl and whisks in the freezer to chill for your whipping cream
  • Line a sheet pan with foil or silicone liners for toasting your base layer
  • In a food processor, pulse your nuts for the bottom/top layer until crumbly but not completely ground.  Add the flour and sugar and pulse again lightly until combined
  • Mix in the melted butter by hand until it is like a wet sand
  • Spread the mixture over your lined sheet pan, bake at 350 F for 20 minutes, stirring halfway through
    • You are just toasting the topping with this step
  • Remove from oven, allow to cool for a few minutes
  • Sprinkle 2/3 of the crumbs in the bottom of your 13 by 9 inch casserole pan, leave the remaining 1/3 for now.  Press down lightly with a back of a cup or your hand
  • Using an electric mixer, beat your egg whites on high speed until foamy. Slowly add the granulated sugar, and beat until thick and glossy
  • Next, fold in your diced strawberries by hand, then slowly add lemon juice to completely combine
  • Remove your second bowl and whisks from the freezer.  Using electric mixer, whip your cream until stiff peaks form
  • Fold whipped cream into the egg white/strawberry mixture gently
  • Spoon this creamy strawberry filling over your base of crumbs in the pan. Sprinkle the remaining crumbs over top
  • Cover and freeze 6 hours or longer before serving. May be stored for up to 3 days in the freezer
  • For serving, allow to stand at room temperature for about 15 minutes, then slice while frozen for best results


**Note: Raw egg consumption has been associated with Salmonella exposure.  If you are concerned, then please use pasteurized eggs for the recipe.   Pasteurized eggs are a little more difficult to whip, for best results use room temperature egg whites, a stand mixer, and allow the beating process to continue for longer (about 8 minutes).  You will need to add 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar to the 2 egg whites, just after the mixture gets foamy, after about 1 minute.  This blog is a resource to help you 🙂

Comments Rating 5 (1 review)

2 Responses

  1. strawberry cake

    This cake was delicious. Easy and so good. The kids all took seconds. I will be making this again!

    1. Hi Paula,
      Thank you so much! We agree, this is one of our favorites too. Stay in touch!

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