A strawberry galette is one of the best ways to enjoy the fresh flavors of summer berries! Using a vegan galette crust, it's stuffed with ripe, juicy, sweet strawberries and baked up to perfection!
Updated: This post was originally published in July 2020 and has been updated with new photos and additional content.
There are so many reasons to love the summer season. We get to spend more time outdoors biking, hiking, swimming, or gardening.
We can lounge on the beach, read a book in a park, dine at an outdoor cafe, or have a rooftop or backyard barbecue. But what can I say - one of my top 10 favorite things to do is to visit a local farmers market and buy organic summer fruits and vegetables!
I especially can't resist fresh organic strawberries, especially in this Vegan Strawberry Galette! You can also use them to make lemon chia pudding or French toast with berries! They're also served up with cashew cream or with yogurt and vegan granola for a healthy dessert.
💚 Why You Will Love This Strawberry Galette Recipe
- A galette recipe is the perfect pastry recipe for beginners! It's meant to look rustic and requires much less work to look amazing!
- It's bursting with fresh strawberries!
- It's made with vegan galette dough, though no one will know it! It's also so easy to make gluten-free.
All you need to make a delicious vegan galette are a handful of simple ingredients. You might even have most of them in your pantry and a quick trip to the market will get you some fresh strawberries to make this recipe.
- Flour: This vegan galette crust uses both whole wheat pastry flour and all-purpose flour. Using whole wheat pastry flour adds some whole grains while also keeping the galette dough nice and tender.
- Light brown sugar: Brown sugar has molasses added to it to give it the subtle shade of brown while also adding a richer flavor.
- Cinnamon: Just a hint of spice to the crust.
- Coconut oil: Replaces the butter typically used to make galette pastry dough. You can also use chilled vegan butter.
- Maple syrup: Adding a bit more sweetness but also moisture to help the dough come together.
- Vanilla extract: Use pure vanilla extract and not imitation for the best flavor.
- Strawberries: There is no comparison between an in-season, local farmers' market strawberries and the mid-winter strawberries that have been shipped across the country. Never mind the environmental impact of shipping it long-distance!
- Sweetener: The strawberries are sweetened using maple syrup for a bit more complex flavor and organic cane sugar. Buying organic ensures your sugar is vegan.
- Lemon juice and zest: Adds a bit of acid to balance the sweetness but also lemons and strawberries are made for each other!
- Gluten-free: To make the pastry gluten-free, use your favorite gluten-free flour combo or Bob's Red Mill GF All-Purpose Baking Flour. For extra flavor, you can substitute a three-quarters cup of almond flour for regular gluten-free flour.
- Change up the berries: You can also use other berries to make a delicious vegan galette.
- No whole wheat pastry flour? You can use all all-purpose flour instead.
✅ How to Make a Strawberry Galette
The best part about making this strawberry galette is the vegan dough is ready within 15 minutes without any kneading! Here are the main steps in the recipe.
- Mix together the sliced strawberries, maple syrup, oil, vanilla, lemon, sugar, and cinnamon in a mixing bowl. Set the bowl aside to let the flavors blend while you work on the crust.
- Whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt in another bowl.
- Add the oil to the flour mixture using your fingertips or a pastry cutter. Work the oil into the flour until it has a crumbly texture.
- Mix together the maple syrup, vanilla, and a tablespoon of ice-cold water in a small bowl.
- Drizzle this mixture into the dough while blending in with a wooden spoon. Add more ice water one tablespoon at a time, mixing with your hands until the dough is moist and holding together.
PRO TIP: Be careful not to overmix the vegan pastry dough.
- Shape the dough into a ball and flatten it like a disk. Wrap it in plastic and refrigerate for 15 minutes.
- Place the chilled dough between two large pieces of parchment paper.
- Roll out the dough using a rolling pin. You want it to be about 9 inches in diameter and about ⅛ inch thick. After rolling, transfer the parchment with dough on top to a baking sheet. Score the dough by making a few small slits in it with a knife.
- Spoon the strawberry mixture into the center of the dough, leaving about 2 inches of dough around the edges.
- Fold up the edges of the galette, moving around the galette and pleating the dough as you go. Press the folds gently to secure them.
PRO TIP: Brush the exposed edges of the vegan pastry crust with oil (or melted vegan butter). It’s optional but it helps the galette bake up with a golden finish.
- Bake until the crust is golden brown and the strawberries are juicy. Remove from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes before serving.
❄️ How to Store
Vegan galettes are best enjoyed fresh! But if you have leftovers, here's what to do.
Since this dessert is made with fresh fruit, it's necessary to wrap and store any leftovers in the fridge. You can warm it up again if you want for serving or simply set it out at room temperature to remove the chill of the fridge. It should last for up to three days.
🔪 Kitchen Gadgets & Tools
The beauty of making a galette is that you don't need a lot of different tools to make it. I find a pastry cutter works great for mixing the dough. You definitely want to use parchment paper and your favorite rolling pin!
You'll need a flat baking dish and of course a whisk, spoon, and measuring cups.
👩🏻🍳 Expert Tips
- Make sure you are using ice-cold water to make the vegan dough! This is important for a flaky crust.
- Serve it up warm with a scoop of ice cream or whipped cream for a decadent dessert.
- Strawberry galette tastes best made with fresh summer strawberries.
Whole wheat flour is made by grinding the entire wheat grain. It has a much more dense texture and pronounced nutty flavor. It also has a higher protein content so it works better for bread or pizza dough. Whole wheat pastry flour is a finely milled flour made from soft wheat varieties and has a lower protein content compared to hard wheat. It is great to use for a finer and lighter texture in baked goods such as cookies, pie crusts, muffins, pancakes, and other pastries.
It’s key to store it in an airtight container. You can also use a terra cotta brown sugar saver. After soaking this small, porous disk in water place it in the brown sugar container. The moisture releases slowly into the sugar, helping to keep it soft. If your brown sugar is hard, you can also place a slice of bread inside, and usually within 24 hours the sugar will soften.
For the most part, yes. First, the date on flour isn't really an expiration date, it's more of a "best by" date. This means the company is stating that after that date the flour may not perform the same or taste as good. However, if the flour appears and smells normal and you've stored it properly then it's likely ok to use. However, if you have any doubts or notice any visible signs of spoilage, it is better to discard the flour to avoid any potential health risks.
A common and effective flour substitution for gluten-free baking is a gluten-free flour blend. These blends use a combination of alternative flours and starches which mimic the properties of wheat flour to some extent. Pre-made gluten-free flour blends bought in the store work too. Download our free guide to plant-based cooking below ⬇️ for more suggestions.
🌎 Sustainability Suggestions
Why choose organic strawberries? Strawberries are almost always at the top of the EWG’s Dirty Dozen list which identifies different produce that contain the most pesticide residue.
Also, buying organic reduces the environmental impact of their production. Conventional strawberries have a significant carbon footprint due to intensive pesticide use, soil degradation, and water pollution while organic farming uses more environmentally friendly practices that contribute to a healthier planet.
Also, the transportation of strawberries over long distances increases their carbon emissions. Buying locally grown organic strawberries when possible, reduces this impact. One great way to obtain local, seasonal fruits and vegetables is to join a CSA.
By making the choice to buy organic, you are contributing to a healthier planet while enjoying delicious, sustainably grown strawberries.
➕ More Vegan Dessert Recipes
Vegan Strawberry Galette
Strawberry Galette Filling:
- 2 cups strawberries, hulled (greens removed) and sliced
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil use a neutral oil or melted butter instead
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice & zest (½ lemon)
- 1 tablespoon organic cane sugar
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
Vegan Galette Dough - Dry Ingredients
- ¾ cup whole wheat pastry flour
- ¾ cup all purpose flour If Gluten-free, you can use your favorite flour combo or Bob's Red Mill GF All-Purpose Baking Flour. For extra flavor, substitute ¾ cup almond flour.
- 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
- ¼ teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- pinch sea salt
Vegan Pastry Dough - Wet Ingredients
- ⅓ cup coconut oil or use chilled vegan butter. Mix chilled and cubed butter into the flour with your fingers or a pastry cutter.
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vailla extract
- 4 tablespoons ice cold water
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil for brushing before baking
- powdered sugar for serving
- Preheat oven to 350°.
- Combine the sliced strawberries, maple syrup, oil, vanilla, lemon, sugar, and cinnamon in In a mixing bowl. Mix well and set aside to let the flavors blend.
- Whisk together the dry ingredients in another bowl - flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.
- Add oil to the flour mixture using your fingertips or a pastry cutter. Work into the flour until its a crumbly texture.
- Mix maple syrup, vanilla, and 1 tablespoon of ice cold water in a small bowl.
- Drizzle the mixture into the dough while blending in with a wooden spoon. Using your hands, gradually add in the ice water, one tablespoon at a time until the dough is moist and holding together (not dripping). Be careful not to overmix.
- Gently shape the dough into a ball and flatten it like a disk. Place it in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 15 minutes.
- Take the chilled dough out of the refrigerator. Unwrap and place it between 2 large pieces of parchment paper.
- Roll out the dough using a rolling pin until it has a diameter of about 9 inches and about ⅛ inch (no more than ¼ inch thick).
- Transfer the parchment with dough onto a baking sheet. Score the dough by making a few small slits in it with a knife.
- Spoon (or arrange) the strawberry mixture onto the center of the dough, leaving about 2 inches of dough around the edges.
- Work your way around the galette, folding over the edges and gently pleating the dough as you go. Press the folds gently to secure them.
- Optional: Brush the exposed edges with oil (or melted vegan butter) for a golden finish.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 35 minutes or until the crust is golden brown and the strawberries are juicy.
- Remove from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes before serving.
- Serve the galette warm or at room temperature with a sprinkling of powdered sugar on top. You can also enjoy topped with vegan whipped cream or dairy-free ice cream if desired.
- Enjoy your homemade vegan strawberry galette!
- Make sure you are using ice-cold water to make the vegan dough! This is important for a flaky crust.
- Strawberry galette is best made with fresh summer strawberries.