This paleo peach shortcake is a great way to celebrate ripe stone fruit this summer before it’s gone. It’s perfectly crumbly and just slightly sweet like the real deal – you’d never know it was paleo.

I really can’t stand the comparison of food to “crack.”

From naming recipes with “crack” in the title to saying “those brownies/any other food item are like ‘crack’” just drives me crazy.

First of all, I’m betting 99.9% of the people saying this stuff have probably never tried crack (or maybe that’s just me being naïve and hopeful?), so tell me how they’re supposed to know if that’s even true?

Secondly, why the heck are we going around likening something that’s delicious to a narcotic? I get the addiction part of it but I feel like we can do better in picking our analogies, people.

Paleo Peach Shortcake
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That said, peaches are my summer addiction.

I love all fruit (except papaya, it smells like cheesy feet to me) but peaches are like in a league of their own.

If I had to pick, white peaches probably edge out yellow ones but honestly, I don’t care. I’ll take them in any shape and size; I’ll hoard the heck out of them from June until September and eat them with every meal.

Latest obsession? Peach, tomato, and basil salads with burrata.

Omg, I die.

Peach Paleo Shortcake

I’ve been wanting to make a paleo shortcake recipe for some time now and peach season seemed like the perfect excuse to finally make it happen.

Sorry, strawberries, you’ve been dethroned as the go-to shortcake topping as far as I’m concerned.

There’s nothing quite better than a crumbly, slightly sweet biscuit topped with coconut whipped cream and simple ripe summer peaches.

You might not even need the maple syrup with the peaches if they’re ripe and juicy enough (but that combo is always delicious like in this paleo maple peach bread). If so, I’d suggest heating them up in small sauce pot for just a few minutes to break them down a bit.

Peach Shortcake

The best part about this recipe is it’s not just a shortcake recipe.

Feel free to whip up the biscuits at any time for a great addition to breakfast (with some homemade compound butter maybe?) or leave out the vanilla and serve them savory for dinner!

Paleo Peach Shortcake with Coconut Whipped Cream

You can swap out any summer stone fruit in this recipe depending on what looks good. Apricots would be delicious too (or try apricot cobbler instead) and if you have the patience to deal with pitting, a cherry shortcake sounds really unique and delicious as well!


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Paleo Peach Shortcake

Servings: 4 servings
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 25 minutes
Paleo peach shortcake on a blue plate.
Paleo peach shortcake uses the peaches of summer for a dessert you'll never forget. Sweet and incredible.


For the shortcake

  • 1 cup Cashew Meal, *see note
  • 1/4 cup Tapioca Flour
  • 2 tablespoons Coconut Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • pinch of Kosher Salt
  • 3 tablespoons Cold Coconut Oil, not melted
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 tablespoon Honey
  • 2 tablespoons Non-Dairy Milk, of your choice
  • 1/2 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract

For the peaches

  • 2 Peaches, Ripe and sliced
  • 2 tablespoons Pure Maple Syrup, Or honey, divided

For the whipped cream

  • cream from a can of Coconut Milk, Full fat
  • 1/2 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract, Optional


  • Preheat oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mat.
  • Combine cashew meal, tapioca flour, coconut flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl.
  • Add the cold coconut oil to the bowl and cut in with a fork until the mixture is the texture of coarse crumbs.
  • Whisk the egg, honey, non-dairy milk, and vanilla together in a small bowl.
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix until the dough comes together.
  • Drop into 4 separate rounds on the baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes until the edges and peaks are golden brown. Remove from the oven and set aside.
  • Combine the sliced peaches with the maple syrup and stir together.
  • Add the coconut cream to a small bowl with the maple syrup/honey and vanilla if using and whisk vigorously until fluffy.
  • To assemble, slice the biscuit in half. Spoon some coconut cream on the bottom, top with peaches, a bit more coconut cream then place the top of the biscuit back on and serve.


— If you can’t find cashew meal in the store, just process plain cashews in a food processor until a fine flour-like consistency forms.


Serving: 1SERVINGCalories: 402kcalCarbohydrates: 33gProtein: 7gFat: 29gSaturated Fat: 11gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 41mgSodium: 144mgPotassium: 146mgFiber: 5gSugar: 18gVitamin A: 333IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 129mgIron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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  1. I will definitely try this recipe! Is there anyone who is on Paleo Diet? I am trying this diet for a month and also I am training but I still don’t see any results. What about you ladies? Thanks for sharing this recipe!


  2. I love how this uses cashew meal! I have lots of cashews right now and I think it would be great for me to grind them up into a meal and make some shortcakes. I don’t have peaches but I have plenty of berries that I might use instead, no matter what it’s going to be delicious! :)

  3. I don’t follow the paleo diet but these shortcakes look guaranteed to please all! Delicious.

  4. I’m totally with you on the peaches and the “crack” comments. If it were true there would be a ridiculous number of crackheads walking around this world…um no thanks. I love that you are keeping the peaches alive! I’ve started hoarding mine and freezing them for that day in December when I need something peachy!

  5. I started following the paleo diet in July so I can’t wait to try this. I’m in love with peaches too – I hope they stick around for at least a few more weeks!

  6. Dear Gina, this sounds like such a wonderful dessert. I love that you used cashew meal…I bet it adds a wonderful flavor and texture to the shortcakes. Pinned for later. xo, Catherine