Filled with fresh whipped cream and ripe strawberries, this Vegan Strawberry Sando is a light to have no matter what time of the day and would satisfy all sweet cravings. It is made with less than 10-ingredients and can be put together in minutes!
Growing up, we always had a loaf of white bread at home in our white bread bin. Every time I go grocery shopping with my mom, we always stop by the bread aisle, grabbing one or two loaves of bread. Not only did we love making jelly sandwiches but also sugar-buttered toasts. Have you ever tried them? We could easily finish a loaf in a few days especially when my mom left me home and I could have all the fun in the kitchen, drenching my buttered toasts with sugar.
When summer came around, strawberries were always in our kitchen. We would find every way to use them, especially topping them with ice cream and just grabbing a bowl of whipped cream and dipping the strawberries into them. Although I have to say I enjoyed having whipped cream by the spoon instead or in cakes.
One food that I always wanted to try, especially after visiting a cafe or bakery in Chinatown, are strawberry cream sandwiches. They look so good and the cafes often wrap them in cute packages with faces on them. However, my mom never let me get them saying we can make it at home, but when we got back home I would totally forget about it and become distracted by the pastries my mom got instead.
With strawberries being in season soon, I’ve been thinking back to how I still haven’t had strawberry cream sandwiches and know that I can’t wait any longer. This Vegan Strawberry Sando (“sandwich”) originated from the Japanese fruit sandwich. It is made with fresh strawberries or other fruits you prefer, sliced white bread or milk bread and fresh whipped cream.
Japanese fruit sando is very popular because of the details and care Japan puts on their produce. The fruits they produce, especially strawberries, are of the best quality and if you watched any Japanese documentaries, fruits are often more pricey compared to those in the U.S. because of the amount of time and care they put into producing their fruits. Even though I 1000% want to visit Japan, I cannot right now. Instead, I will be living through these Strawberry Sando and dreaming of the day when I can travel there.
Here is an overview of these Vegan Strawberry Sando (Japanese Fruit Sandwich).
Strawberries: For the best flavor, use fresh, ripe strawberries. If you don’t want to use strawberries you can also use other fruits such as blueberries, kiwis, mangoes, and oranges.
Coconut Cream/Full-Fat Coconut Milk: This will be used to make the fresh whipped cream. If you do not have coconut cream, make sure you use full-fat coconut milk, not light.
Sugar: The sugar will be used to make the fresh whipped cream. If you want it to be sweeter, add more sugar.
Bread: You can use freshly baked white sandwich bread or milk bread. Just make sure they are vegan.
What is a Japanese Fruit Sandwich?
Japanese Fruit Sandwich (also known as “fruit sando”) is a Japanese sandwich made with fresh whipped cream, fresh seasonal fruits, commonly with strawberries, blueberries, kiwis and oranges, and 2 slices of milk bread or white sandwich bread.
What kinds of fruits can I use?
For these Strawberry Sando, I used fresh ripe strawberries. However, you can also use any other fresh seasonal fruits like mangoes, peaches, oranges and kiwis. Make sure they are not too ripe because then it would be hard to slice through and hold together.
Why does my coconut whip cream taste grainy?
Make sure you do not over whip! Otherwise, your coconut whipped cream will taste grainy and won’t be as fluffy.
How do I store these Strawberry Sando?
These sando are best served fresh. If you have leftovers, wrap the sando in plastic wrap or in an airtight container and have them within 2 days. Otherwise, the bread will become soggy and the strawberries might start to water.
If you like these Vegan Strawberry Sando, you might also like to try:
Vegan Chinese Pineapple Buns
Vegan Korean Strawberry Milk
Vegan Black Sesame Tang Yuan
I cannot wait for you to try these Vegan Strawberry Sando! If you do, please tag me on Instagram @_withhelen or leave a comment below letting me know you like it!Print
Vegan Strawberry Sando (Japanese Fruit Sandwich)
Filled with fresh whipped cream and ripe strawberries, this Vegan Strawberry Sando (Japanese Fruit Sandwich) is a light to have no matter what time of the day and would satisfy all sweet cravings. It is made with less than 10-ingredients and can be put together in minutes!
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Total Time: 15 minutes
- Yield: 4 1x
- Category: Sweets
- Cuisine: Japanese-Inspired
- Diet: Vegan
Coconut Whipped Cream
1 (400 ml) can full-fat coconut milk or coconut cream, refrigerated overnight
15 ml (1 tbsp) maple syrup
5g (1 tsp) pure vanilla extract
4 slices of vegan white bread or milk bread
Fresh, ripe strawberries, whole
- Make the Coconut Whipped Cream. Scoop out the hard coconut cream from the canned coconut milk or cream, leaving the water behind. You can save the water and use it later in smoothies or cooking. Add in the maple syrup and vanilla extract. Using a hand mixer, whip the coconut cream until it is fluffy, scraping down the sides as needed.
- Make the Strawberry Sando. Spread some of the coconut whipped cream on a slice of the white/milk bread.
- Place some of the strawberries diagonally on top of the whipped cream and fill the rest of the space with more strawberries.
- Top the strawberries with more whipped cream, making sure to fill in all the gaps. Top with another slice of bread. Repeat the steps with the other 2 slices of bread.
- Wrap the sandwich tightly with plastic wrap or parchment paper, making a line on where you placed the strawberries diagonally. Place the sandwich in the fridge for at least 30 minutes to allow for easier slicing and for the whipped cream to firm up.
- Remove the plastic wrap or parchment paper. Slice the crust off and slice the sandwich based on where you drew the line or where you placed the strawberries diagonally. Serve and enjoy!
Keywords: coconut whipped cream, vegan sandwich, vegan whipped cream, fruit sandwich, Japanese dessert, Japanese breakfast