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Vegan Strawberry Dessert Tamales
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Vegan Strawberry Dessert Tamales

Vegan Strawberry Dessert Tamales - easier than you think! They are sweet and delicious and will wow anyone you serve! You've gotta try these!
Prep Time1 hr 20 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time2 hrs
Course: Desserts & Sweet Treats
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan
Servings: 22 tamales
Calories: 269kcal



  • Soak the corn husks in hot water, in a large pot or in your kitchen sink. Place a plate over them to weigh them down so they are completely submerged. Let them soak for at least an hour.
  • Blend the 2 cups of almond milk and 1 cup of the strawberries until smooth.
  • To make the dough: beat the butter and sugar, on medium-high speed, with an electric mixer, until the butter has doubled in size and is nice and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the baking powder and salt, and beat for 1 minute to incorporate into the butter.
  • Add half of the masa harina then add the strawberry almond milk. After it is completely incorporated, add the other half of the masa harina and the water. Add the remaining cup of chopped strawberries, and beat at low speed, until thoroughly mixed. It should have the consistency of a thick cake batter. If necessary add more water until you reach that consistency.
  • For lighter and fluffier tamales, let the dough rest for an hour in the refrigerator. Remove the dough from the fridge and rebeat it, adding enough liquid to get it to the consistency it had before.
  • Remove the corn husks from the water and set on paper towels. Reserve the largest husks to wrap the tamales and the small ones to line the steamer.
  • To set up your steamer, fill the bottom with water making sure the water is not touching the steamer rack. Line the rack and sides of the steamer pot with corn husks. Set aside.
  • To wrap the tamales, pull 24 pencil thin strips off of the corn husks and set aside. Take a husk and dry off the excess water on it with a paper towel. Place the husk in your hand with the tapered side away from you and the smooth side up. Using a spoon, spread 2-3 tbsp. of the dough (¼ inch thick) onto the corn husk, forming a 3 - 4 inch square. Leave a border of at least ¾ inch on each side of the square.
  • Place 1 tbsp. of strawberry jam in the center of the dough. Bring the two long sides of the corn husk together, this will cause the masa to surround the jam, and roll them in the same direction around the tamal. (If the husk is too small, fold one of the long sides towards the center, and then fold the other long side on top.) Fold down the empty tapered section of the corn husk, forming a closed bottom. This will leave the top of the tamal open. Tie with a corn husk strip to secure the bottom of the tamal.
  • Place the tamal in the steamer vertically leaning against the side of the steamer, with the open end on top. Repeat this process until you run out of dough and all the tamales are in the steamer. Cover them with a layer of corn husks. If the steamer is not full, fill the empty spaces with more corn husks. Cover the pot and bring the water to a boil. Turn heat down to medium and cook for 40 minutes. Check the tamales, when they separate easily from the corn husk it means they are done. If they are not done, steam for 10 more minutes and check again.
  • Remove steamer from the heat and let sit covered for 10 minutes. Uncover and let cool for at least an hour. Don’t be alarmed if the tamales seem really soft. As they cool, they will firm up.


Chef Notes: If you would like to make these with fresh masa, replace the masa harina with 2 lbs. of fresh masa and use only 1 cup of almond milk. To substitute the fat you can use 8 oz. of coconut oil. For tamales without fat, substitute with 8 oz of cooked, unsweetened pumpkin. Notes from the Veggie Inspired kitchen: I did not need any extra water as suggested in Step 4, but you might. I did not let the dough rest as suggested in Step 5. I would have eaten it all raw if I had to wait! The tamales still turned out light and fluffy and perfect! Not a chance I waited an hour before eating these like suggested in Step 11. Maybe 20 minutes, if that. Parts of them were a little soft, but they were still firm enough. I loved every bite. If you can wait the hour, they will definitely firm up more.


Calories: 269kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 108mg | Potassium: 66mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 100IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 120mg | Iron: 1.4mg