Hey Everyone! I hope you are all enjoying summertime! It’s a fabulous time of year! A great time to get together with friends and families to hang out at the lake or pool, and enjoy a barbeque or picnic. Many times you are asked to bring a dish to share or often dessert. A family favorite for me for a dessert is dessert pizza. It’s at every family event whether it’s a baby shower, wedding shower, barbeque or holiday celebration. As you know, there are always so many recipes and variations. For this blog, I am going to share a few of my favorites… of course they include more nutritious ingredients than the typical dessert pizza.
Dessert pizza usually includes dough, an icing for the sauce, and toppings.
For the dough, instead of using refined flour bread products or cookie dough, try making a dough from whole wheat WHITE flour, or whole wheat frozen bread dough to save time or you could also use an actual thin pizza crust that is premade… just make sure its whole grain.
For the icing, instead of frosting, use sugar-free pudding or vanilla yogurt- Greek if you like it creamier and thicker, but make sure it’s at least low fat. You could use cream cheese if you want, but make sure it’s whipped or reduced fat. To add some flavor for every 8 oz. of cream cheese add ½ tsp of either almond or vanilla extract.
As for the toppings, load up on the fruit for that natural sweetness and don’t forget to include the rainbow to keep it appealing to the eye and of course that means a variety of antioxidants. I like to include strawberries, kiwis and blueberries, but any assortment of your favorite fruits would be great! Don’t forget about pomegranates, peaches, mangos, pineapple, grapes, blackberries, raspberries, they all work great! If you absolutely need to have chocolate present, add mini dark chocolate chips, remember dark chocolate is nutritious providing a good source of antioxidants. You can also warm the dark chocolate chips to make a drizzle over the top of your fruit… how amazing does that sound? Seriously my mouth is watering right now! I think I might have to run to the store right now to make this!
Why it’s smarter
These fruit pizza variations have allowed you to cut the not so good fat, reduce the added sugar, and actually provide nutrients such as fiber from the dough. The fruits provide fiber as well as other vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. If you chose to use the low fat yogurt you are also getting protein, calcium and vitamin D.
Now that is a dessert that you can be sure to enjoy without feeling guilty!
Quick, Kid Friendly Option
Maybe you are at home and want to make a personal size dessert pizza or maybe you want to get the kids involved!
I would recommend using a whole wheat tortilla shell or graham cracker for the dough and then still using either the same icing options for the icing and then the fruit for the topping. To save time and to keep things safe, instead of cutting up the fruit you can use canned fruit that is already washed, and cut.
Banana Graham Fruit Pizza
I have included a tasty and more nutritious fruit pizza recipe below using bananas and graham crackers. If you love banana bread, you will love this recipe.
- One Box Food Club Low Fat Honey Grahams
- 3-4 Ripe Medium Bananas
- 1 T. Honey
- 6 Oz. Vanilla Greek Yogurt
- 2 Cups Kraft Fat Free Cool Whip
- Strawberries, sliced
- Grapes, halved
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Place grahams in a large bowl and crush to a dirt consistency using a cup, blender, chopper or food processor. A few larger pieces is okay, it will add more of a cookie texture to your crust.
- Mash bananas
- Add bananas to crushed grahams and mix with hands until your mixture is similar to that of a meatloaf.
- Roll banana and graham mixture into a ball and place on a greased baking sheet.
- Flatten mixture with your hands. Roll it out from center going outward. You can use your finger tips or a roller.
- Drizzle the honey over the crust and spread it around with a spoon. This will help to create a crispy texture on the outside and a soft chewy texture on the inside, similar to a sugar cookie.
- Bake crust in the oven for approximately 20-30 minutes. Check periodically to make sure your edges don’t burn. You want the crust to be lightly brown and crispy. The inside will be soft immediately after you remove it from the oven so allow it to cool before you try to transfer or it will break.
- Combine Cool Whip and Greek yogurt together, and place it in the fridge to thicken. (20 minutes)
- Once the crust has cooled, add the Cool Whip mixture to the center of the crust and spread evenly.
- Add fruit to the top as desired.
- Store in the refrigerator.
Peace and Wellness,
Coborn’s Supermarket Dietitian, R.D.