This is a series that I was doing a while ago. I did Banana Nut Bread, Kale Kielbasa Soup, and Fish Chowder and when I was thinking of new recipes to share here, I thought of this gem and knew I had to bring back the series for this one.
As a child, I always hated chocolate. Weird? I don’t know, but my son doesn’t like it either!
Dessert was never my favorite. I never liked traditional birthday cakes. As a kid, I would often ask for ice cream cakes or cookie cakes instead. Then, one birthday my mom made me a Fruit Pizza.
And, we never looked back.
This was the birthday “cake” she made me every birthday since. She would even visit me in college for my birthday and bring me fruit pizza. It was like a soft cookie with my favorite kind of icing (isn’t cream cheese icing so much better than the overly sweet regular stuff?!) and all of my favorite fruits on top. Just the right amount of sweetness, but not too much.
Nowadays, my paleo mom is more reluctant to make it. She even tried to make a circular slice of watermelon with candles on it pass as my dad’s birthday cake last year. Lucky for her, my dad doesn’t eat sweets any more otherwise she would have been in trouble 😉
That’s why I decided to make a healthier version of her Fruit Pizza. As I’ve said in previous posts, my mom is generally a healthy cook, so sometimes lightening up her recipes is hard or I don’t need to make many adjustments.
In this recipe, she already has some yummy superfood berries.
I’ve gone ahead and lightened up the icing by using half low-fat, vanilla Greek yogurt and half low-fat cream cheese. It still has that cream cheese flavor I couldn’t go without, but the yogurt adds some protein and lowers the fat. To sweeten it, I used honey and Stevia instead of sugar, giving it a slightly different flavor, but it still tastes great!
As for the cookie or “pizza dough” part, well I would recommend buying Immaculate’s Gluten Free Sugar Cookie Mix. It only has 20 carbs. No fat and just a little protein. That or some other healthier mix. You can often find gluten-free mixes in stores. Yes, you can find a lightened up sugar cookie recipe to make from scratch (do that if you have the willpower!), but part of the charm of this recipe is it’s ease.
The result: a lightened up yet still yummy Fruit Pizza that even my momma (the sometimes-paleo nazi) will probably approve of 🙂
Immaculate Baking Gluten Free Classic Sugar Cookie Mix (Or cookie dough mix of choice, follow directions on box. If you choose to use the Immaculate mix, you will need 1 stick of butter, 1 tbs water, 1 tsp vanilla (optional), and 1 egg)
4 oz. low fat cream cheese, softened
1 container low-fat vanilla Greek Yogurt
2 tbs honey
2 packets of Stevia (or increase honey to your liking)
1/2 can of crushed pineapple, drained
fruit of choice (I usually prefer lots of strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and kiwi, but use whatever is in season)
- Spray pizza pan with cooking spray.
- Spread cookie dough on pizza pan and bake until brown- follow directions on package.
- Let it cool slightly.
- Mix cream cheese, yogurt, honey and Stevia.
- Spread frosting onto cookie.
- Top with pineapple, then the rest of the fruit.
I even had an adorable little helper to make this fruit pizza. It’s a good one to make with kids 🙂