It’s Friday! And you know what that means, don’t you?
That’s right, it’s p-a-r-t-y time! To be a bit more specific, it’s Party Time Dessert Pizza time! (In hindsight, that’s quite a mouthful, isn’t it?)
Admittedly, I feel like no party is ever complete without pizza so it’s pretty easy for me to think of this as perfect party food.
If you’re stuck at your desk working today (like me!), rest assured that you can save this for the weekend and it will taste just as sweet. It’s a dessert that looks indulgent… and don’t tell your kids this… but it really isn’t. A healthy oat “pizza” crust, sweetened only with ripe banana, and topped with easy coconut whipped cream, fruit and a super easy but optional homemade chocolate sauce.
** Extra tip alert! **
I can’t stress this enough, if you’re making this with the coconut cream and putting it on top, you must (must! must!) let the crust cool completely before you do so. If you don’t, the coconut cream will turn this healthy treat into the ultimate wet soggy mess. It won’t be pretty. So… let the crust cool completely before dressing it up.
Now, back to your regular programming.
This Party Time Dessert Pizza recipe is a totally fun, colourful and easy way to get your kids cooking in the kitchen as well as give your kids’ meals an added nutritional boost. Even though I’m calling this dessert, it makes a great snack and to be honest, it would probably be a much healthier breakfast than so many of the off-the-shelf, sugar-soaked cereals that masquerade as “breakfast for children” these days. Not naming any names but you know who (or what) you are.
Fun and nutritious for kids of all ages, the crust can be made in advance for a kids’ or (adults’ only… ahem) party because it freezes beautifully. Double, triple or quadruple the batch and then let your guests choose their own adventure, decorating their dessert pizza crusts with toasted or raw nuts, seeds, any type of fruit or other favourite topping…
… Except for candy, because, well, that would defeat the whole point of healthy dessert pizza, wouldn’t it? (#notnutritionistapproved)
This dessert pizza also accommodates a wide range of food allergies and/or intolerances since it’s dairy-free, gluten-free (use certified gluten-free oats), soy-free and nut-free (leave off optional nuts).
It can easily be made egg-free or vegan by replacing the egg with a chia or flax egg substitute. To do this, mix 1 Tbsp ground chia or flax seeds with 3 Tbsp water. Stir and let this sit at least 5-10 minutes or until thick. It will provide the same binding qualities as the egg in the original recipe.
Did I mention this healthy dessert is fast to put together?
The crust takes 10-12 minutes to cook in the oven and you can assemble your toppings during that time. Perfect for busy nights or weekends when you don’t have hours to bake but you’re still eager to putting a healthy treat on the table for your family (and of course, yourself!).
Enjoy this quick, easy and endlessly customizable recipe.
Party Time Dessert Pizza
For the Pizza Crust:
- 1/2 tsp real vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup ripe and very well-mashed banana
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 large egg or substitute a chia or flax "egg", beaten
- 1 cup rolled oats
For the Toppings:
- 1 can full-fat coconut milk refrigerated overnight
- 2/3 cup fresh fruit of choice
- Optional: Organic raw or toasted nuts or seeds
For the Homemade Chocolate Sauce:
- 2 Tbsp coconut oil
- 2 Tbsp cocoa powder
- 1 Tbsp maple syrup
- ½ tsp real vanilla extract
Preheat your oven to 350° F.
In a medium bowl, whisk the vanilla, banana, cinnamon and egg (or chia or flax "egg") together. Add the rolled oats and mix until the oats are fully covered.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Mound the pizza “dough” in the centre and shape it into a circle. I like 1/2” thick by about 6 1/2” in diametre. Too thin and it can burn; too thick and it may not cook through. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the edges turn golden brown. Let cool completely before assembling.
While the pizza crust cooks, prepare the toppings. Scoop the coconut cream from the top of a refrigerated can (only the thick cream, not the water below) and spoon it into a bowl. Whip with a hand blender until fluffy. Cut up or mash fruit.
In a small pot, make the homemade chocolate sauce. Add the coconut oil, cocoa powder, vanilla extract, and maple syrup and gently heat over low until the coconut oil is melted. Whisk to combine.
To assemble the pizzas, spread ½ coconut cream over the cooled pizza crust. Top with fruit and/or nuts or seeds of choice. Drizzle chocolate over the top. Cut into four pieces and decide whether to share with friends (or not). Use the extra coconut cream for more pizzas, dipping fruit or add it to your favourite smoothie.
Are you going to make this quick and delicious recipe? I promise it’s as easy as it sounds… Let me know what you think!
Life is a plate… Eat up!