No-Bake Fruit Pizza (No Added Sugar)

No-Bake Fruit Pizza (No Added Sugar)

This no-bake fruit pizza makes for a healthy dessert, snack, or even breakfast!

Being a dietitian, I come across trendy diets constantly. Whether it’s a patient telling me that they’ve never felt better since starting X diet or an article trending on Facebook (thankfully I don’t have cable so I’m not bombarded with daytime TV shows preaching the newest “miracle” weight loss food), I can’t help but get a little curious. Usually my curiosity just means I spend a good day or two looking into the research behind the claims, but ever once and awhile I come across a theme in these fad diets that may actually be worth taking notice of.

Fruit

I could easily go on a seven page rant on sugar and fat and how the low fat craze led to the creation of food products just loaded with sugar. But I won’t. At least for now. What I will say is I find it amazing how we spend so much time and energy into developing new “diets” when in reality, I believe, we already know and have known how to have a healthy diet: eat a variety of whole foods. We seem to get so bogged down on individual nutrients for health, which in turn makes nutrition seem so complicated. It’s no wonder many of us throw our hands up in surrender and just go back to our Western ways of eating. For general health, simply eat real, wholesome foods. The less overly-processed foods you eat and the more fresh vegetables and fruits, healthy fats, lean organic meats, and fiber-rich carbohydrates you eat, the more nutrients you are providing to your body. Simple.

*This is all for GENERAL health. Obviously some of us need special diets based on health conditions, medications, physical activity goals etc. but for that tailored of advice make an appointment with a registered dietitian, not through reading articles online!

Okay getting back on track. In an effort to get back to eating more whole foods, Bryan and I did a (mostly) no-added sugar challenge last October. The rules? we could only eat foods that naturally contain sugar – but not sugar sources themselves. For example, we ate fruit (including dried fruit like dates), vegetables (including starchy vegetables like sweet potatoes), unsweetened yogurt, unsweetened soy or almond milk, whole grains such as quinoa and brown rice, and of course proteins (eggs, chicken, fish, beef, beans, tofu, and LOTS of natural peanut butter 😉 ). But we avoided honey, maple syrup, brown sugar, white sugar, cane syrup – basically any simple sugar and products containing them. The one exception to this rule was bread. I did go bread-free for the month but with Bry’s activity level and limited lunch options we felt going no-bread would’ve been too strict for him and honestly unnecessary. Instead, I just made sure we bought sourdough bread from a local bakery in Somerville.

Crust

The result? Bry went from his usual breakfast of instant flavored oatmeal with a large dollop of Jiff peanut butter to sincerely loving the taste of plain oats flavored with just cinnamon and natural peanut butter (check out our go-to overnight oats) – he didn’t even want banana in it as bananas by the end of the month even tasted too sweet! But it wasn’t easy. Well, the first week was actually pretty easy once we made a list of all the foods to avoid – say goodbye to store-bought ketchup and BBQ sauce – and a list of foods to keep at home. The second week, however, Bry had a meltdown at the dinner table. Yes, it got real that second week. But by the third week our sugar cravings went away and by the fourth week we decided to just continue not buying foods with added sugars until we truly had a craving.

While we eventually went back to buying some foods with added sugar (I can’t live without a bowl of Original Puffins cereal every once and awhile), we really got used to snacking on fruits, homemade hummus, and nuts. Recently however, our bodies have been overloaded with the sweet stuff. One of the great things about getting married are all of the parties and celebrations leading up to the big day. But with parties comes so many desserts and rich foods. So, with one month before our big day (cannot believe how quickly it is coming up!), we decided to once again embark on a no added sugar month, this time with both of us allowing bread. So far WAY easier than last time! But the occasional sugar craving does hit. So, to please our sweets cravings, I merged together a childhood-favorite dessert with fiber-rich date balls to create this no-baked fruit pizza.

Fruit Pizza featured

While we didn’t have it often, one of my favorite desserts growing up was fruit pizza. The crust was a giant sugar cookie with cream cheese frosting. It was then topped with brightly colored fruits. So, so good! But obviously not going to fit with the no-added sugar challenge. So instead, I replaced the sugar cookie crust with a mixture of dates, cashews, and a pinch of salt. The cream cheese frosting also got a healthier makeover of Greek yogurt, vanilla extract, and lemon juice, and the fruit topping, of course, got to stay.

Fruit Pizza 2

Well technically this isn’t a pizza it also isn’t a tart. Bry and I spent a few minutes going back on forth on which word to use. I ended up calling it a pizza as you cut it and top it like you would a pizza, but feel free to go with tart if that feels right for you. Regardless of what you call it, I hope you enjoy this no-bake, no-added sugar fruit treat!

So here’s a toast to getting back to a whole foods way of eating!

No-Bake Fruit Pizza (No Added Sugar)

This no-bake fruit pizza makes for a healthy dessert, snack, or even breakfast!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Chilling time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Dates, Healthy, No Added Sugar, Nuts, Vegetarian
Servings: 12
Author: The Healthy Toast

Ingredients

For the Crust

  • 1 ½ cup packed dates
  • 1 ½ cup unsalted cashews
  • Pinch Salt
  • Bowl of hot water
  • For the “Icing”
  • 1 cup plain Greek Yogurt
  • ½ Tbs lemon juice
  • ¼ tsp pure vanilla extract

For the Top

  • Any fruit you want. I used strawberries kiwi, and peaches, but it would also be great with raspberries, blueberries, cherries, orange slices, banana slices, or pineapple – get creative!

Instructions

  • Soak dates in bowl of hot water for 10 minutes. Do not dispose of water.
  • In food processor, pulse cashews until it looks like coarse sand. Add in a pinch of salt and the dates. Pulse until the mixture stays together easily. If it looks crumbly/dry, add in a tablespoon of water at a time until you reach the desired consistency.
  • Press date mixture into a 9.5” round baking dish, I used a tart pan. You could also use a square baking dish and make pizza squares rather than slices. Place dish in the freezer for 15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, combine Greek yogurt “icing” ingredients together in a small mixing bowl. Taste and adjust to your liking. Set aside.
  • Rinse and cut your fruit into desired shapes/thickness.
  • Once the 15 minutes are up, remove the crust from the freezer. Evenly spread the Greek yogurt “icing” over the crust then top with your fruit.
  • Place pizza in the fridge for at least an hour (Note: We found this pizza tasted best the next day). Slice and serve! Store leftovers in the fridge for up to 3 days. You could probably freeze any extras then defrost in the fridge when you are ready to eat to make it last longer.

Notes

Nutrition (based on pizza made with 1 kiwi, 1/2 peach, and 6 strawberries) 1/12 of recipe: 172 calories, 7 g fat, 22 g carbohydrate, 17 g sugar, 5 g protein
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4 Comments
  • Mona AvatarMona3 years ago

    Now that’s what I call a guilt-free dessert. I love, love, love this. Pinning it right now.

    • The Healthy Toast AvatarThe Healthy Toast3 years ago

      Yay!! I’m so glad you like it 🙂 Definitely give it a shot and let me know what you think 🙂

  • masala girl Avatarmasala girl3 years ago

    love this version! i remember the first time i saw a fruit pizza recipe i got really excited, thinking it was pretty healthy, then i saw what it was actually made of… haha.

    • The Healthy Toast AvatarThe Healthy Toast3 years ago

      I know! As a kid I always thought it was a healthier dessert too – hope you enjoy!!

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