Have you seen recipes floating around for fruit pizza – it’s basically a sugar cookie crust with fruit toppings. I set out to make something similar to that yesterday – I am pretesting a recipe for Father’s Day dessert on Sunday – so I pulled out what I thought I wanted to use, and it took a peanut butter turn, quickly. I think my favorite thing about being a foodie, and experimenting so much in the kitchen, is that you never know what you might find. There are so many times I have a vision for something and it ends up being nothing like I had planned, but still amazing (usually). If you haven’t tried your hand in the kitchen, I suggest you go for it! You’ll mess a lot of things up, and learn a lot along the way!
I know, I know – I used the words cookie and pizza, so none of you are even reading this, you’re just frantically searching for the recipe, keys in hand, to run to the grocery store and get started.
Well why didn’t you just say so? Here we go – totally clean, vegan, gluten-free, sugar free COOKIE PIZZA!
In a food processor, combine 1 cup of oats (any type is fine!), 1/2 cup of raisins, 1/2 cup of medjool dates (take out the seeds or this will be GROSS and probably choke someone), 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract, 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon, and 2 tablespoons of powdered peanut butter. You can use regular pb or any other type of nut butter you like. Or you can leave it out completely for just a plain cookie crust.
Blend in the food processor until it forms a thick ball – all of the ingredients will start to stick together. Line a pie dish or brownie dish (depending on what shape you want your pizza to be) with parchment paper <- do not skip this, it is EXTREMELY sticky. With wet hands, pull the ball of ingredients out and smooth it along the parchment paper until it forms into the shape of the pan. You want it to be a fairly thin layer. You can make it thicker, but remember that the thicker the slices, the less you’ll get out of this batch. Once it is smoothed out, place your pizza in the fridge to harden for at least 30 minutes. Cut up fresh fruit of your choice and spread it across the pizza as toppings. If you’d like a “sauce” you can use greek yogurt on top of the pizza, but I found it to have enough flavor without it. Cut your pie and serve! Leftovers should be stored in the fridge.
This is a goodie! Remember not to go crazy when consuming this – you can over eat healthy things too – and dates are amazing, but are very high calorie and sugar content. Even though it’s natural sugar, that doesn’t mean it should be consumed like water!