Enjoy a Fruit Pizza that’s both delicious and nutritious! Featuring a colorful blend of fresh fruits over a smooth, light cream cheese frosting, all resting on a sweet oatmeal crust. It’s an energizing way to start your day, with a tropical vibe that’s bound to keep you refreshed.
Fruit Pizza Recipe
While I confess an unending love for the classic pepperoni pizza, this fruit pizza variant holds its own unique charm. Great for both busy mornings and leisurely brunches, wedding showers, and BBQs, this fruity recipe offers a burst of flavor and energy to get you going. Among all the healthier desserts you might consider for a celebration, I often suggest starting with a fruit pizza. The delightful mix of a tender oatmeal base, rich cream cheese layer, and vivid fruits is both a trip down memory lane and an absolute treat!
Drawing inspiration from a past favorite, the Strawberry Coconut Oatmeal Crunch Pie, this pizza emerged as a breakfast revelation. A bite into it and an ecstatic “YES!” echoed in my mind. With just the right adjustments, I created this masterpiece that’s not only fulfilling but tasty and perfectly textured.
Why You’ll Love This Fruit Pizza
- Easy to Make: No complicated steps here! From the crust to the toppings, each element is easy and hassle-free.
- Customizable: The beauty of this pizza is that you can top it with any seasonal fruits or berries of your choice.
- Healthy Ingredients: With an oatmeal crust and fresh fruits, you’re getting a dose of fiber and vitamins.
- Balanced Sweetness: The blend of the sweet oatmeal crust, tangy cream cheese frosting, and natural fruit sugars ensures this dessert isn’t overly sweet.
- Visually Appealing: The array of colorful fruits makes this pizza a showstopper on any table. It’s almost too pretty to eat!
Ingredients For Fruit Pizza
- Cereal Flakes with Strawberries and Chocolate: I use the Special K brand but you can use any cereal flakes you want. The cereal will add crunch and flavor to the crust.
- Rolled Oats: Forms the primary base of the crust, giving it texture and a wholesome feel.
- Sweetened Fancy Shred Coconut: Introduces a tropical twist and additional texture to the crust.
- Honey OR Maple Syrup: Acts as a natural sweetener and binder for the crust, ensuring it holds together.
- Neufchatel Cheese: Serves as the base for the cream cheese frosting, offering a lighter alternative to regular cream cheese.
- Powdered Sugar: Sweetens the cream cheese frosting.
- Pure Vanilla Extract
- Strawberry Slices, Kiwi Slices, Banana Slices, Blueberries: These fresh fruits serve as toppings, bringing in a range of textures and flavors.
How To Make Fruit Pizza
Make The Crust
- Preheat the Oven: Set your oven to 375°F and grease a 9-inch tart pan with baking spray.
- Crush the Cereal: Place the cereal flakes into a ziploc bag, seal, and then crush them using a rolling pin.
- Mix the Crust Ingredients: In a mixing bowl, combine the crushed cereal, rolled oats, shredded coconut, and your choice of honey or maple syrup. Stir until they’re well-blended.
- Shape the Crust: Use a buttered spatula to press this mixture firmly into the tart pan.
- Bake: Place the crust in the oven and bake for 10 minutes.
- Cool the Crust: Once baked, remove it from the oven. Let it cool completely. To speed up the cooling, you can place it in the freezer for 15 minutes.
For The Cream Cheese Frosting
- Blend the Ingredients: In your mixer’s bowl, combine the Neufchatel cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract. Beat them together until the mixture is smooth and well-blended.
- Spread on the Crust: Once the crust is fully cooled, evenly spread the cream cheese frosting over it.
- Chill: Place the crust with the frosting into the fridge for about 10 minutes.
For The Fruit Topping
- Prepare the Fruit: While the crust is chilling, slice your strawberries, kiwis, and bananas. Have your blueberries and other chosen fruits ready.
- Arrange the Fruit: Remove the crust from the fridge and arrange your sliced fruits and berries on top of the frosting. Press them down slightly to secure them.
- Final Chill: Once your fruit is arranged, place the pizza back into the fridge for another 20 minutes to set.
Tips For Making The Best Fruit Pizza
- Crust Consistency: For a crunchier crust, extend the baking time by a few minutes.
- Choosing Cereal: You can use any cereal flakes you like or have on hand.
- Choosing Fruits: While the recipe suggests specific fruits, you can use any fruits that are in season or those that you prefer. Fruits like watermelon have high water content, which might make the pizza a bit soggy if left for too long, so it’s best not to use it. While bananas can be used, as I always do, they tend to brown rapidly. To counter this, a quick brush with lemon juice helps, but it’s still ideal to serve the pizza promptly if using bananas.
- Serving: This pizza can be sliced into smaller portions for a light snack or larger pieces for a more filling treat. To achieve clean cuts, consider using a warm knife: simply dip the knife in hot water and dry it before slicing.
- Dressing it Up: Drizzle a bit of honey or chocolate syrup for added sweetness, or sprinkle some chia seeds or flaxseeds for a health boost.
- Cream Cheese Substitution: If you’re not a fan of cream cheese or looking for a lighter option, consider using yogurt or whipped coconut cream as an alternative.
- Crust Variations: Add in a pinch of cinnamon or nutmeg to the crust mixture for a hint of warm spice.
- Fruit Prep: Make sure to dry your fruits thoroughly after washing. This ensures that the cream cheese frosting doesn’t become too watery.
- Advance Preparation: You can prepare the crust a day in advance. Store it in an airtight container, and then just add the cream cheese and fruits before serving.
- Storing: If not serving immediately, store the pizza in the refrigerator to keep the fruits fresh and the crust firm.
- Garnish with Fresh Mint: A few sprigs of fresh mint can enhance the flavor of the fruit pizza.
- Serve with Whipped Cream: Offering a side of whipped cream allows guests to add a dollop to their slice.
- Pair with Cold Beverages: A refreshing iced tea, lemonade, or a cold glass of white sangria can complement the fresh flavors of the fruit pizza.
- Offer with Ice Cream: A scoop of homemade ice cream is a great companion to a slice of fruit pizza, especially during warmer months.
More Fruit Recipes
Fruit Pizza Recipe
- 1 cup cereal flakes, I use Kellogg's Special K with Strawberries and Chocolate
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1 cup sweetened fancy shred coconut
- ¾ cup honey, or maple syrup
- 8 ounces Neufchatel Cheese, or regular cream cheese
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- Strawberry Slices
- Kiwi Slices
- Banana Slices
- Preheat the oven to 375˚F. Grease a 9-inch tart pan with baking spray and set aside.
- Place cereal in a ziploc bag, close the bag, and crush the cereal with a rolling pin.
- In a mixing bowl, combine the crushed cereal, oats, shredded coconut, and honey or maple syrup; stir until completely blended.
- Using a buttered spatula, press the mixture into the tart pan. Bake for 10 minutes.
- Remove from oven and let it completely cool. I pop it in the freezer for 15 minutes to cool it faster.
- In the meantime, prepare the cream cheese frosting by combining Neufchatel cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla in your mixer's bowl; beat until completely blended and smooth.
- Spread the frosting over the cooled crust and place in the fridge for 10 minutes.
- Remove from the fridge and arrange the sliced fruits over the frosting, pressing down slightly. Refrigerate for 20 minutes or until chilled.
- Remove the rim from the tart pan and let the Fruit Pizza stand for a few minutes to make it easier to cut.
- Cut and serve.
- Crust Consistency: Consider extending the baking time by a few minutes for a crunchier crust. Monitor closely to avoid burning.
- Choosing Fruits: While the recipe suggests specific fruits, you can use any fruits that are in season or those that you prefer. Remember that fruits with high water content, like melons, will make the pizza a bit soggy if left for too long. Also, dry the fruits thoroughly after washing so the cream cheese frosting doesn’t get too watery.
- Storing: Store the pizza in the refrigerator to keep the fruits fresh and the crust firm.
- Serving: This pizza can be sliced into smaller portions for a light snack or larger pieces for a more filling treat. To achieve clean cuts, consider using a warm knife – dip the knife in hot water and dry it before slicing.
- Dressing it Up: Drizzle honey, caramel, or chocolate syrup for added sweetness.
- Cream Cheese Substitution: If you do not like Neufchatel cheese, use regular cream cheese. Make sure to beat it until it is completely smooth.
- Crust Variations: Add cinnamon or nutmeg to the oat crust mixture for a hint of spice.
- Advance Preparation: You can prepare the crust a day in advance. Store it in an airtight container, and then add the cream cheese and fruits before serving.
Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.