Healthy 4th of July Fruit Pizza
The 4th of July has always been one of my favorite holidays.
The fireworks, the food, the fun with friends, the BBQs, the brewskis, did I mention the food? Turkey burgers — and red, white and blue recipes — are about all I need to have a good time on the 4th.
As you know, I like playing with my food, and the opportunity to turn almost any dish into a patriotic American flag really gets me jazzed.
This year, I decided to stick with the dessert theme (jello shots count as dessert in my book), and whip up an incredibly quick and easy dish: 4th of July Fruit Pizza.
In actuality, it’s more of a flatbread — so you could serve this as an appetizer as well — but “patriotic pizza” just has a nice ring to it, right?
This dish requires only six ingredients (three of which are fruit) and absolutely no baking, giving you more time on the 4th to focus on fun, instead of kitchen cleanup.
And because it’s made with whole wheat crust and fresh, organic ingredients, you won’t need to worry about wrecking havoc to your bikini bod — we’ll leave that job to the beer and hotdogs.
- 1 Whole Wheat Pizza Crust, precooked
- 16 oz. Neufchatel Cheese (I used this)
- 2 T. Honey
- ½ C. Blueberries
- ½ Pear
- 1 C. Strawberries
- Using a mixer, blend together cheese and honey.
- Spread cheese mixture on pizza.
- Cut pear width-wise into thin rounds, then carve little stars out of the middle using a paring knife or cookie cutter if you have one.
- Arrange fruit into an American flag pattern.
- Serve with a sparkler!
Many fruit pizza recipes use regular cream cheese but I chose to use organic neufchâtel because I think it’s a bit more natural.
Your average cream cheese tends to have a lot of additives and neufchâtel is a pretty basic blend that is light, creamy, and delicious. It’s also lower in saturated fat than regular cream cheese.
You can buy a pre-made pizza crust for this recipe (the easiest route) or make your own.
Either way, you’ll want the dough fully cooked before you make your fruit pizza. If you buy pre-made, make sure it’s a plain crust without any spices added. A lot of pre-made crusts will have cheese or Italian seasoning baked in — not the best flavor combo with fresh fruit!
If you’re interested, you can find the “pizza my heart” cookie cutter on Etsy. I bought it for hubs for Valentine’s Day since he’s such a big pizza lover!