If you love fruit pizza, let me share a healthier recipe I promise you will love just as much as the original. This Dairy Free Fruit Pizza Recipe is made with a simple sugar cookie base, cream cheese icing, and tons of fresh fruit. It is also dairy-free, so perfect for those needing to cut out dairy.
If fruit desserts are your thing, they are mine, let me share a few other desserts you might like! This berry icebox cake is so good! It is simple to put together and so yummy! Strawberry sugar cookie bars are also a really great dessert. My lemon chiffon cake is a show stopper that is sure to impress.
What Makes This Recipe Work?
Let's start with the sugar cookie. This sugar cookie base is made with kamut flour. It is an ancient grain that is starting to make a comeback and is so healthy and delicious. You can use any wheat flour of choice, but let me just recommend this kamut flour if you have never tried it before and are looking for something healthier.
The plant-based cream cheese icing adds a creamy layer between the sugar cookie base and the fresh fruit. I reduced the sugar in this cream cheese icing, which allows the natural flavors in the fruit to shine through.
Another thing that makes this fruit pizza so tasty is all of the delicious seasonal fruits this recipe is packed with!
- Plant-based Butter- with the recognition of dairy intolerances and vegan lifestyles, it is really easy to find a good variety of plant-based butter. If not, you can always go with good old margarine.
- Granulated sugar- You would also use brown sugar if you like.
- Egg- Make sure it is a large egg.
- Vanilla- I prefer pure vanilla. This is used in the cookie base and the icing.
- All-purpose flour- I like to use a blend of whole wheat and all-purpose in this recipe.
- Kamut flour- or use any other wheat flour of choice
- Plant-based cream cheese- Just like the butter, there are a wide variety of options.
- Powdered sugar- for the icing.
- Fresh fruit- I used strawberries, blueberries, grapes, raspberries, and kiwi. You really can use any fruit you like for this.
Step-By-Step For Making The Fruit Pizza
- Mix the sugar cookie dough.
- Form it into a rough circle. You can also use a round cake pan for this, but I prefer just forming it on a sheet pan.
- Bake the sugar cookie crust. This should not take more than 15 minutes.
- Allow the sugar cookie crust to cool completely.
- Mix your cream cheese icing until smooth and creamy.
- Spread the icing on the sugar cookie crust
- Cut all of your fruits to the desired shape and size, and arrange them on the pizza however you like.
- Sit back and enjoy!
Tips For Baking With Whole Wheat Flours
- The goal I always keep in mind when baking with whole wheat flour is to stay as close to the initial recipe as possible. Most people don't enjoy whole wheat recipes because they do not taste like the original. I want to show you how to keep your recipes tasting as close to the original as possible.
- The main tip for baking with whole wheat flour is to be careful not to overmix your dough. In this recipe, the ingredients are only mixed together just enough to combine. Do not mix them more than that!
- Another very important tip is to not overbake your sugar cookie dough. This will keep it nice, soft, and tender, which is exactly what you want.
Notes For Making Fruit Pizza
- Do not overbake the crust. I already stated this above, but let's reiterate because this is such an important part of this healthier fruit pizza recipe. To keep your crust soft and tender, you will have to be careful when you are baking it. The baking time should only be about 15 minutes.
- Allow the cookie base to cool before topping. If you don't let it cool, and you add the cream cheese icing and the fruit on top, not only will the icing melt, but the fruit will also start to wilt and won't hold its shape as it should.
- Choose the freshest fruits possible. It is really important to use ripe, fresh fruits in this recipe so that that delicious fresh flavor really shines in this fruit pizza.
- This can be made completely up to an hour ahead of serving time. You can make the cookie base several hours in advance, and then keep it in the fridge until you are ready to put the toppings on and serve. You don't want to put this together too early, or else the fruits will not look as fresh as they should.
Recommendations On Fruits To Use
- Mandarin oranges
- These are just a few of the options that I like to use. You can use many more than this of course.
What Is Kamut And Why Do Ancient Grains Matter?
Kamut is a kind of ancient grain that has recently gotten very popular. It originates from Egypt thousands of years ago and has been nicknamed the "Pharoah Grain" because it was found in several kings' tombs.
Ancient grains are grains that have been grown and cultivated for thousands of years. There are lots of different ancient grains, but they all share the commonality of being very healthy. Ancient grains are filled with fiber, vitamins, and minerals, and research has shown that eating these grains can prevent certain diseases.
- You can add one tablespoon of lemon or orange zest to the sugar cookie crust. This will give it a slight citrus undertone. You can also add lemon, orange, or lime zest to the cream cheese icing as well. For this, add in two teaspoons when you are making the icing.
- Although I am showing the fruits that I love on my fruit pizza, feel free to branch out! You can use any fruits that you prefer in this recipe.
- If you don't like cream cheese, you can sub it out for buttercream icing instead. All you do is trade out the amount of cream cheese listed below in the icing for butter instead.
- You are not limited to fresh fruits on this pizza. You can also use roasted fruits as well. I have a recipe for roasted plums and roasted cherries if you want to try those.
FAQ Fruit Pizza
Yes! The crust and cream cheese icing can be made several hours in advance. The only thing I do not recommend is adding the fruits more than an hour before serving. You will want these to be fresh and supple when served.
Definitely! As explained above in the variations section, you can make this recipe with just buttercream icing. Simply sub out the cream cheese for softened butter when making the icing. If you are looking vegan or dairy-free, simply sub in vegan butter or margarine.
While the sugar cookie base can be made ahead of time and frozen, I do not recommend freezing anything else. the cream cheese icing doesn't hold up very well after being frozen, and of course, the fresh fruits will turn to mush when they thaw.
Healthier Fruit Pizza
- baking sheet
- ½ cup softened butter
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 1 egg
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- 1 teaspoon almond extract
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- ½ cup whole wheat flour I used Kamut, but you can also use a whole wheat pastry flour, white whole wheat, einkorn, etc.
- ¼ teaspoons salt
- 2-5 cups fruits for topping
- 2 tablespoons softened cream cheese
- 2 tablespoons softened butter
- 2 ½ cup powdered sugar
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
- In a medium-size bowl, add the butter and granulated sugar and mix for about 1-2 minutes. I used a hand mixer for this. You don't want to whip this until it is light and fluffy in this recipe. You want a more dense cookie, and if you mix too much, this won't happen.
- Add in the egg, vanilla, and almond extract. Mix only to combine.
- In a small bowl, add the all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, and salt. Mix.
- Now, add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture, mix to combine.
- Take the dough, and press it into a circle on your baking sheet. I made mine into a 10-inch circle. It baked into about 12 inches.
- Place in oven and bake it for about 15-18 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and allow it cool. If you used parchment paper, you can always remove it carefully from the pan and set it on a cooling rack.
- In a medium-size bowl, add the butter, cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla. Blend it until it is smooth. I used a hand mixer for this.
- Cut your fruit into the shapes and sizes you want.
- Once the cookie base is cooled, spread with the icing.
- Then add your fruit however you like.
- Here is a note, if you are not going to eat this pizza within an hour or 2, wait to add the icing and fruit. If the fruit is added too early, it starts to droop a little and isn't as pretty.
- Once it is served, if there are any leftovers, wrap them tightly and store in the fridge.
- They hold well for about 2 days.
- Now, sit back and enjoy. You deserve it!