As you know (or have been reminded of by all of the teddy bears and heart shaped candy at the store) today is…Valentine’s Day! It’s that special time of year when you get to remind the person you love that they have a special place in your life. But–now we can’t forget this–it’s also another day in the year where you get to indulge yourself with cake, chocolates, and an assortment of candy without feeling any guilt.
pexels-photo-1851370Chocolates are passed around the office, cards and candy are given out throughout classrooms, and the smell of sugar fills the air. However, have you ever considered an alternative to the typical Valentine’s Day desserts?
I introduce you to: Fruit Pizza! It’s a fun and different way to enjoy natural sugars that even kids can enjoy. To make the fruit pizza, you first have to cook the crust in the oven before covering it with the cream cheese spread and your choice of fruit. If you want to make it more festive for Valentine’s Day, I suggest forming the dough in the shape of a heart before baking it.

 


Fruit Pizza

Ingredients

For the dough:

  • 1/2 cup margarine or butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg (large)
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 cup sugar
Ingredients for the cream cheese spread and toppings:
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup fruit of your choosing, sliced
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. For crust, cream margarine/butter, sugar, vanilla, and egg until light and fluffy. Add flour and baking powder, mixing well.
  3. Spread mixture about 1/8 inch thick on a pizza pan, baking sheet, or 9 inch by 13 inch pan.
  4. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool.
  5. For spread, mix together cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla. Spread on cooled cookie crust.
  6. Arrange fruit on top of pizza. Refrigerate until serving time.

For variety, try using any combination of colorful fruits that you like. Some of my personal favorites on Fruit Pizza include kiwi, bananas, pears, peaches, blueberries,
blackberries, raspberries and strawberries. This is your time to make it your own and even get the kids involved in decorating.
Since it is still the middle of winter in Pennsylvania, some fruit might not be in season and could be a little expensive, so don’t forget that frozen fruit has all of the nutritional value of fresh fruit and it’s inexpensive!
Tip from a sugar lover: If you want to indulge even more, try drizzling dark chocolate or honey over the pizza to add an extra sweetness.

This blog has been written by Krysta Villarosa, a Spring ’19 SNAP-Ed Student Lab Assistant.

 

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