Mini Rainbow Fruit Pizzas – This lightened up version of the traditional fruit pizza uses some surprising ingredients to easily create a fun and colorful good-for-you dessert.
With St. Patty’s Day right around the corner, my little one has been asking me to make him a rainbow “leprechaun treat.” The thing is, as a general rule, I try avoid supplying him with the artificial coloring needed for said treats. It’s not because I’m a mean Mom, but because they seem to end in a series of tantrums and hyperactivity. Totally not worth it for either of us! So the challenge was to think of something festive for St. Patrick’s Day that will also aid in keeping the peace in my home.
There are naturally-dyed sprinkles and food dyes on the market I could use, but they lack the intensity of color needed for a rainbow treat. The obvious colorful solution was fruit! As a kid, one of my favorite fruit desserts was fruit pizza. So I took the inspiration of the fruit pizza and cut out processed sugar and added whole grains. Also, when you eat these you’ll never guess that the secret ingredient is a bunch of good-for-you dates! For the frosting layer I whipped together cream cheese, honey, and vanilla, which is much lighter than the traditional high-in-sugar-and-shortening frosting.
To achieve the rainbow coloring, here is a list of recommended fruit:
When I first wrote this recipe, I planned on arranging the fruit to look like an actual rainbow (which turned out to be pretty cute by the way). It also ended up being pretty time consuming too, and I thought, “who wants to wait that long to eat dessert?” Not me! Thus I went for the dump-the-fruit-on-top approach. If you have more patience than I, you might want to give the rainbow design a whirl. Or, if you have kids who like to do kitchen projects, it’s fun to let them decorate their own fruit pizza.
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