No-Bake Mini Fruit Pizzas

No-Bake Mini Fruit Pizzas - a raw, nutritious, chewy crust topped with a coconut cream cheese filling and decorated with fresh fruit! All the yum with no refined sugar. 200 calories. | pinchofyum.com

I have really mixed feelings about healthy desserts.

That being said, today’s dessert is a rock star of a raw dessert that closely resembles our family favorite, Fruit Pizza. There’s no sugar cookie crust here – wahhhhh! But honestly, I’m going to blow your mind and my own mind right now: I don’t even miss it. This alternative crust is my new dessert base staple – it’s raw and full of nutrition and SERIOUSLY YUMMY thanks to the dates, almond butter, vanilla, and pecans. I pinkie promise would not feed you this idea if it did not taste deliciously desserty.

So with the sweet, soft, chewy crust taken care of, let’s fill those little crusts up with some heavenly —> coconut cream cheese frosting! <— and some fresh, bright fruit. And suddenly things are looking reeeeal good for us in the raw, nutritious, can’t-stop-love-it-so-much healthy dessert department.

These No-Bake Mini Fruit Pizzas are a simple, raw, nutritious dessert with no refined sugar and tastes just as awesome as a regular fruit pizza!

But like I said, mixed feelings. No-Bake Mini Fruit Pizzas can stay, but on the other hand, I think every obnoxious dessert healthification that I have ever been involved with has been a complete train wreck. If you want a full run-down of some of these epic fails, they’re all yours – eat your heart out. Except eeww.

Can we talk about something semi-related for a minute? That would be how I’m going to keep a container of this coconut cream cheese filling in my fridge for the rest of summer because it is fruit’s best friend. And my best friend. It’s like something otherworldly.

So when you’re making this recipe and you have the crusts chilling in the freezer and you have your juicy fruit laying right there on the cutting board and you’re sitting in front of the bowl of freshly whipped coconut cream cheese filling, and you’re asking yourself if it’s okay to dunk your face in it? The answer is yes. You most definitely have permission to pre-dessert your dessert with a little appetizer of fruit and coconut cream cheese “dip.”

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Okay, I’ve already talk-typed too much today. In my mind I am capable of writing a short post – in reality I have to say everything for five hundred paragraphs.

In addition to meeting people at three very delicious restaurants today for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (there could be worse problems), I have a bunch of things to do before Sunday when we leave for a little getaway with Bjork’s family. I can’t wait to show you pictures of the place we’re staying – it’s unreal with lake views and patios galore. Squeee!

So I’m out, in like, two paragraphs. So much to prepare! like all the snacks!

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Bottom line with these No-Bake Mini Fruit Pizzas is that they’re a great way to enjoy dessert without feeling like you just killed your body with a refined sugar overload. Wait, though: I do not judge regular sugar cookie and powdered sugar frosting fruit pizza eaters AT ALL! You guys. It’s like our favorite food ever. But these non-regular No-Bake Mini Fruit Pizzas are where we’re at right now – natural sugar and sweetness and creaminess and yummy crust shells that are mind-consumingly delicious with lots of feel-good ingredients to make you feel glowy and healthful and awesome.

One last note: I tried to decorate these with cool fruit patterns and I basically had a nervous breakdown. Bjork told me to get out of the house. Not joking. I was completely beside myself for not being able to slice fruit and arrange it prettily on top of a mini no-bake mini fruit pizza while also taking pictures. Like why are my fingers big clunky logs? Some things like fruit arranging are better left to my patient sister – check out her gorgeous fruit pizza design for inspo and/or just prop your fruit on top, like I ended up doing in an effort not to smash everything in frustration.

I bet you wish you were there for that moment. Special times with fruit pizza decorating.

Happy weekend, friends!

These No-Bake Mini Fruit Pizzas are a simple, raw, nutritious dessert with no refined sugar that taste just as awesome as a regular fruit pizza! 200 calories.

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No-Bake Mini Fruit Pizzas
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Serves: 6 large or 12 small
 
Ingredients
For the crust
  • 15 medjool dates, pits removed
  • ¼ cup almond butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup pecans
  • ½ cup almond meal, hazelnut meal, ground oats, etc.
  • 1-2 tablespoons chia seeds, flax, etc.
For the filling and toppings
  • 8 ounces Neufchatel (reduced fat cream cheese), softened
  • ¾ cup full fat canned coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon honey (raw local honey = best!)
  • fruit toppings of choice like raspberries, strawberries, kiwi, and mango
Instructions
  1. For the crust/dough, place the dates, almond butter, vanilla, salt, and pecans in a food processor. Pulse a few times and push the mixture down with a spoon between pulses to help it move through the food processor (maybe not necessary if you have an awesome food processor, which I do not). When the mixture is mostly smooth and sticky like a dough, transfer to a bowl and mix in your nut meal and chia/flax to help the mixture bind together. You should end up with one large dough ball and you should be able to touch it without getting it stuck all over your hands, although your hands may be greasy after working with it. Press this dough into mini muffin tins, regular muffin tins, or individual tart molds. Freeze for 1-2 hours to help them hold their shape.
  2. Heat the coconut milk to incorporate the fat and the water. When it's smooth, set aside to cool. After it has cooled to room temperature, beat the cream cheese, coconut milk, and honey with an electric mixer until smooth. Cut up your fruit into small slices.
  3. Remove from the molds and fill with a few spoonfuls of the filling and top with sliced fruit. Store finished fruit pizzas in the fridge.
Notes
The crust turns out differently every time I make it, and it's really adaptable to whatever grains or nut meals or seeds you have and want to use in it. Try to just make it by feel rather than by following the exact measurements listed here - it usually turns out best when you just try to achieve that dry-to-the-touch dough consistency.

Sometimes it's hard to get the crust mixture going through your food processor - it depends on how moist your dates are. It can help to add a tiny bit of water, but if you do, you'll really need to add some almond meal, flax, etc. to make up for that extra moisture.

You can also store these in the freezer but I would recommend freezing just the crust and the filling and letting it thaw out before topping with fresh fruit.

The little tart pan that I used had 4 servings (see picture) – I could have made 6 of that size with the amount in this recipe. If you used a muffin tin or a mini muffin tin you’d end up with more like 12 servings. Nutrition facts are for 1 fruit pizza when making 12.

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Comments

  1. Wow Fruit Pizza! I would love to bring this to the 4th of July festivities but I won’t be able to share it, it’s just too good. Those raspberries are the perfect topper. I’m going to pass this along to the wife and pick a few of the raspberries from our bush on the side.

  2. These look amazing!

  3. We are pretty much brain twins today. Similar fruit and similar looking photos FTW!
    I have never made a raw dessert. I am all for a little dessert health-i-fication, but there is a VERY FINE line that can be crossed.
    However, because these are so cute and because there is coconut cream cheese filling (<3) I will eat these happily. Pinning!

  4. Fantastic! In Scotland all our Strawberries and Raspberries and other such fresh soft fruits are in season at the moment and as I’m obsessed with cooking as much as possible with such excellent local fresh ingredients so you can bet I’m adding this recipe to my list. Thank you. :-)

  5. I love that these are healthy and I LOVE the combination of coconut and cream cheese! I will definitely be trying this out in the future :)

  6. Looks terrific Lindsay, I have a ton of blueberries this recipe will be great for!

  7. I really love fruit pizzas, especially if they are somewhat healthy and no-bake! Yum! Happy Friday. :)

  8. Weeee fruit pizzas!! One of my most favoritest desserts everr. I’ve had these on my mind ever since the snow started to melt ( I live in minnesnowta too!) and started thinking about all the fresh summer fruit. I had an idea for a pecan crust similar to this but you went above and beyond anything I could have come up with! These look delish!

  9. YES, I love crust like this! I had gluten-free strawberry shortcake on the brain, but now all I want to do is make this…sigh. Thanks, as always, for sharing!

  10. I love this recipe! Bonus points for being no bake in the middle of summer!! I’ve been trying to keep dates around because their the perfect healthy dessert. I can’t wait to try this!

  11. These are so cute Lindsay! love the look of the crust!
    http://youtube.com/addalittlefood

  12. Lindsay! These looks sooooo good. The no bake is a huge plus. Seriously, these look like they came out of a Parisian Patisserie. Can’t wait to try them. You are my baking idol!

    • You are being way too generous, but thank you! You should have seen the first one – it was a total mess with 5 different kinds of fruit pieces just flopped on top. :)

  13. Oh wow this looks sooo delicious! I want one of them right now please!
    xo Andrea
    Wonderful and Marvelous

  14. These are too beautiful! Love the colorful fruit, and REALLY love the no-bake crusts!

  15. This sounds delicious. I pinned for future use. I have tried to arrange my tarts for presentation. I have to say mine tasted better that it looks.

  16. I am going directly to the store after work so I can make these! Quick question– my bf hates coconut (total sadface) and can taste it even if I try to be sneaky about it. What is the best substitute for coconut milk? Thank you!

    • Hey Amanda – sorry if I’m too late getting to this but I would just go for a thicker milk (either 2% or whole milk, or even half and half) but don’t use as much as the 3/4 cup because I think it would still be more “liquidy” than the coconut milk and you don’t want the frosting part to get too runny. You can probably get by with just 1/3 cup or 1/2 cup of regular or almond milk with similar texture results.

  17. This looks so yummy and healthy, plus no backing – cant get better! Thank you for the recipe!

  18. Loving this healthy no bake recipe! That filling I could eat straight up!

  19. Wonderful! I started my doTerra candida cleanse last night and I’ll be sugar and white flour free for a while. Here I was feeling all deprived and you made my day. Now if I can just get some sunshine on my raspberry patch…..

  20. These are SOOO beautiful. I love me some no-bake crusts. You can’t go wrong there!!

  21. These look so good – going to have to make them! :)

  22. These are adorable, I like them. I really do, but I have to asked — why is this a fruit “pizza” and not a fruit tartlet… or something?

    (The Internet and comments are a table place for framing the context and tone of a question — this isn’t push back but no matter how I try and phrase this, I am worried that I sound negative)

    • I wondered if someone would ask! It really is shaped more like a tart, at least mine are, because I had to put them in a mini tart pan. :) so you could call it a tart if you want, but I wanted it to resemble or make people think more of a fruit pizza (consistency of the crust being chewy, and the frosting layer being similar to a fruit pizza frosting, etc).

  23. You are such a rockstar! Love the idea of dates in the crust. Brilliant :)

  24. I’m pretty much terrified of anything that claims to be healthy, butttttt, I think I can do this! These little pizzas look seriously wonderful!!

  25. This as a great idea. I made a big fruit pizza before, but these mini fruit pizzas are too cute. Plus they are healthy!

  26. Valerie B. says:

    Hi Lindsay. These look great. But I am really interested in hearing about the kinds of snacks you are prepping for your family vacation. My husband and I vacationing with our extended family in 3 weeks, renting houses at the beach. I am trying to come up with snacks I can make ahead of time and that will be like by adults and kids both. Any ideas you can share would be great!!!! Thanks, as always, for all the wonderful recipes you post.

    • Valerie:
      I have a couple of snacks on my blog (www.ethnicspoon.com) that might work. My kids both like the Mango Black Bean Salsa (not make ahead) and Mini Beef Empanadas (these you can make ahead and freeze). Th ere is also Fig preserves with ricotta and prosciutto-very easy to make. Hope this helps.
      Analida :)

    • Hi Valerie! I am planning to bring a big container of hummus and veggies, and then some energy bites which is basically just this same exact “dough” rolled into balls and frozen or refrigerated. We LOVE those little things!

  27. Oh wow, these look really good! I haven’t used much coconut milk before. Definitely have to try these out.

  28. I live for fruit pizza in the summer.

  29. These are beautiful! Love the addition of dates in the crust, pinned!

  30. Hannah Elizabeth says:

    Okay, first: Lindsay…I just *LOVE* your blog!!! You make me laugh and your recipes are right up my alley: easy and healthy without getting uptight about the occasional splurge. Your perspective on food and health is so refreshing (I really appreciate the distinction you made between natural and refined sugars). Thank you so much for your blog…you are so awesome!

    Really??? No sugar cookie dough? And *dates* instead? I have tried date-based things multiple times and I hate dates because they taste fusty-dusty to me…blegh. I always get really sad when a recipe that sounds to be so scrumptious ends up being date-based. However…I really trust your sense of taste, so I might just give dates another go. But I’m dubious about the sugar cookie dough replacement… :P

    Haha, I know just what you mean about trying to arrange something to look nice. I have a couple of sisters who are patient and make everything look wonderful, too, but me? I decide that the “happy mess” look is a feature! ;)

    • Thanks Hannah! :) I can’t believe you don’t like dates?! Maybe you’ve been buying the wrong kind – the medjool ones that we get are big, soft, and perfect with a dollop of almond butter.

      • Hannah Elizabeth says:

        Maybe so…I’ll have to check the kind we buy. I’ve also wondered if I’ve been buying too much at once and they get old. We normally buy the big bag from Costco. ;) Thanks for the tip!

  31. I am sooo excited to make these! This is right up my alley as I don’t normally eat sugar or desserts because I don’t feel good about them. THIS recipe, I feel great about! Thanks, Lindsay and keep these healthy recipes coming! :)

  32. Your recipes always make my tummy rumble :D I SO love dates, coconut milk anything, raspberries…OK, I actually love everything in this recipe, so it’s a total WIN for me. I can’t wait to try this one out :)

  33. These are right up my alley Lindsay…no artificial sweeteners and limited processed food! I am all about healthy desserts…I think real food can also be real tasty :)

    I posted a fruit pizza recipe a couple weeks ago too, but mine is baked. I love the thought of a no-bake crust. I’ll have to give this a go! And it looks like the perfect sort of thing to freeze ahead of time.

  34. These look so yummy!! Such a nice recipe!

  35. Barbara H says:

    What could you substitute for the canned coconut milk? This sounds great, and no bake.

    • Any other dairy substitute that you feel comfortable with (or dairy alternative) … I like the coconut milk because it’s pretty thick and it gives a nice mellow coconutty flavor. :)

  36. You piqued my curiosity with the title. What a creative way to make the crust. I am impressed. One of those wonderful recipes that underscores that healthy doesn’t mean tasteless.

  37. What an extraordinary crumble. I am glad I took the time to link to the recipe. I pinned it.
    I had no idea you were near by—sort of. I live in Port Townsend.

  38. Ok yes, its healthy.. but commeee onnn!! Its beautiful!

  39. What are you talking about? Those are cute, deliciously decorated fruit pizzas! Not everything has to look like it was photographed in Epicurious! You always do such a beautiful job of food styling. Mine will not be as pretty! :(

  40. Wow these look seriously super delish! That cream cheese base looks to die for!!

  41. Hello LINDSAY !
    I wish i could have a taste of this………

  42. Those are gorgeous!

  43. Aw, don’t worry, your decoration is perfect! Rustic rules!!
    These cute little desserts really do sound healthy in a super tasty way rather than a yucky ‘I’m trying to pretend I like this but I secretly wish there was more sugar and chocolate in it’ way. Very pinnable indeed!

  44. I’m So making these this week. Especially since we going strawberry picking at Afton farm this weekend. The rabbits seem to get to our garden patch before we do. Can’t wait to try out. Yum!! My mouth is watering :)

  45. These are so adorable!

  46. Is there a way to substitute the coconut milk? My Fiance would kill me if I made coconut anything.

    • Thick, full fat milk or cream…basically you want something that has the same consistency of coconut milk (which is pretty thick). If all you have is regular milk, just use less to compensate for the difference in texture.

  47. Yummmmmm … I could eat these for a light breakfast. Or for a light lunch. And dessert at all meals. Is it weird that I want to eat these, and only these?
    I love fruit. Like, I could live on it. So these are totally perfect for me. The part I’m most excited about – I have everything already in my pantry! I can start eating these VERY soon! Yay!

  48. A “paleo-style” dessert by one of my favorite bloggers?! Loving it. Natural, non-processed eating is the BEST! Because… hi, I’m Morgan and I have a dessert problem. Though thankfully it’s partially rectified by cleaned-up versions such as this. Thanks for posting!

  49. I’m with you on the healthification of desserts but I LOVE the idea of this crust. I usually shun pies and tarts because the crusts always turn out to be less than stellar, but how could this every be that with all those things in it? Definitely trying it. Thanks!

  50. they look great!

  51. These look beautiful.

  52. Wow, these look great, Lindsay! Totally digging that you used raw honey in this sweet treat. When we make the 2 1/2 hour trek to go to my hometown for holidays, we always pass this little fruit stand on the side of the road. We almost always stop and I always pick up a jar of local, from Florida wildflower honey! :)

  53. Mary Ann says:

    OMG! I just made this and it is soooo delicious! Hubby and I CANNOT stop eating right now! Thank you so much, Lindsay!

    It is perfect for summer too! What with the heat we are experiencing right now, I can’t thank you enough!

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