Thursday, April 26, 2012

Chocolate Fruit Pizza. [with gluten-free crust]


Okay, So the other day I decided to finally try out an idea that had been churning around in my mind for quite awhile now. A twist on a classic. A fruit pizza, with a chocolate "sauce", instead of the normal white cream cheese stuff. I also wanted a crust that wasn't super sweet and all sugary.

You know, next time, I'm actually going to have lots of awesome fruit on hand when I decide to make a fruit pizza. Instead of just strawberries and kiwis. Even though I absolutely love both of those. But I guess one of the main things about this blog is that I promote using ingredients you have on hand. Since I just so happened to have a pile of strawberries and kiwis about to go bad on me, I suppose I did live up to my motto.

But really, I do wish I would've had more, awesome fruit.

But anyway! Here is what I came up with.


My Marlin loves coconut. So for the crust I used 4 cups of unsweetened coconut, 2 cups of almond flour, a cup of butter, and about a half a cup of honey. I really just added the honey until it had the sweetness I wanted. And did you hear that? It's gluten free! Yeah. I  felt proud of myself. It wasn't even intentional.
So yeah. You mix all of that up and spread it evenly onto your pan and bake for about 20 minutes at 350 degrees F.


While that is baking slice up your fruit. I really don't have any idea how much I used. Between me eating it, and slicing more up, and Marlin coming in and randomly snitching a pile...wow. Yeah. No idea. So really, just feel it. It's not that difficult.

When the crust comes out. You want to make sure that it's pretty much completely cooled before you put your cream cheese mixture on it...otherwise it will make the whole thing all runny and....ewww. Honestly, I feel your pain. You have no idea how much I sincerely desired to just put the sauce on when it was still lukewarm. I mean, I was really excited about this idea...and I'm not a patient person to begin with. Just, chill. Take some deep breaths...and check the temperature outside or something. Or facebook, or pinterest....or eat some more of your carefully sliced fruit. Because trust me, simply mixing up the cream cheese, coconut milk, honey, and cocoa powder will not take long enough to make this crust cool.

You could also try holding the pan up in the air and swooshing it around like an airplane in an effort to cool it faster. But then you risk losing the pan. Plus, pans can retain an amazing amount of heat. And you could get burnt. Not like I'd know or anything. Ahem. Cough.

So yeah. Once the crust is finished cooling you want to spread the cream cheese on evenly, and top with your fruit. Make it look cool. Or not. :)


Recipe

Crust:
4 cups of unsweetened coconut flakes
2 cups of almond flour
1/2 cup of honey (or to taste)
1 cup of softened butter (two sticks)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Mix everything together and press onto lightly greased pan. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool completely.

Sauce:
1-2 8 oz packages of softened cream cheese
1/4 cup of coconut milk
1/2 cup of cocoa powder. (or until it's as chocolate-y as ya want it)
Honey to taste
1/2 banana
(I added the banana for a little extra sweetener. this is totally optional. Ok, I'll be totally honest. I actually just had one very ripe banana that I managed to only eat half of before I was totally grossed out by it... so I threw it into the mix. I wouldn't recommend putting in more unless you want a really banana flavor to the whole thing. P.S. I hate really ripe bananas.)


Mix well and spread onto crust.

Top with Fruit of your choice.

Enjoy at your leisure. :)

Question: Do you have any cute Ideas to make garnishes out of fruit? I really wanted to do something with the kiwis but couldn't figure out how to turn one into a flower or something. ;) I tried to do one like this kiwi flower but I'm afraid I totally failed...either that or it's going to take a little more practice. So I just went back to my strawberry flower. :)

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3 comments:

  1. looks amazing! that kiwi flower would be awesome to try! :)ya know we never did many fruti flowers in catering mostly veggies. you cna make a strawberry rose sorta similar to a radish one. and ...umm I'll think of soem more caus ewe did do a couple

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  2. this is so beautiful and looks delicious! thank you for linking up on successful saturdays!

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    1. No problem. Thanks for the opportunity. :)

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