Sunday, March 18, 2012

Tropical Fruit Pizza

I made this incredible Tropical Fruit Pizza about a week ago to take to our natural child birth class. This class is where we're told what is really happening with my body during labor, how my honey can help, and also where, afterwards; I contemplate canceling the whole thing. 

Then I look down and it's become painfully obvious that it's to late for all that. The seed has already been planted so to speak.
Snacks at class help alleviate this self induced trauma. This Tropical Fruit Pizza definitely did the trick.

Let me illustrate: Just as we were talking about the actual squeezing of the baby out of my privates, I took a bite and thought, "Wow, this is super sweet, yet creamy with a great tang." Much better than, "Do you think if I packed up and moved to Hong Kong the baby would follow me?"
The magic of sweet pizza.

The weather was also amazingly spring-like for a Montana March on the day that I created this Tropical Fruit Pizza.  Today the clouds have settled in and snow is pattering against our large windows it feels comforting to remember the tropical flavors and the sunshine. 

I also cut some corners and used a sugar cookie mix and instant sugar free pudding mix making this a super easy recipe.  You could use any kind of pudding you want though if you want to switch things up. Vanilla pudding, white chocolate, or even pistachio would be kind of fun. 

I used mangoes and kiwis, but you can use whatever you have on hand. Strawberries, blueberries, bananas. Seriously, you are Michael Angelo and this pizza is your Cysteine Chapel. Get after it!

And then slice this with a pizza cutter and take a big 'ol bite that has the rich flavors of cheesecake and sweetness of sugar cookie paired with the tangy bite from the fresh mango and kiwi. 

It's perfect really.

Just like I've decided my child birth experience will be.

Now on with the recipe!

Tropical Fruit Pizza

1 Package Sugar Cookie Mix
1/2 Cup Unsalted Butter; Softened
1 Large Egg
1 Package Sugar Free Cheesecake Pudding
1 Cup Skim Milk
1 Fresh Mango
4 Ripe Kiwis

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
2. In a large bowl, combine the sugar cookie mix, butter, and egg. Mix with a mixer or spatula until a thick batter has formed.

3. Spray a large cookie sheet with cooking spray and evenly spread the cookie dough on the bottom of the cookie sheet making one layer of continuous cookie. Bake in the oven for 7-9 minutes or until cookie is done.

4. Meanwhile combine the pudding mix and the skim milk. Whisk together until smooth and refrigerate in order to set the pudding.

5. Peel and slice the kiwis into thin round slices. Then slice the mango into small cubes. 

6. Once the cookie dough has baked allow it to cool for at least 20 minutes. Then we can begin building the pizza! Spread the pudding evenly over the top of the cookie 'crust' in one even layer. Then place the kiwi and mango slices evenly over the pudding in a fun pattern or just throw them on.

7. Slice using a pizza cutter and serve chilled. You can refrigerate until ready to serve! 

Servings: 20

Nutritional Skinny:

 118 calories / 2.4 g fat / 24 g carbohydrates / .5 g fiber / 1.5 g protein

Mental Health Benefit: This is a seriously fun way to get your fruits. It may not be the healthiest way, but if you are craving some dessert this goes a long way with only just over 2 grams of fat and still has a little bit of fiber and protein. It's also a really attractive dessert to bring to a party and easy to eat! A total win-win situation for everyone!


Anonymous said...

nice idea...thanks for sharing....

Hot Mess Cooking said...

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you love this recipe as much as I do! Happy Spring!