Jul 2, 2014

Red White + Blue Fruit Pizza



My slimmed down fruit pizza was such a hit I decided to make a red, white and blue version using blueberries and raspberries for my stars and stripes for the Fourth of July! If you don't recall, this is a lightened up white chocolate chip cookie bar topped with cream cheese frosting and fresh fruit - delish!


Madison helped me make this American flag and carefully placed the "stars" onto the frosting. She also helped me taste-test the final product to make sure it tasted yummy – she approved!


You could also used sliced strawberries if you prefer, but using raspberries didn't require any cutting, so it was pretty quick to assemble. 

A slimmed down white chocolate chip cookie bar topped with cream cheese frosting and fresh fruit.

Wishing you all a happy Fourth of July weekend!


Red White + Blue Fruit Pizza
Skinnytaste.com
Servings: 28 • Size: 1 bar  • Old Points: 3 pts • Points+: 4 pts
Calories: 144 • Fat: 5 g • Carb: 24.5 g • Fiber: 1.5 g • Protein: 2 g • Sugar: 17 g
Sodium: 77 mg • Cholesterol: 10 mg

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all purpose unbleached flour (Gold Medal)
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar, unpacked
  • 1/4 cup melted unsalted butter
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup white chocolate chips or chopped white chocolate

For the Frosting:

  • 8 oz 1/3 less fat cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

To Assemble:

  • 1 1/2 cups blueberries
  • 2 cups raspberries


Directions:

Preheat oven to 350°F.  Lightly spray a 9 x 13 x 1.375 inch non-stick baking pan (quarter sheet pan) with cooking spray.

In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon and stir to blend.

In another bowl, whisk the sugars with the butter, egg whites, applesauce and vanilla until light and fluffy.

Fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients with a spatula in two additions until the batter is very well blended. If the batter looks more “crumbly” than smooth, add just a drop of water at a time (ONLY if needed) until it smooths out. Fold in the white chocolate chips.

Spread the batter onto the baking pan using the back of a measuring cup to smooth evenly.

Bake 14 to 16 minutes, until the edges are golden and a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Don't over-bake or your bars will be dry. Let it cool completely on wire rack.


Meanwhile, prepare the frosting; in a large bowl, use an electric mixer to beat the cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla until well-blended.

Spread the frosting evenly over the surface of the cookie, leaving a small margin around the edges. Layer the fresh fruit over the frosting. Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.


To serve, cut the bars into 28 pieces (I did 7 cuts by 4 cuts with the knife). 

53 comments :

  1. Cute! Was already planning on making your fruit pizza for a bbq on the 4th! Love all your wonderful ideas.

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  2. That looks delicious! Such a lovely idea. :)

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  3. This is so adorable! I love all of your creations :-)

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  4. This is so cute! I love flag-shaped things for the Fourth, and this looks so yummy and healthy with all of that fresh fruit.

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  5. Can the applesauce be substituted with something else? I'm allergic to apples!

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    1. One time that I made this in a pinch, I realized I didn't hae any aapplesauce! I ended up using vegetable oil, which obviously makes it not so healthy, but it did come out delicious.

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    2. Mashed bananas?

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    3. buy a babyfood jar of another mashed fruit you're not allergic to like pear

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  6. What a great idea, love it :)

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  7. im a new wife and chef haha what exactly is folding?

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    1. To fold is to combine gently, usually a heavier ingredient into a lighter one - like flour into beaten egg whites for an angel food cake. For this, just put the chips on top of the dough, and using a spoon or spatula, scrape down the bowl and lift the dough over the chips until they are mixed together. The main thing is to not overmix or beat the dough or it will become tough. Hope this helps and your pizza is great!

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  8. Can I make this the day before or does it need to be the day of?

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    1. Yes, you can make everything the day before, but I would assemble it the day you eat it.

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    2. I made mine the day before (including adding the fruit), & it turned out perfect!

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    3. Did you store the crust in the fridge? Or did you leave it out? And did you make the frosting the day before too? Did it get watery??

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  9. Now THAT is a work of art! Tasty art at that :) I hope you have a great 4th July on Friday ^ ^

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  10. I made your previous version for a party this past wknd, & they were a HIT!!!

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  11. Can I use gluten free flour instead? Do you think it'd turn out ok? I'm new to using gluten free flour! Haha

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    1. I'm not sure if it will work

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    2. Well if I make it, I'll let you know!

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  12. Mmmmm it looks so delicious and fun, perfect for a festive occasion! As I was scrolling through the pictures my eyes were going all funky because the berries that are perfectly lined up gave it this cool "effect", haha.

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  13. Gina this is adorable! Did you cut the sweetness of the cake to balance the white chocolate chips? I ask because I don't love white chocolate and was thinking of subbing semi-sweet chips, but I'm not sure if I should up the sugar to compensate. Thanks! New commenter but I have been making your recipes for over a year and I love them all :).

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  14. Mmm that looks good. Such a great idea to use raspberries instead of strawberries like most July 4th dessert recipes! Raspberries are definitely superior to strawberries :)

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  15. This is my favorite dessert to make for the 4th of July! I usually make a sugar cookie for the base, but maybe this year I'll try your recipe. I love the idea of using raspberries instead of strawberries like I usually do. Who does love less prep?!

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  16. I must bring this to the potluck on friday

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  17. What a fun project for you and your daughter! A great memory-maker for her plus it sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing...:) Happy 4th of July to all.

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  18. It looks so beautiful, the idea is wonderful.

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  19. Love this Gina - Looks super tasty!
    http://youtube.com/addalittlefood

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  20. Yes, Yes and Yes! This looks so good and I love festive desserts for the 4th!

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  21. Very lovely cake, superp for 4.july:-)
    Love the fruit way.

    mary-Liz
    http://mariahoffbeck.blogspot.dk/2014/06/sommertrte-nem-hurtig-og-sund.html

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  22. OMG Gina, this sounds sooooo soooo good! YUM! It's gorgeous! Pinning!

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  23. I was going to try this with semi-sweet chocolate chips, do you think it would be ok? My family doesn't like white chocolate :( I love the recipe!

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  24. What's the best way to get it cleanly out of the pan? Do you let it cool completely before removing the cookie from the pan?

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  25. I LOVE this fruit pizza!!! Pinned! have a GREAT 4th!!

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  26. If I wanted to use Coconut flour and coconut sugar instead, would you happen to know the measurement equivalents?

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  27. How did you get it so perfectly out of the pan?

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  28. As I reviewed this, I thought, "Hmmm....sounds similar to the amazing Cranberry Bliss Bars I made last Christmas." Voila! Wonderful way to remake a great recipe for the season. On tomorrow's "To Do List" with the grands.

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  29. For clean cuts, you must wipe the knife before each cut. But I am such a clutz about removing items from a deep dish...so no good advice from me!

    My hubby loves raspberries. ..what a gorgeous creation!

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  30. I wonder, too, if I could leave out the white chocolate chips as that is just added calories and sugar that I really don't need if it will taste ok without??? Anyone try that by any chance?

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    1. Leaving out the white chocolate chips should not be a problem.

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  31. I just made this. I must have used the wrong size pan or over mixed it because it came out very flat, like 1/4" thick :-( I guess mine is a flatbread pizza!

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    1. At first I thought I messed up by adding baking soda and no baking powder but the recipe says baking soda. Oh well hopefully people eat it!

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  32. I added a row of bananas in between each row of strawberries/raspberries, and it was so delish! Just started a new 4th of July tradition

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  33. This looks so fun and yummy! I totally would love to do this with more types of fruits!

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  34. This looks so delicious! I wonder, if I can eat this fruit pizza while I'm on a diet. As I can't stop to eat that :)

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  35. I made this yesterday and it was a HUGE hit! Easy, delicious, kid-friendly, and healthy! Thank you.

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  36. I made this for our 4th of July potluck & it was so delicious!!

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  37. This is a fantastic idea!

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  38. I made this for the 4th and it was a huge hit! Everyone was asking for the recipe and couldn't believe it was a "skinny" dessert with applesauce. ;)

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  39. I made these today with a twist. I used the base recipe with applesauce instead of the butter and made them into white chocolate raspberry bars. I made an extra half batch of the batter. I spread half the batter in the 9x13 pan, then used a cup of raspberry preserves spread evenly over the batter, I spread the remaining batter over the top. I baked then for approximately 30 minutes, I pulled them when the knife came out clean. I let them cool and spread the cream cheese frosting on them! They turned out really really yummy!

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  40. Wow, you even have the correct number of stars and stripes! Impressive, props to you.

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