What if dessert were actually healthy? It can be! We’ve taken a crowd-pleasing fruit pizza, switched up a few key ingredients, and created a healthier version of the original that’s downright delicious and surprisingly good for you.
Our recipe showcases a rainbow of vibrant, antioxidant-rich fruit sitting atop a fluffy cloud of coconut cream and a scrumptious paleo cookie. We’ve stuffed this delightful dessert full of wholesome ingredients, swapping out the refined sugar for honey and making it all gluten free and paleo friendly.
A slice of this fruity treat has enough nutritional power to serve for breakfast, yet makes a stunning and delicious dessert for any party or special occasion.
We’ve kept the ingredient list to a minimum, packing in high-nutrient foods that support your overall health. Simple, good-quality ingredients make all the difference.
Fresh, ripe fruit, a five-ingredient paleo crust, and a three-ingredient coconut whip are all it takes to bring this healthy dessert together.
Perfect for breakfast, brunch, or dessert, this fruit pizza satisfies while providing the balanced nutrition your body needs. With a recipe this easy and straightforward, our paleo version of fruit pizza will become your new favorite. Why not serve a celebration-worthy dessert that’s both delicious and incredibly good for you?
Let’s talk crust…and not the sugar cookie kind! We’ve kicked refined flour and saturated fat to the curb, creating a five-ingredient paleo sugar cookie dough that’s full of healthy fats and protein. The best part? It tastes amazing!
We’ve replaced the flour with a combo of finely shredded unsweetened coconut, almond butter, egg, and coconut sugar. That gives the dough a good dose of protein to keep you feeling full long after eating.
Protein also keeps your body’s metabolism going throughout the day.
Almond butter and coconut cream contribute healthy fats to this recipe, aiding in stabilizing blood sugar and taming inflammation. The combo of high-quality fat and protein is like a one-two punch to keep you feeling full and satisfied—all that nutrition in one delicious crust!
Ripe berries, juicy sliced mangos, and any other fresh fruit you can imagine can be piled high on this dessert pizza! Fruit is packed with vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant that boosts the immune system. It’s also packed with fiber, which keeps you satisfied after you eat and provides blood sugar stability.
What about the dairy? We wanted to keep this dessert dairy free for all those who are lactose intolerant and have sensitive tummies. So we swapped out the usual cream cheese filling for coconut cream. (Want to know more about a dairy-free diet? Check out this article about what you gain from cutting out dairy.)
When making the whipped coconut cream, use coconut cream or two cans of full-fat coconut milk. Chill the cans overnight, which will harden the fat in the coconut milk. About 15 minutes before you’re ready to whip, chill your mixer’s whisk attachment and bowl.
Carefully open the can of coconut milk, discard the liquid, and place the hardened cream in the bowl. Whip on high for a few minutes, adding sweetener and extract. Voilà! A dairy-free alternative to whipped cream.
Since coconut has many amazing health benefits, we thought we’d share some of them. Coconut oil is a unique saturated fat that has a medium-chain triglyceride formation. It raises levels of “good” cholesterol, decreasing the risk of heart disease.
Coconut oil also contains lauric acid, which can aid in balancing your intestinal flora and help prevent topical and internal infections. Coconut oil also boosts your immune function, may improve energy levels, and protects from a wide assortment of degenerative conditions.
This recipe swaps out refined sugar for raw honey and coconut sugar. Imagine bees picking up trace elements while going from plant to plant, then going back to the hive.
The honey they make contains small amounts of minerals like zinc and selenium, as well as some vitamins. It also has antibacterial qualities that keep it from spoiling. Although honey has more calories than sugar, it’s sweeter, so you’ll end up needing less of it to sweeten a dessert like this one.
Coconut sugar also contains trace amounts of vitamins and minerals, and contains a fiber that may help people with diabetes keep glucose levels in check. I think we picked some clear winners!
Without further ado, here is our healthier fruit pizza. Take a peek at how it’s done in the video, then look below for the full recipe and other tasty alternative fruit pizzas.
Paleo Fruit Pizza
Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
2 cups finely shredded unsweetened coconut
3/4 cup coconut sugar
1/2 cup almond butter
1 (15 oz.) can coconut cream, chilled
2–3 tbsp. raw honey
1/2 tsp. pure almond extract
1 cup finely diced strawberries
1 cup finely diced mango
1 cup finely diced pineapple
4 kiwifruits, peeled and finely diced
1/2 pint blueberries and/or blackberries
Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a large bowl, mix together coconut, coconut sugar, almond butter, and egg until a thick dough forms. Spread on a parchment-lined pizza sheet. Cover with a second piece of parchment and use a rolling pin to roll dough to 1/4″–1/2″ thick. Remove top piece of parchment before baking.
Bake for 13–15 minutes, or until the edges of the pizza begin to turn golden. Allow to cool completely.
Open coconut cream, drain out any excess water.
In a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, beat coconut cream on high until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Fold in honey and almond extract. Spread atop cooled cookie crust.
Arrange fruits atop the pizza. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve. For best results, serve within 3 hours.
Sprinkle on extra toppings for a special treat!
Toasted coconut, sliced almonds, dark chocolate drizzle, dark chocolate chips or shavings, gluten-free granola, dusting of cinnamon, seeds (poppy, chia, hemp, sunflower), garnishes (mint, basil, or edible flowers like nasturtium).
Need fruit ideas? Here are a few, but let your imagination run wild.
Mandarin oranges, clementine segments, strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, pineapple, kiwi, banana, peaches, mango slices
– Create an extra elegant and beautiful dessert by using dragon fruit, oranges, grapefruit, and figs.
– Sticky dough dilemma? Oil your utensils with coconut oil before making the dough. You may need to ditch your utensils and mix with your hands. If so, rub coconut oil on your hands to prevent sticking.
– For a frosting shortcut, use coconut milk yogurt (like COYO). It won’t whip up fluffy, but it makes a tasty swap.
– Make this recipe vegan by replacing the honey with maple syrup and replacing the egg with a flax egg.
– Whip up a flax egg by mix 1 Tbsp flaxseed meal with 2.5 teaspoons water. Allow to thicken for 5 minutes before adding to the recipe.
– Make sure to slice the fruit thinly.
– If you have little ones afoot, let them help decorate!
– Change up your fruit depending on what’s in season—citrus for winter, pears and apples for fall, fresh berries in summer.
Want even more delicious and healthy fruit pizza recipes?
No-Bake Paleo Fruit Pizza
Sneak in even more healthy omega-3 fatty acids with a no-bake paleo fruit pizza with a flaxseed crust. (Source: Physical Kitchness)
Paleo Chocolate Fruit Pizza With a Brownie Cookie Crust
Chocolate lovers rejoice! This paleo chocolate fruit pizza has a brownie cookie crust. Don’t worry—this indulgent dessert still has major health benefits. (Source: Joy Food Sunshine)
Paleo Fruit Tart With Banana Pastry Cream
Have a hankering for banana cream? This paleo fruit tart has a dreamy layer of banana cream to satisfy your sweet tooth cravings the healthy way! (Source: Thriving on Paleo)