Dessert pizzas are nothing new, but this one increases its nutritional value with a base of figs and nuts.
2 cups whole almonds
3 cups pitted dates
1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
pinch of salt
1 1/4 cup vanilla yogurt (dairy or non-dairy)
2 kiwis, peeled and diced
1/2 cup pomegranate arils
1 star fruit, sliced
Put the first six ingredients (through pinch of salt) into a food processor and process until everything is completely broken down. It won’t look like it’s going to hold together, but if you pinch it in between your fingers, it should stick together. (If it’s not holding together your dates may be too dry. You can add a little milk to nut butter to help.)
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Dump the mixture onto the baking sheet. Use your hands to press the mixture together into a ball. Then, press it down and shape it into a tree shape (or whatever shape you prefer).
Keep pressing the side in with one hand and the top down with the other hand so it is as compact as possible. It should be about 3/4-inch thick. Put the sheet into the freezer to allow it to firm for about 30 minutes. Next, spread the crust with the vanilla yogurt, leaving the trunk brown. Decorate the tree with the diced kiwi and pomegranate arils. Use a sliced star fruit for the star and use the rest to decorate the serving tray. Makes 16 servings.
Calories: 297; Sugar: 36.6g; Sodium: 34.5mg; Fat: 12.8g; Saturated Fat: 3.9g; Carbohydrates: 45.4g; Fiber: 6.6g; Protein: 6.1g; Cholesterol: 1mg
Printable recipe available at: https://happyhealthymama.com/christmas-tree-dessert-pizza.html