Chicago Eats: Fruit Pizza (that should be served indoors)

In helping my 5-year-old daughter Ellie get used to school and make it a fun place, I decided that it would be fun to host a “getting to know you” play date at a local park for her classmates.

Out of 16 classmates, seven came with their parents and siblings and it was so much fun.

The parents all got along, they were funny and easy to talk to and best of all, the kids had a blast.

I offered to bring snacks to the gathering since I was the one who suggested this shindig.

The only requirement for this was that it should be peanut free since one of Ellie’s classmates has a severe peanut allergy.

I also decided I wanted everything to be food dye free because our family is ridding our home of food dye.

There are many reasons for this but ultimately it just boils down to slowly phasing things out of our home that we just feel icky about.

 And I feel icky about food dye. 

I found a ton of fruit pizza recipes on Pinterest but this one was the only one I had ever ventured to try out.

It’s healthy, not totally full of sugar (you could make a low sugar version though!) and peanut and dye free.

It was a huge hit at a party full of cheese crackers and cookies. Unfortunately, it should be noted that this particular fruit pizza is also a hit with bees. I got stung by one at said picnic.

Fruit Pizza (that should be served indoors)

– 1 box Graham cracker sticks or squares

– 2 C. Vanilla yogurt

– 2 C. Low fat or low sugar Cool Whip

– 2 Tbsp. coconut

– 1 banana

– Strawberries (I used an entire container)

– Blueberries (A small container is more than enough)

* You can add other fruits like kiwi or grapes if you would like

 Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. 

Crush the graham cracker pieces. Then add the banana and mash it in.

You could use a mixer or just your hands. I used my hands. It was messy but easier to blend.

 Place on a greased pizza pan or cookie sheet. Spread out with a spatula or rolling pin. Bake for 20 minutes. It will smell so good! After it has come out of the oven, let it cool for five minutes. Mix the yogurt and cool whip together. Spread on top of the crust. 

Top with the coconut, then the fruit and tada! Fruit Pizza!

You might want to serve this at your next INDOOR gathering because those bees were like ninjas around this dish.

 They attacked everything and everyone (see: ME) in a 500 foot radius. 

I’m fine. I took some Benadryl when I got home, passed out for an hour and had a sore arm for two days.

 Who knew a fruit pizza could take a person down? Next time, I'm bringin' nachos. Bees hate nachos.
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