Whenever I get fresh organic figs my thought goes right away to dessert. We got figs in our CSA box recently and this time was no exception. Figs go extremely well with cheeses, nuts and honey. Think about a really good cheese board. Now think about this recipe as a cheese board on a pizza. Yes! Healthy dessert pizza, sign me up!
This dessert pizza is the perfect subtle combination. Not too sweet, which is just how I like my desserts. Plus, it saves well, as all pizza does, so you can turn your dessert pizza into a breakfast pizza later. I won’t tell! It’s delicious with a good cup of coffee. Not that I would know or anything…
As I am gluten intolerant, we used Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free Pizza Crust Mix, but any good pizza crust will do. You may want to poke a few holes in the crust before baking in order to avoid air bubbles.
Now, to the toppings, the ricotta and the figs are a great subtle balance and the blue cheese crumbles add a nice bold balance of flavors. If you are not a fan of blue cheese, by all means, leave it off. We like to use gorgonzola crumbles. As for honey, there are many different varieties, just use the best you have. Also, use freshly ground Himalayan pink salt and black pepper. We keep ours in our SpiceCrafts grinder set, which provides us with fresh seasoning always at the ready.
The walnuts are a good textural contrast. I always like to add a bit of crunch if I can and the walnut is certainly a superior nut with many health benefits. The most well-known of these benefits is omega-3 fatty acid. This heart-healthy stuff is anti-inflammatory and my help to prevent blood clots. Walnuts are also great for brain health and contain several powerful antioxidants, some which are only available in a few other common foods.
All in all, there are many much, much worse things that you can have for dessert. That is for sure. A few other ideas for healthy dessert pizza are berries and mascarpone, pears and crème fraiche with pecans, and apple pie with cheddar. We look forward to trying each one. If you have any ideas of your own, please share them with us below, we’d love to hear them!
Not into the pizza idea? Cutting carbs? Do as they do in Europe, try an actual cheese plate for dessert. Fresh figs, honey, walnuts and a selection of cheeses, such as blue cheese, Camembert and Pecorino-Romano. Add a few water crackers and you’re in business.
Alright, I’ll leave you now to enjoy this recipe. For dinner? Check out these additionally recipes like our Vegetable Chickpea Soup or some blackened salmon with a side of delicious green beans. For a another quick healthy dinner idea, spiral some zucchini with a SpiraLife slicer. Enjoy!
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- 1 pre-made pizza crust
- ½ cup fresh ricotta cheese
- 3 fresh figs, sliced
- 1 tablespoon blue cheese crumbles
- 2 tablespoons walnuts, chopped
- 1 sprig thyme
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1-2 tablespoons honey
- Prepare pizza crust per package instructions.
- Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees.
- Spread pizza crust with dollops of ricotta, fig slices, blue cheese and walnuts.
- Pluck thyme leaves from their stem and sprinkle them on the pizza. Drizzle with oil and season with salt and pepper.
- Bake for 12-15 minutes, until pizza dough is crispy and golden and cheese is bubbling.
- Drizzle with honey. Slice and enjoy!