This watermelon pizza recipe is the best healthy dessert



IIt goes without saying that we’ve been looking forward to the 4th of July barbecue classics – burgers, hot dogs and all forms of alternative meat in the sun – since September. But let’s be honest: we eat Grilled Chicken and Black Bean-Beyond burgers all year round. The real summer barbecue superstar, without a doubt, is the fresh fruit dessert. Besides being delicious, desserts like Peach Cobbler, Blueberry Pie, and Strawberry Shortcake all have one thing in common: They make the most of what is in season right now.

One of the most beautiful summer fruits, watermelon, is often overlooked in this department. Its high water content makes it less than ideal for cooking, of course, but why not embrace its sweet and refreshing raw flavor? Fresh watermelon pairs perfectly with creamy toppings and other fruits, and we’re all in favor of a dessert that doesn’t require turning on the oven. Here, to make watermelon the main event on your dessert table this July 4th, watermelon pizza.

Photo: Yumna Jawad / Feel Good Foodie

Food blogger, recipe developer and content creator Yumna Jawad of Feel good greedy really outdid herself with her healthy no-bake recipe watermelon pizza. Before making any assumptions about the term “pizza”, Jawad is here to reassure you that this isn’t the mashup he looks like; rather it refers to the way the watermelon is presented and served. “Don’t worry, it’s not like a pineapple pizza, where you put the fruit on the pizza. It’s just a huge round slice of watermelon sliced ​​like a pizza, â€says Jawad.

Jawad’s recipe calls for a handful of fresh, seasonal ingredients, like watermelon (of course), blueberries, strawberries, and mint. It also garnishes fruit with whipped ricotta, grated coconut and crushed pistachios. Each of these components also have numerous health benefits, especially when it comes to nutrients that are beneficial for your gut microbiome. Watermelon helps you stay hydrated (hello, good digestive system) and contains 21% of your daily dose of vitamin C in a single, one-cup serving. It also contains antioxidants and lycopene, which has been shown to lower blood pressure and cholesterol. Shredded coconut, blueberries, strawberries and pistachios all contain an impressive amount of heart-healthy fiber, a nutrient most Americans don’t eat enough, in addition to vitamins K, A and C, antioxidants, manganese and more.

TL; DR: This is one of the most nutrient-dense desserts you’ll find.

watermelon pizza recipe
Photo: Yumna Jawad / Feel Good Foodie

Plus, it takes 15 minutes to do. More time to catch up with your loved ones and hang on to the bonfire, right? “To start, take a big, juicy watermelon and cut it in half,†Jawad says. “Then cut an even round slice about 1 inch thick. Use the rest of the watermelon as desired. You will only need this round slice.

Next is the whipped topping, which is a combination of ricotta, cream cheese, and a hint of honey. “And this mixture will go straight onto the round watermelon slice with a nice pinch of grated coconut,†she adds. Finally, finish with a shower of toppings. “I love adding more fresh fruit on top, like strawberries and blueberries. You can also add mint leaves, cocoa nibs and nuts if you want! Jawad points out that pizza is highly customizable, so feel free to zhuzh however you like.

“Either way, this watermelon pizza recipe is a refreshing snack for summer gatherings,†she says. BTW, to make this recipe vegan, Jawad adds that you can mix coconut cream with grated coconut as a base instead of ricotta and cream cheese.

Photo: Yumna Jawad / FeelGoodFoodie

Watermelon Pizza Recipe

Servings: 4
Preparation time: 15 minutes

1 large round watermelon slice about 1 inch thick, cut from the center of the melon
1/2 cup of ricotta
1/4 cup whipped cream cheese
1 tablespoon of honey
1 tablespoon of grated coconut
Mixed berries
Crushed pistachios
Fresh mint, to taste

How to assemble the watermelon pizza:

  1. In a small bowl, combine the ricotta, cream cheese and honey until combined, smooth and spreadable.

  2. Spread the ricotta mixture over the watermelon and sprinkle with grated coconut.

  3. Cut the watermelon into 8 equal slices.

  4. Garnish the watermelon slices with grated coconut, strawberries, blueberries, crushed pistachios and fresh mint.

Recipe and photos from Yumna Jawad’s Feel good greedy.

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