Refreshing summertime food with many options for ingredients to be added to this tasty and light treat. Packed with protein, antioxidents and sweet hint of agave and cocoa nibs. Enough to make your mouth water waiting for every bite,
I went to the store and bought the largest watermelon I could find. You can use either a long watermelon or a really round watermelon as well. I found a happy watermelon ready to be eaten.
HOW TO PICK A RIPE WATERMELON:
Big or small each size doesn't matter on ripeness. You want a heavy melon for it's size and with a yellow spot on the melon meaning it is ripe and has been sitting on the ground for a while. Watermelons don't ripen off the vine so having a yellow spot on your melon is a good sign it ripened on the vine. You can also give it a knock and see if you hear the hollow sound from the inside.
WHY I GO CRAZY OVER THIS MELON:
This super juicy melon is about 92 percent water containing vitamins A, B6 and C, full of lycopene, powerful antioxidants and amino acids. As we all know antioxidants prevent damage from free radicals, cancer and reduce inflammation. The red pigment in watermelon is given this color by the lycopene which is a phytonutrient. Lycopene has been shown to help increase heart health, bone health and prevent prostate cancer.
You may not know but Beta-carotene and phenolic antioxidant are also found in your red very ripe watermelons. Beta carotene helps build your immune system and again another cancer prevention.
WHAT YOU'LL NEED TO MAKE YOUR FRUIT PIZZA:
I liked to mix up all kinds of fruit for this pizza recipe but you can add all sorts or combinations to make your uniquely delish pizza that just has the best flavors and health benefits that will make you smile with every bite.
I added mangos, strawberries, cut up cherries, as my fruit toppers. I also enjoy adding blueberries, blackberries and raspberries.
I love adding Greek yogurt to my watermelon pizza but there are many other sauces you can make to add to the top such as whipped cream or icing. The options of sugary goodness are only limited to our imagination. I opted for a Greek plain yogurt for it's protein content. I also mixed into the Greek yogurt nectar to make it sweeter which is a low GI index sweetener.
On top I sprinkled cacao nibs but again I also do like to add other things as well like coconut flakes or chocolate chips or shaved chocolate. I choose cacao nibs for the fact they have less sugar and are better for us.
“So good you'll want to share it at your next party. Juicy goodness in each bite you'll have to make more than one pizza for everyone to enjoy.”
HOW TO CUT YOUR PIZZA:
I started by cutting the watermelon in half and then laid it flat. With a long knife I cut thick slices all the way around the melon trying to keep an even level height the whole way around. It might be hard to do but don't worry the thicker you cut the more room you have to level off any unevenness at the end.
After you have your round pie cut fix the level of the pie by cutting off the top if any area seems to be higher than other. Honestly you don't have to be too picky with this unless you are leaving it flat for presentation. Otherwise just move to the next steps and when you cut out each slice it won't matter if one is not level.
PREPARING THE SAUCE:
Like I said I used greek yogurt for the protein content but you can use whipped cream or any heavy topping you like. I have even used coconut cream for my dairy free family members and that too came out amazing. I mixed nectar in with my Greek yogurt to give it a sweeter flavor and picked a sweetener that was low on the GI index.
You can add as much or as little as you feel you need to your Greek yogurt. Sometimes less is more and the flavor and sweetness from the fruit does enough to make it sweet.
I would say get a seedless watermelon but I love the seeded watermelon for their sweetness. If you didn't know watermelon seeds are a good source of vitamin B and are rich in minerals like magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, zinc, iron, potassium and copper.
I added the sauce which is the Greek yogurt and then added all the fruit toppings I love. A sprinkle of cacao nibs for just that sweet touch and crunch.
I love to leave the pizzas round and not cut until I have my family or friends ready to dig in and then I cut it into slices. This keeps the greek yogurt and fruit from sliding off each slice and you can even put this in the fridge until ready to be sliced and served.
When you want to cut up your pizza slices it's just as simple as cutting a pizza pie. I also have put this in the freezer and let it thaw out for later when I make it for myself. Still turns out amazing but just a different texture from the frozen strawberries to the frozen watermelon which changes their texture a bit but so good.