This conversation is sponsored by the Calorie Control Council. The Calorie Control Council provided compensation for me to create this recipe and discuss low calorie sweeteners. The opinions and text are all mine.
Now that spring is here and summer is right around the corner, I’m in the mood for all things fruit! One of my favorite springtime desserts is fruit pizza. Not only does fruit pizza remind me of my childhood, but it also makes a great addition to any neighborhood picnic, office potluck, or gathering at the ballpark.
I remember the first time I tried fruit pizza was at a friend’s birthday party in elementary school. Back then the recipe was a basic sugar cookie recipe topped with vanilla icing and a few slices of fruit swimming in heavy syrup. Even though the basic recipe remains the same, the recipe has certainly evolved over the years.
Instead of a basic sugar cookie crust, this crust uses oatmeal and whole-wheat white flour. This boosts the fiber content, making this fruit pizza incredibly filling and more nutritious than a sugar cookie recipe. Instead of using vanilla icing, I use a simple layer of non-fat Greek yogurt. By doing this, it boosts the protein and reduces the amount of sugar. The final layer is a delicious mixture of fresh fruit! I add lots and lots of fresh fruit topped with a sprinkle of low-calorie sweetener for extra sweetness. There are several low-calorie sweeteners to choose from, but my personal favorite sweeter is aspartame. I love the way it tastes sweet without being bitter. This makes it a great option to use with fruit! I believe that aspartame is safe, delicious, and can be a great option when cutting back on added sugar.