Because she never let me eat white bread. Or sugar cereal. Or those cute little breadsticks that you dipped in fake cheese that all of the other kids had in their lunch boxes.
I thank her for those deprivations now. She said I would. She was right.
I am returning the favor and created a healthy dessert recipe that suits her tastes. And her desire to not spend forever in the kitchen.
Fruit & Oat Pizzas
1/4 cup butter, softened
3 Tbsp unsweetened applesauce
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1 egg white
3/4 cups rolled oats
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
6 oz low fat cream cheese
1 Tbsp orange juice
8 strawberries, stemmed and sliced
1 kiwi, peeled and sliced
2 Tbsp honey
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
Combine butter, applesauce, sugar, and egg white in a large bowl and mix with handheld mixer. Add in flour, baking soda, and cinnamon and mix well. Gently fold in oats and mix until moistened.
Drop ~2 Tbsp batter onto prepared baking sheets and spread into discs with the back of the spoon. Leave 3 inches between each drop, placing three drops on each sheet.
Bake for 12-15 minutes, until edges are crisp. Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly before transferring to a sheet of parchment paper to cool fully.
Whip together cream cheese and orange juice with handheld mixer. When crusts have cooled, spread 1 Tbsp cream cheese mixture onto each crust, then top with sliced fruit as desired. Drizzle each pizza with honey and serve or chill prior to serving.
Nutrition Info per 1 pizza: 273 calories, 11 g fat, 6 g protein, 31 g carbohydrates, 3 g fiber