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Cooking With Kids: Easy, Almost No Bake, Fruit Pizza Recipe

Updated on July 24, 2012

Getting Kids to Eat Fruit

I find that parents do not have as hard of a time getting their children to eat fruit as much as they with vegetables. The natural sweetness in the fruit lends itself to becoming a dessert in its own right. Fruit is the perfect accompaniment to a meal or can be served after a meal for a treat. Yet even though fruit tends to be eaten more often by kids, it is still important to liven it up once in a while. So here is a great recipe that is perfect on a hot summer day or can be served as a dessert for a party.

How would you rate this fruit pizza recipe?

4.1 stars from 7 ratings of Fruit Pizza

Ingredients for Fruit Pizza

  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 2 cups crushed graham crackers
  • 1 Quart vanilla frozen yogurt
  • 2 cups Various berries, Use fruit that will remain firm and keep its shape.
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped walnuts, Optional
  • 1 Tablespoon chocolate, caramel, or strawberry sauce, Optional
  • 1 cup whipped cream, Optional

Benefits of Eating Fruit

  • High in Fiber
  • Often high in anti-oxidants
  • Boosts your energy level
  • Some studies indicate that it helps to boost weight loss
  • Provides a natural way to satisfy your sweet tooth!
  • Great source of vitamins

Pictures of Making Fruit Pizza

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Grace carefully watches to see how much she needs to pour into the measuring cup.Alex pours the graham cracker crumbs into the bowl.Next comes the butter.The kids had fun pressing the crumbs onto the pan.Be sure that the crumbs are spread evenly.Use a large flat tool to spread the frozen yogurt.  A large spreading knife or the back of a large spoon works well.Add the berries.Add any type of nut that you like if you want to add any at all.  We used walnuts.Drizzle with a sauce.  We melted a tablespoon of Nutella, yum!Refreeze for about an hour and then serve immediately.
Grace carefully watches to see how much she needs to pour into the measuring cup.
Grace carefully watches to see how much she needs to pour into the measuring cup. | Source
Alex pours the graham cracker crumbs into the bowl.
Alex pours the graham cracker crumbs into the bowl. | Source
Next comes the butter.
Next comes the butter. | Source
The kids had fun pressing the crumbs onto the pan.
The kids had fun pressing the crumbs onto the pan. | Source
Be sure that the crumbs are spread evenly.
Be sure that the crumbs are spread evenly. | Source
Use a large flat tool to spread the frozen yogurt.  A large spreading knife or the back of a large spoon works well.
Use a large flat tool to spread the frozen yogurt. A large spreading knife or the back of a large spoon works well. | Source
Add the berries.
Add the berries. | Source
Add any type of nut that you like if you want to add any at all.  We used walnuts.
Add any type of nut that you like if you want to add any at all. We used walnuts. | Source
Drizzle with a sauce.  We melted a tablespoon of Nutella, yum!
Drizzle with a sauce. We melted a tablespoon of Nutella, yum! | Source
Refreeze for about an hour and then serve immediately.
Refreeze for about an hour and then serve immediately. | Source

Instructions for Fruit Pizza

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Melt butter and mix completely with the graham cracker crumbs. Then press the crumbs firmly and evenly onto the pizza pan. This is great fun for the kids. Although you will need to go back and make sure that everything is even!
  3. Bake in the oven for about 5 minutes. This is just to allow the graham cracker crumbs to bind together. Be careful not to let it burn. Remove from the oven and place in the freezer for about 30 minutes. This will cool it off and allow it to harden slightly.
  4. Once the crust is ready, remove the frozen yogurt from the freezer and let it begin to melt slightly. Give it about 5 minutes before you start working with it. You don't want it runny, but you want it to be soft enough to be able to spread easily. Remember to work quickly, it will melt fast! Ours was a little soupier than I would have liked but that's what happens sometimes when kids help!
  5. Once the frozen yogurt is spread, add the fruit on top of it. Follow this with the nuts and then drizzle it with the sauce if you choose to add any.
  6. Put the fruit pizza back in the freezer for at least an hour to refreeze.
  7. When you are ready to serve, remove from the freezer, slice and serve immediately.

We had lots of fun making this fruit pizza. It was a perfect treat for a warm day. Although there are some indulgences in it, like the melted Nutella and the frozen yogurt, there still some great benefits of healthy eating in this recipe. The fresh fruit is certain to be eaten in this delicious frozen graham cracker pizza. Instead of using ice cream, we used frozen yogurt which is lower in calories and fat. You can easily leave out the sauce on top and keep out the extra sugar, fat and calories there. We decided that since it was a holiday celebration, that we would include them this time! Remember that there are a variety of frozen yogurt flavors so you can change the flavor of your pizza with just a change of the yogurt!

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    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR

      cardelean 

      6 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks Gail. Sometimes the raw footage is the best. They have been enjoying summer quite a bit. As always, I appreciate your continued support!

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      Gail Sobotkin 

      6 years ago from South Carolina

      Bravo!! Once again, the video of Grace and Alex showed how much fun cooking can be for kids and I love the fact that you don't edit the video to try to make it perfect as it lets their beautiful personalities shine through.

      I also enjoyed the artisitic creativity they showed while "decorating" the pie with fruit and chocolate and it was great to see them eating the "fruit of their labor" at the end of the video.

      Looks like they're all ready for summer.

      Voted up across the board and given 5 stars.

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR

      cardelean 

      6 years ago from Michigan

      So glad to hear it Krystal. I bet they would *love* it. It would be a perfect end of the school year treat now that the weather is warm. Enjoy and let me know how they liked it!

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR

      cardelean 

      6 years ago from Michigan

      I'm always looking for some inexpensive fun and cooking with my kids has definitely created those opportunities for us. Thanks teaches for your visit.

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR

      cardelean 

      6 years ago from Michigan

      They crack me up too. I think that if you used regular yogurt (maybe vanilla or even another fruit flavor) that would work. It still wouldn't be able to be left out very long but it wouldn't melt. Cream cheese might be another idea, especially since there are so many flavored cream cheeses now. And yes, 15 and still cooking with the kids! :)

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR

      cardelean 

      6 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks ishwaryaa22 for your visit! It is relatively nutritious and *very* tasty. I appreciate your encouraging comments and votes.

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      Krystal 

      6 years ago from Los Angeles

      This is just a beautiful and useful hub. I will have to try this out with my class. We cook often and I know this would be very appealing to them :) Thanks for sharing!

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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      I have forgotten how much fun it is to make one of these. Yours looks to fresh and yummy. Great way to have some fun with kids.

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      Denise Handlon 

      6 years ago from North Carolina

      Cara-what a crack up watching them and listening the their comments. Grace, "did I get something on my shirt?" haha And Alex-funny watching him with his fingers in his mouth, the spatula in his mouth, (on the playset: fingers in his mouth, haha)

      I like the recipe and am wondering about a substitute of the yogurt that would allow for it to be set out longer without the melting factor.

      Great job. I can only imagine you doing a Cooking with Kids hub in ten years.

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 

      6 years ago from Chennai, India

      Another enjoyable hub in 'Cook with kids on Monday' series! I like the unique idea of fruit pizza, especially with frozen yoghurt. This sounds fresh, tasty and nutritious! Well-done! Rated it 4.5 Useful and Interesting. Thanks for SHARING.

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR

      cardelean 

      6 years ago from Michigan

      Awww, thanks Rose. It was a very tasty treat!

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR

      cardelean 

      6 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks Aunt Danette! We did have fun making it and the kids enjoyed eating it too!

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR

      cardelean 

      6 years ago from Michigan

      I'm glad that you were entertained by the video Ebower, they sure keep me entertained regularly! Thanks and I appreciate your visit.

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      Rose Clearfield 

      6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Great job as always, Cara! Your videos fun, and the recipe sounds delicious.

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      Danette Watt 

      6 years ago from Illinois

      Loved the video of the kids! Oh, yeah and the pizza looked good too! Seriously, this looks like a fun pizza for kids to make and I can imagine making it with the boys if I'd known this when they were younger. Sharing and rated 5 stars for ease, fun and healthy

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      Erin Bower 

      6 years ago from Georgia

      This sounds delicious! The video was very entertaining; the kids are precious. I rated this as useful. :)

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR

      cardelean 

      6 years ago from Michigan

      Yes, boys really are a whole different breed aren't they Kelley?! He does keep me in stitches that is for sure. :) Hope you can give it a try with your guys and thanks for reading and commenting.

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      kelleyward 

      6 years ago

      Hi Cardelean, This is another yummy looking recipe! I love your boy's comments in the video, reminds me of my own boys! So cute! Thanks for sharing! Voted up! Kelley

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR

      cardelean 

      6 years ago from Michigan

      LOL, they are pretty clean cookers Chaplinspeaks! It was the perfect treat on the hot day yesterday. Thanks for your visit.

      Glad you liked the video Susan. Hope you get a chance to try it.

      Thanks Leah! Definitely give it a try with your boys. It would be a great treat for a playdate, in fact I think we may do this for my son's birthday. And thanks for the compliment on my kiddos! :)

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      Leah Lefler 

      6 years ago from Western New York

      This is a great recipe! I need to try this with my kiddos - that would be a great dessert for a summer playdate. The kids could make it, eat it, and it's pretty healthy! Your kids are so adorable, Cara!

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      Susan Zutautas 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      The video was so cute! Looks like a great recipe to try.

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      Sarah Johnson 

      6 years ago from Charleston, South Carolina

      Can't wait to try this recipe! I really like the idea of a frozen yogurt base for the pizza. Perfect for summer. I can't believe your kids stayed so clean making this! Great job.

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