Today I am sharing a vegan, gluten free, and refined sugar free dessert pizza. It is a banana based crust topped with chocolate ganache, fresh fruit, nuts, and some shredded coconut. This may become one of my new favorite recipes. It was easy peasy to make and even more fun to decorate. With all of the fresh berries, it is loaded with antioxidants.
Sometimes the idea for a recipe originates from the desire to utilize a specific ingredient in a certain way . This is one of those recipes. The other day my husband, Alec, made me a bowl of ice cream which he topped with fresh berries. I happily started to devour his creation and then the most amazing thing happened…he came over to top my bowl off with shaved frozen pineapple. As I watched him shave off this pineapple, I noticed how much it resembled shredded cheese.
Right away my brain started calculating exactly how I could incorporate this into a dessert. I know….strange, right? Reverse engineering a recipe around a minor detail like frozen pineapple shavings….seemed like a fun challenge. One I was eager to start on right away.
I am a pizza fanatic as you may already know from many of my previous posts (check out the related posts at the end for those links). So naturally when I think of a food containing “shredded cheese” it immediately defers to pizza. I cannot believe that I have never made a dessert pizza.
Right away I thought of my Roasted Garlic Sweet Potato Crust and how I could easily convert that recipe into a banana pizza crust instead. In the past I have found that bananas and sweet potatoes are very easily interchangeable in recipes. With a few minor tweaks, this banana bread pizza crust was born. I love how the edges crisped up and turned a nice golden brown color. Like the sweet potato crust, it is perfectly chewy as any good pizza crust should be.
I was excited to have created such a delicious base for this dessert. Next thought was that pizza definitely needs some sort of sauce. When I started to brainstorm what I can use, I found inspiration in the main ingredients of a banana split. If I am going to add chocolate to this recipe, why not chocolate ganache? This is by far my favorite chocolate and I use it often as you can see in my recipe for these Chocolate Tarts and this Chocolate Dipped Fruit Tray. It is so perfectly chocolately and can be either spread as I did on one pizza or can been drizzled as I did on another.
So far, I am loving how this dessert is shaping up. Let’s be honest, just the crust and the chocolate alone would be heavenly. But what pizza would be complete without a whole bunch of delicious toppings? Strawberries were my first thought, simply because of their similarity in appearance to pepperoni when they are sliced. I added fresh blueberries, raspberries, and some blackberries.
I split my dough in two and made two pizzas (approximately eight inches each) which gave me two opportunities to play around with decorating. I slathered the chocolate ganache on one of them and used a squeeze bottle to drizzle the other one. My favorite is by far the one with the layer of ganache because I am a chocoholic. You may prefer to make yours less decadent by allowing the berries to be the star of the pizza and the chocolate drizzle is just a little extra pizzazz.
Finally, I was ready to think about the remaining toppings. To keep with the pizza theme, I wanted to stick with anything that would resemble cheese. I added some shredded coconut, a few shaved almonds, and that beautiful frozen pineapple that inspired this whole creation in the first place. In the end, I found this dessert pizza almost too beautiful to eat…..ALMOST!
No worries, guys! For the sake of my readers, I decided to take the plunge and sacrifice my work of art and dive in for a taste test. I know what you are thinking, how could I possibly subject myself to such torture? To really get the full banana split effect, of course I added a few scoops of vanilla vegan ice cream (Luna & Larry’s Coconut Bliss is my personal favorite).
I have to toot my own horn a little here and tell you that I am very pleased with this kitchen creation. It was sooooo good. First you have this perfect banana crust, then a layer of rich chocolate gananche, next loads of fresh berries, and finally bits of coconut, pineapple, and nuts. Every bite is a delicious combination of flavors. The best part of this dessert is how easily you can interchange the toppings based on what is in season. You can get as creative as you want and try different combinations of toppings.
I would love to see your creations and hear about how you decorate your dessert pizza. If you have any ideas, let me know below in the comments. Or better yet, if you make this pizza, take a quick picture and tag me on Instagram #breastcancermaven.
- 2 cups overripe mashed banana (approximately 4-5 medium bananas)
- 1 TB chia seeds
- 3 TB water
- 1¼ cup gluten free oat flour
- ¼ cup almond flour
- 1 TB apple cider vinegar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ¼ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp cinnamon
- ¼ tsp ginger
- ½ cup cocoa powder, unsweetened
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- 7 TB maple syrup
- 2 TB almond butter
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Add gluten free oats to a food processor and pulse until it is a flour consistency. (You will want to measure out your 1¼ cup after processing)
- Next prepare the chia egg by combining the chia seeds and water in a small bowl and let it rest for 10 minutes until it forms a gel.
- Remove the peel from the bananas and place them in a bowl.
- Using a fork, mash the bananas into a smooth consistency and measure out 2 cups of bananas into a large mixing bowl.
- Stir in the oat flour, almond meal, apple cider vinegar, cinnamon, vanilla extract, ginger and sea salt.
- Add the chia egg and mix well.
- Line a pizza pan (or two small pans) with parchment paper.
- Scoop the crust mixture onto the pan and slowly spread out the dough evenly on the pan using a spatula. This recipe will make one large pizza or two smaller pizzas.
- Place the pan in the 400 degree preheated oven and bake for 25-30 minutes until the dough has set.
- Remove from oven and cool completely.
- Add coconut oil to a small pan over low heat.
- Once melted, add in the remaining ingredients and whisk until smooth.
- Remove from heat and add to your cooled pizza crust.
- Go crazy here and create your own work of art.
- Use a full layer of chocolate sauce or just drizzle it using a squeeze bottle.
- Top with berries, coconut shreds, nuts, hemp seeds, whatever you have. You really cannot go wrong here.
Measure the banana after mashing.