I have a major sweet tooth and it’s hard for me to pass on dessert. But, instead of fattening ice cream, cookies and candy, I prefer to go the healthy route and eat pizza. No, this isn’t crazy talk, it’s a pizza made entirely of fresh fruit and vegetables plus a little dollop of Opadippity by Litehouse Sweet Greek Yogurt Dip in the Creamy Cheesecake flavor. I love Litehouse Food’s line of Greek yogurt sweet dips, keeps a healthy fruit dessert from going into sugar overload yet still tastes rich and indulgent.
The creative part about this healthy dessert recipe is the “crust” -- it’s just a thin slice of raw jicama. If you’ve never eaten or seen jicama (HEE-kah-ma) before, it’s an edible root from Mexico that resembles a turnip or even a potato (hence, my Mr. Jicama Head made with the kids). Jicama has a thin brown skin that is easily removable with a vegetable peeler and the white flesh inside is crispy, crunchy and very mildly sweet – some say it reminds them slightly of pear or apple. But, unlike pears and apples, a convenient thing about this root is that it doesn’t oxidize when cut open and exposed to air. This means you can prep the whole big jicama at once for slaws, salad, stir frys – and, of course, my Berry Cheesecake Jicama Pizza.
The ingredients for this recipe are so simple, yet the flavor is huge. Jicama makes a sturdy, crunchy hand-to-mouth vehicle for all the berries you can pile on. Opadippity by Litehouse Sweet Greek Yogurt Dip in the Creamy Cheese flavor serves as the sauce and Instantly Fresh Mint lifts the flavor into never-ending summer status. In addition to being packed in essential nutrients like vitamins, fiber and antioxidants, this fit and fresh recipe is low-cal and can be made in five minutes without even turning on the oven! This means more time for you to relax and enjoy life!
As far as toppings on the Berry Cheesecake Jicama Pizza, I’ve used blackberries, raspberries, strawberries and blueberries but really you can incorporate whatever fruit you prefer. Kiwi, peaches, pineapple and melon would also be gorgeous and good for you! Use what is in season and on sale!