If you’ve ever lived in a house or apartment without air conditioning, you know that turning on the oven to bake a cake or pie on a hot summer day is not exactly a winning idea. That’s why summer is the perfect time to look to our freezers and refrigerators for our sweet treats. From popsicles and granitas to ice box cakes and, now, this Raw Strawberry Chocolate Dessert Pizza, there’s no need to fire up the oven for dessert this summer.
Even better, this raw dessert pizza is made with healthy, whole food ingredients, which is the best part about raw desserts. If you’re strict about adhering to a raw diet, or if you’re making this for someone who is, you’ll want to use raw cacao powder and chopped raw chocolate for the chips, and make sure your rolled oats are raw and your vanilla extract is alcohol-free.
The scrumptious “crust” of this pizza is made by pureeing dates and almonds along with cacao powder and dark chocolate chips for a rich, chocolatey result. The creamy filling? Lightly sweetened cashew cream, brightened with just a touch of lemon. And then there’s that luscious pile of mouthwatering strawberries, which couldn’t be more perfect this time of year.
Top it off with a sweet chocolate drizzle, and I’m pretty sure that everyone — young and old — will be clamoring for seconds. In fact, maybe you should double the recipe and make two pizzas, which is easy because raw desserts like this one are a cinch to make — although it will look like you went to a lot of trouble. Aren’t those the best kinds of recipes?
Consider this recipe a jumping-off point. The sky’s the limit! You can use virtually any in-season fruit to produce an exceptional dessert pizza that will impress. Try a mixed berry topping with blueberries and raspberries for a more patriotic pie, or swap in fresh cherries for a spin on the classic chocolate-covered cherry. In winter months, an orange-and-chocolate combo would be perfect. Heck, we may never use our ovens again!
Cashew cream "sauce":
Make the crust:
Make the cashew cream sauce:
Make the chocolate sauce:
Top the pizza:
Prep time includes 4 hours for freezing the crust and soaking the cashews. If you don't have a springform pan, you can make the crust on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper. You just wont be able to build up the edges as much as you can with the help of a springform pan.
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