If you’re looking for a festive, easy, and healthy holiday dessert, this Christmas Tree Dessert Pizza is perfect!
Will you look at that? I got all cutesy and festive with a Christmas tree-shaped dessert. What’s gotten into me?
Well, the truth is, when it comes to cutesy things, while I like them, I rarely make them because they never turn out remotely cute. I have grand ideas and then my execution stinks.
So for me to actually post a recipe for something like this, you know it has to be extremely easy to execute. And this is just that. An easy and festive holiday dessert that also happens to be healthy. Bonus.
If you are anything like me and have limited skills for making elaborate, beautiful desserts, this is the recipe for you. It’s practically impossible to screw this up and is made beautiful naturally with the bright and festive fresh fruit. Everyone loved this Christmas Tree Dessert Pizza–it tastes even better than it looks!
I promise you this takes little to no skill and is delicious! There is no baking involved and this takes hardly and time. Let’s face it: we all could use recipes that aren’t fussy this time of year.
Here’s the naked crust before I decorated it.
I used a knife to cut around the parchment paper so I could transfer it to the serving platter before decorating it.
Then I pulled off the excess parchment paper so it wouldn’t be noticeable on the serving platter.
Once you pull away the excess parchment paper, you can carefully transfer it to your serving platter and it won’t stick when your guests are serving themselves. Easy peasy!
My crust was 3/4 inch thick, which made a great size for slicing and being able to pick this up like a piece of pizza. I just cut them into little squares and we ate these like you would a cookie bar. Forks are optional. 🙂
I have to confess that the kids and I ate this for breakfast. The main ingredients are nuts, dates, coconut, fruit, and yogurt. Totally acceptable breakfast. Yes, there is probably more sugar than we should have for breakfast, even if it’s natural sugar, but there’s also tons of nutrients! So feel free to make this for dessert OR an appetizer OR breakfast. My kids thought it was the cutest thing and I’m sure yours will love it, too.
P.S. I have this food processor and it is a work horse! I highly recommend a solid food processor for this and similar recipes. You will use it all the time! (affiliate link)
- 2 cups whole almonds
- 3 cups pitted dates
- 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- pinch of salt
- 1¼ cup vanilla yogurt (dairy or non-dairy)
- 2 kiwis, peeled and diced
- ½ cup pomegranate arils
- 1 star fruit, sliced
- Put the first six ingredients (through pinch of salt) into a food processor and process until everything is completely broken down. It won't look like it's going to hold together, but if you pinch it in between your fingers, it should stick together. (If it's not holding together your dates may be too dry. You can add a little milk to nut butter to help.)
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Dump the mixture onto the baking sheet. Use your hands to press the mixture together into a ball. Then, press it down and shape it into a tree shape (or whatever shape you prefer)
- Keep pressing the side in with one hand and the top down with the other hand so it is as compact as possible. It should be about ¾-inch thick.
- Put the sheet into the freezer to allow it to firm for about 30 minutes.
- Next, spread the crust with the vanilla yogurt, leaving the trunk brown.
- Decorate the tree with the diced kiwi and pomegranate arils. Use a sliced starfruit for the star and use the rest to decorate the serving tray.