Chocolate has to be one of the most comforting things ever! And in days when we need a little extra love, a little chocolate is always a great idea!
In my books, chocolate is best enjoyed dark, and without being too sweet. Whenever I bake or add chocolate to oatmeal or granola, I love to add flavor with fruit, spices, or orange zest, with a little bit of sweetener but nothing else. I just love to enjoy the deep chocolate flavor in all its glory.
For a while now, I’ve been making this healthy, but creamy vegan chocolate spread that I usually make for toast or crackers - an alternative to vegan Nutella. Today, it will serve as the base for this delicious and vegan dessert pizza.
This chocolate pizza has everything you need in a chocolate treat. It’s smooth, with a hint of orange, and perfectly sweet. Topped with mixed berries, extra orange zest, and shredded coconut. It’s healthy yet indulgent. The perfect summer treat!
I love this combination of ingredients, but you can certainly play with the toppings! Use a different combination of fruit, nuts, and seeds, and even drizzle melted chocolate or peanut butter on top for extra flavor!
Yield: 3 servings
Prep time: 5 min
Cooking time: 10 min
Total time: 15 min
3 pieces of whole wheat pita bread
4 tsp chia seeds
4 tsp cocoa powder
½ tsp orange zest
½ tsp brown sugar
1 cup mixed berries
Sprinkle: Shredded coconut and orange zest
Preheat the oven to 400 F.
Place the pieces of pita bread on a baking sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes to get them slightly crispy, or 12-15 if you’d like them medium crispy.
To make the chocolate spread, mash the banana in a medium bowl. Add the chia seeds, cocoa powder, brown sugar, and orange zest. Mix well and let sit for 10 minutes to allow the chia seeds to gel.
By the time the pita bread is ready, the chocolate spread should have the perfect texture! Spread it on the pieces of pita bread and decorate it! I add blueberries, more orange zest, and shredded coconut. And that’s it! Your quick and healthy dessert pizza is ready.
Best enjoyed immediately, but it can also be stored in airtight containers for a few days. Warm it in the oven before enjoying them.
Get creative with the toppings! I like to keep it simple for this recipe because I love this combination, but you can also use different fruits, nuts, and seeds! I think it could also work great with kiwi, walnuts, and strawberries. You can even drizzle peanut butter or melted chocolate!
$4.75. This takes into account the measurements listed in the ingredients section and for the main ingredients only. It does not include seasoning.
*Bananas are rich in fiber, antioxidants, and several nutrients. They are rich in fiber and resistant starch, which may feed your friendly gut bacteria and safeguard against colon cancer. Bananas are also a dietary source of potassium and magnesium - two nutrients that are essential for heart health.
*Berries are high in antioxidants like anthocyanins, which may protect your cells from free radical damage. They also may improve blood sugar and insulin response when consumed with high-carb foods or included in smoothies. Berries may help reduce inflammation and decrease your risk of heart disease and other health problems. They also have been shown to lower cholesterol levels, which may reduce your risk of heart disease.
Berries also contain the antioxidant ellagic acid, which may help decrease wrinkling and other signs of skin aging related to sun exposure.
*Chia seeds are one of the best sources of Omega 3 on a plant-based diet. On top of that, they’re high in antioxidants and fiber (40% fiber by weight!), which feeds good bacteria in the gut to maintain a healthy digestive system.
*Chocolate: A study analyzed the evidence to date that flavanols (found in dark chocolate and cocoa, among other foods) may benefit human brain function. Flavanols are plant-based substances that have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. Also, studies show that cocoa lowers blood pressure and improves blood vessel function.
*Orange peel is packed with vitamin C and antioxidants, which boost your immune system and protect cells from free radicals. Additionally, orange peel contains flavonoids, calcium, several B vitamins, and vitamin A.
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