This vegan watermelon fruit pizza with toasted coconut flakes and non-dairy yogurt is a fun and festive spin on everyone’s favorite food. Plus, with endless topping options like fresh berries, chia seeds, crunchy granola, and even chocolate chips, your summertime snack game will never be the same.
It’s Friday and if there’s one food that screams Friday (at least for me anyway), it’s PIZZA.
Except this isn’t a normal pizza.
Not by a long shot.
Actually it’s not technically a pizza at all, but I don’t think you’ll mind my comparison.
I mean, hello, look at that pie up there! Can you even handle it? I know I can’t.
I was inspired to make a healthy vegan watermelon fruit pizza with toasted coconut flakes and yogurt a few weeks ago after talking to my sister in law about her upcoming plans for my niece’s big first birthday bash.
While my niece’s birthday was actually last weekend, the big party is this Saturday and knowing my sister in law it will surely be the most adorable picnic in a park party ever.
Lesa is my husband’s younger sister and we’re actually the same age and we have many, many things in common. She’s one of my best friends and basically my sister from another mister considering neither of us have legit sisters of our own.
Two things we share are a love of healthy, clean eating and also rainbow sprinkles and ice cream. There’s room for both, right? Ha.
We also both L-O-V-E the detail aspect of entertaining, especially party supplies (i.e. paper straws, pretty napkins, and invitations) so I’m obviously having major FOMO over the fact that I’ll be 2,000 miles away from the festivities tomorrow…
A few weeks ago, Lesa sent me some party food inspiration pics from Pinterest, including one of a strawberry chocolate chip cupcake with green frosting that was designed to look like a mini watermelon,. It was adorable, but full of refined sugar, artificial food coloring, and other nasties.
There was no denying that it was a really cute concept that would be perfect for any picnic-themed party (or picnic for that matter), but definitely not aligned with my SIL’s commitment to serving fun-yet-secretly-healthy fare at the bash.
At first, I started making suggestions for how to swap ingredients and healthify the cupcakes—beet juice or spinach for food coloring, stevia chocolate chips, etc.—and then I had a lightbulb moment.
No, wait! Watermelon pizza!
And that, my friends, is how this vegan watermelon fruit pizza with toasted coconut flakes and yogurt came to fruition.
While the idea may have come from brainstorming healthy snacks for a one-year-old birthday party, don’t make the mistake of thinking that this pie is for kids only.
It’s completely adult friendly, too, and makes for an extremely simple and nourishing summertime snack that anyone would enjoy.
It’s healthy, seasonal, and seriously swoon worthy.
Seriously you guys.
Can you imagine the reaction you’ll get if you host a summer picnic or barbecue featuring vegan watermelon yogurt pizzas?
Let’s just saying hashtag winning.
Not only is this a hella cute concept (not-so-humble brag), it’s also hella seasonal, which I’m ALL about.
Watermelon is a quintessential summer fruit.
It’s light, refreshing, packed with nutrients, and super low in calories making it the perfect base for a healthy fruit and yogurt pizza.
Obviously, I’d always rather you focus on the overall nutrient content versus calories, but there’s benefits to be gained from its high water and low sugar content.
It makes watermelon a excellent food for detoxifying and it keeps you hydrated and cool during the warmer summer weather.
CHOOSING A NON-DAIRY YOGURT
Most yogurts on the market—non-dairy and dairy based—are full of unnecessary added sugar, which is why I always recommend buying a plain version and sweetening it yourself.
If you don’t tolerate cow’s milk or other dairy products on their own, there’s a chance you might tolerate dairy-based yogurt because it contains live active cultures that help boost digestion. Everyone’s threshold to dairy is a bit different so trust your gut (pun intended)!
Too much dairy can be an inflammatory trigger for some people and cause breakouts (sadly, my skin freaks out with a little dairy) in addition to digestive upset and if that’s you, then stick to non-dairy yogurts.
Though there are very few non-dairy yogurts that I think are worth consuming, as most are full of filler ingredients and added sugar, there is one brand that I absolutely LOVE and that’s plain Organic Coconut Grove Cultured Coconut Milk. It only has four ingredients and while there is a bit of sugar in it—only THREE grams per serving!—it’s organic coconut sugar, which is far better than refined white sugar or corn syrup.
I found it a few months ago at Whole Foods and have been hooked ever since, but I know not everyone has access to a WF Market near them. If you can’t find plain Organic Coconut Grove Cultured Coconut Milk, don’t fret. Use your best judgment and select a plain vegan yogurt from a brand you trust.
There are still plenty of healthful non-dairy options on the market and if you do tolerate regular dairy yogurt, opt for whatever brand you love! I know Siggi’s makes a good full-fat yogurt and any organic grass-fed brand is also excellent choice.
And while the coconut yogurt is awesome for being dairy free, it’s definitely lacking in protein compared to Greek and Icelandic versions. To wit: There is only one measly gram of protein in the coconut version. So give it a boost by stirring in protein powder if you want when you’re adding the honey and vanilla or add some nuts or hemp hearts on top.
SNACKING SMART AKA FILLING UP ON HEALTHY FAT
Next, be sure to go for the full fat options if possible.
Blah, blah, blah, I know. I know.
You were told forever that fat was bad and that eating fat led to increased body fat but that’s nothing more than a big fat LIE.
I know it’s a hard thing to shake, but take a cue from T-Swift already and shake it off, girl.
Thankfully the war on fat is being waged less and less, which makes me crazy happy because FAT IS WHERE IT’S AT.
The reason is that choosing a yogurt made from full fat coconut milk or even grass-fed dairy milk is going to be much more filling and satiating. Fat also helps slow down digestion and blunt the inevitable rise in blood sugar that occurs after eating carbohydrate-rich foods like fruit or granola.
Another way to increase the fat content and make the snack more satiating and substantial, while still being light and simple is to add toasted coconut flakes to the watermelon pizza.
Toasting the coconut flakes is NOT optional, guys. Do it.
Trust me. It takes 6 minutes—maybe 10 tops—and it will completely transform and deepen the coconut flavor.
It will also make your entire kitchen smell like the beaches of Bora Bora, so, uh yeah. Just do it.
But don’t stop at the toasted coconut faux cheese. There’s more topping fun to be had my friends!
ALL ABOUT ‘DEM TOPPINGS
Growing up, I preferred my pizza plain with extra sauce but these days, I like my pie to have a plethora of toppings—the more vegetables, olives, and fresh herbs the better.
The same goes for this watermelon pizza.
You can keep it relatively simple—the non-dairy yogurt sweetened up with a bit of honey and vanilla, toasted coconut, and paleo granola—or let your imagination run wild.
Granola of your choice*
Dried or freeze-dried fruit
Chopped or sliced nuts
Homemade date caramel sauce
Toasted coconut flakes
Chocolate chips (or take an extra dark chocolate bar and break into chunks or shavings)
*I am a big fan of this amazing nut- and grain-free granola from Steve’s Paleo Goods because it’s something nearly everyone can enjoy, but feel free to use your favorite or make your own!
SERVED WITH STYLE
You all know I’m a huge proponent of taking the time to make your meals and snacks pretty. Food seriously tastes way better when you add a little TLC!
If you are hosting a picnic or summer barbecue and want to have fun with how you serve this snack, there are endless ways to go about it.
A few that I think would be really fun?
DIY Mini Pizzas
Have mini watermelons sliced and stacked at one end of a table along with a few different yogurt options—Greek, low fat, whole milk, non-dairy, coconut—and a slew of different toppings in bowls. Everyone can make their own using whatever ingredients they prefer from the options.
Slice and Serve
Prepare the mini watermelon pizzas in advance with different yogurts and toppings, slice into quarters, and serve on large plates or platters with little signs identifying what each pizza slice contains.
Pizza Party for One
Cut yourself a slice of a mini watermelon and top as you see fit anytime you’re craving a sweet, healthful snack. High five!
Let’s get to it, y’all!
- 1 mini seedless watermelon
- 2 cups plain coconut yogurt or Greek yogurt
- 2 tbs honey or maple syrup (can also use stevia to taste)
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- ½ cup unsweetened coconut flakes, lightly toasted
- 1 bunch fresh mint leaves
- 1 cup organic strawberries, sliced
- 1 pint organic blueberries
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 pint organic blackberries
- ½ cup Steve's Paleo Goods grain- and nut-free granola (or any granola if you don’t need it to be paleo)
- Carefully slice the watermelon in half and cut two round slices about 1-inch thick for the base of each pizza.
- Add honey or stevia and vanilla extract to the coconut or Greek yogurt and stir to incorporate. Spread about 1 cup of yogurt onto the base of the watermelon pizza.
- Top with toasted coconut “cheese” (see instructions below) and whatever else your heart desires...I've outlined my favorites in the ingredient list but the only limit is your imagination and pantry!
- Slice into quarters and enjoy anytime for a healthy summertime snack, breakfast, or dessert.
- Pre-heat oven to 350-degrees Fahrenheit and evenly spread coconut on a baking sheet. Bake in 3-minute intervals, stirring often until coconut is toasty and browned.
I hope you enjoy this healthy fruit pizza for all your summertime snacking needs! I’d love to see how you top yours so please share on social media (Instagram is my JAM so be sure to follow along and come say hello!) and tag me @honestlynourished and use #honestlynourished and #iamhonestlynourished in your photo when you post it!
I love hearing how the recipes turn out for you and always appreciate your feedback and suggestions. Don’t be shy! 😉
YOUR THOUGHTS >>>
What was your favorite pizza growing up? If there was one recipe from your childhood you wish you had a more healthful recipe to follow, what would it be? I’d love to know and possibly develop it for you!
See you next week friends!