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{Gluten Free} Patriotic Fruit Pizza

The smell of food grilling, juicy watermelon slices, ice cold lemonade—these all scream summertime cookouts to me. You add the presence of family and friends, a dab of red, white and blue and moments of quiet reflection on the precious freedoms that we Americans daily enjoy and I am overwhelmed with the blessings of life in this great country.

Love. Pride. Gratefulness.

For our Memorial Day cookout, I decided to try a new dessert. Being the typical 2015 female, I scoured Pinterest for patriotic desserts. Don’t get me wrong. I still love and use my cookbooks, but when I need a specific recipe for an event, I need visual recipes. Pinterest, the King of eye-catching photos, fills the bill every time.

I wanted a light dessert with loads of fresh fruit. A fruit pizza would be perfect for our holiday cookout.

I quickly found one (original source) that was basically what I wanted and then I altered it to meet our lifestyle. We are not a gluten free family per se, but we have greatly reduced the amount of gluten that we consume. For now, our tummies are enjoying this change. We may jump on the gluten free bandwagon later.

gluten free patriotic fruit pizza

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The cookie crust turned out delicious in spite of my worries of working with gluten free flour and xanthan gum for the first time. I seriously could not tell a difference.

gluten free fruit pizzaMake sure that the crust is pressed evenly and not too thin. I added a touch of arrowroot starch to make the crust super soft…and it did. Yum.

easy gluten free fruit pizzaArranging the fruit was where the inner artist in me rose to the surface. It was also when the perfectionist side of me came up to bat. Guess who won? Neither.

Sheesh. I had to remind myself that it didn’t have to be startlingly beautiful just to eat and nor did it have to be perfect in the eyes of Pinterest. Once I let go of both of these issues, I was thrilled with my circular stripes pattern and the single “strawberry star” in the center.

It was red, white and blue and that made me happy.

patriotic gluten free fruit pizzaLest you continue drooling on your screen, here is my recipe.

{Gluten Free} Patriotic Fruit Pizza
Recipe Type: Dessert
Author: Heather @ Thrifty Stories
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Serves: 10-12
A classic fruit pizza on a health kick. This recipe is a gluten free and organic twist on this popular summertime dessert. The sugar cookie crust is soft and chewy and is layered with yummy cream cheese frosting and organic “patriotic” fruits.
  • Sugar Cookie Crust
  • 1/2 c. organic butter, softened to room temperature
  • 3/4 c. organic cane sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. organic vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 c. gluten free flour
  • 1 tsp. xanthan gum, slightly heaped (this is to account for the extra 1/2 cup flour)
  • 1 1/2 tsp arrowroot starch/flour (*optional- used to help make the cookie REALLY soft)
  • Toppings
  • 1 (8 oz.) block of organic cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 1/4 c. organic butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 1/2 c. organic powdered sugar (I cut back from the two cups recommended)
  • 1-2 Tbsp. of organic heavy cream or milk
  • 1 tsp. organic vanilla extract
  • Fresh organic fruit, washed and sliced if needed ( strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, etc.)
  1. In mixer, beat butter until it is soft and creamy.
  2. Add sugar and mix until fluffy.
  3. Beat in the egg and vanilla, scraping down the sides when needed.
  4. In another bowl, whisk together soda, salt, flour, xanthan gum and arrowroot starch.
  5. While beating the butter mixture, slowly add the dry ingredients. Again, scrape down the sides as needed.
  6. ***Chill the dough for at least 30 MINUTES (or up to one full day). This prevents crust from flattening when baked.
  7. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  8. Press dough onto a pizza pan (or into a circle on a cookie sheet)
  9. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until edges begin to brown. Do NOT overbake.
  10. Allow crust to cool completely. (pop it into the fridge if you have to speed things up)
  11. For the frosting, cream the butter and cream cheese together until smooth.
  12. Add the powdered sugar and 1 Tbsp of cream (or milk). Beat for two minutes.
  13. Add the vanilla and IF NEEDED, the other Tbsp of cream (or milk). Mix well.
  14. Spread frosting on the completely cooled crust and arrange fruit in desired pattern. Chill before serving.

Leftovers can be stored in the fridge for several days. (three would be the recommended limit.) However if your family and friends are anything like mine, this treat will not last long. It was gone by breakfast the next morning.

Gluten Free Patriotic Fruit PizzaThis would also be perfect to serve at your Fourth of July gathering. Word to the wise, better play it safe and make two. Enjoy.


So what did you end up making for your Memorial Day festivities? Anything special? Do you try to serve something red, white and blue? Share your thoughts and recipes. I’d love to hear.

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Day 31: Chewy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

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Excitement was running high in our home today.  Our kids participated in our church’s Trunk or Treat after AWANA this evening.  As if my kids had not already been running wide open and like regular little hoodlums, I made my usual treats: dozens of cookies to hand out.  Somehow they seemed healthier than candy, don’t you think?!

And to counter all the sugar in the cookies,  I made chocolate chip OATMEAL cookies this year.  Doesn’t that just scream healthy?!  I also used organic butter and fresh farm eggs.  The kids sooo appreciated the extra mile that I went this year to safeguard their health.  {rolls eyes}

And if no one had liked them, I would have gladly brought them home.  Our entire family loves them, absolutely loves them.  I found the original recipe here.

Homemade Chewy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Recipe Type: Dessert
Author: Heather @ Thrifty Stories.com
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Chewy and soft oatmeal cookies that are only made even more delicious with chocolate chips. Mmmm, good.
  • 1 c. butter
  • 1 c. packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 c. white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 1/4 c. all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 3 c. quick-cooking oats
  • 1 c. walnuts (optional)
  • 1 c. semisweet chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 325.
  2. Cream butter, brown sugar and white sugar together.
  3. Add eggs one at a time, beating after each one. Add and mix in the vanilla.
  4. Mix together flour, salt, and baking soda in a small bowl.
  5. Slowly add dry the flour mixture to the wet ingredients. Beat until just combined.
  6. Add quick oats, walnuts, chocolate chips and stir.
  7. Drop heaping spoonfuls on an ungreased baking sheet.
  8. Bake for 12 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cookies to cool on pan for 5 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container.
  9. Makes 3-4 dozen


These are seriously the best oatmeal cookies that I’ve ever had.  I made them last week with the walnuts and they were delicious.  Today’s batch did not contain the walnuts (possible nut allergies with the lil’ treaters tonight) and they were still great.

You just can’t go wrong with chocolate.  It never fails me.

Do you like oatmeal in your chocolate ship cookies?  Doesn’t it make cookies seem really healthy?  What do you think?  Share.

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