Dairy-Free Watermelon Pizza is an easy and fun healthy dessert that everyone loves! This dairy-free treat is perfect for any summer party and ready in minutes! Whole30, Paleo, Vegan, and Gluten-Free.
Summer is here and it’s time for watermelon desserts! My watermelon pizza is a riff on the ever-popular fruit pizza trend. Fruit pizza tends to be made on some kind of crust. It’s almost like a quick fruit tart. Really good but usually loaded with grains, dairy, and a lot more refined carbs than just eating fruit.
Watermelon pizza is easy, uncomplicated, fun to assemble and kids love it! Plus, you can get really creative with the Red, White, and Blue theme for all of the summer holidays and rock a super patriotic dessert.
HOW TO MAKE WATERMELON PIZZA
Not only is watermelon pizza a healthy summer dessert, but, it is incredibly easy to make. So much so, that my kids usually help and truth be told, do most of it on their own!
Step 1: Wash the watermelon rind with soap. Give it a good scrub to get off any bacteria from the field and the store and rinse.
Step 2: Slice the ripe watermelon into five 1″ thick rounds. Place rounds on wax paper or parchment lined baking sheets to make it easy to transfer them once topped.
Step 3: Spread non-dairy yogurt or topping on each round. Note that unsweetened whipped coconut is the only option complainant for the Whole30
Step 4: Decorate watermelon pizza with fresh blueberries, strawberries and flaked unsweetened coconut.
Step 5: Place in the refrigerator for 15 to 30 minutes to set.
Step 6: Slice, Serve, and Enjoy!
INGREDIENTS FOR WATERMELON PIZZA
Medium to Large Ripe Watermelon
- Make sure that you purchase a watermelon large enough to evenly slice into five 1″ thick rounds. You may need to adjust your toppings based on the size if you purchase a massive ripe watermelon.
- Non-Dairy yogurt products have exploded over the last few years. You want a non-dairy yogurt that is on the thicker side and won’t run.
- There are a handful of (better ingredient) non-dairy cool whip type toppings on the market now so if you want to go that route, check the freezer section of your local health food store.
- Another option is to make homemade coconut whipped cream. You can make this a day in advance to save time! Note that this is the ONLY compliant option for the Whole30.
Fresh Blueberries and Strawberries
- I highly recommend buying organic berries if it is in your budget as conventional berries are very heavily sprayed with pesticides.
Unsweetened Flaked Coconut
- You can use unsweetened shredded or flaked coconut. I prefer flaked as the pieces are larger, it doesn’t make as much of a mess and looks a bit prettier.
HOW TO TELL IF A WATERMELON IS RIPE
- Look for a buttery color “field spot“. All watermelons lie on the ground as they grow and ripen. The best ripe watermelons will have a nice yellow colored field spot.
- Slap It. Yep, not joking. You want to hear a hollow-ish sound.
- Smell it. Ripe watermelons won’t give off as strong of smell like a ripe cantaloupe or honeydew but if you smell the stem end (where it was attached to the plant before it came off the vine), it should smell sweet.
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Dairy-Watermelon Pizza is an easy and fun healthy dessert that everyone loves! This dairy-free version is perfect for any summer party and ready in minutes! Whole30, Paleo, Vegan, and Gluten-Free.
- 1 ripe watermelon rind washed and sliced into five 1" thick rounds
- 1 quart blueberries washed and dried
- 1 quart strawberries washed, dried, hulled and thinly sliced
- 1 cup unsweetened flaked coconut
- 16 ounces plain non-dairy yogurt
Wash watermelon before slicing and cut into five 1" thick rounds. Set rounds aside (single layer) on parchment or wax paper lined baking sheets.
Wash and dry blueberries. Wash, dry, remove stems and thinly slice strawberries from top to bottom.
Spread 2 T of non-dairy yogurt on each round of watermelon.
- Use sliced strawberries to create a border ring of red. Next, use flaked coconut to create a ring of white. Fill in the middle with the blueberries for blue.
- Repeat untill all rounds are covered.
Refrigerate for 15 to 30 minutes or until topping is set. Remove, slice each round into 6 "pizza slices" and serve immediately. Enjoy!
- The recipe calculation is based on a medium to large sized watermelon that can produce five evenly sized 1" thick rounds. You may need to adjust your ingredients based on the size of the melon you use.
- The nutrition facts are calculated with a non-dairy yogurt containing 299 calories, 44g carbs, 8g fat, and 12g protein. This will likely change with different brands of non-dairy yogurt or non-dairy whipped topping, etc.
- Note that the coconut whipped cream is the ONLY compliant option for the Whole30.
- You can prepare the watermelon "rounds" up to one day in advance but make sure that they are covered well with plastic wrap so that they do not dry out.
- I recommend keeping the watermelon pizza refrigerated until just before ready to serve, especially if it is hot.
UPDATE NOTES: Please note that this recipe was originally published in July 2017, but was updated in May 2019 with updated photos, nutritional information, and more helpful tips and tricks.