You might be surprised if I tell you that we aren’t big into Birthday cakes around here. Yes, we make them every now and then, but most of us choose something besides cake for our birthday dessert. Desserts like Rootbeer Floats, Frozen Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie, Strawberry Shortcake, or Fruit Pizza. The options are boundless, why confine it to cake???
The last person to celebrate a birthday here just didn’t care, but I knew what he wanted – something healthy, free of processed sugar, and loaded with fruit.
Because it’s summer.
This colorful and delightful dessert sports a paleo and gluten-free crust, cream cheese hinting of orange, and your favorite seasonal (or not so seasonal) fruits. You should try it. Today.
- 2 c. oats
- 2 c. walnuts
- 2 c. dates, pitted
- 1/2 t. sea salt
- 4 T. butter
- 16 oz. cream cheese, softened
- 1/2. c. Greek vanilla yogurt
- 1/4 c. honey (or more to taste)
- 4 drops Young Living Orange Essential Oil (or 1/2 t. orange extract)
- 1 t. vanilla
- fruit of your choice – I like the textural combination and colors of strawberries, mandarin oranges, kiwis and blueberries.
Combine oats, walnuts, dates, and sea salt in a food processor and pulse until fine. Add butter and blend until combined. Form into a ball and pat out on to a pizza pan. (You may want to use parchment if you’re using a metal cookie sheet or pizza pan.)
Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Cool completely.
Beat together cream cheese, yogurt, honey, orange oil, and vanilla. Spread over cooled crust.
Decorate with fruit. (Be sure to dry your fruit out on a paper towel to prevent sogginess.) Chill and serve.