Patriotic Berry Pizza & A Firecracker Workout!


Patriotic Berry Pizza via TheFitFoodieMama.com

I like to be festive and I had this cute star plate sitting around that I was dying to use for a dish for the Fourth of July. I wanted to make something simple but versatile and obviously delicious. I struggled all day to come up with a recipe when it occurred to me a fruit pizza would be the perfect patriotic treat.

This red, white and blue tribute is made of a gluten free oat crust with a strawberry chia jam sauce topped with blueberries and sprinkled with coconut flakes. I tried my hardest to put the blueberries in the shape of a star but we all know I am not that talented.

The crust recipe actually comes from The Lean Green Bean and is made of oats, almond milk, flaxseed, shredded coconut and cinnamon.  Head over here for the measurements and instructions. I toyed around with making my own crust recipe up out of almond flour or quinoa flour but the recipe featured on her site was just too simple to say no to.  Why reinvent the wheel, right? 

Patriotic Berry Pizza via TheFitFoodieMama.com

Patriotic Berry Pizza
Serves 1
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. For the Strawberry Jam Sauce
  2. 1/2 cup strawberries
  3. 1 tbsp chia seeds
  4. 1-2 tbsp water (just enough so it can blend)
Toppings
  1. 1/2 cup blueberries
  2. sprinkle of unsweetened coconut flakes
Optional Toppings
  1. -mini chocolate chips
  2. -diced nuts (pecans,macadamia,almonds)
  3. -drizzled white chocolate
Instructions
  1. Start by making the crust. You can head over the The Lean Green Bean for the full list of instructions- there is a link at the bottom of the recipe card as well as above.
While the crust is baking
  1. Blend together the ingredients for the strawberry sauce, making sure that it is smooth when done. Refrigerate while you let the crust bake and cool.
Once the crust is removed and cooled
  1. Assemble the pizza by spreading the sauce in a circular fashion over the crust with the flat side of the spoon until a majority of the crust is covered.
  2. Top with blueberries in any way, shape or form you would like.
  3. Sprinkle with coconut flakes like you would cheese.
  4. Add any additional toppings that you might enjoy...it is pizza after all ;)
Adapted from Oat Pizza Crust
Adapted from Oat Pizza Crust
The Fit Foodie Mama http://thefitfoodiemama.com/
If you want to make sauce for more than one pizza, just double the recipe. I still had plenty left over to make another one, so 1 cup of strawberries + 2 tbsp chia + water would probably be able to sauce 3-4 individual pies.

This patriotic pizza would even be the perfect activity for kids. Just pre-make the dough and let them go crazy with any kind of fruit topping they would like. Or you could be like me, avoid the mess and just eat it all by yourself for breakfast!

Explosive Firecracker Workout! 

Adding this workout to the post since I did it this morning to kick off the 4th with a BANG! I used my Ultimate Sandbag, a kettlebell and stability ball adding plyometric moves to really pack in some power!

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I ran the 4 miles beforehand and after a brief cool down, moved on to the workout.  If you want to try this patriotic firecracker, the running is totally unnecessary but I was just feeling the need to log some miles! Plus now I feel like I have earned a celebratory cocktail later 😉 

What festive ways are you going to celebrate the 4th of July?


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14 Comments

Redd
Reply July 3, 2014

This looks fantastic! I'm super bummed that fruit is no longer in my allowed in my diet thus not being able to partake in the classic berries of our all American 4th favorites! I however, will gaze deeply into the luscious food porn posts that come from you...while doing my cardio twice tomorrow.

    Redd
    Reply July 3, 2014

    *no longer allowed in my diet...

    aelicatese
    Reply July 3, 2014

    You not being able to eat fruit makes me a sad panda :( I am sure you could always find a way to fake the flavors with one of your pancake creations though!

      Redd
      Reply July 4, 2014

      Once again I rose to the challenge! Thanks for making me step out of my round pancake box! xo

        aelicatese
        Reply July 4, 2014

        Your pancakes looked phenomenal! I am NOT a pancake maker so I am always impressed with what you come up with!

Nicole @ Fitful Focus
Reply July 3, 2014

What a cute and creative idea! Will definitely have to try this! Thanks for linking up :)

    aelicatese
    Reply July 3, 2014

    Thank you! All those recipes you posted look amazing...wish I had more time to cook, I'd love to try them all :) And thank you for hosting the link up!

Mindy @ Road Runner Girl
Reply July 3, 2014

That looks yummy and super festive too! Love the star plate!

    aelicatese
    Reply July 3, 2014

    Thank you! I think the plate makes the picture! I struggled to figure out how to make a star with blueberries for 20 mins and gave up. I can cook and bake but I cannot decorate food to save my life :)

eatsandexercisebyamber
Reply July 4, 2014

That plate is so cute! I'm so bad at having "holiday" blog posts...I am NOT crafty/creative/cutesy in the kitchen :P I'm more like EAT THIS IT TASTES GOOD EVEN IF IT'S NOT PRETTY!

    aelicatese
    Reply July 4, 2014

    I am not really good at decorating my house for any holidays and I am certainly not talented when it comes to food decoration but I try to be festive every now and again. Plus it gives me blog post ideas. Although I am with you on the "it doesn't have to be pretty as long as it tastes good theory" :)

Sarah Grace FFH
Reply July 5, 2014

This looks delicious Annmarie! And I love Lindsay over at the Lean Green Bean and all her delicious recipes as well! :)

xoxo Sarah Grace, Fresh Fit N Healthy.

    aelicatese
    Reply July 5, 2014

    Thank you so much, Sarah Grace! All of your recipes look amazing too :)

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