Pizza for dessert? That’s right! This healthy treat pairs jammy strawberries with a lightly sweetened cashew-cream sauce for a summertime snack that hits the spot. A sprinkle of fresh mint adds a pretty pop of contrasting color. Partially baking the crust before adding toppings ensures this fruity pizza stays crisp. Eat it with a fork or your fingers.

Tip: To soak cashews, place them in a small bowl; add enough boiling water to cover cashews. Cover bowl and let stand for 15 minutes; drain and rinse cashews. Store soaked cashews in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 5 days or freeze up to 3 months.

By Nancy Macklin, RDN,


  • ¼ cup raw cashews, soaked (see tip, recipe intro)
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened, unflavored plant-based milk, such as almond, soy, cashew, or rice
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Whole wheat flour, for dusting
  • 1 recipe Homemade Oil-Free Pizza Dough
  • 2 cups sliced fresh strawberries
  • ⅓ cup low-sugar strawberry preserves
  • Chopped fresh mint


  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a 12-inch pizza pan or baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. In a small blender combine the first five ingredients (through vanilla). Cover and blend until smooth.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll pizza dough into a 12-inch circle, allowing dough to rest as necessary during rolling if it won’t hold its shape. Place crust on prepared pan. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven.
  • Spread cashew sauce over warm crust. Arrange strawberries over sauce. In a small bowl microwave strawberry preserves about 30 seconds or until thin enough to drizzle, stirring once. Drizzle over strawberries.
  • Bake 10 to 12 minutes more or until the crust begins to brown. Let cool on the pan on a wire rack about 20 minutes. Cut into wedges; sprinkle with mint.

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I had high hopes for this! The flavor combo of the cashew cream, strawberries and fruit preserves was great - but the strawberries got too soft/wet as the cooked, making the crust soggy. I would use all the toppings again on a different kind of crust.

Rachel M

Satisfied my sweet tooth! The cashew sauce has all the flavor of the traditional dessert pizza cream cheese layer. My little kids loved it as well.

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Nancy Macklin, RDN

Nancy Macklin has a bachelor of science in dietetics from Iowa State University and a Master of Science in health services administration from the University of Saint Francis. Macklin worked as a hospital-based clinical dietitian, providing counseling for diabetes, heart disease, and weight loss and as a food service director in health care dining sites. She now serves as a test kitchen dietitian, developing 500+ recipes per year. She is a member of the Academy for Nutrition and Dietetics and International Association of Culinary Professionals. Find her on LinkedIn.
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