Chocolate Cherry Ricotta Grilled Pizzas

Chocolate Cherry Ricotta Grilled Pizzas

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Chocolate Cherry Ricotta Grilled Pizzas | MarlaMeridith.com Before we get into talking about gooey and sweet dessert pizza I need to thank you for being such awesome grill buddies. We have come to the final week of Get Grillin’Cookin’ Canuck and I had a blast collaborating with you for our first virtual summer BBQ. We have worked our way through 5 weeks of savory and now we get to talk about everyone’s favorite part of the meal…dessert!

Chocolate and cherries are a match made in heaven. Add ricotta cheese, nuts, pizza dough and the fire from your grill. Pure Magic.

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We launched our grill event with Rouxbe and we are pleased to share  them with you again. If you ever thought about going to cooking school here is your chance. We have a one year ($240 value!) Rouxbe membership for a lucky Get Grillin’ participant. This will give you full access to their wonderful cooking school. More on this below.

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Don’t cherries just scream summer? Whenever I go to the market these days I come home with at least a pound of beautiful bright red cherries. We love them out of hand and also in our favorite recipes. Cherry Cranberry Oat Crisp and Chocolate Crepes with Cherry Jam and Ricotta Cheese are two you should try. They are great for any time of day, breakfast, dessert or snacks.

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If I told you that the combo of cherries and chocolate put a little swagger in my step would you believe me? Well you should. This is happy food.

Topping these pizza’s with a handful of your favorite nuts give a nice little crunch.

Extra chocolate sauce doesn’t hurt either.

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I got into the whole sweet pizza thing a few weeks ago and now I am addicted. Remember my Berry and Goat Cheese Pizza? Have you tried those yet? If not then you must. These a are sweeter than those, but not overly sweet. Make ’em as sweet as you want.

If you want a sweeter dessert serve with a side of chocolate sauce, lightly sweetened whipped cream, ice cream or frozen yogurt.

Chocolate Cherry Ricotta Grilled Pizzas | MarlaMeridith.com

Can I show you my favorite new chocolate? When it comes to chocolate I prefer the darkest of the dark.

I was in Mother’s Market the other day and stumbled upon this 91% organic dark chocolate by Theo. The flavor is wonderful and it has the slightest hint of sweetness. Isn’t the wrapper beautiful? You can use your favorite chocolate in this recipe. Semi-sweet, milk or even white would be delicious.

Organic chocolate bar Theo with Birds on white wrapper

I have been enjoying these for mini meals too. You can find me at my local Starbucks after I drop the kids off at camp with a tall Americano and a Chocolate Cherry Ricotta Pizza. Better than tearing open a power bar don’t you think?

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They are also great for breakfast. If that’s the case then I whip up a side of eggs too for a protein boost. Also a side of applesauce. Breakfast is a big and grand event for me, as you know.

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Have you ever made a grilled pizza? What are your favorite desserts for summer entertaining? Do you love chocolate as much as I do?

Chocolate Cherry Ricotta Grilled Pizzas

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 3 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 13 minutes

Yield: eight mini pizzas

Chocolate Cherry Ricotta Grilled Pizzas

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Whole Wheat or Gluten Free Pizza Dough, divided into 8 portions
  • Sunflower Oil or Cooking Spray
  • 10 ounces fat free Ricotta Cheese
  • Vanilla, Plain or English Toffee Stevia Drops to taste
  • optional: a few drops of pure Vanilla or Almond extract
  • 2 ounces chopped Chocolate
  • 1 cup Cherries, pitted
  • a few ounces chopped Nuts, Almonds, Pistachios, Walnuts, Pecans, etc.
  • Optional Toppings
  • Melted Chocolate for extra sauce
  • fresh Mint
  • more chopped Nuts
  • powdered Sugar or Stevia, granulated Truvia is really good on these
  • fresh Homemade Whipped Cream
  • a pinch of Cinnamon

Method

  • Before heating the grill brush the grates with some oil or cooking spray. Pre heat to medium high heat. Mix ricotta cheese with your sweetener of choice and any flavored extract to taste. Have cherries, chocolate, and nuts in separate bowls. Flatten pizza dough into 1/4 inch disks. Lightly oil each side of the dough with a brush or your hands. Have all ingredients in easy reach of your grill.
  • Grill pizza dough for about 2 minutes on each side with the grill top open. It will puff up and you will get grill marks. Reduce heat to medium and flip pizzas with tongs, grill for one minute and remove from the grill. Top each piece of flattened dough with some ricotta, cherries, chocolate and nuts. Put pizzas back on the grill, close lid and cook for about 2-3 more minutes until the chocolate is melted. Serve warm with any extra toppings, sauces, ice cream etc.
  • Notes
  • Make your own pizza dough or Trader Joe's has a great whole wheat one that we use often. I have some pizza dough recipe links at the bottom of this post.
  • Instead of mini pizzas you can also make one larger one and slice it up.
  • I sweeten the ricotta cheese with stevia drops you can also use honey, maple syrup or your favorite natural sweetener to taste.
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This week’s theme is DESSERT. Remember, your recipes do not have to be made on the grill. Any backyard barbecue-appropriate recipe will do.

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117 Responses to Chocolate Cherry Ricotta Grilled Pizzas

  1. Oh Chocolate-Cherry! One of my favorites. I just did a post about making pizza on the grill- so so good! And Chipotle BBQ Tempeh. I’m loving the grill right now!

  2. Not entering but want to say….amazing pics!

    Love Theo. Very good stuff :)

    And thank you soooo much for your wonderful, supportive, lovely and rockin’ comments on all my posts from Mexico City this weekend. Knowing that you think I have grown means the world…you have a critical eye, are an amazing friend, and have known me from the beginning. Wow….2.5 yrs later, and look at us. Whodda thunk it. haha!

    And your photos and Helene’s could be interchangeable these days. You’re THAT amazing, Marla :)

    • *gulp*
      Thank you friend. We are not even 2.5 years old. 2. Can you believe that? The beauty of hard work, passion and finding your inner desires, strengths and passions. Can’t wait to compare notes when you get home. This trip to Mexico will change your life. I can tell all ready from your photos. I DASH to your blog to check in. Really. You are capturing moments & sharing things with us through your eyes. Telling stories with amazing photographs. Girl, our journey has just begun. Can’t wait to see what the future holds. xxoo

    • The good news is if you keep these sugar free or virtually sugar free & stick with portion control you got yourself one healthy little dessert. Promise. I had 1 or two per day and felt like a million bucks :) The perfect way to enjoy cherries & chocolate!

  3. What a great recipe! Is there any better combination than cherries and chocolate? Add that fired up over a grill and you’ve got a definite winner! Thanks for sharing this fun grilling recipe series!

  4. I am in LOVE with anything grilled. I just so happen to be in LOVE with pizza. And it also just so happens that I’m in LOVE with chocolate. OH, and guess what, I’m in LOVE with ricotta, too!

    In all, I’m in LOVE with this post.

  5. I’m so pleasantly surprised to see this recipe from you – you know I’m a pizza fanatic – although not whilst on my 30 day make over – I think of you everyday walking the stairs as we all took the escalator at camp and now park my car as far from the grocery store as possible for the extra walk – are you proud of me?!!!

    • Lucy, seriously I am so proud of you. Love visiting your blog and seeing the lean & mean food plan. As long as you eat small meals regularly throughout the day you will do great. Gotta keep the body and mind in perfect balance. Next year we will hit up those stairs together OK? *kisses*

  6. Wow, Marla, what a cool idea! I’ve never seen anything like this. Your photography is always so amazing. :)

    I’ve been great–keeping busy with a thousand projects! What about you? We should hang out sometime. I’d love to catch up.

    xoxo
    Jen

    • Hi Jen! Would love to catch up with you some day soon. A thousand projects? I totally know the feeling. Feel like I am busier for summer break than I am usually. That’s a good thing though :)

  7. Looks so good, I have been wanting to do grilled pizza for a while, and just haven’t gotten around to it. Love your photos too!

  8. Cherries are my all-time favorite summer goodie, Marla! Love your use of them here in a dessert pizza. These are so cute and would be a ton of fun to make at a BBQ!

    • Debra I do my best to share “indulgences” that are really great for you foods. The dark chocolate is the only way for me. Buzz. Buzz.

  9. That pizza looks and sounds A.MAZ.ING!!! And your photos are absolutely fabulous…I want that pizza like now. Thank you so much for stopping at my blog and inviting me over here. I will definitely be back to stalk…I mean look around:-) I linked up a few recipes and now I am off to find you on Instagram.

    • Kristin, I need that extra shot too in my Americano….especially before a workout. The pastry cases do not tempt me at all. I get so excited to unwrap one of these pizzas :)

  10. Well now I know what to make for my next cherry-full dessert! (Although, if I ate these for lunch, would you blame me?) They look amazing!

    I submitted my latest post – a cherry cornmeal upside-down cake!

  11. These are perfect! Fruit dessert in pizza form and keeping the kitchen cool too. Luv it! I’ve never grilled pizza on the grill but that will have to change soon! I pinned these!
    I entered my watermelon cookies. Thanks for the reminder. :).

  12. YES, I remember your Berry and Goat Cheese Pizza! I still dream about them 😀
    And I try to figure out how to veganise them, but it is not that easy! At least I know what is on top of my to-make-list if I ever go vegetaran again (not vegan).

    These looks just as good! I love less-sweet desserts, and of course everything chocolate-y! You have such a wonderful creativity- thats why I love to visit your blog so much!

    I wish you a beautiful weekend :)

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  14. We make grilled pizza on our Big Green Egg (love!) all the time. We’re actually having a pizza party on Friday with about 20 people. I’m going to make the toppings ahead and let people make their own pizzas. My poor husband’s going to be stuck outside at the grill the whole night! 😉

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