Chocolate Cherry Ricotta Grilled Pizzas

by Marla on July 10, 2011 · 116 comments

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Chocolate Cherry Ricotta Grilled Pizzas | 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.

Chocolate Cherry Ricotta Grilled Pizzas |

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.

Chocolate Cherry Ricotta Grilled Pizzas |

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.

Chocolate Cherry Ricotta Grilled Pizzas |

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 |

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?

Chocolate Cherry Ricotta Grilled Pizzas |

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.

Chocolate Cherry Ricotta Grilled Pizzas |

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


  • 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


  • 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.

Grilled Dessert Recipe Links

Homemade Pizza Dough Recipe Links

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{ 95 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Nikita July 10, 2011 at 10:09 pm

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 Marla July 11, 2011 at 4:45 am

Nikita, isn’t pizza on the grill the BEST! It is so easy & quick to clean up too. Chipotle BBQ Tempeh sounds awesome. Do you have a recipe for that?


3 Nikita July 11, 2011 at 8:44 am
4 Nikita July 11, 2011 at 1:40 pm

Oh no! I changed my domain name today and just realized it is not going to redirect from the previous link. How frustrating :(
Here is the correct link:


5 Marla July 11, 2011 at 2:03 pm

Thanks so much for that update. I did go over to check out your recipe earlier & it dead ended. I’ll pop over to see your new link :)

6 mommycancook May 22, 2014 at 2:08 pm

What a wonderful recipe and tutorial, thank you Marla for the clear pictures and instructions. This grilled pizza is a winner! My kids loved it and my daughters helped me make it. We used 75% dark chocolate chips and dark chocolate syrup. Dark chocolate is fantastic for weight loss here


7 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga July 10, 2011 at 10:12 pm

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 :)


8 Marla July 11, 2011 at 4:49 am

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


9 Rosa July 10, 2011 at 10:47 pm

Cute and so delicious looking! A great idea. I love sweet pizzas.




10 Katrina July 11, 2011 at 1:06 am

Great idea! Grilled pizza is so tasty, and I’m excited to try this sweet version!


11 Sandy July 11, 2011 at 1:47 am

This dessert pizza looks amazing! Happy food, indeed.


12 Maameemoomoo July 11, 2011 at 2:03 am

Whoaa.. u got me salivating! Cherries and chocolate! And i’m supposed to be on diet. Lovely photos u have here :)


13 Marla July 11, 2011 at 4:52 am

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!


14 Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets July 11, 2011 at 4:47 am

Thanks for hosting this great grilling series! I’ll have so many awesome ideas to turn to this summer and for the future. Love this sweet pizza — it looks absolutely decadent and delicious!


15 Three-Cookies July 11, 2011 at 5:48 am

A grilled dessert pizza sounds really interesting. Sweet, salty, smokiness…sounds great.


16 Erin @ Brownie Bites July 11, 2011 at 6:12 am

Oh my word.. these look absolutely SINFUL! I’m scared to save this recipe for fear I’ll actually make it, or worse.. EAT IT!


17 Marla July 11, 2011 at 6:26 am

Erin… it. You gotta try these pizzas. Just promise me one thing – enjoy each and every bite. OK?!


18 Lori @ RecipeGirl July 11, 2011 at 6:20 am

What a fun dessert- so creative you are!!


19 Marla July 11, 2011 at 6:25 am

Thanks Miss Lori :) I am looking forward to following your summer travels again this year. xo


20 Cookin' Canuck July 11, 2011 at 6:21 am

These look fantastic, Marla. I love the mixture of flavors and textures in this pizza. I can’t wait to see what dessert recipes come rolling in for Get Grillin’!


21 Marla July 11, 2011 at 6:31 am

Hi Dara, this will be such a fun week at Get Grillin’ I know our readers have tons of GREAT dessert recipes to share with us :)


22 Marly July 11, 2011 at 6:59 am

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!


23 Bev Weidner July 11, 2011 at 8:01 am

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.


24 Kirstin July 11, 2011 at 8:14 am

I added your badge to my blog side bar


25 Allison [Girl's Guide to Social Media] July 11, 2011 at 8:16 am

Looks like the perfect summer dessert!


26 Jeanette July 11, 2011 at 9:17 am

Marla – what fun – pizza for dessert and the classic chocolate cherry combination!


27 Lucy July 11, 2011 at 9:25 am

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?!!!


28 Marla July 11, 2011 at 11:40 am

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*


29 Jen (The Domestic Diva) July 11, 2011 at 9:38 am

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.



30 Marla July 11, 2011 at 11:36 am

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 :)


31 Maria July 11, 2011 at 9:47 am

I could go for a slice right now! Great to see you at EVO. Come back this winter for ski season:)


32 Marla July 11, 2011 at 11:34 am

Maria, visiting you this winter is certainly my plan. Wanna see that baby of yours & hit up those Utah mountains. xxoo


33 Amanda July 11, 2011 at 10:59 am

I linked up my oatmeal brownie milky way bars… :)


34 Marla July 11, 2011 at 11:33 am

Thanks Amanda….now can you make them for me :)


35 Angie July 11, 2011 at 11:32 am

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!


36 Marla July 11, 2011 at 11:33 am

Thanks Angie, they are so quick & easy. Hopefully you can grill up some pizza’s soon. So worth it!


37 HeatherChristo July 11, 2011 at 12:00 pm

This is gorgeous!!!


38 Deborah July 11, 2011 at 12:31 pm

I have been eating cherries like crazy lately, so this looks so amazing!! Thanks for linking my Grilled Chocolate Sandwiches!!


39 Marla July 11, 2011 at 2:18 pm

Those chocolate sandwiches look so good Deborah. Thanks for stopping by :)


40 Faith July 11, 2011 at 12:41 pm

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!


41 averagebetty July 11, 2011 at 3:36 pm

What a great idea! I love that you’ve used a regular pizza dough for this… how easy and yes– so summertime!


42 Nicole@HeatOvenTo350 July 11, 2011 at 4:09 pm

I love the sweet pizza idea, especially grilled. What a great combination of flavors, too!


43 Barbara | Creative Culinary July 11, 2011 at 4:34 pm

I just did a ricotta/cherry pizza dolce and made a crust instead of using the standard; a dough. Next time it will have to be the standard so I can do it outside on the grill…great idea!


44 claudia lamascolo July 11, 2011 at 4:44 pm

I am speechless this is awesome~


45 Nora @ Natural Noshing July 11, 2011 at 4:46 pm

Delicious looking pizza, and love that you can eat this for breakfast! Cherries remind me of summer too!


46 Krista {Budget Gourmet Mom} July 11, 2011 at 9:55 pm

This looks delicious! If I don’t make my own pizza crust I love to use Trader Joe’s. Their whole wheat pizza dough is amazing!


47 Sommer@ASpicyPerspective July 11, 2011 at 10:19 pm

Holy yum, those cherry pizzas look sensational! I love to grill pizzas this time of year (usually savory) and almost always add pine nuts to the top. Old habits die hard.


48 Kulsum at JourneyKitchen July 12, 2011 at 12:03 am

Absolutely love sweet pizza! Oh Marla! You are making me hungry early morning.


49 Barbara Bakes July 12, 2011 at 5:04 am

Such a fabulous idea to do a dessert pizza. I haven’t tried grilled pizza yet, but it’s on my to do list.


50 Lyuba July 12, 2011 at 6:51 am

The ricotta chocolate cherry dessert sounds amazing!! Thank you for inviting me!!!


51 Dorothy at July 12, 2011 at 7:01 am

Yum on this week’s offerings! I follow you (MM) on Twitter!


52 Dorothy at July 12, 2011 at 7:01 am

I follow @cookincanuck on Twitter!


53 Dorothy at July 12, 2011 at 7:02 am

I Stumbled this one!


54 SMITH BITES July 12, 2011 at 7:19 am

well aren’t these lovely?? and i sooooo appreciate that i can have these for breakfast!! btw . . . dark choco for me too!


55 Marla July 12, 2011 at 9:27 pm

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.


56 Jocelyn July 12, 2011 at 7:48 am

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.


57 Jocelyn July 12, 2011 at 7:52 am

I just added you on instagram:-)


58 Kristin July 12, 2011 at 8:21 am

I love the fact that you bring it to starbucks! Totally something I would do, and the american (only with an extra shot ;)) Beautiful recipe.


59 Marla July 12, 2011 at 9:25 pm

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 :)


60 Angie's Recipes July 12, 2011 at 10:29 am

Those dessert pizzas look so tempting with all the fresh ingredients!


61 grace July 12, 2011 at 10:52 am

don’t get me wrong, i love a savory pizza, but this is outstanding! terrific combination of flavors, marla!


62 Kimby July 12, 2011 at 11:12 am

Happy food is good food! :)


63 Raksha Kamat July 12, 2011 at 11:16 am

I am participating in this giveaway. Thanks for the invite. Instant cookies treat is the entry.


64 Raksha Kamat July 12, 2011 at 11:17 am

Following you on twitter


65 Raksha Kamat July 12, 2011 at 11:21 am

twitted about this giveaway on twitter


66 Raksha Kamat July 12, 2011 at 11:22 am

following MarlaMeridith on twitter


67 Raksha Kamat July 12, 2011 at 11:23 am

following CookinCanuck on twitter


68 Raksha Kamat July 12, 2011 at 11:23 am

copied the badge to my blog post


69 Raksha Kamat July 12, 2011 at 11:37 am

stumbled upon this post too :)


70 Carolyn July 12, 2011 at 12:45 pm

Grilled dessert pizzas…Brilliant!


71 Baking Serendipity July 12, 2011 at 1:15 pm

A dessert pizza with ricotta sounds amazing! I’ve grilled “traditional” main course pizzas before, but nothing like this. Definitely must try!


72 Marla July 12, 2011 at 3:23 pm

Sarah, you gotta try dessert on the grill. Life changing!


73 July 12, 2011 at 2:52 pm

I entered 3 skinny desserts and are now following CookinCanuck on Twitter.
Great contest and job with your site!


74 Marla July 12, 2011 at 9:23 pm

Thanks for entering 3 awesome skinny desserts. They look great!


75 Liz (Little Bitty Bakes) July 12, 2011 at 5:57 pm

I love my magherita pizza, but sometimes chocolate wins. :)


76 Maria @ Scandifoodie July 13, 2011 at 1:18 am

These look so scrumptious! I love the combination and cherries are just so delicious!


77 Joanne July 13, 2011 at 4:38 am

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!


78 bridget {bake at 350} July 13, 2011 at 7:42 am

MARLA!!! These look amazing!!! Grilled DESSERT pizzas?!? Yes, please!


79 Amanda July 13, 2011 at 8:28 am

Marla these grilled pies are just gorgeous and your photos are making my jaw. drop! Love!! :)


80 Megan July 13, 2011 at 12:18 pm

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. :).


81 Megan July 13, 2011 at 12:30 pm

I follow you on Twitter


82 Megan July 13, 2011 at 12:36 pm

I follow Dara on Twitter too


83 Vanessa Nicole July 13, 2011 at 2:57 pm

I hope it doesn’t have the smoked or lighter fluid taste, a gas grill might be best.


84 Roxana GreenGirl July 13, 2011 at 8:56 pm

I was thinking of buying a new stone pizza, I better get a new grill, these dessert pizzas are to die for!!


85 Roxana GreenGirl July 13, 2011 at 8:57 pm

following all of you on twitter and tweeted about the giveaway!/GrinGarl/status/91351510436425728


86 Roxana GreenGirl July 13, 2011 at 9:01 pm

following you and Dara on SU and stumbled both posts


87 Anna Johnston July 14, 2011 at 6:33 pm

Yummom, my 2 very best friends. Choc & Cherry. Sooo good! And it’s a pizza too. Holy smokes, I’m craving this right now. :)))


88 Kate@Diethood July 14, 2011 at 6:53 pm

Oh how I love thee… I always play up my pizzas, but I’ve never done what you did here…can’t wait to try!

I entered my S’mores Ice Cream! :)


89 Marla July 14, 2011 at 7:32 pm

Kate, S’mores ice cream looks awesome! My kids would love if you made this for them 😉


90 Ragnhild July 14, 2011 at 10:41 pm

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 :)


91 Betty @ scrambled hen fruit July 15, 2011 at 9:52 pm

I’m just gonna have to get that grill going with some pizza dough! The thought of cherries and chocolate are making my mouth water! :)


92 Amanda N July 18, 2011 at 9:47 am

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! 😉


93 Kita July 26, 2011 at 6:21 am

Great little dessert pizzas! They look so elegant!


94 Jaime {sophistimom} July 27, 2011 at 2:00 pm

Oh, yum, Marla. I want some chocolate now.


95 KC Quaretti August 16, 2011 at 6:12 pm

OMG Chocolate cherry grilled pizza! Genious absolute genious!


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