Mint Chocolate Chip Brownie Pizza + Pizza Bar Dinner Nights (dairy-free and gluten-free!)

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Oh did I have fun with the #365dairyfree challenge this week! Some of my new recipe trials were pretty basic, but things got interesting with dinners and baking. And along the way, some fun ideas emerged. Spring break is ahead, followed by summer, and I know many of you will need fun ways to keep kids busy. Don’t worry; I think this Mint Chocolate Chip Brownie Pizza will definitely entice them to help you out in the kitchen.

Mint Chocolate Chip Brownie Pizza Recipe + How to for Family-Friendly Pizza Bar Dinner Nights (all dairy-free, gluten-free and allergy-friendly)
This recipe was inspired by my favorite convenient treat growing up, mint chocolate chip brownie sundaes. Recently, I had some serious cravings for that nostalgic dessert, but no mint chip dairy-free ice cream on hand. Frosting immediately came to mind (I love all sugary toppings), and with St. Patrick’s Day on the horizon, I thought, “Why not make it green, too?!”

The end result is an insanely good brownie pizza with a naturally-colored mint cream cheesy frosting. It all comes together easily, without top allergens, when using Enjoy Life Brownie Mix and Dark Chocolate Morsels. As an added bonus, these brownies are already spiked with chocolate chips for a triple chocolate dessert!

Mint Chocolate Chip Brownie Pizza Recipe + How to for Family-Friendly Pizza Bar Dinner Nights (all dairy-free, gluten-free and allergy-friendly)

Dinnertime Fun: Building a Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free Pizza Bar

But kids can’t live on sweets alone (okay, maybe they can, but it isn’t the best idea for parental sanity). So why not let them make their own savory pizzas, too!

Getting Kids Involved: Kids of all ages can adorn their individual pizzas with whatever sauces and toppings they like. Older kids may be able to help with making the easy three-step pizza dough (possibly even baking) and with prepping and plating the toppings.

Ideas for a Delicious Dairy-Free Pizza Bar Night + a Recipe for Dessert: Mint Chocolate Chip Brownie Pizza!Enjoy Life Foods Baking Mixes for dairy-free / gluten-free Pizza Night with Mint Chip Brownie Pizza!Pizza Crust: Make the crusts personal-sized and pre-bake as directed. I use the Enjoy Life Pizza Crust Mix with Ancient Grains shown prepared in the pictured above. One box makes 6 meal-worthy crusts or 8 crusts for little appetites. This mix is a new must in my house because it is so darn easy, stocked with heat-stable probiotics, pumped with a little protein, made with several nutrient-rich flours, and free of top allergens, so everyone at the table can enjoy. In other words, it’s tough to beat.

Tons of Toppings: It’s unbelievable how many ways you can top a pizza – even cheeseless! Here are some ideas to get you started (comment if I missed any of your favorites!) …

  • The Meat of It – pepperoni, bacon crumbles, Canadian bacon, fully-cooked allergen-safe sausage, chorizo, kielbasa, chopped chicken, capicolla, salami, prosciutto, meatballs, anchovies, shrimp, vegan pizza “meats”.
  • Produce Picks – mushrooms (button, cremini, shiitake, portobello), olives (black, Kalamata, green), bell peppers (red, green, yellow, orange), tomatoes, pineapple, garlic (raw or roasted), onions (raw or caramelized), sweet corn, artichoke hearts, baby spinach, kale, capers, leeks, potatoes, shallots, sun-dried tomatoes, eggplant (thinly sliced or roasted), bean sprouts, jalapeno peppers (or other hot peppers), diced green chiles, zucchini, broccoli, green onions / scallions, pepperoncinis.
  • Feelin’ Saucy – traditional pizza sauce, peanut sauce, barbecue sauce, garlic olive oil, dairy-free pesto, salsa, enchilada sauce, hummus.
  • Bonus Bites – dairy-free cheese shreds, black beans, fresh herbs (oregano, basil, marjoram, parsley, cilantro, rosemary, dill, etc!), crushed red pepper, hot sauce.

365 Dairy-Free Recipe Challenge Update

With the 365 New Dairy-Free Recipe Challenge, my goal is to trial at least 365 new-to-me recipes this year, and that doesn’t even count all of the retesting to perfect many of those dishes. I’ll be using the hashtag #365dairyfree here and on social media to share many of the trials, successes and flops! This past week I trialed all of the following allergy-friendly recipes for the first time:

  • Brown Irish Soda Bread (My new love – recipe to be posted!)
  • Turkey Meatballs in Sriracha Sauce (Adapted this recipe from Budget Bytes – we loved it!)
  • Citrus-Yogurt Smoothie (Trying out some superfood combos – needs work)
  • Italian Chicken Bake (Not bad, but the technique needs work)
  • One-Skillet Lemon Chicken and Zucchini (Tried a dairy-free version of this recipe!)
  • Mint Chocolate Chip Brownie Pizza (Oh yes, and it’s so guilt-fully good)

Mint Chocolate Chip Brownie Pizza Recipe + How to for Family-Friendly Pizza Bar Dinner Nights (all dairy-free, gluten-free and allergy-friendly)This mint chocolate chip brownie recipe post is sponsored by Enjoy Life Foods – my personal favorite for everyday chocolate chips (minis, morsels and chunks, oh my!) and nutritious baking mixes

Special Diet Notes: Mint Chocolate Chip Brownie Pizza

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan / plant-based, vegetarian, and generally top food allergy-friendly. The pizza bar ideas are also top allergy-friendly and optionally vegan!

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Mint Chocolate Chip Brownie Pizza
 
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This shortcut recipe allows you to focus on the fun and enjoyment! Bake the brownie pizza several hours ahead and let kids frost and decorate it before diving in.
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Serves: 12 to 16 servings
Ingredients
Shortcut Vegan, Gluten-Free Brownie Pizza
Mint Chocolate Chip Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 4 ounces dairy-free cream cheese alternative (I used ½ package of Daiya)
  • ¼ cup coconut cream (see note below)
  • ½ to 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch salt
  • 1½ cups powdered sugar
  • ½ to 1 teaspoon matcha / green tea powder (for color)
  • Dairy-free chocolate chips (I used Enjoy Life Dark Chocolate Morsels)
Instructions
To prepare the Brownie Pizza
  1. Preheat your oven to 350ºF and grease and flour (gluten-free, if needed) a pizza pan, or line it with parchment paper for easier removal. No pizza pan? The batter is relatively thick, so you can line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat and shape the batter.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine the brownie mix, water, and oil until combined and no lumps remain.
  3. Evenly spread the batter into your pizza pan (or on the baking sheet) - it is quite thick.
  4. Bake for approximately 20 minutes, or until firm around the edges. Let cool completely.
To prepare the Mint Chocolate Chip Frosting
  1. Place the cream cheese alternative, coconut cream, peppermint extract (start with the lesser amount), vanilla extract, and salt in a mixing bowl and beat with a mixer until smooth.
  2. Sift in the powdered sugar and ½ teaspoon matcha powder and beat until smooth.
  3. Adjust the taste and color by adding more peppermint extract, as desired (some are stronger than others - I used Simply Organic, which is quite potent!), and more green tea powder for color (it doesn't notably affect the taste).
  4. Chill in the refrigerator (or even freezer if you only have 15 minutes) to set up the coconut cream. Give it a quick whip before using.
  5. Frost the cooled brownie pizza with the frosting and sprinkle on chocolate chips - as many as you like!
Notes
Coconut Cream: You can purchase coconut cream, or simply chill a good quality coconut milk (I use So Delicious Original Culinary Coconut Milk), and skim the cream from the top. Alternatively, you can swap in a dairy-free, allergy-friendly buttery spread for the coconut cream and omit the salt.

About Author

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Senior Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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  1. Build your own pizza bars are such a great way to get the kids involved in the kitchen and also to encourage them to make their own choices for what to eat for dinner! Also love the idea of dessert pizzas. So much fun!

    • I think the brownie mix is our favorite and a bit less guilt with the protein, probiotics and whole grains – at least that’s what I told myself as we polished off this pizza 🙂

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