Fourth of July Watermelon "Cake"
Fourth of July picnics can present a challenge to those wanting to adhere to a healthful diet, especially when well-meaning but meddlesome family plies with sugar and fat-laden junk, and willpower is finite, friends. Here at Ubuntu Fitness we've tweaked several recipes to create a healthful dessert to keep you away from the junk!
This watermelon "cake" is a real foods-based alternative to traditional refined flour-based cakes. It’s lower in calories, contains a boost of naturally present vitamins, minerals, and even provides additional protein from the Greek yogurt "icing". Best of all, who doesn’t love a juicy summer watermelon? The family can enjoy this dessert on Fourth of July without anyone feeling left out.
- 1 large watermelon (Note: 1 large watermelon (8-10 lbs) makes 2 cakes - a 1/2 watermelon will yield 1 cake)
- 2 cups vanilla Greek yogurt per cake (we used Stonyfield Organic)
- 1 cup blueberries per cake
- 1 cup strawberry halves per cake
- Optional: 1 cup of slivered almonds per cake
Recipe makes 2 cakes, 8 slices per cake
- If using 1 whole watermelon, slice crosswise (when standing the fruit like an egg, cut parallel to the ground)
- Slice the tops of the each piece off to create a surface for the toppings
- Shave the remaining rind off to create the watermelon "loaf"
- Slather the yogurt on for icing and decorate the cake as patriotically as desired!
Nutrition Facts (1 slice with almond slivers and berries): 220 calories, 12.3g carbs, 7.4g fat, 8.3g protein, 3.8g fiber