Better Than Bagel Bites: Mini Pita Pizzas

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My go-to elementary school eats may have been as colorful as the ingredients above, but those colors certainly weren’t natural. The “cool” after-school snacks came out of a box. Pop Tarts, Better Cheddars (anyone else remember those?!), Fruit Roll-Ups, you name it.

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Or what about Bagel Bites…those perennially popular mini pizzas that are marketed as “wholesome,” healthy choice, yet somehow contain high fructose corn syrup and 15% of your recommended daily sodium in four bites (and who actually stops at four bites and nothing else)?

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My party-friendly recipe makeover contains colorful ingredients that are actually wholesome, and as an added bonus, these have 1/3 fewer calories, 1/4 of the sodium and 1/5 the fat of the traditional Bagel Bites. Sorry to pick on you, Bites—I know there are many snacks much worse. But you can do way better!

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Mini Pita Pizzas

Makes 8 mini pizzas

  • 4 mini whole-wheat pita pockets, such as Whole Foods brand
  • 1/2 cup marinara sauce, plus more for serving (optional)
  • 1/4 cup chopped mushrooms
  • 1/4 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/2 ounce shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese (or vegan cheese)
  1. Preheat oven to 375°. Slice or carefully tear pitas in half and place each pita round in a muffin tin cup with the torn side facing up.
  2. Spoon about 1/2 tablespoon of marinara sauce into the middle of each pita, leaving the edges empty for a “crust.”
  3. Evenly distribute the mushrooms, bell pepper and onion among the eight pizzas, then top with cheese.
  4. Bake for about 10 minutes to heat vegetables and lightly brown the cheese.
  5. Use a large spoon to remove the pizzas from the muffin tin cups and serve with more marinara sauce for dipping, if desired.

Nutrition information per pizza: 32 calories, 1 g fat, 0.5 g fiber, 1.5 g protein, 90 mg sodium

Prep four mini pizzas per person as part of your appetizer spread for your next tailgate (or perhaps for your Emmy viewing party?) or top them with a little protein, like chicken or beans, and eat all eight for a meal!

Can you think of any “junk food” snacks you’d like to see cleaned up? Leave your ideas in the comments and I’ll try to tackle them in future posts!

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Comments

  1. As a pita lover, I will say this is awesome. Any lightened up eats are great to me. I was never a big junk food eater as is, but this is great.

    • Thank you, Kammie! I’m always a BIG fan of your recipes, so coming from you, that means a lot! :) I hope you love these as much as I do if you’re able to give them a shot.

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