This has to be the most delightful breakfast idea ever.  The tart has a nutty granola crust filled with thick Greek yogurt, and then topped with a colorful sunburst of fresh juicy fruit.  Yes it looks too beautiful to eat, but dig in.  Use a knife and pie server, or just go at with a big spoon.  It may be beautiful, but it’s still breakfast.

All my life I’ve loved mosaics and geometric patterns,  Remember kaleidoscopes?  The Spirograph?  Making those little ashtrays with tiny colored tiles?  I could make a dozen of these tarts and not get tired of tinkering with the patterns. It’s a great way to use up extra fruit, or an excuse to buy those berries that have been tempting us for weeks now.

The concept is simple: the crust is actually granola that’s baked right in the pan.  The filling is healthy Greek yogurt, and the fruit topping makes it all look like dessert.  If you want you can substitute almond or coconut yogurt for the dairy yogurt.

Press the granola into a greased tart pan using the side of a cup measure to help spread the sticky mixture evenly.  Bake it until it’s golden and crunchy.

Fill the crust with the yogurt.  You can sweeten it with honey and vanilla or leave it tart.  I left mine plain.  Then, begin on the outside edge of your tart and layer your fruit in any pattern that appeals to you, working your way toward the center.  You can slice it, or leave it whole, the choice is yours.

There’s no right or wrong way, you can create a geometric masterpiece, or just arrange your fruit in pretty piles.  And you can always refer to photos of other tarts for inspiration.  I’ve set up a Pinterest board to give you some ideas here.

First and foremost, choose ripe seasonal fruit…that will insure that your tart will taste fantastic.  After that, decide whether you want a variety of color and shape like I’ve done, whether you want to go with a more monochromatic scheme, like all strawberries or all kiwi.  Or choose a simple two fruit arrangement with a high contrast like, say, mango and blackberry.  The fun part is, it all works.

You can see from the closeup that I start with sliced strawberries and place blackberries in between them to fill in the gaps.  Then a layer of overlapping half moons of kiwi fruit, followed by a ring of halved kumquats and blueberries  Then I thinly sliced a banana and fanned out the slices for the next ring.  In the center I just piled raspberries with a few blueberries for contrast.

I’m really excited about this fresh healthy take on the classic fruit tart.  Now you can enjoy one in all its glory, without having to wait for dessert.

Beautiful Breakfast Tart

Yield: serves 6

What You Will Need

  • 1 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup mixed chopped nuts and seeds (I used almonds, pistachios, hazelnuts, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds)
  • 5 Tbsp butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • about 3 cups Greek yogurt, coconut yogurt, or almond yogurt (If your yogurt is loose, strain it first)
  • assorted sliced or whole fruit for topping

Instructions

  1. Set oven to 325F
  2. Mix the oats, nuts and seeds, melted butter, honey and vanilla together in a bowl until everything is thoroughly coated.
  3. Press the mixture into a greased 10" tart pan with a removable bottom (or a pie plate). Use a measuring cup to help press the granola evenly across the pan and up the sides.
  4. Bake for about 15 minutes, until lightly golden. Let cool. You can make the crust ahead if you want to and fill it the next morning just before serving.
  5. Fill the tart with Greek yogurt, and smooth out evenly.
  6. Arrange the fruit on top.
  7. Serve immediately.
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Notes:  You can make the crust the day before, but once you put the yogurt on top, it’s best to eat it sooner rather than later.  The yogurt will eventually make the granola a little soggy if left to sit too long.  Use sweetened or flavored yogurt if you don’t like it plain, but the thick Greek style works best if you intend to slice your tart.  I used a 10″ tart pan, keep in mind that if you use something smaller in diameter you will have less space to create a pleasing arrangement of fruit.

I hope you enjoy this, it’s such a fun way to do fruit and yogurt.  I can’t even imagine how luscious this will be once the ripe peaches and plums start arriving this summer.  But even in mid-winter you could arrange a gorgeous spiral of banana or citrus slices, dust it with nutty wheat germ and douse it with honey.

Here’s a secret—you can make this even easier…use ready-made granola and layer it at the bottom of a pie plate or casserole.  No need to bake it.  Spread out a thick layer of yogurt evenly over the top, and then arrange your fruit.  Just spoon it into bowls and drizzle with honey…

Why shouldn’t breakfast be beautiful?

 

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  1. Love the art, its a healthy and beautiful at the same time. Have to try this…

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  5. Bérangère says:

    Wow, that is beautiful and makes me wish I had some right now! My little one is sitting next to me and she is all over this too! :) We think it looks like a sun, a flower, SPRING! My mother used to make a version of this on a very low sponge type cake that she covered with a bit of custard or jelly before adding the fruits. To keep them from changing colour she would seal them with a little bit of apricot jam stretched thin with water and glaze. This breakfast version is amazing! Must try.

  6. Monica says:

    This tart is a work of art. Beautiful. It’s a shame to eat it.

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  25. Beautiful! What a great idea. I am considering making this for a brunch but have some guests on gluten-free diets. Do you know if this granola would be gluten-free?

  26. TeaLady says:

    This is a stunning piece of art. Too pretty to eat – almost!!

  27. DO I remember kaleidoscopes and the Spirograph?!? i still HAVE kaleidoscopes and a Spirograph! :) this is absolutely gorgeous; what a stunning breakfast idea for when you’re having people over. or when i’m having myself over, whatever.

  28. C. Mitchell says:

    This is so beautiful. I am going to have to try this for a summer brunch. I love your blog and pics.

  29. grace says:

    sue! this is too pretty to eat! you have quite an artistic flair, my friend. :)

  30. Magnolia Verandah says:

    How beautiful – to good to eat!

  31. Wow, that is a beautiful tart! This would be wonderful to serve to overnight guests.

  32. Adoro los frutos del bosque siempre los tengo frescos ,no conocía el kumquats se ve muy hermoso,abrazos y abrazos.

  33. This is the loveliest idea, your tart looks so gorgeous!

  34. This appeals to the artist in me. And the foodie in me. And the whatever in me. Aw heck, Pretty food just tastes good!

  35. Manju says:

    This tart looks gorgeous + all the healthy granola n Greek yogurt. Found this while drooling over all the yummies on foodgawker ;-)

    n well explained too…good job on a lovely breakfast :-)

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  36. Julia says:

    Pretty tart! You did a really great job arranging all the fruit on top. Pinned!

  37. belleau kitchen says:

    woooooahhh there… holy moley… what an incredible thing… and such an innovative idea too… truly beautiful!

  38. Stunning! So pretty, and it would be a perfect breakfast to share with guests, I’m bookmarking it and will make something similar when we have friends staying during the summer.

  39. I think this is the prettiest thing you have ever made. I will have to make one, just gorgeous.

  40. Joanne says:

    This is gorgeous. Seriously so. I almost wouldn’t want to eat it…except I SO DO!

  41. bellini says:

    This I have to make Susan!!

  42. This is so beautiful – it would be the shining star of any breakfast or brunch…and of course, I totally want to throw a brunch just so I can make it ans show it off ;)

  43. Mary P. says:

    This looks too pretty to eat! Nah, I’d eat it. :-)

  44. G'ma Jan says:

    I’ve been receiving your email for awhile now and I just want to tell you how much I enjoy your recipes and photos. I find something to save at least a couple of times a week.

  45. Carol | a cup of mascarpone says:

    Spectacular, Sue!!! OMG, it’s gorgeous! This will be made at my next brunch!

  46. Averie @ Averie Cooks says:

    Sue this is stunning! I plan to see it all over the food sites later today :) And Pinterest!

    Where did you get the antique spatula/turner in the 2nd to last photo? I have been searching high and low for something like that with no luck!

  47. It’s traffic stopping:)

    How nice if you have sleepover guests too:)

  48. Tricia Buice says:

    This is one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen! Wow – you are an artist. I adore granola fruit and yogurt but have never had it like this! Bravo!

  49. Mary Younkin says:

    Sue, I love this so much! What are the little orange fruits next to the blueberries?

  50. That is exquisite looking, Oh this makes me want to invite folk over for breakfast.

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