Beautiful Breakfast Tart (Gluten Free)

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My Beautiful Breakfast Tart has a gluten free granola crust filled with thick Greek yogurt, and topped with a colorful sunburst of fresh juicy fruit.  Yes it looks too beautiful to eat, but dig in anyway ~ it may be beautiful, but it’s still breakfast!

Beautiful fruit and yogurt breakfast tart in a round pan 2

Use a knife and pie server, or just go at with a big spoon.

Beautiful Breakfast Tart topped with fresh fruit

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.

Gluten free fruit and yogurt breakfast tart with fresh fruit

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.

Making the granola crust for a Beautiful Breakfast Tart

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.

Adding the yogurt filling to the granola crust of a Beautiful Breakfast Tart

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.

Arranging strawberries on top of a Beautiful Breakfast Tart

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.

Arranging colorful fruit on a Beautiful Breakfast Tart

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.

A fruit and yogurt breakfast tart with fruit arranged in a circular pattern

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.

A Beautiful Breakfast Tart in a round tart pan topped with colorful fruit

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.

A fruit and yogurt tart on a wooden surface with berries and a decorative server

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.

A colorful and healthy Beautiful Breakfast Tart in a round pan

For a non dairy version of this tart, made with coconut yogurt, see my Vegan Fruit and Yogurt Breakfast Tart.  It will give you an idea about an alternative way to decorate with different fruits.

Reader Rave ~

“My mother-in-law made this for Easter and we LOVED it! She subbed some gluten-free store-bought granola she had and made a slightly smaller version in an 8-inch pie plate. Which was unfortunate because we devoured the whole thing and I’m pretty sure we all wished we had more! So very tasty!”  ~ Kathryn


Beautiful Breakfast Tart
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Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Category: breakfast, brunch

Cuisine: American

Yield: serves 6

Beautiful fruit and yogurt breakfast tart in a round pan

This Beautiful Breakfast Tart has a gluten free granola crust filled with thick Greek yogurt, and topped with a colorful sunburst of fresh juicy fruit.  Yes it looks too beautiful to eat, but dig in anyway ~ it may be beautiful, but it's still breakfast!


  • 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


  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.


  • 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.
  • 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…



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    April 16, 2019 at 4:38 pm

    If I make the crust the night before, do I leave it out or wrap it and put it in the refrigerator?

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      April 16, 2019 at 5:26 pm

      I would leave it out Bria, but you can really do it either way.

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    Barbara Howell
    December 20, 2018 at 7:08 pm

    What are the orange fruit cut in half on the fruit tray. I have no idea and need to make this tomorrow.. That’s Barb Howell Please send me and email to tell me please.

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      December 21, 2018 at 7:34 am

      I emailed you Barbara ~ they’re kumquats, which are a winter fruit here in California, but for a similar color you could use canned mandarin orange slices.

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    Chris Rogers
    October 14, 2018 at 7:13 pm

    This was beautiful & yummy, all agreed, loved was healthy too

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    February 24, 2018 at 11:53 am

    Oh, this looks gorgeous! I just found out that one of my guests who is coming for brunch tomorrow morning is avoiding gluten. I’m considering making this instead of another wheat flour tart I was originally planning. To keep it simple, I am thinking of picking up some gluten free granola, grinding it, baking it, and filling in the tart in the morning. Do you think grinding store bought granola and baking it will give it that conventional tart crust that is easier to keep together?

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      February 24, 2018 at 12:26 pm

      I haven’t tried it that way so I can’t say for sure Noor, but it’s worth a try.

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    January 13, 2018 at 2:10 am

    Heyy Sue, thanks ever so much for your quick response! I’m going to make this, the crust at least, today for brunch tomorrow. Since I live across the globe from you, I’m doubly glad you saw this in time!
    Will let you know how it went. Take care

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      January 13, 2018 at 10:15 am

      Have fun!

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    January 12, 2018 at 6:04 pm

    Hello. I don’t know if you’ll see this comment, but no harm trying. This has to be one of the moost gorgeous, stunning recipes I’ve ever seen.
    I want to try making it for a brunch, but have two questions:
    If I make the crust a day ahead, what’s the best way to store it, outside the fridge or?
    Any idea how this would work if I were to first put the oats n nuts through a food processor? It would likely lose out on texture, but would it make assembling and serving it easier, do you think?
    Thanks in advance

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      January 12, 2018 at 6:59 pm

      Hi Sally! I see all my comments, so no worries :) I think if you make the crust ahead you could keep it either way, in the fridge or on the counter, covered. As for the food processor, I don’t see any reason why you couldn’t process the crust ingredients first, for a smoother texture. Good luck!

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    Mary @ Healthy Dinnre Recipes
    October 25, 2017 at 7:33 am

    This is so beautiful – I’d eat it.

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    August 16, 2017 at 6:39 am

    Hi the recipe is amazing I’m making it for my brother 5 th birthday on Friday 18 august I will tell you how it turns out

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      August 16, 2017 at 6:42 am

      Thanks Priya, hope you all enjoy it!

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    Kathryn @ Family Food on the Table
    March 30, 2016 at 2:18 pm

    My mother-in-law made this for Easter and we LOVED it! She subbed some gluten-free store-bought granola she had and made a slightly smaller version in an 8-inch pie plate. Which was unfortunate because we devoured the whole thing and I’m pretty sure we all wished we had more! So very tasty!

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      March 30, 2016 at 2:36 pm

      Thank you for sharing that Kathryn!!

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    March 27, 2016 at 8:59 am

    I just saw this recipe in Pinterest and I loved how beautiful it looks. Also the ingredients are super easy to make. Great idea for a brunch.


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    Holly @ 3 Yummy Tummies
    March 22, 2016 at 2:42 pm

    Thanks so much for letting me share this beautiful recipe on 30 Easter Brunch Recipe Ideas!

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      March 22, 2016 at 2:47 pm

      Thanks so much, Holly :)

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    Letty / Letty's Kitchen
    March 22, 2016 at 10:49 am

    Hi Sue,
    This breakfast tart is indeed beautiful. I am posting a roundup of vegetarian spring brunch recipes and am linking to this recipe. Would you give me permission to post one of these photos with your link? Let me know.

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      March 22, 2016 at 11:56 am

      Of course Letty, I’ll email you.

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    December 21, 2015 at 5:08 am

    Thanks for the terrific recipe. I made it for an office gathering. Had to think through the serve immediately plus I didn’t have much time to assemble so this is what I did: made the granola crust baked and held in the fridge overnight. Also blended the honey and yogurt again holding overnight. Now for the design. I used a pie tin or of coueptse a cake on would also work, to work out the fruit design putting a paper towel down first. Then largely created the template for assembling everything at work. Took about 5 mins to assemble and sold out of it. Sure looks beautiful. Thanks again for the creative healthy recipe. Well done!!

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    Isabel @ From Cats to Cooking
    August 16, 2015 at 10:26 am

    I absolutely love this recipe! Such a wonderful idea, especially for summer when there’s an abundance of fruit in the kitchen. This would also be a great brunch treat when you’re having people over. Love it!

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      August 16, 2015 at 11:08 am

      Thanks Isabel, I had quite a lot of fun arranging the fruit, and almost couldn’t bear to slice into it!

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    June 1, 2015 at 4:46 pm

    I made this a few days ago. I had a terrible time getting the granola to cut into wedges. It ended up crumbly. It still tasted great and what a “looker”. I am not sure what I did to the granola layer.

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      June 1, 2015 at 7:30 pm

      The granola is crumbly, Christen, that’s kind of a given.

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      June 5, 2015 at 6:39 pm

      I made this today, but I used my nutribullet to grind the granola so that I could have a solid crust. It turned out great for a birthday dessert!

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        June 6, 2015 at 7:12 am

        What a great idea, I’m going to try that Jennifer, thanks!

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          April 12, 2016 at 2:52 am

          Did this make it so it came out in slices not crumble?

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    May 8, 2015 at 1:38 pm

    Beautiful tart!! May I ask, what are the small orange fruits?

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      May 8, 2015 at 2:16 pm

      They are kumquats, cut in half!

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        Joann Woolley
        May 27, 2015 at 12:20 am

        OH kumquats…. my kids were just discovering these the other day at the grocery store! I am loving this and have it pinned for a special breakfast to make the kids.

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    Heather Mason @Nutty Nutrition
    May 5, 2015 at 5:06 pm

    This tart is so beautiful I cannot stop staring at it! Definitely making this for Mother’s Day Brunch!

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    April 29, 2015 at 10:12 am

    This is a beautiful tart! I’m going to make it for a “welcome home” party for my granddaughter in a couple weeks. I’m sure it will be a big hit.
    Thank you Sue for posting this.

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    Jenn @ Peas and Crayons
    April 17, 2015 at 9:54 am

    Can I just say how in love I am with this recipe!? Gah! It’s so gorgeous I want to stare at it for hours! <3

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      April 17, 2015 at 10:19 am

      Oh thanks Jenn – you made my day, and thanks for visiting!

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    April 17, 2014 at 8:31 am

    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.

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    June 22, 2013 at 11:46 pm

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

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    Sarah Elizabeth
    April 24, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    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?

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      October 12, 2013 at 2:46 pm

      I just made this with gluten free oats :) it was a hit!

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        October 12, 2013 at 3:02 pm

        So glad you enjoyed it Gabi—

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    April 21, 2013 at 3:05 am

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

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    shannon weber
    April 19, 2013 at 1:01 am

    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.

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    C. Mitchell
    April 18, 2013 at 7:32 pm

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

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    April 18, 2013 at 5:50 pm

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

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    Magnolia Verandah
    April 18, 2013 at 7:55 am

    How beautiful – to good to eat!

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    SavoringTime in the Kitchen
    April 18, 2013 at 1:03 pm

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

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    Rosita Vargas
    April 18, 2013 at 12:17 am

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

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    April 17, 2013 at 4:50 pm

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

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    Abbe Odenwalder
    April 16, 2013 at 10:54 pm

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

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    April 16, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    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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    April 16, 2013 at 8:17 pm

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

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    belleau kitchen
    April 16, 2013 at 12:55 pm

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    A Trifle Rushed
    April 16, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    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.

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    From Beyond My Kitchen Window
    April 16, 2013 at 5:24 pm

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

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    April 16, 2013 at 11:05 am

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

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    April 16, 2013 at 1:24 am

    This I have to make Susan!!

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    Heather Schmitt-Gonzalez
    April 15, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    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 ;)

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    Mary P.
    April 15, 2013 at 10:20 pm

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

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    Valentina Rice
    April 15, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    Just spectacular!

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    G'ma Jan
    April 15, 2013 at 8:59 pm

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    Carol | a cup of mascarpone
    April 15, 2013 at 1:47 pm

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

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks
    April 15, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    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!

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      Sue/the view from great island
      April 15, 2013 at 11:48 pm

      I found it at one of the great thrift stores that I had to leave behind in New England. I use it all the time because it’s the only one I’ve ever been able to find!

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    La Table De Nana
    April 15, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    It’s traffic stopping:)

    How nice if you have sleepover guests too:)

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    Tricia Buice
    April 15, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    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!

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    Mary Younkin
    April 15, 2013 at 4:10 pm

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

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      Sue/the view from great island
      April 15, 2013 at 11:47 pm

      kumquats—you can eat them whole, skin and everything. They’re a little tart, but interesting. I chose them for the color and shape :)

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    Bourbon & Pearls
    April 15, 2013 at 1:54 pm

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

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