Beautiful Breakfast Tart (Gluten Free)

This Beautiful Breakfast Tart has a gluten 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!

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

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.

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.

beautiful breakfast tart, a healthy, gluten free way to start the day!

For a non dairy version of this tart, made with coconut yogurt, see my VEGAN FRUIT AND YOGURT BREAKFAST TART.

Beautiful Breakfast Tart

Yield: serves 6


  • 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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    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.

    Carolina |

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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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