Greek Yogurt Berry Tart with Almond Crust (Gluten-Free!)

This showstopper of a tart has a tasty almond crust, a Greek yogurt filling tasting of marzipan and citrus, and is loaded up with the freshest raspberries and strawberries. It’s a family-friendly recipe that’s easy to make and requires almost no baking. It’s also gluten-free!

A Greek Yogurt Berry Tart with Almond Crust surrounded by bottles of almond extract and almond syrup, plus fresh lemons.
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If you’re like me and absolutely obsessed with the taste of marzipan, you are going to die over this Greek Yogurt Berry Tart.

If you’re obsessed with fresh berries and can think of no better way to enjoy them than in a tasty dessert, you may also die over this recipe.

And, if you have anyone in your family who is gluten-free, or just plain wish there was a slightly healthier dessert you could serve to satisfy the masses, you are most definitely going to die over this recipe.

This Greek Yogurt Berry Tart with Almond Crust is easy to make, protein-packed, and a fun way to get a few extra nutrients into your family’s diet.

Let’s dig in!

How to Prep Your Tart

While this recipe is extremely easy to make, it does require a small amount of advanced planning. The night before you’re going to make the tart, measure out and strain your yogurt to remove any excess liquid. You want that yogurt thick and creamy to make it extra-spreadable!

It’s pretty important here to use whole milk Greek yogurt, because it’s the thickest of them all. Nevertheless, it will still have some liquid. To set the yogurt up to strain, simply place a fine mesh sieve over a small mixing bowl. Line the sieve with a paper towel, then scoop in the yogurt. Cover it with plastic wrap and place it in the refrigerator overnight. The next day, you’ll see all of the liquid that strained off in the bottom of the mixing bowl.

Making a Gluten-Free Almond Crust

An overhead shot of a beautifully golden, gluten-free almond flour crust.

Once the yogurt is strained and you’re ready to “get your tart on,” you’ll want to start by making the gluten-free almond crust. This requires just a few ingredients:

Super-fine almond flour
Chilled butter
Sonoma Syrup Co. Vanilla Almond Infused Simple Syrup (or more butter!)

Combine all of these ingredients to make a crumbly dough, then press it into a greased 11-inch tart pan. Bake for 10-12 minutes (or until golden) and you’ll have a beautiful (and tasty) gluten-free tart crust on your hands!

Filling and Topping your Almond Tart

Once you’re done baking the crust, turn your oven off because this recipe requires absolutely NO additional baking. I told you it was easy!

An overhead shot of an almond tart crust filled with a zesty Greek yogurt filling.

To make the almond-flavored Greek yogurt filling, you’ll simply mix together the yogurt, some of Sonoma Syrup Co.’s delicious almond extract, a hint of lemon zest and a dash of powdered sugar. This makes for a perfectly sweet-tart base for the real showstoppers of the tart…the fresh berries!

I chose to use fresh strawberries and raspberries because (a) they’re gorgeous and (b) they pair beautifully with almonds, but you could really use any berries you like. Load up the tart with them and finish things off with a sprinkle of slivered almonds and fresh mint. Don’t skip this last step, the crunch of the almonds and freshness of the mint are both the perfect final flavors to round out this delicious dessert.

An overhead shot of a loaded Greek Yogurt Berry Tart with Almond Crust, with a piece being pulled out of it.

What You Need to Make This Greek Yogurt Berry Tart

This recipe is already easy as it is, but there are a few key pieces of kitchen equipment that will make the process even simpler:

  1. Fine mesh sieve
  2. 11-inch tart pan with removable bottom
  3. Sifter
  4. Inverted spatula
  5. Pizza sheet or large baking sheet to place the tart pan on while it bakes

I absolutely love this recipe because it has very little added sugar and is loaded with extra nutrients from the Greek yogurt, almonds and fresh berries. Something that tastes this good and also has tons of nutritional benefits?? Sign me up!

Looking down on a plate with a piece of Greek Yogurt Berry Tart on it, with the rest of the tart offset in the corner.

If you make this recipe, be sure to rate it and leave a comment below!

Greek Yogurt Berry Tart with Almond Crust (Gluten-Free!)
Prep Time
25 mins
Cook Time
12 mins
Refrigerator Time
8 hrs
Total Time
8 hrs 37 mins
 

This showstopper of a tart has a tasty almond crust, a Greek yogurt filling tasting of marzipan and citrus, and is loaded up with the freshest raspberries and strawberries. It’s a family-friendly recipe that’s easy to make and requires almost no baking. It’s also gluten-free!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, French
Keyword: almond, baking, berries, dessert, family-friendly, fruit, gluten-free, yogurt
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 521 kcal
Author: CaliGirl Cooking
Ingredients
For the crust:
  • 4 cups super-fine almond flour
  • 1 tablespoon Sonoma Syrup Co. Vanilla Almond Infused Syrup
  • 1/2 cup butter, chilled and cubed (Add 1 add'l tablespoon if you don't have the simple syrup)
For the Greek yogurt filling:
  • 2 cups whole milk Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon Sonoma Syrup Co. Almond Extract
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar, sifted
For the toppings:
  • 12 ounces fresh strawberries, sliced
  • 12 ounces fresh raspberries
  • A few sprigs of mint, julienned
  • 2 tablespoons slivered almonds, toasted
Instructions
  1. The night before you plan to make the tart, place a fine mesh sieve over a small mixing bowl and line it with a paper towel. Measure out the Greek yogurt into the sieve, cover with plastic wrap, and let sit in the refrigerator overnight so all of the liquid strains out.

  2. The next day, preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and spray your tart pan with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.

  3. Combine all of the crust ingredients in a large mixing bowl using your hands. Keep working it until a crumbly dough forms, then press the dough into the prepared tart pan, doing your best to keep everything even and make sure there aren’t certain parts that are thinner than others. You want the dough to extend up all the way to the top edges of the tart pan all the way around.

  4. Place tart pan on a pizza sheet or large baking sheet (to catch any butter/grease that leaks out of the pan), and bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes, or until the crust takes on a nice golden color. Remove and let cool completely.

  5. Next, dump the water that strained off of the yogurt out of the small mixing bowl and use it to make the filling. Add the strained yogurt, almond extract, lemon zest and powdered sugar and stir until well-combined.

  6. Scoop the filling out into the cooled tart shell and, using the inverted spatula, spread it around evenly.

  7. Top the tart with the strawberries and raspberries, then sprinkle on the julienned mint and slivered almonds. Serve as soon as possible and store in the refrigerator if you don’t finish it all in one sitting!

Recipe Notes
  1. Straining the yogurt the night before you make this is absolutely essential so that you don't end up with a soggy tart.
  2. Crust: If you don't have access to the Sonoma Syrup Co. almond-infused syrup, simply add 1 additional tablespoon of chilled butter.
  3. Utilizing a tart pan (with removable bottom) will ensure you'll have a beautiful-looking tart that's easy to serve.
  4. You can easily use your favorite brand of almond extract.
  5. This tart is best if consumed within two days.
Nutrition Facts
Greek Yogurt Berry Tart with Almond Crust (Gluten-Free!)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 521 Calories from Fat 369
% Daily Value*
Fat 41g63%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 33mg11%
Sodium 122mg5%
Potassium 217mg6%
Carbohydrates 28g9%
Fiber 10g42%
Sugar 13g14%
Protein 18g36%
Vitamin A 369IU7%
Vitamin C 36mg44%
Calcium 200mg20%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

5 Easy Meal Planning Tips for Busy Moms

These five meal planning tips are easy to implement and will save busy moms hours in the kitchen each week. Start using them today and make mealtimes stress-free and enjoyable for the entire family.

5 Easy Meal Planning Tips for Busy Moms
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I’m the first to admit that meal planning doesn’t always come easy, but in my experience as a meal planning consultant and baby and toddler feeding expert, I can confidently say that I’ve uncovered the best hacks for making meal planning just a little bit more manageable, especially for us busy moms who NEVER seem to have enough hours in the day.

5 Easy Meal Planning Tips for Busy Moms

Here are my top five meal planning tips for busy moms that you can implement today to save not only hours in the kitchen each week, but your sanity and peace of mind.

#1. USE PINTEREST TO GET ORGANIZED

If you’re one of the millions of mamas who mindlessly scrolls through Pinterest at least a few times a week, chances are you’ve already got a board or two devoted to your favorite recipe pins. So, put them to use!

Create three to four new boards on Pinterest and label them something like this: Meal Plan – Breakfast, Meal Plan – Lunch, Meal Plan – Dinner, Meal Plan – Snacks. To see an example of how this is done, check out my own personal meal plan Pinterest boards I’ve made here.

Next, go through all of the pins you’ve already saved to other boards, and re-pin those that you would realistically make on a regular basis to the appropriate Meal Plan board. Now, when you’re putting together a meal plan each week, you’ll have all of your recipes in one place for easy scrolling and selecting.

#2. SCHEDULE IT IN

Much like other menial tasks, meal planning can easily get pushed off for better, more exciting things. However, none of us can survive without eating, so us busy moms need to make meal planning a priority. That’s where physically scheduling in time to meal plan is essential. Whether you use a scheduling app, your Google calendar or a pen-and-paper planner, block off at least 30 minutes a week to devote to meal planning.  There are 168 hours in the week, so setting aside such a tiny portion of that will be completely worth it for all of the time you will save later on!

A busy mom working on her family meal plan for the week.

#3. IF YOU’RE COOKING ANYWAY, MAKE EXTRA

Whenever you’re whipping something up in the kitchen, take a moment to think if there’s any way you can make a little extra to save for later. Have a recipe that feeds six yet only have a family of three? Make the whole thing anyway and save the rest for another meal! Cooking some vegetables to throw into a salad? Cook some extra while you’re at it and use it in your kids’ lunches throughout the week. When you’re already taking time out of your day to prepare food, it will take much less time to make a little extra for later at the same time than it will for you to have a whole other cooking sesh later on.

#4. THE FREEZER IS YOUR MEAL PLANNING BFF

This simple meal planning hack is the one I have taken the most advantage of since becoming a mom, and it goes right along with the “making extra” tip mentioned above. Utilize your freezer!! When you make extra of something, freeze it up. If you have an hour or two on the weekend to meal prep some healthy snacks for your little one(s), freeze them for easy access throughout the busy week. Use resealable glass containers, Mason jars and/or Ziploc bags for freezer-friendly storage, and label them using blue painters’ tape and a Sharpie. It’s the best way to keep things organized!

Finally, if you don’t already have it, be sure to grab my Freezer Meal Cheat Sheet – part of my Ultimate Meal Planning Toolkit – to keep track of everything you’ve stashed and whatever you need to reheat and serve it when you’re ready.

A toddler helping her mom meal prep some healthy snacks.

#5. ORGANIZE YOUR SHOPPING LIST

Taking multiple trips to the grocery store – or running all over the store in one trip to grab everything you need – can be THE biggest time-suck. But it doesn’t have to be! Once you start devoting at least 30 minutes a week to meal planning, you’ll be able to make one big shopping list that should get you through most of the week. On top of that, if you organize your shopping list by section of the grocery store, you’ll be able to be the most efficient on this one trip, without bouncing back and forth from produce to dairy to meat to produce, etc. To grab your very own organized shopping list template, click here.

The goal of this tip is twofold, to (1) minimize the total number of times you’re having to go to the grocery store each week – something that takes at least 30 minutes per trip even if you’re just going for one item – and (2) to maximize your efficiency on that one trip.

So, what do you think? Are you ready to tackle some of these meal planning tips? If you give them a shot, I’d love to hear how they worked for you in the comments below.

If you still feel overwhelmed – that you still can’t fit these tips into your busy schedule, that you don’t even know where to start in the kitchen, or that you just plain don’t want to think about it – be sure to check out my personalized meal planning services, where I do all of this work for you 😉

Here’s to healthy, happy and stress-free cooking for all you busy mamas out there!

The Ultimate Hidden Veggie Pasta Sauce

This Hidden Veggie Pasta Sauce contains over five different vegetables, yet your little ones will never even know it. It’s the perfect base for a weeknight meal the entire family will love, plus it’s simple to make and freezer-friendly!A bowl of whole wheat penne loaded with Hidden Veggie Pasta Sauce, the perfect family-friendly freezer meal!

If you’re sick of struggling to get your toddler to eat anything of nutritional value, stuck in a rut with what to make for your family’s picky palates, or just ready to mix up your dinner game, this Ultimate Hidden Veggie Pasta Sauce recipe is for you!

You’re going to love that this recipe is packed with nutritional value, comes together with almost no waste, can be made well in advance AND makes plenty to cover at least two dinners for your family. Every mama’s favorite kind of recipe!

Why Hide Veggies in Your Food?

While it’s important to remember to continuously offer your baby or toddler vegetables in their truest form, there are several arguments to be made for hiding them in recipes whenever you can:

Textural Issues of Whole Veggies

First, it introduces your child (or hey, even your picky spouse) to a new flavor or flavors even if he or she can’t get past certain textural issues with the vegetables in their pure form. The texture issue is a real one for many picky kids and this is a great way to overcome it!

Increased Nutritional Value

Secondly, sneaking veggies into a recipe your family already loves is a fantastic way to up its nutritional value. Many little ones love foods like muffins, pizza and pasta, so why not make them healthier versions and get some extra nutrients in in the meantime?

Benefits the Entire Family

One of the biggest things I stress to my clients and course students is the importance of eating together as a family and everyone eating the same thing. If you’re always thinking of ways to add more veggies into what you’re making for breakfast, lunch or dinner, the entire family will benefit from the increased nutritional value.

Food Segue

Hiding veggies in foods your little one(s) already love is also a great way to begin a food segue. This is a gradual technique used for feeding babies and toddlers that eventually gets them to like a certain food in its purest form. You can read more about how to do a food segue with your baby or toddler here.

A dish of pasta topped with Hidden Veggie Pasta Sauce.

Tips for Hiding Veggies in Food

I know what you’re thinking: But where do I start when it comes to hiding veggies in all my favorite recipes? Well, this Hidden Veggie Pasta Sauce is a great start, but here are some general guidelines you can follow when you’re experimenting with adding veggies to other types of recipes:

Match Colors and Shapes

Think of a vegetable that will compliment a food that your little one already loves – and looks like it, too! For example, pair diced beets with berries, or kiwi with avocado.

Make It Small

One of the best ways to slowly start introducing a vegetable to your baby or toddler is to do it in small doses and then gradually increase the amount. Shredded or puréeing vegetables are perfect ways to work them into the mix.

Take Advantage of What Your Little One Already Likes

If your babe is already obsessed with sweet potato, slowly start working some butternut squash into the mix. If he or she can’t get enough of muffins or pancakes, play around with the different ways you can up their nutritional value the next time you make them. Capitalize on what already works!

An overhead shot of a bowl of Hidden Veggie Pasta.

How to Make Hidden Veggie Pasta Sauce

The simple answer: throw everything together in a big saucepan or Dutch oven, let it simmer away, then purée!

Once you have all of the ingredients prepped, this recipe involves almost no hands-on time. I also love that this recipe has almost no waste, we use a full cans or cartons of everything, so you don’t have to worry about half a carton of broth sitting unused in your fridge for weeks to come.

Freezing Your Pasta Sauce

 If your making this recipe in advance and plan to serve it later (which you totally should!) follow these tips for storing:

  • Once the sauce has cooled down slightly, transfer it to Mason jars or a resealable plastic bag
  • Let it cool completely
  • Label it (and be sure to include the date you made it)
  • Freeze until ready to use!

Different Ways to Serve Your Sauce

News flash: This red sauce isn’t just for pasta! Here is a list of all of the different ways you can use up your batch of sauce:

Pasta
Pizza
Lasagna
BAKED chicken
Egg bake
stirred into Polenta
Eggplant Parmesan
Chili
Stuffed peppers/spaghetti squash
Minestrone or other tomato-based soups
As a dipping sauce for grilled cheese

Now, who’s ready to get cooking??

If you try this recipe, be sure to rate it and leave a comment below!

Hidden Veggie Pasta Sauce
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 

This Hidden Veggie Pasta Sauce is great for all ages and is the perfect base for a weeknight family meal. It's freezer-friendly and makes a ton so you'll always have a healthy dinner option on hand. It's also loaded with more than five different veggies!

Course: Condiment
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: baby-friendly, baby-led weaning, family-friendly, freezer-friendly, Italian, kid-friendly, make-ahead, pasta, red sauce, toddler, vegetables
Servings: 20 people
Calories: 26 kcal
Author: CaliGirl Cooking
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 carrot, peeled and chopped
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 zucchini, peeled and chopped
  • 1 medium roasted sweet potato, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning Salt-free for young babes
  • 1 6-ounce can tomato paste
  • 1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes in juice
  • 1 32-ounce carton chicken or vegetable broth
  • Salt and pepper, to taste Minimize for young babes
Instructions
  1. Heat olive oil in a large saucepan or Dutch oven over medium heat. Once oil is heated, add onion and sauté for about 3 minutes, or until onion starts to become fragrant and translucent.

  2. Add garlic, carrot, bell pepper, zucchini and sweet potato and stir to combine. Allow to cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 5-10 minutes. Add Italian seasoning and stir to combine.

  3. Add diced tomatoes, tomato paste and chicken broth, and once again stir to combine. Bring to a low boil (very gently bubbling), then turn off heat.

  4. Transfer sauce to a blender in two batches. You may need to use a mixing bowl to hold some of the extra soup while you are blending. Blend until smooth, then return to the original saucepan or Dutch oven on low heat.

  5. Season with salt and pepper as needed, but if you will be serving this to young babes, minimize the salt as much as possible.

Recipe Notes

TO FREEZE: Let sauce come to room temperature, then transfer to Mason jars with lids, label (including date made) and freeze.

You can easily sub in whichever veggies you wish if you need to use something up!

Nutrition Facts
Hidden Veggie Pasta Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 26 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 8mg0%
Potassium 82mg2%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 1640IU33%
Vitamin C 10mg12%
Calcium 9mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

2019 Holiday Gift Guide for the Foodie In Your Life

Whether you’re a foodie yourself or have other “foodies” to do some holiday shopping for, here is a list of some of the most sought-after gifts we’re all hoping for this year. I’ll be updating this holiday gift guide with any Black Friday deals, so bookmark it and keep checking back!

2019 Holiday Gift Guide for the Foodie In Your Life
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I love, love, love my reusable beeswax food wrap and use it in place of plastic wrap whenever I can. Plus, they have so many cute designs out there now!

How chic is this glass pour-over set? As the only coffee-drinker in the family, I love a good single-serving coffee maker, especially if it looks this good sitting out on my counter.

These Dansk Kobenstyle Casseroles are all the rage in the foodie world right now. Get one for your favorite foodie before they’re gone!

Have you caved in to the air fryer craze yet? I haven’t, but it’s definitely on my radar. I recently received the Ninja Foodi hot/cold blender (see below) and they’ve won me over with their appliances. In case you’re not sure what an air fryer is, it basically allows you to “fry” foods without the oil. So fun!

The Coravin is another pipe dream of mine. If you have a friend or family member who’s a wine lover and they don’t own this wine preservation system yet, consider your Christmas shopping done.

Melamine bowls with lids. These are some of those things you don’t know how much you need until you get them. I LOVE my larger bowls that come with lids for easy transfer to the fridge. And these ones are so cute!

Okay, how cute is this lunch tote? Any foodie in your life who frequently packs her own lunch for work will LOVE this stylish option.

If you haven’t already gotten into the InstantPot game, now’s the time to do so! Busy mamas, this will be the hugest lifesaver for you. It saves so much time in the kitchen!!

This adorable honey pot deserves a spot on any kitchen counter. We love our warm lemon water with honey in the morning, and I’ve been dying for a stylish honey pot like this one.

Finally, here’s the Ninja Foodi hot/cold blender I mentioned above. If you’re in the market for a new blender and are a busy mom like me, this is going to be another lifesaver for you. You can make everything from smoothies to mixed drinks to hot soups all in this one appliance. Yay for fewer dishes!

In case you missed them, be sure to check out all my other holiday gift guides as well!

2019 Holiday Gift Guide for the Moms In Your Life

2019 Holiday Gift Guide for the Older Toddler

2019 Holiday Gift Guide for the Young Toddler

2019 Holiday Gift Guide for the Young Toddler

This roundup of THE BEST holiday gifts for the young toddler is perfect for little ones ages 1 to 2. There are many classics but some great new ideas as well. I’ll be updating the list with any Black Friday deals so be sure to bookmark it and check back!

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2019 Holiday Gift Guide for the Young Toddler
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Baby Stella was our babe’s first doll and she still loves her to death to this day. She is super-soft and her clothes and pacifier are all removable. Great for little ones who are just getting into imaginative play!

Raia got this teepee for Christmas last year (when she was just over a year old) and continues to love it. If you have the space, it’s so fun for the little ones to have a spot of their own to curl up and play or look at books. Plus, I love the muted colors of this particular one.

Ahhhh, the musical tea set. As much as I hate toys that make a bunch of noise, I can’t ignore how much Raia loves this. Another great toy to ease the little ones into more imaginative play.

We have the Honey Sticks bath crayons and I’m dying to get my hands on some of their regular crayons! I love that they are all-natural and non-toxic. They’re also a great idea for a stocking stuffer!

Raia got a glockenspiel (which is very much like a xylophone in case you’re as unaware as I was) in her music class this year – and she LOVES playing it – but this Papa Bear one is so much cuter!

There are a ton of great books out there for our little ones, but I’m especially fond of books that pack a powerful message. This one has been a favorite of ours for a while now. It’s never too early to start instilling a healthy sense of self in our babes!

If, like me, you’re a fan of toys that actually help our little ones LEARN (and that look stylish to boot), then you’re going to love these sensory blocks.

Finally, the Cozy Coupe. Raia got one for her first birthday and it continues to be the most in-demand toy whenever we have parties with tons of kids over. If you have the space (indoor or outdoor), you’ll set yourself up for hours of entertainment with this one.

While you’re at it, be sure to check out these other helpful gift guides!

2019 Holiday Gift Guide for Older Toddlers

2019 Holiday Gift Guide for the Moms In Your Life

2019 Holiday Gift Guide for Foodies