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Sunny Citrus Tart

Sunshine in the form of a sweet, creamy citrus tart with a super simple grain-free crust and rich, dreamy lemon filling. This Greek yogurt dessert is gluten-free and grain-free and you can even make it low-carb!

sunny citrus tart

Ok, enough is enough. Winter, you can just bugger off now, ok?! WHY IS IT SO COLD!?? We were so spoiled during the first half of winter…and we’re paying for it now. The snow keeps coming! And it’s way too cold to do ANYTHING outside….*SIGH*. I’m so done with it! You’re all going to stop reading my blog from about February – April from now on because all I do is complain about the cold ๐Ÿ™‚

SO – to stop that from happening – I’m enticing you to stay with this SUNNY CITRUS TART!!! It deserves all caps. This beauty is SOOO easy to make, and you know what? It’s fairly light in calories, but BIG on taste. Just what we need to have a little hope that spring might actually be on its way, right?

One of the only good things about winter is the citrus! It’s so bright, fresh and beautiful!

What’s your favourite citrus fruit? I personally love a juicy, pink grapefruit. Have you tried my glazed grapefruit scones yet!? They’re so good this time of year. I’m thinking a citrus donut recipe should be in the works soon, too. Or maybe a cheesecake. How do I not have a cheesecake on the blog yet? That needs to change. Soon. Anything you’d really love to see, in particular?

I made this citrus tart a week or two ago, and I’m already excited to make another. We devoured it.

How do you make a citrus tart?

What goes into it, you ask? I thought you’d never ask. I use one full brick of cream cheese (full fat) and 1 cup of plain Greek yogurt (also higher fat content). A little bit of honey, a little lemon zest and juice and there you have it! I really, really recommend using full fat cream cheese and yogurt. The light stuff contains too much water content and the tart may be fairly runny. Plus, haven’t you heard? Full-fat is the new low-fat. ๐Ÿ˜‰

The crust itself is also SO easy – only 3 ingredients! It’s completely grain-free and gluten-free, made with almond flour, coconut oil and honey.

Isn’t it funny how you sometimes find yourself baking and cooking with ingredients that you never would have imagined using a few years ago? I use so much almond and coconut flour now!

Sunny Citrus Tart

Is this healthy lemon tart low-carb?

If you keep everything as is, but exchange the honey in the filling as well as the crust for your favorite sweetener, then this definitely becomes a low-carb fruit tart!

You can decorate the top with whatever fruit you have on hand, or nothing at all. I imagine some berries on top would also be beautiful! I loved the idea of using cut citrus since the filling has that nice little lemon-y zing.

If you’re planning on making this for brunch or dessert, be sure to leave enough time for the filling to chill (3-4 hours). I would definitely recommend making it the night before, if you’re serving it in the morning!

I hope you feel a little cheerier after looking at all the pictures of this tart – I promise – I will (try) not to complain about the weather on my next post! Cheers!

Sunny Citrus Tart

For some other sunshine-y desserts, you can check out a few of my other favorites:

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citrus tart

Sunny Citrus Tart

  • Author: Katherine
  • Total Time: 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Yield: 1 tart 1x


Sunshine in the form of a sweet, creamy citrus tart with a super simple grain-free crust and rich, dreamy lemon filling. This Greek yogurt dessert is gluten-free and grain-free and you can even make it low-carb!




  • 1 1/2 cups almond flour
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted*
  • 2 tbsp honey (or agave)
  • 1/4 tsp salt


  • 8 oz full-fat cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup plain, full-fat Greek yogurt**
  • ย 1/2 lemon, juice and zest
  • 1/4 cup honey (or agave)
  • Sliced citrus, berries for topping (optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F and lightly grease a 14 x 5″ tart pan***. In a medium mixing bowl, mix together the almond flour, melted coconut oil and honey. Use a fork to thoroughly combine the ingredients into a soft dough. Press the dough evenly into the tart pan, pressing down firmly all over. Bake the crust for 10 minutes, until lightly browned on the edges. Remove and let cool completely.
  2. Prepare the filling in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or using an electric mixer. Combine together the cream cheese and yogurt on medium-high speed for about 2 minutes, before adding the lemon juice, lemon zest and honey. Mix together until thoroughly combined. Empty the filling into the tart crust, spreading it out evenly. Chill the tart for 3-4 hours, adding any toppings prior to serving.

Leftovers keep well in the fridge, in an airtight container for 3-4 days.


*You must use coconut oil, or melted butter as any other oil will result in a soft crust.

**I use plain Greek yogurt, but I think a coconut yogurt, or even lemon yogurt would be SO good in this!

***This can also be made in a round 9″ tart pan

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
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Sunny Citrus Tart


  1. I’m with you in being over winter and obviously I’m not living through the same kind of winter you guys are. I can’t even deal with the thought of snow, let alone actual white stuff on the ground. This tart would definitely help though! Citrus always makes me feel summery. Have a great week, Katherine!

  2. It’s a cold one here this week too! So it was nice to come to your blog this morning and see this sunny citrus tart. I could totally go for a slice or two with my cup of coffee right now! Stay warm Katherine!

  3. Katherine – youโ€™re so right! It makes me happy just looking at all that colorful citrus! I love a good pink grapefruit, too, but right now Iโ€™m partial to these huge Sumo mandarins – so juicy and flavorful! Iโ€™m with you on the cold, but it does herald full-on citrus season, and hopefully some warmth around the corner!

    • Yay! I’m so glad the citrus warms you up a bit, Laura!! Those huge mandarins are SO good right now, I’m with you! I’ve been buying them for the kids on repeat. Yes, I’m so hoping we see some more of the sun soon!! Cheers, my friend!

  4. Such a beauty! The citrus is so refreshing and pretty. And the filling sounds wonderful! I’m a little reluctant for spring because I’m loving all the winter foods. For some reason they taste so much better when it’s cold out! (Sorry! :))

  5. Lol, you have it so much worse than we do and I am sick of it, so I can only imagine how you feel. Hang in there! Yay citrus, I was ready for some bright color like this, this is one stunning tart ๐Ÿ™‚ . Take care.

  6. Be still my heart….this tart is just gorgeous! Citrus is everything to me in the winter especially — it always brightens my mood and every dish I use it in. I’d love a slice of this!

  7. This looks so beautiful. The tangy citrus and greek yoghurt would be perfect with the cream cheese.

  8. Mmmmm! I too can’t get enough citrus these days! This tart is a beauty!! I’ll take a slice, or two….

  9. Love the citrus vibe!! Looks so delish!!

  10. ‘Sunny’ is the perfect way to describe this beautiful tart, Katherine! It has me dreaming of summer on this chilly winter day!

  11. Well, this ceratinly brightens up the day Katherine! You’re making me think spring! Let’s keep our fingers crossed!

  12. Love, LOVE this tart!! One of the most beautiful tarts that I have seen in a very long time. And, all the props look so beautiful, especially love the oval marble:)

  13. This tart is so pretty, Katherine! With a -30 windchill, something bright and fun is definitely welcomed! Love that it has a lemony zing – my fave! Pinned ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope your week is going great! XO

  14. I feel for you! That bitter cold sounds relentless! A few years ago we had a winter that wouldn’t stop. It started late and didn’t really snow until January. Once it did, there was an endless series of 12-inches
    plus snow storms that didn’t stop until the end of March ๐Ÿ™ This beautiful tart screams summer and is a definite pick-me-up!! The slice citrus is the perfect way to dress up the tart ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. This tart is GORGEOUS, Katharine!! And it looks just heavenly, love these healthy ingredients!! A beautiful + delicious way to bring a little spring into this chilly winter. ๐Ÿ˜€

  16. Yesssss…this tart has me dreaming of sunshine and warmth!! Absolutely gorgeous and love the citrus on top! Sounds like a delicious tart Katherine!

  17. OK dear: I have just sent you some sun and high temperatures… let me know how long does it take for the package to come over ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

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