No Bake Strawberry Pistachio Cardamom Tart

Thank you to Naturipe Farms for sponsoring this post!

No-bake Strawberry Pistachio Cardamom Tart is made with a lemon coconut crust, cardamom pastry cream, fresh strawberries and pistachios! It is gluten free and dairy free too!

Strawberry Pistachio Cardamom Tart is made with a lemon coconut crust, cardamom pastry cream, fresh strawberries and pistachios! It is gluten free and dairy free too!

Last fall I had the opportunity to visit the Naturipe Farms strawberry fields near Salinas, California. Visiting the fields was a great way to learn more about berry growers and the benefits of growing berries. For a strawberry lover, it was a dream to walk the fields, learn about the growing practices and pick fresh berries. At home, I use the berries from the farms to create recipes like this Strawberry Pistachio Cardamom Tart that I am sharing with you today.

Naturipe Farms offers both conventional and organic strawberries that are grown in California, Florida and Mexico. The berries are available year round and can be found at your local grocery store. Peak berry season in the United States starts in May so you can expect an abundance of fresh and flavorful berries available at your local grocery store. When picking the berries, look for clean dry berries that are plump, firm and fully red.

Strawberry Pistachio Cardamom Tart is made with a lemon coconut crust, cardamom pastry cream, fresh strawberries and pistachios! It is gluten free and dairy free too!

I don’t think this tart could get much better. It doesn’t need to be baked, is gluten free, dairy free and topped with two whole pounds of fresh strawberries. I’ve been working on this recipe for a while and have created a beautiful tart packed with flavor. Lemon, coconut, almond, cardamom, vanilla, strawberries and pistachios create a well-balanced flavor that everyone will love.

The crust is gluten free and made with a few simple ingredients. It is no bake and is chilled in the fridge for serveral hours. The filling is a basic pastry cream recipe mixed with vanilla and cardamom. Layers of strawberries and finely chopped pistachios top it all off.

Strawberry Pistachio Cardamom Tart is made with a lemon coconut crust, cardamom pastry cream, fresh strawberries and pistachios! It is gluten free and dairy free too!

Strawberry Pistachio Cardamom Tart is made with a lemon coconut crust, cardamom pastry cream, fresh strawberries and pistachios! It is gluten free and dairy free too!

Strawberry Pistachio Cardamom Tart is made with a lemon coconut crust, cardamom pastry cream, fresh strawberries and pistachios! It is gluten free and dairy free too!

The best thing about this tart is the strawberries! I use two pounds of fresh strawberries sliced into 1/4 inch slices. Starting from the outside of the tart crust, I layer the slices in a circle around the edge on top of the pastry cream filling. Fill in the middle with extra pieces of strawberries to create a base to stack the additional layers of strawberry slices. I use the smaller pieces or ends to fill in empty space. Continue to stack the strawberry slices on top of one another, as desired. I don’t really follow a particular pattern or shape, I just layer the strawberries on top of each other moving towards an inward pattern as I stack. The result is what you see in the pictures above.

No Bake Strawberry Pistachio Cardamom Tart
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    For the tart crust:
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 2 cups unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • zest from one lemon
  • pinch of salt
  • For the pastry cream:
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar, divided
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cups coconut milk (or dairy, nut, or soy milk)
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • For the topping:
  • 2 pounds strawberries, stems removed and sliced into 1/4 inch pieces
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped pistachios


  1. Add all of the ingredients for the crust (almond flour through salt) to a food processor. Pulse until well blended and the mixture starts to clump. Transfer the mixture to a 9 inch round tart pan with removable bottom. Press the mixture into the bottom and up the sides of the pan, spreading it as evenly as possible. Chill the tart in the refrigerator for a minimum of 6 hours or overnight. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  2. In a medium heatproof bowl, add the yolks, 1/4 cup sugar, cornstarch and salt; whisk to blend.
  3. In a small saucepan over medium heat, heat the milk and remaining 1/4 cup sugar until the mixture reaches a gentle boil. Slowly, pour the hot milk mixture into the bowl with the egg mixture, whisking constantly to combine. After all of the milk mixture is added to the egg mixture, transfer the mixture back to the saucepan and heat over medium heat. Cook until thickened, whisking constantly, about 2 to 3 minutes.
  4. Strain the pastry cream through a mesh strainer set over a bowl, pressing it through the strainer with a rubber spatula. Add the vanilla extract and cardamom to the pastry cream and stir until combined. Cover bowl with plastic wrap pressed directly onto the surface of the cream and refrigerate until chilled. You can also place bowl in the freezer for 15 to 30 minutes to chill.
  5. To assemble the tart, pour the pastry cream into the tart crust and spread evenly. Arrange the strawberry slices on top. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Carefully separate the side of the tart pan from the bottom. Sprinkle chopped pistachios over tart just prior to serving. Serve immediately.


*It is important to completely chill the tart shell. If the tart shell softens, return to fridge and chill.


Source: Spoonful of Flavor

Strawberry Pistachio Cardamom Tart is made with a lemon coconut crust, cardamom pastry cream, fresh strawberries and pistachios! It is gluten free and dairy free too!

This post is sponsored by Naturipe Farms. As always, all opinions are my own.


  1. Julia

    What a beautiful tart!! I love strawberry season.

    • Vanessa

      Has anyone tried making this without coconut? It sounds delicious except that I really don’t like coconut. I wonder if there’s a good substitute…Anyone have any suggestions?!

  2. Sues

    Such a beautiful tart and I love that it’s no-bake! I have a little strawberry plant on my deck right now, though I’m not expecting much living in Massachusetts 🙂 A strawberry farm sounds glorious!

  3. Sarah @Whole and Heavenly Oven

    This tart is beyond stunning, Ashley! Wow, all those big gorgeous berries just take it over the top! Love that it’s so easy, yet so impressive. 🙂 Pinned!

  4. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    This tart is just gorgeous, Ashley! I love the cardamom in here. And what a great idea to use pistachios! Sounds delicious!

  5. Liz @ Floating Kitchen

    This is seriously the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen! Just gorgeous! Love all these fresh strawberries. And cardamom is just genius. I love it but for some reason don’t think to use it much in the spring in summer. But that is all about to change. Yeah! XO

  6. Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie

    This is so pretty and I love the flavor combo! I always say cardamom is so underappreciated.

  7. Danae @ Recipe Runner

    This was the first picture I saw when I woke up this morning and I’ve been thinking about it ever since! It’s absolutely gorgeous and I love the strawberry, pistachio, cardamom combo. Cardamom makes desserts taste so special!

  8. Erin @ Miss Scrambled Egg

    I’m always scouting out gf/df recipes for my friends and family who have allergies. Thank you for posting this tart. It’s not only beautiful but it’s mouthwatering.

  9. Shashi at RunninSrilankan

    Cardamom is a favorite of mine – you know what else is – no bake desserts! MeOhMy – if only I could climb through my screen!

  10. Olivia @ Olivia's Cuisine

    So gorgeous! I love the combination of flavors here. Will definitely give this a try, as I’m buying strawberries pretty much every week!

  11. Kelly - Life Made Sweeter

    This strawberry tart is gorgeous! I love that it’s no bake and the coconut almond crust sounds perfect!

  12. Julianne @ Beyond Frosting

    This tart is straight up gorgeous! Plus the flavors! Yum! I am really hoping to visit a strawberry field some time!

  13. Cyndi - My Kitchen Craze

    This tart is so gorgeous and mouth watering. That crust looks perfect!! How fun was the trip to the strawberry fields. I love driving through Salinas and Monterey and seeing all the farms. 🙂

  14. Sonali- The Foodie Physician

    This is a stunner!!! I’m just in awe of how beautiful this is, and of course, your amazing photos don’t hurt. All of the flavors from strawberry to coconut to cardamon to pistachio sound incredible together! Pinning and tweeting stat 😉

  15. Ashley

    Oh I just love that you used cardamom! I feel like it is so underused and I love it! This tart is just gorgeous – and with pistachios! One of my favorites!

  16. Jessica @ Sweet Menu

    Oh boy! I have always wanted to go to a strawberry fun. And if this is what I get to make afterwards – I’m so there! Looks delish!

  17. Michelle { A Latte Food }

    Oh my goodness, this tart looks absolutely phenomenal! The perfect thing for spring! And for life.

  18. Mariah @ Mariah's Pleasing Plates

    Ashley this tart is just gorgeous!
    How fun that you got to visit a strawberry farm! I LOVE berry picking!

  19. Allison - Celebrating Sweets

    This tart is absolutely beautiful! I love strawberries and pistachios together. Looks fabulous, Ashley!

  20. DessertForTwo

    Cardamom is totally having a moment this year, and I love it! Esp with strawberries! This is beautiful!

  21. Katalina @ Peas and Peonies

    I love pastry cream, I can just eat it by spoon, and no bake tarts are a winner in my book. So convenient to have the cream prepared in advance and you can just assemble everything before serving, looks nice, fresh, and very fancy!

  22. Zainab

    Oh you know how I feel about coconut and lemon. Now strawberries? This is just stunning and an amazing recipe. Cannot wait to try it!! Pinned!

  23. Justine | Cooking and Beer

    Well, this is the most beautiful tart that I ever did see! Looks amazing, Ashley! Side Note: cardamom doesn’t get nearly enough of the attention it deserves. So good!

  24. Azu

    Love the color of this tart, and the combination of ingredients strawberry, pistachio, cardamom and coconut. Pinned!

  25. Cheyanne

    This tart looks terrific! It’s so dang hot already here in Florida, the fact that I do not need to turn on my oven makes this a definately keeper! Love the flavors and i can’t wait to give it a try! Thanks for sharing ♡Cheers!

  26. Sarah R.

    Oh my word…this is fantastic!! I’m so envious of anyone who got to enjoy a slice of this. 🙂 Appreciate you bringing this to Snickerdoodle Sunday- hope to see you again this weekend!

    Sarah (Sadie Seasongoods)

  27. Sandra

    This is a delicious work of art.

  28. Jessy @ The Life Jolie

    This sounds delicious and is really beautiful to look at as well! I’ll bet it’s a real show stopper if you bring it to a party. Thank you for sharing!

    I stopped by from Showcase Your Talent Thursday.

  29. Elaine

    That looks absolutely amazing!! I love all of your recipes!! I am now following you on Google+…I would love for you to stop by my place an share your tuff on My 2 Favor This on Thursday Link Party…going on now!! I’d love to have you!! I pin everything too!!

  30. Nancy Laws

    I love strawberries, pistachios, its a win win, and it looks Lovely!!! Thanks for sharing at #turnituptuesday

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  32. Adelina Priddis

    The cardamom and pistachio sound like perfect flavors to put with strawberries! yum! I grew up going to strawberry fields in New England to pick them fresh. Oh the memories. Thanks for sharing on Weekend Bites

  33. Rhonda Gales

    This looks delicious, and the presentation is beautiful. I can’t wait to pick fresh strawberries.I’ll be pinning this. Thanks for sharing on Sunday’s Best. Hope you linkup again.

  34. Elizabeth

    This looks so fantastic! I am pinning to try. Thank you for joining at Snickerdoodle. Hope to see you tomorrow.

  35. Rachel

    Yum. My family loves strawberries and this tart would be perfect to make after we go strawberry picking. Thanks for sharing on the Small Victories Sunday link up.

  36. Lou Lou Girls

    Okay, I’m drooling right now! Looks so good. Pinned and tweeted. I hope to see you on Monday at 7, we can’t wait to party with you! Lou Lou Girls

  37. Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes

    What a gorgeous tart! Strawberries are everywhere right now – I can’t wait to try this! Thanks so much for linking up to Freedom Fridays – pinned and scheduled a Facebook share!

  38. Mrs. AOK

    This looks beautifully delicious!! I’m quite sure I have everything but the cardamon. I will have to give (okay, have my daughter the baker) this a try.
    Thanks for sharing with us at Mommy Monday!

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  40. Cathy

    Strawberries are my favorite and this tart looks and sounds amazing. Strawberries are in season so pinning this to use with ours. Thank you for sharing your recipe at Share It One More Time. Cathy

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  45. Julia @ Swirls and Spice

    This is hands down the best strawberry tart I have seen in a long time (ever?). And it is gluten and dairy free, so I don’t have to change a thing!!

  46. Traci | Vanilla And Bean

    That crust!! The berries!! The Cream! Delicious work Ashley! How fun to stroll the fields of strawberries and meet the growers! Looking forward to this! 😀

  47. Theresa @DearCreatives

    Thanks for sharing at the Inspiration Spotlight Party! Your being featured this week. Hope to see you again tomorrow for a new party! Pinned & shared.

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  53. Megan - The Emotional Baker

    This is seriously one of the prettiest tarts I’ve ever seen! Love the flavor combo! Will have to try soon!

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