This Summer Berry and Almond Whole Grain Galette combines sweet summer berries and peaches with toasted sliced almonds all wrapped up in a whole wheat pastry crust for a simple and impressive dessert.
Because peaches and berries are fully in season right now, I decided to combine what I already had on-hand to make my version of a speedy “pie” (aka a galette). I remember the first time I tried a blueberry galette at taste testing when I was working at Southern Living and I thought how generously simple yet completely doable and tasty it was. Since then, I try to make a galette or two every summer (definitely not as many as I should be making!).
I sometimes think of a galette as a cheater’s version of a pie because you don’t have to worry about the perfect edges, the top cracking or not cooking, etc. However, there is no cheating with this delicious recipe–it’s all homemade and all good. But best of all, it is simple to make!
You can easily use a prepared pie crust but to cut back on saturated and in some cases, trans fat, I like making my own. Plus, this healthier version is not difficult to make at all. To make a healthier version of the crust, I used whole wheat flour for a boost of whole grains and fiber. And, I like how the flour gives the crust a slightly nutty taste.
The great thing about this crust recipe is it has a large yield so you can make one giant galette or two small ones. Because I had some chocolate (and I’m a complete choc-o-holic), I decided to try a version with chocolate chips stirred in. Delish!
That’s the great this about this recipe like many of my recipes you know by heart, once you master this version once, you have the roadmap to easily adapt it to include other fruit and nut combos to please your palate. To make the Chocolate Berry Whole Grain Galette, I left the almonds and peaches out but I think they would be a delicious addition!
A few things to note about the summer berry galette and the variation. I used vanilla paste (you can find it at a specialty grocery store like Whole Foods). It offers a closer flavor to real vanilla beans while being more affordable. You can use real vanilla extract if you prefer. I also drizzled some honey on the crust after baking for a sweet glimmer. It tasted delicious but if you’re cutting back on sugar or calories, you can easily omit the optional step.
Ta-da! The finished dish–so simple and SO scrumptious! Now for the hard part–willpower to not eat both of them in one sitting!