With true rhubarb season just around the corner in the northern hemisphere, it’s time to celebrate this early spring vegetable! Rhubarb has always been what I look forward to most in spring, to use in cakes, as compote, as the base for crisps and crumbles, and just about everywhere else.
Because rhubarb is so sour when raw, an excess of sugar is often added in recipes using it as a counterbalance. Instead, here, a variety of cooking methods and natural sweeteners help to draw out its hidden mellow side. I hope you can find some inspiration in this collection of healthy rhubarb recipes.
1. Strawberry Rhubarb Chickpea Flour Crisp
This gluten free rhubarb crisp is made with chickpea flour, but I promise you won’t notice the flavour of this high-protein flour. Combined with sweet strawberries, the rhubarb base needs just a little maple syrup. Get the recipe here.
2. Rhubarb Chia Pudding
Creamy coconut milk, alongside the rhubarb compote, means this healthy breakfast tastes like dessert. Make both elements ahead of time for easy on the go breakfasts throughout the week. Get the recipe here.
3. Rhubarb Almond Tart
With a grand total of 5 tablespoons of maple syrup in this whole tart, it’s a good choice for afternoon coffee. The base is a simple press in mixture made with almond and kamut flour, filled with rhubarb and topped with raspberries, pistachios, and lilac blossoms. Get the recipe here.
4. Rhubarb Almond Cake
Almond and spelt flour make up the base of this cake, with plenty of vanilla to complement the rhubarb. This coffee cake is perfect for spring picnics with its slightly denser, hearty crumb. Get the recipe here.
5. Rhubarb Ginger Muffins
Almond flour makes another appearance here – naturally sweet almonds are a good addition to any rhubarb-based bake – this time with spicy ginger in these pretty pink muffins. Chopped rhubarb is mixed throughout the muffin batter and each muffin is topped with extra rhubarb. Get the recipe here.
7. Rhubarb Streusel Cake
Out of all the recipes in this collection, this one is the most nostalgic for me. My mom and I used to make this type of cake (not plant-based, then) every year when the rhubarb came up. A sweet yeasted dough forms the base of this German cake. Get the recipe here.
8. Honey Rhubarb Lemonade
The rhubarb is cooked down and strained to make a juice for this naturally pink lemonade, sweetened with honey. Cook the rhubarb with a piece of red beetroot to make sure you end up with a pink drink, even if your rhubarb is green! Get the recipe here.
9. Dairy Free Rhubarb Curd
Rhubarb curd is the spring cousin to lemon curd, and can be used in all of the same ways – in cookies, over ice cream, on a spoon. No butter is used in this recipe and it’s sweetened with honey. Get the recipe here.
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