Rhubarb Crisp with Strawberries Recipe

Love baking rhubarb recipes for dessert? Then you must try this Rhubarb Crisp with Strawberries recipe.

A plate of Rhubarb Crisp with Strawberries with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a spoon.

Why this recipe works

You must try this Rhubarb Crisp with Strawberries if you love baking rhubarb recipes for dessert,

This rhubarb crisp recipe is based on a strawberry rhubarb crisp from Little Bit of Everything. I created this gluten free rhubarb crisp as part of a recipe challenge where we recreate other blogger’s recipes. (With permission, of course!)

I love a good strawberry rhubarb crisp recipe and remember having an amazing one at my sister’s friends house.

At the time, I was pregnant with my daughter, Lucie. I felt lousy and almost all foods grossed me out.

The healthy rhubarb crisp served at my sister’s baby shower was so good that another pregnant woman and I ate several bowls. It was life saving!

Ever since then, I've wanted to make a gluten free strawberry rhubarb crisp. So when I saw the one from a Little Bit of Everything that Julie adapted from Food & Wine, I had to try it!

A yellow plate with rhubarb crisp and a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a spoon.

Making a gluten free rhubarb crisp with strawberries

Making a gluten free rhubarb crisp  was easy to do.

First, I used an all purpose gluten free flour like Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour.

I love this product because it cooks up just like regular flour.

I also used gluten free quick cooking oats. While oats are naturally gluten free, not all oats are certified to be gluten free.

This is due to cross-contamination issues either in the growing fields, during shipping or while being processed. So check product labels!

Check out my Best Gluten Free Products List for more terrific gluten free baking products!

The best way to measure gluten free flour

Believe it or not, you shouldn’t scoop gluten free flour directly out of the bag with a measuring cup.

It packs down the flour and you end up with a bit too much in your cup.

Too much flour means your baking may come out too dry. Yuck.

Instead, spoon the flour from the bag (or the container you keep your flour in) into your measuring cup. Then use the back of a spatula or knife to level off the top of the cup.

That way the gluten free flour is given a mini-sift and isn’t packed down. A small  plate of rhubarb crisp and a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a large casserole dish rhubarb crisp with more plates and spoons.

Making low sugar rhubarb crisp

Rhubarb can be bitter, which is why it’s paired with sweet fruits like strawberries. And that’s why rhubarb recipes feature oodles of sugar.

Wanting to cut back on the sugar, I added some pineapple. I just did it for fun since I had leftover pineapple from making pancakes that morning.

My kids supposedly hate pineapple, so after they raved how good the rhubarb crisp was, I’m told them it had pineapple in it. They were shocked!

(Honestly, what kind of child hates pineapple?)

Use a sugar substitute

I also used natural, no calorie Swerve Sweetener and molasses in the crisp instead of brown sugar.

However, you could use powered monk fruit sweetener instead of the Swerve.

Or try Swerve Sweetener, Brown instead of brown sugar. It cooks just like brown sugar. (I didn’t have any at the time I made this dessert.)

All are terrific no calorie, natural sweeteners.

Overhead view of a small  plate of rhubarb crisp and a large casserole dish rhubarb crisp with more plates and spoons.

Making a dairy free strawberry rhubarb crisp

Buttery spread

To make this strawberry rhubarb crisp recipe dairy free, use a vegan buttery spread like Earth Balance.

You can also use coconut oil (the kind that’s a solid at room temperature).

Ice cream

Finally, you must serve this  easy rhubarb crisp recipe arm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. It elevates the dessert to the sublime.

Serve it with a scoop of your favorite soy or coconut vanilla frozen “ice cream.” So good!

More easy desserts

Muffins are a healthy desserts alternative. You can try Gluten Free Zucchini Muffins, Raspberry Yogurt Muffins or Healthy Strawberry Muffins .

If you’re looking for vegan desserts, try Keto Pumpkin Mousse or Vegan Key Lime Mousse.

If you love cookies, try Lemon Flavored Meringue Cookies, Gluten Free Oatmeal Cookies or Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Pine Nut Cookies.

Yield: 10 SERVINGS

Rhubarb Crisp with Strawberries Recipe

Rhubarb Crisp with Strawberries Recipe

This rhubarb crisp with strawberries recipe is a healthy rhubarb crisp. This gluten free strawberry rhubarb crisp is easy to make.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes


For the filling:

  • 2 pounds rhubarb stalks, sliced into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1/3 cup crushed pineapple
  • 1 1/4 cups Swerve Sweetener, divided
  • 1 pound strawberries, hulled, quartered and cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch or rice starch
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons gluten free pure vanilla extract

For the topping:

  • 1/2 cup buttery spread, softened
  • 1 1/4 cups Swerve Sweetener
  • 1/4 cup unsulfured molasses
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose gluten free flour
  • 1 1/4 cups quick-cooking gluten free oats
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

For filling:

  1. In a bowl, toss the rhubarb and pineapple with 3/4 cup of the Swerve Sweetener. Let stand for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. In a larger bowl, toss the strawberries with the remaining 1/2 Swerve Sweetener. Let stand for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the rhubarb and pineapple to the strawberry bowl. Discard any juice.
  4. Add the cornstarch (or rice starch), lemon juice, and vanilla to the fruit and stir well. Transfer fruit mixture to a 9-by-13-inch baking dish.

For topping:

  1. Combine topping ingredients in a medium bowl. Using a pastry blender or your fingers, mix the ingredients together until large crumbs form.
  2. Sprinkle the topping evenly over the filling. Do not pat down, but let topping rest loosely over the fruit layer.
  3. Bake for 30 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 325 degrees F and continue baking for 30 minutes longer or until the fruit filling is bubbling and the topping is nicely browned.
  4. Remove from the oven and let the crisp rest for 15 minutes before serving. Serve with vanilla ice cream.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 301Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 187mgCarbohydrates: 44gFiber: 4gSugar: 16gProtein: 4g

Nutritional information is automatically calculated per the ingredients list. Serving size may not be accurate. Please double-check with your preferred nutritional app for the most accurate information.

Originally published on May 12, 2014. Updated with new pictures and information.

18 thoughts on “Rhubarb Crisp with Strawberries Recipe

  1. Shelley C

    I love strawberry-rhubarb anything and I am so impressed with the adaptations you made to this recipe. AWESOME!

  2. CJ Huang

    I love how you snuck in the pineapple! Sometimes I’ll sneak in something, and then after my husband tells me how much he liked it, I’ll tell him the “secret” ingredient. 😛

  3. Julie

    Nice that you made this gluten free. I have other recipes for rhubarb desserts that add pineapple. Great addition. Thanks!!!

  4. LyndaS

    Yum! I don’t see rhubarb often in my local stores. My mom grew up in the North and always loved having it. Your crisp looks delicious.

    1. Anne-Marie Nichols Post author

      It’s in season now, so you should be able to find it at the grocery store.

  5. colleen @ Secrets from the Cookie Princess

    That looks like the perfect kind of summer sweet dessert. Yum!

  6. Chaya

    I am glad you turned Julie’s dish into a gluten free one. My husband will appreciate the strawberry rhubarb crisp. He loves crisps and i usually make apple. This will be a treat.


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