Love baking rhubarb recipes for dessert? Then you must try this Rhubarb Crisp with Strawberries recipe.
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!
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!
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.
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.
Making a dairy free strawberry rhubarb crisp
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).
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!
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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
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
- In a bowl, toss the rhubarb and pineapple with 3/4 cup of the Swerve Sweetener. Let stand for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- In a larger bowl, toss the strawberries with the remaining 1/2 Swerve Sweetener. Let stand for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Using a slotted spoon, transfer the rhubarb and pineapple to the strawberry bowl. Discard any juice.
- 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.
- Combine topping ingredients in a medium bowl. Using a pastry blender or your fingers, mix the ingredients together until large crumbs form.
- Sprinkle the topping evenly over the filling. Do not pat down, but let topping rest loosely over the fruit layer.
- 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.
- Remove from the oven and let the crisp rest for 15 minutes before serving. Serve with vanilla ice cream.
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.