Whether you love the classic flavour combination of rhubarb and custard in a dessert, or are feeling more experimental and want to pair rhubarb with a savoury dish, we’ve got ten perfect recipes with rhubarb for you to try
With its recognisable pink stem and distinctively sharp taste, we love incorporating rhubarb into our dishes to add a little tang. But as well as tasting and looking great, it has super health benefits. Rhubarb is a source of manganese, a trace mineral needed to get energy from food, for healthy bones and to protect cells from oxidative stress. Here are ten of our favourite recipes using the fruit:
1. Apple, rhubarb and ginger crumble
The sharpness of rhubarb is the perfect accompaniment to sweet red apples in this comforting crumble. It’s low in saturated fats and even provides one of your five-a-day!
2. Rhubarb and ginger trifles
We’ve kept these individual trifles light, fruity and low in fat by swapping double cream for fat-free yogurt. Try garnishing them with mint, lemon zest and crystallised ginger for extra detail and an added hit of flavour.
3. Savoury sauce
If you’re not much of a dessert fan, try making a savoury sauce with rhubarb. The tartness is an ideal match for oil-rich fish, such as mackerel, and richer meats, such as duck and pork. Put chopped rhubarb in a pan with some grated fresh ginger, a little orange zest and a splash of water, then simmer until tender. Next, simply add a little sugar and simmer until the sauce thickens slightly.
4. Rhubarb & vanilla fools
Rhubarb adds the perfect sharpness to these desserts, which combine fromage frais with brown sugar and vanilla extract. One pud provides just 135kcal and a good dose of protein, helping you to stay fuller for longer.
5. Oaty rhubarb muffins
Low in saturated fat and under 200 calories per serving, our oaty rhubarb muffins are much healthier than coffee shop versions. Containing honey for sweetness and ginger and cinnamon for a hint of spice, they’re a comforting afternoon treat.
6. Rhubarb and custard trifles
Honouring a classic flavour combination, we love these rhubarb and custard trifles. They also feature raspberries and orange zest, giving you fruity flavour and one of your five-a-day.
7. Fruit chutney
Put 500g chopped rhubarb, 1 chopped onion, 100ml cider vinegar, 1cm grated fresh ginger, 100g chopped dates and 100g light muscovado sugar in a large saucepan and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 15min, or until slightly thickened, then transfer to a sterilised jar, cover and leave to cool completely. Your chutney will keep in the fridge for up to a month and tastes great combined with cheese and crackers.
8. Healthy rhubarb sponge puds
It takes just five minutes to prepare these lighter sponges before sticking them in the oven to bake. When they’re ready, top with a sprinkle of icing sugar and cooked rhubarb and serve alongside a dollop of natural yogurt with a sprinkling of cinnamon.
9. Rhubarb and date muffins
The perfect treat to pack into your lunchbox, these cute little cakes provide just 156kcal per serving. Our secret ingredient is 100g apple sauce added to the cake mix for extra sweetness.
10. Rhubarb and apple crumble tart
Can’t choose between apple tart or fruit crumble? Combine both in this ultra-delicious rhubarb and apple crumble tart. It sounds decadent, but we’ve kept the saturated fat down by swapping butter for low-fat spread and opting for low-fat vanilla custard to serve.