Confession #66: I JUST tried rhubarb… Strawberry Rhubarb Crumbles

by alexandra

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This spring I caught the rhubarb fever. I’d never tried it before, but had seen plenty of recipes using rhubarb that looked so delicious, I finally decided I had to get my hands on some. So, knowing very little about rhubarb, off I went to the grocery store, where I chose three bright red stalks of rhubarb to take home. At the checkout, the cashier asked me what I was going to make with it, and when I told her I didn’t know yet, she said that she thought it was so odd that people always use rhubarb in pie. “It’s like celery,” she said. “Who would put celery in pie? People should just dip it in peanut butter.”

I hadn’t tried rhubarb myself at this point, so I couldn’t say much, but I was pretty sure she  hadn’t tried it either. Yeah, rhubarb looks like red celery, and it kind of even smells like celery, but I think we make pies with rhubarb and not celery for a reason.

After that funny little encounter, I started perusing the internet to decide what I would make with my rhubarb. I knew that, when combined with sugar, rhubarb is supposed to have a tangy-sweet taste, and even before I tried it, I felt like I already knew the taste. I was so excited to incorporate it in a recipe, but I didn’t want something jam-packed with sugar. When I came across the recipe for these crumbles, I was happy to see that they seemed light and fruity, just sweet enough to balance with the tang of rhubarb. I also may have been motivated to make them because I could use my new little ramekins. Just saying.

In the end, I didn’t exactly make pie, so maybe the lady at the cashier would be happy to hear that (but probably not). Oh well; I would do it again! The crumbles were perfectly light and tasty, and because they’re made with whole wheat flour, a bit of honey, and only a touch of brown sugar, they’re good for breakfast or dessert. That’s a big plus in my book!


Strawberry Rhubarb Crumbles

  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 individual-sized crumbles


Strawberry and rhubarb are the perfect duo for these sweet little crumbles that are light enough to enjoy for breakfast but also perfect as a summer dessert.


Crumble Topping

  • 3/8 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/8 cup corn starch
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons cold butter, in small pieces
  • 1 tablespoon honey (plus about 1/2 teaspoon more, if needed)
  • Oatmeal, for garnish

Strawberry Rhubarb Filling

  • 1 1/2 cups rhubarb
  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch
  • juice and zest of 1/4 of a lemon
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar, packed


  1. Start out by making the crumble topping. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, corn starch, and salt. Add the cold butter and honey and clump together with your hands to incorporate and form a block with the dough, adding about 1/2 teaspoon more honey if needed to make the dough come together. Freeze the block of dough while you prepare the Strawberry Rhubarb filling.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 F and spray four 3-1/2″ ramekins with cooking spray.
  3. Chop rhubarb and strawberries into small pieces. Add corn starch, lemon juice and zest, honey, and brown sugar and mix together. Divide the filling evenly among the ramekins.
  4. Remove the dough from the freezer and grate the dough evenly over the filling in each ramekin using a cheese grater. Sprinkle the tops of the crumbles with oatmeal to garnish.
  5. Bake the crumbles in the preheated oven for 20 minutes, or until the tops are golden and the fruit filling is bubbling high.
  6. Enjoy warm (my preference) or once cooled :)


The idea behind chopping the fruit after making the dough is to allow the dough time to get cold and firm, which will make it easier to grate.

Recipe Adapted From: Cherry Tea Cakes, Originally From: Tartelette

Julia {The Roasted Root} May 30, 2012

So fruity and sweet! I still haven’t tried a rhubarb recipe and I think this one is the perfect treat to start with! Also love the baby spoon…smaller spoonfuls make it last longer, right? ;)

brighteyedbaker May 30, 2012

I think so too! How can you go wrong with mini fruit crumbles that are pretty healthy to boot? And I really do use small spoons sometimes to make things last longer :) … but I also thought it went well with the “baby” crumbles!

Heidi @ Food Doodles May 30, 2012

Dipped in peanut butter? Haha, that doesn’t sound so good. I’ve heard of people eating it dipped in sugar, but I haven’t tried it. These crumbles look fantastic though. I hadn’t tried rhubarb either up until last year. I can’t get enough of it now!
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brighteyedbaker May 31, 2012

I know, right? Dipped in sugar sounds interesting, perhaps, but I kinda like just baking with it!

IndigoMemoirs April 15, 2013

These strawberry rhubarb crumbles sound delicious – definitely need something lighter like this during spring time! I have been experimenting with strawberries too – a French Clafoutis (very similar to a souffle) for something sweet and not too heavy or rich:
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alexandra April 15, 2013

Thanks! Your Strawberry Clafoutis sounds awesome as well. :)

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