Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp

May 21, 2016
Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp - A crisp that features the classic combination of tart rhubarb and sweet strawberries, topped with a crunchy oat streusel, and a splash of cream to finish

“One of the luckiest things that can happen to you in life is, I think, to have a happy childhood”     ~ Agatha Christie

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One of my favorite things about summertime is Saturdays at the farmers market

There's a sweetness to the mornings as parents push little ones in strollers, and couples slowly make their way along, their puppies on leashes beside them.

While it's interesting to eavesdrop on a pitch for the best in tomato fertilizers, it's far more fun to see what everybody is selling.  In years gone by I'd largely avoided the plants, but this year (because of the garden) I've found myself lingering, and taking a few home to try.

Admittedly, my resistance is low when it comes to homemade things like jam, or a loaf of banana bread (especially if kids are operating the stand).  With a grandson frequently underfoot, it's also a fun excuse to slip in a sweet treat to tuck away in the freezer for him

At our house, if left to our own devices and no alarm clock, neither human nor furry creature will wake until late into the morning.  Therefore, by the time I'm returning with hot breakfast burritos and coffee, everybody's just beginning to stir, and we're all pretty hungry

It's a mealtime I look forward to all week

Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp - A crisp that features the classic combination of tart rhubarb and sweet strawberries, topped with a crunchy oat streusel, and a splash of cream to finish

Mostly I limit myself to what my little bag will hold, but sometimes I buy a bit more.  Last week, as I passed the beautiful stalks of rhubarb, I simply couldn't resist.  They always bring back such happy memories of being a kid

Growing up on our family's farm, rhubarb grew down by the ditch, gallant and lanky amidst the new and delicate green.  Whenever stalks began appearing on the kitchen counter, to me, they always meant


As I wandered through the market, I was surprised by the number of people looking right past the rhubarb.  Maybe they weren't quite sure what to do with its tartness or withering nobs?  Maybe they were waiting instead for the appearance of something more traditional, like strawberries or summer squash?

But then there were the few waiting patiently in line, who talked lovingly of all the tasty recipes they were planning to use it in.  Those they looked forward to making all year-long — treasures like compotes, cakes, pies, and crumbles.

My mind drifted to the small stack of rhubarb recipes waiting on the corner of my desk, before returning to the carefree days of childhood.  I clutched my produce filled bag a little tighter, a gift from my sister-in-law that goes everywhere with me.

I couldn't help but smile, and think of how very fortunate we are to have families to love.  Not only those we come from but those who still choose us now.  The people who smile at the mention of our name, and look forward to being with us all year-long

Those who see in us our potential, and take us home anyway.  The truly special souls who gussy us up, simmer us down, muddle us with booze, and coat us in sugar and butter

Life doesn't get much better than that

Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp - A crisp that features the classic combination of tart rhubarb and sweet strawberries, topped with a crunchy oat streusel, and a splash of cream to finish

Those who follow The Veggies know I love rustic, family-style desserts.  The kind that could be found at church basement potlucks, and really, the list of desserts that fit the bill better than a simple fruit crisp is pretty short

For those who's never attempted a crumble, it couldn't be easier.

Start with fresh seasonal fruit, top it with a crumbled dough, and bake.  Before you know it, golden-topped dots of baked goodness will be crisping up over a shallow sea of bubbling fruit.

I love this version.  It's one that combines strawberries and rhubarb, along with a healthy splash of port.  Finish it off with a little bit of ice cream, or if keeping with our family's tradition, a splash of cream



~ Adapted from Barefoot Contessa

Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp


  • Crunchy Oat Streusel
  • 1 ½ cups spelt flour (or whole wheat pastry flour)
  • ½ cup pine nuts, lightly toasted
  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • ½ cup natural cane sugar (Turbinado or Sugar in the Raw)
  • ½ tsp fine grain sea salt
  • cup unsalted butter, melted

  • Strawberry Rhubarb Filling
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch
  • cup natural sugar
  • ½ lb. strawberries, cut into quarters
  • ¾ - 1 lb rhubarb, trimmed and sliced into ¾" pieces
  • ¼ cup port wine (other options: red wine, or sweet dessert wine)


  • Prep
  • Preheat the oven to 375° F
  • Butter a 9 x 9" square baking dish, or equivalent

  • Crunchy Oat Streusel
  • In a medium-sized bowl combine the flour, pine nuts, oats, sugar, sea salt
  • Using a fork, mix in the butter.
  • Form the topping into a few patties and put them in the freezer to chill while you're making the filling

  • Strawberry Rhubarb Filling
  • In a large bowl, add the cornstarch and sugar and whisk until combined
  • Add the strawberries and rhubarb, tossing until the pieces are evenly coated
  • Let sit a few minutes, add the port and toss again.

  • Finish and Bake
  • Transfer the filling to the prepared pan, cover with foil and bake 30 minutes
  • Remove foil from the pan, and crumble the frozen topping across the top of the baked fruit (make sure you have a variety of sized pieces)
  • Bake uncovered for 35 - 40 minutes, or until the topping is deeply golden and the fruit's juices are bubbling vigorously
  • Let the crisp cool 20-30 minutes before serving. (The longer it sits, the more liquid it will absorb)
Serves: 12
Nutrition + Show
Calories 278
Total Fat 14.6g
Saturated Fat 7.1g
Carbohydrates 34g
Fiber 4g
Sugars 17.2g
Protein 4.3g
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  • Reply Robin May 24, 2017 at 5:01 am

    Can you believe that I have never had a rhubarb before? I keep meaning to try it, so this sounds like a perfect way to do it.

  • Reply Jaime Nicole May 24, 2017 at 6:34 am

    That looks so tasty! Strawberry and rhubarb are one of my favorite flavor combinations, so I will have to give this a try this summer.

  • Reply Amber Myers May 24, 2017 at 7:33 am

    5 stars
    Oo now this looks tasty. I don’t think I’ve ever tried rhubarb before. I’ve heard about it, of course, but now that I think of it, I don’t think I’ve ever actually had it. I must change this!

  • Reply Christy Maurer May 24, 2017 at 7:44 am

    This is my favorite combo! I love strawberry rhubarb pie too! I really need to get some rhubarb soon.

  • Reply Dina Demarest May 24, 2017 at 8:21 am

    That looks so good. I love strawberry rhubarb pie so I know I’d love this crumble.

  • Reply Jeanette May 24, 2017 at 8:25 am

    This dessert equals summer to me! When i.e. rhubarb pie I know that summer is here. I would love to try this recipe out. My mouth is practically watering just thinking about it.

  • Reply John Lopez May 24, 2017 at 11:00 am

    5 stars
    Wow, this dish looks simply amazing. I look forward to trying out this recipe and showing this to my Mom, so she can make it lol.

  • Reply Sarah Bailey May 24, 2017 at 12:52 pm

    My Dad is a huge rhubarb fan so I am going to have to pass this recipe along to him and see what he thinks about it. I can imagine it would be right up his street.

  • Reply Pam Wattenbarger May 24, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    I had a rhubarb crumble recently and it was really good. This rhubarb crisp looks really similar to what I ate.

  • Reply Debra Hawkins May 24, 2017 at 2:07 pm

    I just had strawberry and rhubarb together for the first time last year! I cannot believe what I had been missing!

  • Reply Gwendolyn May 24, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    5 stars
    I have never made my own Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp before but have eaten out in restaurants and love it. I really think that I need to try this recipe. I am sure my family will love it.

  • Reply Bella May 24, 2017 at 8:29 pm

    I love both strawberries and rhubarb so I know this recipe will be delicious! Can’t wait to try it!

  • Reply Jacqui S May 24, 2017 at 9:09 pm

    4 stars
    I’ve seen a lot of cobbler options, but strawberries are different. I’ll save this one to my recipe box.

  • Reply Rebecca Swenor May 25, 2017 at 5:50 am

    5 stars
    This recipe for strawberry rhubarb crisp is something I will have to try. I have not made this dessert in such a very long time and we love it here in my house. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  • Reply Finley May 25, 2017 at 8:52 am

    This recipe sounds so delicious. I love the combo of strawberry and rhubarb. This looks so fun and festive.

  • Reply Sruthi May 25, 2017 at 8:53 am

    Rhubarb is something we look forward to every year. I bet it’s magical alongside strawberries in a crisp like this. Can’t wait to make it for my husband, he’ll be pleasantly surprised!

  • Reply Sienna May 25, 2017 at 8:53 am

    This recipe sounds so delicious. I love the combo of strawberry and rhubarb. This looks so fun and festive.

  • Reply Kita Bryant May 25, 2017 at 11:51 am

    I tried making something similar a while back. It didn’t turn out near this good looking!

  • Reply Ana De- Jesus May 25, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    I used to love strolling through the markets when I was back home as well, farmers markets are great. I like a rustic style desert and the strawberry and rhubarb infusion sounds perfect for summer x

  • Reply Whitney Abigail May 25, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    I like the mix of strawberries and the rhubarb , I always remember as a kid my mum picking up some rhubarb and making the best crumbles haha

  • Reply Kacie May 25, 2017 at 3:08 pm

    This looks delicious. I’ve really been getting into rhubarb lately!

  • Reply Gareth Torrance May 25, 2017 at 3:11 pm

    You know what? To this day I haven’t even eaten rhubarb… I may have to try this and see what all the fuss is about, haha.

  • Reply Dana Vento May 25, 2017 at 10:27 pm

    This is so looks yummy! I want this for my incoming birthday! So love it .

  • Reply Sona Sethi May 26, 2017 at 12:24 am

    Wow! This looks delicious! And I love strawberry. I am sure I will try it on this weekend!

  • Reply Hazel May 26, 2017 at 5:22 am

    Oh wow, this looks delicious! We grow rhubarb in the garden so will be giving this a try for sure.

  • Reply sonali jain May 26, 2017 at 5:40 am

    never heard of this but this looks tasty. need to try this now 🙂

  • Reply Melanie May 26, 2017 at 6:31 am

    5 stars
    Oh wow doesn’t that look fantastic!!! This had me drooling. I haven’t tried a dessert quite like this with strawberries I bet it tastes wonderful and very summery.

  • Reply Jemma May 26, 2017 at 7:04 am

    Mmmm…Rhubarb and strawberries! Sounds like a delicious summer dessert!

  • Reply Kathryn Maher May 26, 2017 at 8:34 am

    Rhubarb was my mothers favourite thing to eat. She made the best rhubarb tart I ever tasted. In Ireland we call this dish Rhubarb Crumble but without the strawberries (which is a very nice touch) and usually eat it with vanilla Ice cream or cream. Its a very popular dish in Summertime. Lovely recipe I like your take on the crumble part.

  • Reply Tanya Brannan May 26, 2017 at 9:44 am

    OH my gosh!!! I absolutely love Rhubarb and get a bit stuck on idea of how to have it. This just looks like the perfect flavour combination and I can imagine serving it with clotted cream flavour ice cream – perfect x

  • Reply Angie May 26, 2017 at 2:20 pm

    5 stars
    My gosh!!! That looks absolutely decadent and mouth watering! I want it and I am craving for it. This is something I definitely need to try my hands on asap.

  • Reply Kristina May 27, 2017 at 6:20 am

    WOAH this looks super yummy! Can’t remember the last time I had rhubarb but I like it 🙂

  • Reply Katya May 27, 2017 at 8:43 am

    OMG how delicious looking is this rhubarb!!!

  • Reply Dannii May 27, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    Rhubarb desserts always remind me of my nan. This brought back some happy memories.

  • Reply Stephanie May 28, 2017 at 7:56 am

    This looks fab! I’m not sure I’ve ever made anything with the strawberry and rhubarb combo but it looks delicious! x

  • Reply Shelley Plummer May 28, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    My son is drooling over this recipe, thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Zwitsal May 29, 2017 at 10:02 am

    5 stars
    Wow it looks really delicious! At least the ingredients are available in the local market! Now we can try this!

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