strawberry rhubarb crisp.

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ts that time of year again where I have rhubarb coming out of my ears and no clue what to do with it besides make pie. So I present to you a crumble. I tried to find something that was refined-sugar free; this was a little tart, but it was pretty good. I think it would be great mixed into some yogurt! The top makes almost like a granola – it was my favorite part.

  • 2 cups rhubarb, diced
  • 2 cups strawberries, diced
  • zest from one orange (or lemon)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 5 Tablespoons maple syrup
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1½ Tablespoons cornstarch
For the crumbles
  • ½ cup chopped almonds
  • ¾ cups old fashioned oats
  • 2 Tablespoons coconut flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 2 Tablespoons coconut oil
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Put the strawberries and rhubarb in a large mixing bowl with the zest, lemon juice, maple syrup, salt, and cornstarch and mix well.
  2. Mix the almonds, flour, oats, cinnamon, salt and maple syrup together in a medium mixing bowl. Cut in the coconut oil with your hands or a pastry cutter until the mixture begins to form crumbs.
  3. Grease an oven proof casserole or skillet and spoon in the fruit filling. Crumble the topping evenly over the top. Bake for 25 minutes, checking occasionally. When the topping is browned and the fruit is bubbling, remove from oven and allow to cool for a few minutes before serving.

strawberry rhubarb muffins.

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My neighbor dropped off a whole bunch of rhubarb she grew in her garden at my back door a few weeks ago – so that left me searching for things to do with it. I’ve never actually used rhubarb before! It seems the most common use for rhubarb is pie….but I wasn’t really in the market for a pie, so I made these strawberry rhubarb muffins, from bittersweet’s blog.

Bittersweet’s recipes rarely let me down. I try to find muffins lower in fat and sugar – and these sort of fit that bill. They turned out very muffin like – nice and tall, with a crumbly topping. They didn’t turn out too dense – be careful not to overmix….They were a great breakfast treat. I made a double batch another day – trying to use the rest of this rhubarb up, and they freeze well too!  Dj said they were the best muffins I have made yet! They were a hit with the little guy too, who was super upset this morning when he found out his dad ate the last one.

1 cup non-dairy milk
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups finely diced fresh rhubarb
1 cup chopped strawberries
1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour ( I used spelt flour actually, its my favorite for making muffins!)
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/2 teaspoon salt

for the oat topping:
3 tablespoons rolled oats
3 tablespoons brown or white sugar

Preheat oven to 400°. Grease muffin tins or line with cupcake liners, then set aside. In a medium bowl, combine the non-dairy milk, vinegar, sugars, oil and vanilla, stirring until homogenous.

In another bowl, mix together the flours, baking powder, baking soda, cardamom and salt. Mix in the rhubarb and strawberries into this dry mixture, tossing to coat the produce with a light dusting of flour mixture. This helps the fruit stay at the center of the muffin, instead of sinking to the bottom (it really works!).

Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and stir until just combined. Distribute the batter evenly into the muffin tins and top them with a sprinkle of sugar and oats. Bake for 20-25 minutes (depending on the size of muffin pan you use), until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool in the pan for about 10 minutes, then turn the muffins out onto a wire rack.

strawberry pie.

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Pies are not my go-to recipe. In fact, I kind of hate making them. They seem like SO much work. And I never really think that I like pie. Until i actually eat some, and then I remember, i am so wrong….PIE IS SO GOOD. In my desert world, its way underrated. I need more of it in my life. And this pie may just lead me in that direction…

Joy the baker posted this pie, and my mouth started watering. I needed something to bring to a get-together and I wanted to make something more impressive than cookies, so I thought I would give pie another chance. So I took a stab at veganizing hers.

I had intended to make a strawberry rhubarb pie, but i couldnt find any rhubarb at my produce market. So i just doubled the strawberries and it tasted great.

The hardest part to me about making pie is the crust. I just never want to deal with making and rolling out a crust. But you know what? it wasnt that bad?! It was actually pretty easy! And a little bit of crust left over, so I made two little tarts with them!

For the Crust:

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick, 4 ounces) cold earth balance, cut into cubes
1/4 cup plus 1 to 2 tablespoon cold almond milk, with about 1/4 tspn apple cider vinegar whisked in

For the Filling:
2 pound strawberries, hulled and sliced in half
1/3 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
large pinch of salt
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

For the Topping:

3/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup old-fashioned oats
2/3 cup granulated sugar
large pinch of salt
6 tablespoons cold earth balance, cut into small chunks
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes OR coarsely chopped pecans

To Make the Crust:

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, and salt. Add cold, cubed earth balance and, using your fingers, work the butter into the flour mixture. Quickly break the butter down into the flour mixture, some butter pieces will be the size of oat flakes, some will be the size of peas. Create a well in the mixture and pour in the cold almond milk. Use a fork to bring to dough together. Try to moisten all of the flour bits. Add a bit more buttermilk if necessary, but you want to mixture to be shaggy and not outwardly wet.

On a lightly floured work surface, dump out the dough mixture. It will be moist and shaggy. That’s perfect. Gently knead into a disk. Wrap the disk in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour. Allowing the dough to rest in the refrigerator will help rechill the butter and distribute the moisture.

To roll out the pie crust, on a well floured surface, roll the crust 1/8 inch thick and about 12 inches in diameter. Transfer it to a pie pan. Trim the edge almost even with the edge of the pan Fold the edges under and crimp with your fingers or a fork. Cover it with plastic wrap and refrigerate it for a minimum of 30 minutes and a maximum of 3 hours.

To Make the Filling:

In a medium bowl, toss together rhubarb, strawberries, sugars, cornstarch, salt, and lemon juice. Toss until all of the fruit is covered in a coating of sugar and cornstarch. The cornstarch will disappear and the sugars will begin to make juice with the fruit. Allow to rest at room temperature while you make the topping.

To Make the Topping:

In a medium bowl (yea… we’re using a lot of medium bowls), whisk together flour, oats, sugar, and salt. Add the cold earth balance chunks and, using your fingers, work the butter into the flour mixture. Quickly break the earth balance down into the mixture until well incorporated. Some butter bits will be the size of peas, and smaller. Add the coconut (or pecans if using) and toss to combine.

To Assemble the Pie:

Place a rack in the center of the oven and preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.

Remove the pie crust from the refrigerator. Toss a handful (about 1/2 cup) of the topping mixture into the fruit mixture, toss. Dump the fruit mixture into the pie crust. Top generously with topping mixture. Place on the prepared baking sheet and place in the oven. It’s important to use the middle rack because if the pie is too close to the top of the oven, the coconut will burn quickly.

Bake the pie for 20 minutes at 400 degrees F, then reduce the heat to 350 degrees and bake for another 35 to 45 minutes, or until the pie is juicy, bubbling, and golden brown.

Remove from the oven and allow to cool for at least 2 hours before serving. This will help the juices mellow and thicken a bit. Pie is best served just slightly warm with vanilla ice cream. Store covered in the refrigerator.