The 5 Best Healthy Rhubarb Dessert Recipes

Last Updated on April 3, 2024 by Real Men Sow

There are many great recipes for rhubarb, and year by year I’m getting round to trying as many as possible. I adore the pinky green sticks and the deliciously sweet taste. This might be thanks to my mum, who has been dividing her rhubarb plants for nearly 30 years. I quite literally grew up with her rhubarb patch. Has anyone got any combos they love?

Here are my favourite 5 things to make with rhubarb:

Rhubarb Crumble Ice Cream

The rhubarb ice cream crumble’s a time-honoured classic, and scrumptious in its own right. Mix it with ice cream, and something truly wonderful happens. I combine Delia’s cheaty recipe with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s proper ice cream (minus the vanilla). It is immense.

Carl Legge’s Rhubarb Cake

I made this after seeing it on Carl’s excellent blog, Llyn Lines. When he posted the recipe, someone commented that it looked so good, they wanted to lick the screen. The vanilla essence, crystallized ginger, and rhubarb combine delightfully to produce a genuine indulgence. Particularly good with a large dollop of custard.

Healthy Stewed Rhubarb on Muesli

The healthy one! My mum was forever stewing rhubarb when I was little, for us to have as ‘afters’ with custard. In an attempt to set me for the day, I’ve taken to having some stewed fruit and natural yoghurt with muesli for brekkie. Rhubarb is by far my favourite.

Rhubarb and Ginger Jam

I often raid my mum’s prolific patch to knock up some jam. Traditionally, this jam is mixed with ginger, but I don’t like to distract from the distinct rhubarb flavour, so have been leaving the ginger out. Goes great with an Easter hot cross bun.

Rhubarb and Custard Trifle

Like crumble, rhubarb and custard is a staple – so much so, there’s even a cartoon named after it. And a boiled sweet. However, add sponge cake, as HFW recommends, and suddenly you’ve got a super simple but tremendously tasty trifle.


Real Men Sow
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Hello, I’m Pete and I’m currently based in the west of Scotland, in a small place called Rosneath, where I’m exploring my garden adventures. I personally started gardening around 6 years ago and initially, I started out by growing my favorite fruits and berries, such as strawberries, Raspberries & Gooseberries. Since then I’ve added a lot of vegetables and working closely with my neighbor, it’s been a lot of fun.

6 thoughts on “The 5 Best Healthy Rhubarb Dessert Recipes”

  1. I seriously think if you haven’t got rhubarb in the garden you haven’t got a garden! Everyone should have it – if you don’t like eating it it’s very decorative and pretty indestructible – always a good thing in gardens

    On Saturday we had people round and had rhubarb fool for pud – it combatted the solidity and slight chili heat of the mushroom pie very well.

    Stew about 1Kg of rhubarb with the zest and juice of an orange and about 80g of sugar (the recipe said loads more but I think you can always add) and some vanilla essence

    Strain off the juice from the rhubarb and reduce to about half it’s volume

    When it’s all cold, whip up 500g of double cream to be thick but not stiff (it’s easy to go too far)

    Fold the rhubarb puree into the cream and put the juice into a jug to drizzle over

    Dead easy and very luxurious feeling!

  2. Hi Crispin, thanks for the your comment. That sounds really tasty! Will be sure to try that.

    I wonder if you could use creme fraiche to make it more healthy? I made a fool a while ago using creme fraiche, and it was great.

    Agree about the decorative qualities too. Its great looking at the rhubarb this time of year – its really distinctive on my plot, against all the dull winter colours and bare soil.

  3. We harvested some the other day.

    It’s ofically the first thing we’ve taken off the plot to eat. Planning a crumble for tonights dessert!

    Just looking at recipes now!

  4. Mmmmmm Rhubarb – Not only do I have two plants at home – the patch at the allotment is about 3 ft by 1ft. So I have masses at the mo. So thanks for the extra recipes!

    I have already started Rhubarb wine (a new venture – never made any wine before) Rhubarb and ginger ice-cream and I have given some away. I picked another 2/3 lbs yesterday… I’m thinking Rhubarb schnapps and I shall freeze the rest!


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