Sweetheart: Our Favorite Rhubarb Desserts

Rhubarb devotees don’t need to be convinced that the little red stalk can amplify any common dessert. They don’t need to be told that it brings a beautiful tartness that works wonderfully with traditionally sweet desserts and they certainly don’t need to be told that rhubarb adds rich color to the plate. But unfortunately, not all customers are privy to the power of rhubarb. Make some new devotees out of doubters by testing out these rhubarb desserts on your menu.

Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie

In terms of rockstar rhubarb dishes, strawberry rhubarb pie is the Beatles. Beloved by all those who taste it (and bake it), strawberry-rhubarb pie is undoubtably the most well-known rhubarb dish and for good reason; its sweet/tart balance is utterly divine. Pair with vanilla ice cream for a perfect spring dessert.

Rhubarb Popsicles

Chill out, man. Rhubarb popsicles are a great treat for kids and adults alike, plus, it’s easier to tailor them to specific flavor profiles and dietary restrictions. Work with traditional ingredients like strawberries, limes, and oranges, or get experimental with coconut and jasmine.

  • Pro Tip: For a vegan twist, substitute in coconut milk wherever you’d use greek yogurt.

Rhubarb Cheesecake

Cheesecake is all about unifying the sum of its parts into one greater whole, and rhubarb based cheesecakes don’t disappoint. The tart flavor of rhubarb is cooled down by the richness of cream cheese, which in turn compliments a crisp crust and vice versa. Again, you can add strawberries here for a sweeter flavor, but we prefer allowing the rhubarb to shine by itself.

Rhubarb Coffee Cake

Pastries make mornings better. It’s just a fact. Offer an intriguing treat on your breakfast or brunch menu by adding finely chopped rhubarb into your coffee cake batter. If you want to lean even further into rhubarb, consider serving your coffee cake alongside rhubarb jam or compote.

Rhubarb Oat Bars

Almost like a cousin to rhubarb coffee cake, rhubarb oat bars typically utilize a jam-like filling to offer different textures in each bite. It’s important to be patient when cooking and serving rhubarb oat bars, as they’ll have a mushy consistency if you serve them before they’re fully cooled.

  • Pro Tip: If you want to pump up the tart flavor, use less sugar in the filling.