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All Natural Strawberry Rhubarb Sauce

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This delicious sauce is so simple to make and so delicious! Strawberry, rhubarb and apples get sweetened with just a touch of honey for a great snack. It is perfect eaten alone or a fun dip for your animal crackers!

ramekin of pink strawberry rhubarb sauce on plate with animal crackers

      All natural strawberry rhubarb sauce is the perfect mix of beautiful color and wonderful flavor.  It is fruit forward and just sweet enough. 

Eat it with a spoon or dip your animal or graham crackers in it.  Either way it is the perfect snack or fun school lunch treat!

My husband grew up eating rhubarb, at least on occasion.  We never really did.  In fact at our pie-off my little sister thought the rhubarb pie might be a celery pie.

   She said she was glad when she tasted it that it wasn’t! Ha! Can you imagine a celery pie? Maybe one of you has a good recipe?!

      He not only grew up eating delicious thing like his favorite rhubarb crunch, but he really likes that sweet/tart combination you get when using it.  So when my parents moved into a new (really old!) house that had some rhubarb, I was excited to experiment a bit more.

pot full of chopped apples and rhubarb and frozen strawberries.

     So last time I was there I harvested a bunch of stalks.  I was half tempted to make that peach rhubarb pie he suggested for the competition.  I think his feelings are still a little bit hurt that I didn’t go with that idea.

   Maybe I should go get some more rhubarb and freeze it to make him a pie when we didn’t just have a dozen of them! MiMi, if you’re reading this please save us some rhubarb.

    I can make a peach rhubarb pie for an upcoming family dinner. (Ps. I did make a peach rhubarb pie and you can see the recipe!)

     But since we did just eat a dozen pies a couple of weeks ago, I thought it would be nice to do something a bit different.  Maybe something a bit healthier and friendlier to the old waistline.

    Our strawberry patch is winding down too, but I want strawberry season to last forever! I always throw whatever berries we don’t eat the day of harvest into the freezer to use later.

    These berries didn’t last in there long!  After all strawberry rhubarb is one of those classic combinations you hear about.

      I threw in some apples to give it body and help sweeten everything up a bit.  I tend to not peel my apples when making a sauce like this.  That is where a lot of the fiber and nutrients so I figure I might as well leave it.

   It processes down really well with the immersion blender. But, if you prefer to take the skins off by all means go ahead!

   Though the resulting sauce wasn’t as tart as I imagined it would be, I still thought it could use a little bit of sweetener.  So I stirred in some honey and a bit of vanilla to finish it off.

Cast iron pot full of pink strawberry rhubarb sauce.

     The color was so pretty.  I would have loved it just for that alone.  I gave little dude some and he immediately put his taste tester face on.  He took a small bite and quickly picked out the strawberry flavor.

   I was so surprised that with all of the flavors going on that he knew they were in there.  Of course he loves strawberries so that only encouraged him to down his whole little bowl full.

   The next day we had some as a “dip” for some animal crackers for a snack while we played outside.  With the longer days and warmer weather we have been eating dinner much later and sometimes we need a little something to get us through.  This was the perfect thing!

     I am thinking of hiding a little bit to make some baked oatmeal out of.  If I don’t put it in a dark corner of the fridge, little man will have it gone before I get a chance!

      Now I am curious, did you grow up eating rhubarb? If so what were your favorite recipes?

More great rhubarb recipes:

This sauce is perfect for the spring, but if you want to continue the homemade applesauce making into the fall, be sure to check out the recipe for cranberry applesauce.  It is another easy recipe that straddles sweet and tart and is full of color and flavor! 

Yield: 12 Servings (about 6 cups)

All Natural Strawberry Rhubarb Sauce

small bowl of pink strawberry rhubarb sauce on plate with animal crackers

This delicious sauce is so simple to make and so delicious! Strawberry, rhubarb and apples get sweetened with just a touch of honey for a great snack. It is perfect eaten alone or a fun dip for your animal crackers.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups strawberries
  • 8-10 stalks rhubarb
  • 3 medium apples, cored and cubed
  • 1/2 cup honey (or to taste)
  • pinch salt
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla (optional)

Instructions

  1. In a large heavy bottomed pot mix together the water, pinch of salt and fruit.
  2. Bring to boil over medium heat and then reduce to a simmer. Simmer for about a half hour or until the fruit is soft.
  3. Process sauce with an immersion blender or in a blender. (If using a blender use care, the mixture is really hot!)
  4. Continue to cook until you get to the desired consistency. You could even cook it down to a strawberry rhubarb butter if desired.
  5. When you reach the consistency you desire, remove from heat. Allow to cool slightly and then add honey a little bit at a time until you reach your desired level of sweetness. Stir in the vanilla if using and cool completely.
  6. This can be stored in the refrigerator for a week or two or frozen until ready to use.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 88Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 15mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 2gSugar: 18gProtein: 1g

All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.

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This Strawberry Rhubarb Sauce is sweetened with honey for a treat you can feel good about! The color is beautiful too!
This delicious sauce is so simple to make and so delicious! Strawberry, rhubarb and apples get sweetened with just a touch of honey for a great snack. It is perfect eaten alone or a fun dip for your animal crackers!

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Jolene

Friday 17th of May 2019

We're big rhubarb fans here in New England, especially combined with strawberries! I'm thinking this would be great on waffles!

Frugal Hausfrau

Thursday 15th of June 2017

Yum, Carlee! So funny about your sister! I love rhubarb - it's like natures sour patch candy but that sauce looks so smooth and creamy & I bet it's not too puckery!

Carlee

Tuesday 20th of June 2017

It's not too puckery at all! I thought I would need to add quite a bit more honey than I did, but I'm glad it didn't take too much. I wonder how celery would work in here!?! ;-)

mommar6

Wednesday 14th of June 2017

Ha. I made baked oatmeal with some of mine and it was very very good!

Carlee

Tuesday 20th of June 2017

I still need to do that!

Unknown

Wednesday 14th of June 2017

Wow, am a great fan of honey and i think i will add the vanilla and a pinch of cinnamon

Carlee

Tuesday 20th of June 2017

It all goes so well together, don't you think? I loved the vanilla in ours and I think some cinnamon would be really nice too!

mommar6

Wednesday 14th of June 2017

I'm reading it Carlee. I will make sure not to use up all the rhubarb so you can have some. You better quit making such yummy recipes with rhubarb as an ingredient or you will be needing another source. You took me from not wanting it to using it up myself.

Carlee

Tuesday 20th of June 2017

Darn! I shouldn't have let you in on this recipe. I knew you were going to love it!

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