Strawberry Rhubarb Crumb Bars (Low Carb and Gluten-Free)

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You may or may not recall that I am a member of something called the Secret Recipe Club. It’s been a few months since I participated. December was simply too busy, so I skipped that month. And then the whole club took a break for January while some changes were enacted. See, the Secret Recipe Club is pretty darn huge, and the administration duties for its founder, Amanda, have been enormous. She and her group of volunteers have done an admirable job keeping the club going. I don’t think she ever realized how popular her little brainchild would be, but there are hundreds of members now. Talk about a blogger success story!

This month, I was assigned a blog that I have actually heard of before, although I don’t often read. Meet The Swans is a blog run by husband and wife team Krista and Brett, and it contains a great deal more than food. They post about everything from their home remodeling project to ideas for weddings. Fortunately, the blog also contains plenty of great recipes and I had no trouble finding inspiration. The minute I saw a recipe for Strawberry Rhubarb Crumb Bars that Krista adapted from Better Homes and Gardens, I knew I had to recreate. I adore rhubarb and have had some in my freezer that I’ve been hoarding since last June so that I could bring a little taste of summer into our lives in the middle of winter. This seemed like the perfect opportunity.

I really should be calling these Rhubarb Strawberry Crumb Bars, as they contain much more rhubarb than strawberry, but that doesn’t quite roll of the tongue as easily. Like Krista, I upped the amount of rhubarb because I love the flavour and tartness, and kept the strawberries to a minimum. I did add a little arrowroot starch to the filling to help thicken it, as the absence of sugar means it doesn’t thicken up as much as the original recipe. Of course, I couldn’t make my version with flour and oatmeal, so I created a crumb-like crust with almond flour and erythritol. I did add a touch of ground ginger to the filling, as in the original BHG recipe, but again like Krista, I skipped the ginger icing because I just didn’t think the bars would need it.

The Results: It really is nice to bring the flavours of summer into a dull, wintery day. These bars are lovely and soft and crumbly, with a not-to-sweet, strawberry rhubarb flavour. That said, I do think that next time I would make more filling, as I found the filling to crust ratio a little on the skimpy side. But I am a rhubarb fanatic and I always want my rhubarb desserts to have an intense rhubarb flavour. On the whole, I think these bars are an excellent treat.

Strawberry Rhubarb Crumb Bars

Filling:
2 cups sliced rhubarb
1 cup strawberries, chopped
1/4 cup water, plus 2 tsp
1/4 cup Swerve Sweetener or other granulated erythritol
1/2 tsp ginger
10 drops liquid stevia extract
1/4 tsp xanthan gum

Crust and Topping:
2 cups almond flour
1/3 cup Swerve Sweetener or other granulated erythritol
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter, chilled and cut into chunks
20 drops liquid stevia extract

For the filling, combine rhubarb, strawberries, 1/4 cup water, sweetener and ginger in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring frequently, until mixture bubbles and fruit is soft enough to be mashed with a spoon. Remove from heat and stir in stevia extract. Sprinkle with xanthan gum and whisk quickly to combine. Let cool until thickened.

For the crust, preheat oven to 350F and grease an 8×8 inch pan.

In a large bowl, combine almond flour, sweetener, and salt. Add butter and stevia extract and cut in with a pastry cutter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Press half of mixture into bottom of prepared pan and bake 12 to 14 minutes, or until edges are just golden brown.

Spread filling over bottom crust and sprinkle with remaining almond flour mixture. Bake 20 minutes, or until topping is golden and filling is bubbly. Cool in pan.

Makes 16. Each bar has a total of 5 g of carbs and 1.7 g of fiber. Total NET CARBS = 3.3 g.



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Comments

  1. Ginny says

    I'd like a dress in the pink color of these bars! So pretty. Your conversion of these to gluten-free is worthy of a standing ovation. There's lots of chemistry and know-how going on in your kitchen.

  2. says

    Yum! Your post reminded me of that bag of rhubarb I have in the freezer, right off my sisters farm. These look delicious, I will put them on the to do list…

  3. sclark32 says

    So, I'm no usually a rhubarb person, but I can't stop looking at these pictures! I am dying to try one!! Especially with all that crumbly topping!!!!

  4. says

    I agree – I love eating bright and colorful salads in the middle of winter for the same exact reason! And rhubarb and strawberries are one of my favorite summer combinations!

  5. says

    These sound so great… We don't get rhubarb where I live, but I have heard such wonderful things about them… Hope I get my hands on some somehow so I can try these awesome recipes I see… Great post, Carolyn!

  6. says

    These look wonderful! Must have been a fruit and crumb sort of a day because I did something similar. I'll give you some of mine if you give me some of yours! hehe

  7. says

    This is a flavor combination that has always been near and dear to my heart! I loved getting fresh rhubarb from my Grandma's yard, and making goodies with it! These bars sound and look fantastic:-) Hugs, Terra

  8. says

    I love the idea of including rhubarb here. It's such a great ingredient and makes these just that little bit unique – they look really wonderful.

  9. says

    Ah, those do look delicious. I didn't realize that it was the sugar that thickened things up, but figured the cornstarch or whatever that was added would do it. Arrowroot sounds like a nice natural way though.

  10. says

    You've done it again! What an amazing SRC post…I'm a sucker for fruit and crumb bars and strawberry rhubarb sounds like an amazing combo!

  11. Priscilla says

    My husband is from New England and loves rhubarb! I''ll have to make these for him – they look scrumptious!

  12. says

    It's been a long time since I've had rhubarb! When I was a kid, I used to eat it raw from my grandmother's garden. Love it :). And strawberries are always a good match for rhubarb! The bars look delicious!

  13. teaandscones says

    Golly, I haven't had rhubard in DECADES!! I remember it being very tart out of the garden. These do look good. If we ever get rhubabr in the deep south, I will have to try these.

  14. says

    rhubarb and strawberry is such a happy combo in my belly! I saw some rhubarb at the store the other day.
    Now that some of my friends are going gluten -free I have many more excuses to try these. yum!

  15. says

    Thank you for this recipe 😀 Its amazing! Tho i did tweek it slighty.

    I ran out of sweetener so i put sugar free blackcurrant jelly powder in the fruit. Came out amazing when cooled. The gelatin kept the fruit firm and lovely :) Also used a cake tin and cut into 8 triangles as i didn’t have a 8×8 pan lol.

    Thank you
    Simon x

  16. Tori says

    These bars were very tasty! My first attempt at baking with rhubarb. My bars didn’t really turn out like bars though….more like a pudding! Not complaining, the pain disappeared quickly.

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