I’m so excited to share my Balsamic Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp recipe with you! The sweetness of the strawberries mixed with the sour rhubarb is a classic match made in heaven. Traditionally bakers use lemon to add an extra punch of sour to a crisp, but not me! I’m always looking for new ways to use my favourite ingredients to create something magical! So for this crisp, I ditched the lemon and I grabbed my balsamic, and that is how my Balsamic Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp was born!
There is always an abundance of two things in my house in the early summer, strawberries, and rhubarb. Both of these delicious foods are in season right now, making them inexpensive to buy, way more flavourful, and super nutritious to boot! And at the end of a long week when I’m craving a weekend treat, I know I can turn to these ingredients to make something special – like crisp!
Balsamic Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp Recipe
Gluten-free & Vegan
Prep time: 14 minutes | Cook time: 30 minutes | Serving Size: 4-6
Balsamic Strawberry Rhubarb Filling Ingredients
- 2 cup strawberries, quartered
- 2 cup rhubarb, cut into 2 cm slices
- 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 2 tbsp honey
- 1/4 cup oat flour
Gluten-free Crisp Topping Ingredients
- 1 cup oats
- 1/2 cup oat flour
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup honey
- Preheat the oven to 350F.
- Grease four 1 cup ramekins with olive oil and place them on a baking sheet or grease one medium baking dish.
- Place strawberries and rhubarb in a medium bowl and toss with 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar and 2 tbsp honey. Add ¼ cup oat flour and toss to coat.
- Mix all the topping ingredients together in a separate bowl and set aside.
- Place the balsamic strawberry rhubarb filling into four 1 cup ramekins or the baking dish and top with the crumble topping.
- Bake Balsamic Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp for 30 minutes until the strawberries and rhubarb have softened and the juices have been released. Remove from the oven and serve with whipped cream, a la mode or as it is.
About my Celebrate Strawberries Cooking Class
Nothing says summer like strawberries! I look forward all year to grabbing pints of these incredible fruits to add to just about everything! In this Strawberry themed cooking class, I’ll be teaching your team how to use strawberries (and balsamic vinegar) in two ways, one sweet and one savoury.
Together we’ll actually be making this Balsamic Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp! So if you’re new to baking or just love a more step-by-step learning style, this class is for you! We’ll also be making my savoury Strawberry Arugula Salad with Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette. This double dose of strawberries is an excellent lunch or side dish when you need a boost of vitamins, minerals, and water. This recipe is wonderful to have on hand for all of your summer get-togethers because it’s inclusive for both vegan and gluten-free folks too!
If you’re loving this combo and want to share it with your team, email me to book your spot now for this delicious and exciting take on strawberries! Learn more about my Virtual Team Building Cooking Classes here.
Health Benefits of Strawberries
Strawberries are a powerhouse of nutrition! They’re most well known for their high Vitamin C content, making them a great source of antioxidants. In one cup of whole strawberries, you’ll get 84mg of Vitamin C. Their phenolics (a compound in strawberries) can detoxify free radicals that can lead to disease, protect and repair your DNA (helping to keep you looking and feeling youthful), and reduce systemic inflammation (which helps you feel your best)! Strawberries are especially good at fighting to protect you from diseases caused by oxidative stress like cancer, cardiovascular disease, neurodegenerative diseases, and more. Strawberries are also high in magnesium which keeps your muscles and brain happy, folate which is important for red blood cell formation, and water to keep you hydrated and feeling great all summer long!
Health Benefits of Rhubarb
Rhubarb always seems to get left behind when we’re talking about highly nutritional foods, so I thought I would give it the spotlight for once. Rhubarb is incredibly high in potassium, with 350+mg in just one cup! (That’s like drinking 9 Gatorades)! Potassium is an essential macro mineral and electrolyte that keeps the fluid levels inside our body’s cells balanced. It helps our muscles and nerves function properly and can reduce blood pressure by relaxing the walls of your blood vessels. By supporting your cells, muscles, and nerves, potassium does the heavy lifting for you, meaning you get to keep more of your energy to do the things you love all summer long!
Strawberry Recipe Roundup
Liking the strawberry and balsamic combination? Try a double dose of strawberries the savoury way in this delicious Strawberry Arugula Salad with Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette! This vegan, gluten-free salad is a quick lunch or dinner when you’re on the go but feeling creative. This fresh filling salad sits on a bed of sharp arugula and is full of goodies like pecans and quinoa to keep you feeling satisfied all day!
Same combination, totally different recipe! These gluten-free and dairy free Strawberry Rhubarb Muffins are another great way to use up your strawberry and rhubarb stashes this summer. If you’re looking for a filling grab-and-go breakfast or snack, this is it! Best of all they’re high in protein and healthy fats to keep you feeling full and they’re naturally sweetened making them a great snack for kids (or adults) when you’re trying to back off the refined sweets! Take advantage of the delicious seasonal produce in your area and get a batch (or three) of these made for your freezer to enjoy all summer long!
Speaking of healthy strawberry breakfasts! This is one of the easiest and quickest, make-the-night-before breakfasts! This five-minute Strawberry Banana Chia Pudding is a great source of protein and fiber first thing in the morning! The potassium in the bananas mixed with the antioxidants in the strawberries is a healthy (and delicious) way to wake your body up!
Whoever said that chocolate strawberries were only for special occasions obviously didn’t have this 20 minute recipe! Chocolate Covered Strawberries are an amazing and luxurious treat, and one of my favourite ways to use in-season strawberries! With only four ingredients, this recipe is going to shock and awe your guests, your family, or whomever you’re making these for! They’re a healthy and delicious way to get the most out of your strawberries because they get to stay raw and intact, meaning they retain their nutrients! These chocolate strawberries are naturally sweetened. I use pure cacao products to create a healthy snack that will make you feel like a millionaire.
Another sweet and simple treat, this five-minute Summer Berry Salad is sure to please the whole family! This recipe is a refreshing way to mix it up. Added bonus, you can use all of those juicy berries you got at the market! This salad is an excellent end to a summer barbeque dinner. The berries contain massive amounts of antioxidants. This means that they will combat any floating free radicals ingested from charred meats and veggies!
Rounding out our strawberry roundup is this (also five-minute) Healthy PB&J Smoothie Recipe! If you’re looking for a quick, hydrating breakfast, or a yummy midday snack, this is for you! This recipe is vegan, gluten-free, and sugar-free. This PB&J Smoothie is way healthier than that sandwich you used to eat as a kid. It contains super satisfying ingredients like peanut butter, chia seeds, strawberries (of course), and a super-secret dose of veggies! Try this pretty pink version of the sandwich you know and love for a hefty dose of nutrition and nostalgia!