Enjoy the sweet flavors from Grandma’s kitchen by enjoying a pan of Rhubarb Crunch! An oatmeal crust is filled with fruity rhubarb and baked with a crunchy crumb topping, making it the perfect way to use your garden’s bounty. Comfort sweets at their best!
Original recipe posted: May 2012 | Recipe updated: October 2019
I have such fond memories of my childhood in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. Learning to ride a bike, being tortured by my older sisters, endlessly swinging on our swing set with my best friend Matt, running from crazy storms and the lollipop cakes my mom made for my birthdays.
There was also the huge patch of rhubarb in our back yard, among the stray cats and massive oak trees. I have vivid memories of gnawing on those bitter stalks. There was something so special about eating something straight from the earth, especially when dipped in sugar, of course.
My good friend Paula contacted me recently and said, “Megan, you should make a rhubarb recipe!” Ok! And then she offered up her great grandmother’s Rhubarb Crunch recipe, which meant the world to me. Thanks, P!
If you love rhubarb recipes, you’re gonna love this one, friends!
HOW TO MAKE RHUBARB CRUNCH BARS
The sweetness of the crumb mixture over these bars brings out the flavor of the rhubarb!
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 9×9-inch square baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.
In a medium bowl, combine: brown sugar, oats, flour, oatmeal and shortening.
Mix well and press half of the mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan.
In a medium saucepan, combine the water, white sugar, corn starch and vanilla. Cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture is thick and clear, about 15 minutes.
Add 4 cups of chopped fresh rhubarb and cook for an additional 3 to 5 minutes.
Pour rhubarb mixture over the bottom crust and top with remaining crumbs. Bake in the preheated oven for 50-55 minutes. Serve warm solo or with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
If you have harvested and frozen rhubarb from your garden, simply allow it to thaw before adding it as directed in the recipe.
Add 1 cup of chopped fresh strawberries to make strawberry rhubarb crunch bars!
Pour the filling into a pre-made pie crust to make rhubarb pie.
HOW TO SERVE RHUBARB CRISP
Serve warm or at room temperature. They are good plain, or served with ice cream or with a lightly sweetened homemade whipped cream!
IS RHUBARB A FRUIT OR VEGETABLE
Rhubarb is often prepared like a fruit but its stalk is similar to that of celery and it is a vegetable. You can eat it raw. It does have a tart flavor so its most commonly combined with something sweet to offset it.
IS RHUBARB GOOD FOR YOU
Loaded with Vitamin K and fiber and some calcium and Vitamin C, you can definitely enjoy the benefits that eating rhubarb shares with you.
OTHER GREAT FRUIT DESSERT RECIPES
No Bake Strawberry Pie – This no-bake, FRESH Strawberry Pie is a great dessert for gatherings of any kind. It is super easy to prepare and it is packed with delicious strawberry flavor!
Easy Apple Pie – Here’s a little secret…this is the cheater version of Apple Pie! But no one will ever know. The crust is buttery-crispy and the insides are weak-in-the-knees delicious.
Lemon Ice Box Pie – The perfect compliment to the zest of lemon is the graham cracker crust. A citrus flavored cream pie is delightful and so delicious. A small slice goes a long way in flavor, it’s the perfect summer treat!
Berry Slab Pie – Make pie the EASY way by piling delicious pie filling into puff pastry sheets! Use any kind of berry filling for this recipe. Apples and cherries work great, too! This yummy Slab Pie is done in under 30 minutes and you can cut shapes of your choice into the dough to match the occasion.
Fruit Pizza – the classic, crowd-pleasing Fruit Pizza has a cookie dough crust, dreamy cream cheese frosting and a colorful top layer of fruit and a tasty glaze. Let your creative side shine while decorating your pizza and enjoy popping a bite of fresh fruit into your mouth.
Apricot Cheesecake Pockets – These apricot gems are fruity, cheesy and super yummy! Bring these to your next party for a bit of a cookie twist!