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Quick and Sweet Rhubarb Butter & Strawberry Rhubarb Butter

 

It's time for our first sweet harvests of the season- rhubarb is here and strawberries are not far behind. I get really excited when I see new seasonal produce in the market and whether I have a plan for it or not, I buy it. That is how I ended up with four giant stalks of rhubarb in my fridge.

I had originally intended on making a crumble, but it just didn't and I had rhubarb getting flaccid in my fridge and so decided to turn this tangy, sour stalk, often found in back lanes across Canada, into something sweet, smooth and delicious.

Something you may not know: Rhubarb is higher in calcium than milk per cup where milk has 300 mg, rhubarb has 380 mg.

I know you are not going to go and eat a whole cup of rhubarb, otherwise you would end up with terrible...um..  rapid evacuation (always comes back to poop).

Rhubarb ButterToday I am sharing two amazing recipes with you for fruity spreadables. We have straight up Rhubarb Butter and a wonderful early summer variation of Strawberry Rhubarb Butter.

The main difference between a fruit 'butter' an a jam, is that we're pureeing the finished product to a smooth texture. You could of course keep it chunkier and call it a jam. As with all of the jams I make, I swap out the sugar for honey and use whole apples, or in some cases apple sauce, in place of powdered pectin. Just helps to make the jam or butter a little more natural and unprocessed.

This spread goes amazingly well on the Banana Berry Oatmazing Muffins from my cookbook, and also is perfect on a slice of my grain free almond bread.

Rhubarb Butter

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Yield: 1 cup

An easy 5 ingredient rhubarb butter recipe using all natural ingredients.

Ingredients
  • 4 stalks of rhubarb
  • 1 apple, cored and cut into chunks
  • ½ cup honey
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼-1/2 tsp cinnamon

Make It Like So
  1. Puree together the apple and rhubarb until smooth in your food processor or vitamix.
  2. Pour apple/rhubarb mixture into a pot and mix in honey, vanilla and cinnamon.
  3. Bring mixture to a boil, stirring occasionally.
  4. Reduce to simmer and continue to stir every 4-5 minutes or so.
  5. Cook for about 15-20 minutes or until desired consistency is reached.
  6. Pour into jar, (if canning, do your canning thing) and allow to cool.
  7. Store in the fridge.

As I mentioned above, adding strawberries to the mix makes an awesomely simple variation. You can also swap both the strawberries and rhubarb and do the same with apples, pears, plums, peaches or any of your favourite market-fresh fruit.

These butters also make an excellent filling for thumbprint cookies!

Strawberry Rhubarb Butter

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A simple strawberry rhubarb butter using all natural ingredients.

Ingredients
  • 3-4 cups strawberries - remove stems
  • 2 stalks of rhubarb
  • 2 apples, cored and cut into chunks
  • ⅓ cup honey
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼-1/2 tsp cinnamon

Make It Like So
  1. Puree together the strawberries, rhubarb and apples until smooth in your food processor or vitamix.
  2. Pour the strawberry, rhubarb and apple mixture into a pot and mix in honey, vanilla and cinnamon.
  3. Bring mixture to a boil, stirring occasionally.
  4. Reduce to simmer and continue to stir every 4-5 minutes or so.
  5. Cook for about 30 minutes or until desired consistency is reached.
  6. Pour into jar, (if canning, do your canning thing) and allow to cool
  7. Store in the fridge.

Featured Photo Credit: iStock/KayTaenzer
Strawberry Butter: iStock/8vFanI

101 Responses to “Quick and Sweet Rhubarb Butter & Strawberry Rhubarb Butter”

  1. Shanna said… May 21, 2017
    How much Apple does your 1 Apple make. We have trees and the apples are smaller. Approx 1c? So 3c Rhubarb 1c apple?
  2. Susan said… May 26, 2017
    Do you peel the apples?
  3. Marlene said… June 5, 2017
    This rhubarb butter was delicious. I will keep this in the freezer. Yummy on my gluten free toast. I added a pinch of sea salt
  4. Tessa said… June 6, 2017
    How long do you find it to stay good in that fridge (with not canning)? Thanks
  5. Carol said… June 8, 2017
    This looks delicious. I am cutting up my rhubarb and I just pick up some fresh Strawberries this afternoon from the market.
  6. peggy a Payne said… June 11, 2017
    Just wondering, how many pints does this make
  7. Maureen said… July 18, 2017
    How many cups of rhubarb is that?
  8. Mary-Margaret said… July 20, 2017
    HOW big are you cutting up the rhubarb??? You would get different cup amounts depending on if you cut in 1" cubes, or if you dice it. I like to dice mine, as it is not as hard on my blender. Don't have a fancy vitamix food processor.
  9. Cindy Fisher said… August 13, 2017
    I want to make just peach butter

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