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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

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

  1. Gladys Stacey said… June 6, 2016
    Hi Meghan, How much will you get out of 4 stalks of rhubarb,like ounces or cups.I have some here but it's already cut in cubes,so how much will that make like in cups?
    • How many cups do your cubes make? 4 large stalks is likely about 6-8 cups of rhubarb when cut in cubes? Is that what you're asking?
  2. Catherine said… June 23, 2016
    I allergic to honey (via honey bees), trust me I've asked if cooking it changes things...no So, in place of the honey, what would you suggest...obviously it will have to be sugar, but how much, and can you use a sugar sub. ....thanks
  3. Grace Cottingham said… November 21, 2016
    This got rave reviews from the people who tried it. However, mine turned out not looking rosy like your picture, so I was wondering if perhaps you used clear vanilla?

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