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SOS June Roundup: Rhubarb


As you may recall, rhubarb was the choice for this month’s SOS Kitchen Challenge, hosted by Kim at Affairs of Living  and me. This recipe challenge is focused on using a key ingredient to create all natural, sugar-free, vegan recipes. Our readers certainly didn’t disappoint for the third installment of our challenge, and Kim and I are excited to share a wide array of delicious-looking, allergy-friendly, vegan recipes with you.  Many thanks to Kim for putting this month’s roundup together. 🙂

This month was incredibly busy for both Kim and me, and we both found ourselves strapped for time. With summer upon us (at least, in our hemisphere) and so many people heading out to vacation, we have decided to go on summer holiday from the challenge as well and take a hiatus in July.  The SOS Challenge will return in August with a new key ingredient. 

In the meantime, feast your eyes on these incredible sweet and savory submissions… 

The Sweet:

Raw Cashew Coconut Rhubarb Cookies

Raw Cashew Coconut Rhubarb Cookies from A-K at Swell Vegan, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

gluten-free, vegan, raw, sugar-free

Kim has been dreaming about these cookies–and no wonder.  Just look at A-K’s wonderful use of dates, coconut, and  rhubarb, in a lovely raw cookie that doesn’t require any unusual ingredients or a food dehydrator.

Baked Rhubarb and Apples with Earl Grey Tea, Cardamom, and Orange Zest

Baked Rhubarb and Apples with Earl Grey Tea, Cardamom, and Orange Zest from Janet at The Taste Space, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

gluten-free, vegan, sugar-free option

Janet’s recipe looks so wonderful, and don’t her photos make you feel like you can almost taste the rhubarb?

Millet Biscuits with Rhubarb

Millet Biscuits with Rhubarb by Ricki of Diet, Dessert and Dogs, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

gluten-free, vegan, ACD/sugar free

My own submission is an adaptation of this recipe from Celiac Teen.  Mine feature little chunks of rhubarb in a tender millet-based biscuit. They are spectacular warm from the oven, smeared with coconut oil.

Rhubarb Shortcakes

Rhubarb Shortcakes from Rachel at My Munchable Musings, just oustide of Seattle, Washington, USA

wheat-free, vegan, refined sugar-free (could be adapted to totally sugar-free), could be adapted to nut-free

Listed on her site as Spelt Biscuits with Lemony Strawberry-Rhubarb Compote, these little biscuits are wheat free and look wonderful, covered with a light strawberry rhubarb compote that is scented with lemon balm. How clever! She also includes a very intriguing-looking recipe for Rhubarb Pilaf that she hopes to try making some day, so be sure to check it out!

Date Rhubarb Pecan Crumble Cake

Rhubarb Date Pecan Crumble Cake from Gretchen at The Gluten-Free Edge, Georgetown, Texas, USA

gluten-free, vegan, refined sugar free

Gretchen struggled to track down rhubarb in her hot, dry home state of Texas, but managed to find it, and whipped up this luscious looking gluten-free crumble cake.

Rhubarb Strawberry Crumb Cake with Pine Nuts

Rhubarb Strawberry Crumb Cake with Pine Nuts from Kim at Affairs of Living, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

gluten free, vegan, ACD option

Kim’s offering features sweet rhubarb and strawberry sauce layered between moist, dense cakes, and topped with a pine nut crumble. How can you go wrong?

Rhubarb Strawberry Sauce

Rhubarb Strawberry Sauce from Lisa at Vegan Cookbook Critic, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

gluten-free, vegan, nut-free, sugar-free/ACD, raw

Lisa’s raw rhubarb sauce relies on the sweetness of dates and strawberries instead of sugar or other sweeteners, with a touch of ginger and orange for a final flavorful twist.  And that bowl is so cute!


Rhubarb Muffins, Rhubarb Compote Loaf with Fresh Strawberries, Rhubarb-Raisin “Rumb”ble Cake, and Rockin’ Rhubarb Chutney from Sarah at What Smells So Good?, Oshawa, Ontario, Canada

options for vegan and sugar-free

Wow, Sarah really went crazy with rhubarb.  Muffins, bread, a cake, and chutney? The muffins sound light and flavorful, and perfect for breakfast or snacks on the go. The compote loaf has a swirl of rhubarb compote throughout–so clever–and that rhubarb-raising “rum”ble cake sounds nothing short of decadent. And while they all look delicious, the chutney sounds particularly tantalizing – how can you go wrong with a cooked up mixture of warm spices, rhubarb, red onion, and raisins?

Sugar-Free Rhubarb Strawberry Jam

Sugar-Free Rhubarb Strawberry Jam, from Kim at Affairs of Living, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

gluten-free, vegan, ACD option

Inspired by the strawberry rhubarb jam from her childhood, Kim came up with this tasty sugar-free and vegan version, scented with just a hint of cardamom.

Rhubarb Swirl Ice Cream

My second sweet submission is this Rhubarb Swirl Ice Cream (Ricki at Diet, Dessert, and Dogs, Toronto, Ontario, Canada)

gluten-free, vegan, ACD

This stay-soft ice cream recipe features coconut milk, walnuts, and peaches or pears for the creamy base, with a delicious swirl of rhubarb. Perfect for a hot summer day! 

The Savory:

Lentil and Rhubarb Stew with Indian Spices

Lentil and Rhubarb Stew with Indian Spices by Janet at The Taste Space, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

gluten-free, vegan, ACD

Janet’s adaptation of Mark Bittman’s recipe looks wonderful and intriguing, full of warming Indian spices, tart rhubarb, and flavorful lentils. What a wonderful vegan main course!

Sweet and Sour Chickpeas

Sweet and Sour Chickpeas are my savory recipe this month (Diet, Dessert, and Dogs, Toronto, Ontario, Canada)

gluten-free, vegan, ACD

Featuring warming spices and Asian flavors, the rhubarb adds a “sour” element to the flavorful sauce used in this chickpea dish.  It was delicious!

Beetroot and Rhubarb Soup

Beetroot and Rhubarb Soup by Johanna at Green Gourmet Giraffe, Melbourne, Australia

gluten-free, vegan, ACD

Bursting with root vegetables, cabbage, rhubarb, and a hint of orange, Johanna’s recipe sounds wonderfully flavorful, aromatic, and satisfying. And the color is marvelous! This soup looks perfect for a cool early spring day, but I bet it would be wonderful chilled. She also includes a recipe for a tofu-based vegan “sour cream” to use for garnish.

Curried Rhubarb Coleslaw

Curried Rhubarb Coleslaw from Kim at Affairs of Living, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

gluten-free, vegan, ACD, raw

Crunchy, flavorful, and colorful, this slaw is perfect for early summer days, and boasts and unexpected twist of raw rhubarb and curry powder. I can’t wait to try this one out! 

What a delicious looking array of recipes–thanks to everyone who participated!  

We also had a handful of submissions from readers who either didn’t follow our ingredient rules (as posted here and here) or submitted posts dated before or after the deadline.  However, the recipes did look wonderful, so we decided to add them to the end of the round up this time.  We will be sure to re-emphasize the ingredient rules that are posted on the SOS page at the challenge kick-off to eliminate any possible confusion, as well as emphasize the deadline, and next time will only be including posts that fall within those guidelines.

Thanks to all for participating, and see you back here in August for the next SOS Kitchen Challenge! I wonder what the ingredient will be…

Some other news updates: 

A few sites have featured my cookbook over the past few weeks as well.  If you missed the twitter announcements, you can check out the articles and recipes here:

  • Zoomer Magazine online presents the recipe for Oatbran Banana Muffins from the cookbook.  These were a top seller when I had my organic bakery!
  • Thatsfit.ca published an interview with me and recipes for Butterscotch Blondies and Bean Brownies (one of the first gluten-free recipes I posted way back in 2008!).
  • I appeared on Rogers daytime again, this time with the gluten-free pastry cream from Sweet Freedom.  Check out the hosts’ reactions! (Clip make take a moment to load).

And finally, Sweet Freedom is still on sale until August–with over 100 recipes for healthy, delicious, wheat-, egg-, dairy- and sugar-free desserts!  About 1/3 of the recipes are gluten free as well. And the book was just listed as one of Trafford’s  top 40 Bestsellers!  Whoo hoo!

For more details about the book or to purchase at the sale price (30% off regular retail!), click here

For anti-candida desserts, salads, appetizers and main dishes, check out the ebook, Anti-Candida Feast (just $5 US!).

Hope everyone has a wonderful July 1st or July 4th holiday! How are you spending your day(s) off?  😀

Last Year at this Time: Uber Healthy Kale and Seaweed Salad

Two Years Ago: All-Canadian Vegan Butter Tarts (ACD Phase III or maintenance only)


22 comments to SOS June Roundup: Rhubarb

  • Courtney

    What a great round-up–thank you Ricki! I always discover so many wonderful new blogs in your round-ups…I love it.

    Congrats on making the top 100 blog list! Yours is totally my go-to blog for healthy and delicious recipes, no question 🙂



  • Oooooh, such a gorgeous roundup… I LOVE rhubarb!! Congratulations on the very well-deserved top 100 list!!


  • What a great line up. I especially loved Kim’s entry. I do so love rhubarb, although my recipes invariably contain sugar or dairy. This should be a learning curve for me.


  • Great round up – rhubarb seemed a challenge to cook without sugar but this is great inspiration as I am always keen to reduce the sweetness in food.

    And happy Canada DAy – we had some wonderful canadian musicians playing on the radio today to celebrate it – joni mitchell, neil young and tragically hip are a few I can remember – made me sigh and think canada must be a great place to live


  • Jeanie McMahon

    Congrats on the 100 blogs list! Hope the puppies have a nice 4th of July too!


  • That is the most amazing round-up. Let’s see if I can still find me some rhubarb stalks to make some of these goodies.


  • Rhubarb never looked so good! What an awesome assortment of yummy creativity. How cute is Lisa’s little strawberry bowl?! <3

    It kills me that I can't participate until September (we will be traveling until then) because I can't be bothered to cook anything that doesn't come out of a box or a can.


  • All these photos make me hungry. Just lately I have gotten to use rhubarb and have to say I’m a big fan. You showcase so many great ideas in this post as well!


  • Courtney,
    Thanks so much! And glad you like the recipes–much appreciated! 😀

    Astra Libris,
    Thank you so much. I thought the submissions this month were inspired as well. 🙂

    Glad to illustrate that rhubarb doesn’t need sugar! And I thought Kim’s coleslaw was pretty ingenious, too. 🙂

    How lovely that they play Canadian music in Australia today! And yes, I have to admit–but for the dreaded HST that was implemented today–it’s a great place to live. 😉

    Thanks so much! And for the puppies, I think every day is like 4th of July 😉

    I feel the same way–even after cooking with it all last month!

    That is one cute bowl, yes! And no worries–we know you are away from home and I appreciate that you continue to read and comment. 🙂 But of course I know you’ll do something smashing for the fall!

    Thanks so much for your comment, and for reading! Glad you liked the assortment–I am a fan of rhubarb as well, so happy to provide some choices. 🙂


  • You all did an excellent job! I am saving your recipes so I can finally try rhubarb.


  • This post definitely came in handy–I have tons of cut up rhubarb in the fridge..looks like I can get busy now!


  • I have rhubarb in hand… now, the hard part will be choosing which one of these amazing recipe ideas I’ll try first!


  • Thanks, Ricki! It was such a lovely day. The best of my life.
    I don’t know which of these dishes looks the best…they all look so amazing!


  • Kiersten,
    I hope you like it! I do love a good rhubarb dish. 🙂

    Glad it could be of help! Let me know which dish(es) you try. 🙂

    I know, they are all very impressive! Kudos to all the bloggers who took on this challenge. 🙂

    The photos were certainly lovely! And that’s how a wedding SHOULD make you feel. Glad you liked the roundup, too. 🙂


  • another great roundup! i’m wishing i could still find it at the market… saved for next year, though 🙂


  • Wow so many lovely rhubarb recipes! The idea of making savoury dishes with rhubarb never crossed my mind. The Lentil and Rhubarb Stew with Indian Spices sounds fantastic!!!


  • These are so gorgeous! I have never cooked with rhubarb, but now I’m feeling quite inspired!


  • Shannon,
    The savory dish I made was really good–and I’m looking forward to trying that lentil stew, too 🙂

    Thanks so much for your comment! I agree about that recipe–yum!

    I agree! Hope you enjoy your first foray into rhubarb cooking. 🙂


  • Mmm I’m still in love with those biscuits of yours.


  • Ricki, I confess: I’m scared of rhubarb! I need to figure out some foolproof recipes to get me over the fear, and this post provides ample inspiration 🙂


  • Katrina

    Oh man, I’m rhubarb CRAZY!! These all look so good!


  • Thank you for sharing a wonderful assortment of selections.


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