Four Low-carb Recipes for Rhubarb Month
October is Rhubarb Month. Rhubarb is an interesting vegetable because it can be delicious in savory and sweet recipes. It’s easy to grow in cooler areas of the country, making it a favorite of many home gardeners, and it’s pretty to look at with its red stalks and green leaves. The color combination is so striking someone on our team had a pet fish with the same colors and named it after the plant!
Its beautiful colors may indicate something else. The red stalk is nutritious and great for baking and in meat recipes. But the green leafs are poisonous. They are low in carbs, and almost half of their carbs are fiber. They are a great vegetable to eat for people with blood sugar concerns. If you enjoy baking and don’t typically use rhubarb, here are four low-carb recipes to try this month to celebrate!
Cinnamon Rhubarb Muffins
If you are looking for something a little less sweet, this might be the treat for you. These muffins are perfect for a snack or as a small, low-carb breakfast. Rhubarb is a little tangy, without quite so much sweetness, the flavor stands out more in these muffins, which is why we’re fans. If you want to bake — and celebrate the month — these muffins will hit the spot! One muffin has 116 calories, four grams of carbs and two grams of fiber. Get the recipe.
Strawberry Rhubarb Meringue Pie Bars
Reading this recipe is interesting. The author initially meant to make strawberry rhubarb bars but then was struck by inspiration to combine them with meringue for a dessert that is more than the sum of its parts! You end up with something that we would describe as a strawberry rhubarb meringue pie you can hold in your hand. The recipe doesn’t freeze very well, but can be refrigerated for five days. A bar has 186 calories and three grams of net carbs. Get the recipe.
Rhubarb Coffee Cake
This coffee cake has a whole layer of rhubarb baked into it! That makes it memorable! And, we love the pecan streusel topping! There’s some argument about serving size, and whether it’s low-carb, so we wanted to give you a heads up. The actual creator says it is 16 slices. Each slice is 222 calories, with 6.48 grams of carbs and 2.96 of fiber. (https://alldayidreamaboutfood.com/low-carb-rhubarb-coffee-cake/) The website the recipe is hosted on says the cake should be cut into only 10 slices. If you slice this cake into 10 pieces, each portion will be too high in carbs to include it in our list, so we say stick with the originally intended serving size. Get the recipe.
Strawberry Rhubarb Upside-Down Cake
When most of us think of rhubarb, we think of it in a pie or cobbler with strawberries. So this gooey, delicious dessert is probably the most familiar recipe on the list, but it’s still new and different. We love it for its combination of sweet and sharp flavors. The baking process makes the fruit make its own sauce and topping that keeps this cake soft and moist! It’s wonderful warm and perfect for chilly evenings. A slice is 190 calories, seven grams of carbs and three grams of fiber. Get the recipe.
These are just four great recipes! You can use rhubarb in many savory dishes — such as salads, stews and with roasts. We just wanted to share some excellent baked goods to get the ball rolling. Take a look around the internet to get more ideas! Rhubarb is often available year-round in the frozen aisle of the grocery store.