It’s finally summer and boy, are we excited because it’s one of our favorite seasons! Summer means long, hot days spent soaking up the sun and warm evenings spent relaxing with a tall glass of ice tea (or tub of vegan ice cream). Summer also means that it’s the perfect time to take advantage of all the seasonal produce that’s with us for only a short amount of time, like rhubarb!
Rhubarb comes into season in the late spring and you can usually find it throughout the summer. Rhubarb has a bold, tart flavor which lends itself to pairings with sweeter fruits. But while most people use rhubarb like a fruit, it’s actually a perennial vegetable can be used in savory dishes and desserts as well!
And when say the words rhubarb and desserts the mind jumps immediately to rhubarb’s best friend, strawberries. These two go together like peanut butter and jelly, like well, strawberries and rhubarb. That’s probably why these two got their own holiday. That’s right, June 9th is Strawberry Ruharb Pie Day and we want to celebrate this dynamic duo but limiting ourselves to pies just didn’t seem right. So here are our favorite vehicles for the classic seasonal couple: strawberries and rhubarb. Enjoy!
Nothing says ‘classic’ like a Classic Strawberry Rhubarb Pie — especially a strawberry rhubarb pie with a lattice crust. This is the kind of pie you’d expect to see cooling on a windowsill. A brush of coconut cream helps the sprinkling of demerara sugar stick to the crust, giving the top of the pie a golden brown sparkle.
Let the Rhubarb games begin! We could not wait to get our hands on some rhubarb this season. The tart taste combined with the sweetness of strawberries and smoothness of coconut is our everything. This Strawberry Rhubarb and Coconut Panna Cotta is easy to throw together, it embodies the flavors of summer, and it looks pretty darn impressive when you put on the table as well.
Fresh sweet strawberries and tart rhubarb fill a buttery, gluten-free crust, topped with an oat and brown sugar crumb topping – need we say more? This Strawberry Rhubarb Crumb Pie is bursting with the tartness of rhubarb and the sweetness of strawberries and then slightly salty crust and crumble topping and another layer of complexity to this elegantly simple pie.
This Raw Strawberry Rhubarb Crispy Cream Cake is sweet, tart, rich, crispy, creamy, and totally dreamy. The base is a decadently delicious buckwheat crispy crust that is chewy and sweet with just a touch of vanilla and then it’s topped with two layers of a luxurious cashew cream, fresh rhubarb, and strawberries that have been tossed in lemon juice. It’s the fanciest rice crispy treat you’ll ever taste.
5. Strawberry Rhubarb Tart
Nothing says summer quite like strawberries and rhubarb do. These tastes instantly bring us back to childhood – remember the hot, sticky feeling of satisfaction you got after polishing off a slice of homemade strawberry rhubarb pie? This Strawberry Rhubarb Tart has those tastes, only without the sugar and butter. It’s raw, vegan deliciousness.
As soon as we see rhubarb as the farmers market, we start to dream about this Seasonal Strawberry Rhubarb Pie. It seems like such a simple and homey dessert but if you don’t overwhelm it with sugar, the tartness makes it seem sophisticated somehow. This strawberry rhubarb pie uses lemon juice and a bit of orange zest to highlight the tartness, while cinnamon and allspice play off the sweet notes; it’s the perfect balance of flavor.
If you love strawberry and rhubarb or simply fabulous vegan desserts that don’t disappoint, you need to try this Strawberry Rhubarb Cheesecake. It has sweet graham cracker crust and a decadent cheesecake filling topped with a sticky-sweet strawberry rhubarb topping. A dollop of coconut whipped cream and a garnish of fresh mint leaves make this spring dessert extra special.
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8. Healthy Strawberry Rhubarb Bar
These easy-to-make Healthy Strawberry Rhubarb Bars consist of a crispy oatmeal crust, a thick layer of sweet and tangy fruit filling and a crumb topping. They are perfect with a morning cup of coffee, or have one for an afternoon snack … and also for dessert (basically you can eat them anytime).
9. Strawberry Rhubarb Coconut Pops
Strawberries and rhubarb are a match made in heaven so why limit yourself to pies. These delightfully creamy Strawberry-Rhubarb-Coconut Pops, the two are swirled together with coconut cream in a velvety whirlwind of flavors. These are quite possibly the best (and definitely the tastiest) way to cool off during those hot summer days.
If you can’t get enough of that strawberry-rhubarb flavor and are too ashamed to eat pie for breakfast (that’s never happened to us before), then we have a solution for you – throw it into a smoothie. These Strawberry Rhubarb Smoothies have all the flavors of your favorite pie and make for a healthy breakfast to start out your day. You’re welcome!
Oh, Whats that you say – still not enough ways to get your favorite flavor fix? Well then you’ve got to try this Poached Strawberry Rhubarb Reduction Sauce – you’ll be able to sneak it into almost anything! These sweet, tart, syrupy sauce can serve as a topping for your oatmeal, yogurt, smoothies, or desserts. So if you find yourself pieless (God forbid) you can use this sauce to avert a crisis.
It’s time to honor our favorite seasonal flavor combination in the best way possible – by baking with it!
Lead image source: Classic Strawberry Rhubarb Pie