Gluten-Free Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp
This Gluten-Free Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp combines tart rhubarb with sweet strawberries, loaded with a pistachio crumble topping. This crisp is also vegan and refined sugar-free.
Spring is almost here! You can feel it in the air. I’ve been treasuring the extra hours of sunlight after a very long and dark Seattle winter. There have been more sunny days scattered between the rain, flowers are starting to peek out from the ground, and hopefully, the sad, bare trees will start turning green again any day now.
But what’s really making me jump up and down for spring is the return of fresh fruits and veggies! When I spotted rhubarb at the grocery store a few weeks ago, I jumped on it. I immediately started thinking of all the rhubarb desserts I could make this spring.
My love for rhubarb is relatively new. I hadn’t really used the veggie much until last year, but after making this Berry Rhubarb Pie and Caramel Rhubarb Cake, I fell in love with the tart flavor it brings to any treat you add it to. I’ve been anxiously awaiting its arrival this season, and my first rhubarb dessert doesn’t disappoint!
Let’s make Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp!
Strawberries and rhubarb are a classic combination, and for good reason: the sweetness of the strawberries pairs so deliciously with the tart rhubarb. For this crisp filling, we toss strawberries and rhubarb with maple syrup for sweetness, add a little bit of lemon to brighten the flavors, and mix in tapioca flour to help thicken things up a little bit.
We make amazing gluten-free pistachio crumble topping to pile on top of the fruit. Then, we’ll bake it all together until it’s golden brown and bubbling. We make the topping with almond and coconut flour, and sweeten it with both coconut sugar and maple syrup. The pistachios add crunch and color, but you can substitute any nut you’d like or have on hand.
This strawberry rhubarb crisp is a pretty guilt-free dessert – it’s gluten-free, vegan, and Paleo-friendly! In fact, you could totally have this crisp for breakfast. Top it off with some coconut cream or a bit of yogurt and you’ll be in healthy breakfast heaven!
Make sure you find some rhubarb while it’s around, and while you’re at it, stock some up in the freezer so you can have rhubarb treats all year round! What fruits and veggies are you looking forward to this Spring?
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Gluten-Free Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 30 minutes
- Total Time: 45 minutes
- Category: Dessert
- Method: Baking
- Cuisine: American
- Diet: Gluten Free
This Gluten-Free Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp combines tart rhubarb and sweet strawberries, topped with a pistachio crumble topping! This crisp is also vegan and refined sugar-free.
- 2 cups rhubarb, diced
- 2 cups strawberries, diced
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest, from 1 lemon
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 5 tablespoons maple syrup
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons tapioca flour
For the crumble
- 1¾ cups (7 oz) almond flour
- 2 tablespoons coconut flour
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ cup coconut sugar
- ½ cup coconut oil, solid at room temperature
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- ¼ cup chopped pistachios or nut of choice
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease an 8×8” pan or 10” cast iron skillet with coconut oil. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, combine the rhubarb, strawberries, lemon zest, lemon juice, maple syrup, salt, and tapioca flour. Stir to combine. Pour into the prepared pan.
- In large bowl, combine the almond flour, coconut flour, salt, cinnamon, and coconut sugar. Whisk to combine. Add the coconut oil and using a pastry cutter or two forks, work the coconut oil into the dry ingredients until the coconut oil is in little bits. Add the maple syrup and toss to combine until the mixture sticks together. Stir in pistachios.
- Top the fruit with the crumble mixture. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until bubbling and the top is lightly browned. Serve with coconut whipped cream!
Keywords: strawberry rhubarb crumble, strawberry rhubarb crisp, gluten-free crisp, gluten-free crumble
I’m so excited for spring and all of the fresh fruit that’s on its way! This crisp looks perfect, Rachel! Wish I could dig in for breakfast!
Oh man, you are making me SO excited for all the spring produce, Rachel! I’m a total sucker for fruit crisps and this one is just so gorgeous! Looks like a panful of spring. :D
Strawberry rhubarb is one of my favorite combinations! This crisp would disappear in a hurry at our house!
Can you believe I’ve never had rhubarb? Honestly, it scares me. I’m going to have to muster up the courage to give a try in this crisp, which looks delicous!
I had never had rhubarb before last year, and now I’m in love! Thanks, Jen :)
This crisp looks incredible! Love the feeling of spring that comes along with strawberry flavors :)
I just saw that daylight savings is next Sunday! We’ll be having tons more daylight. Woo hoo! And this strawberry rhubarb crisp is perfection. Love how healthy it is! Dairy free, so I can definitely eat it!
Wow I didn’t know it was so soon! That’s such good news! Thanks so much, Natalie :)
I’m looking forward to Spring. Can you believe I’ve never had rhubarb until I moved to the US a year ago? I’m madly in love with it. I’ve only had it in pies though. Is rhubarb only good in desserts?
I’ve only ever had rhubarb in desserts, but it is technically a vegetable! Though I don’t think using it for savory purposes is as common as in desserts, you can use rhubarb in savory applications. I only recently discovered it too, but it’s SO good! Thanks for the comment, Christine!
Could I change the almond and coconut flour?
And also leave out the coconut sugar?
I can’t have theses ingredients as I’m allergic!
Hi Rachel. You could substitute the almond and coconut flour with another nut flour, or maybe a gluten-free flour blend – I haven’t tried it though, so I can’t make any guarantees. You could skip the coconut sugar but you may want to add a bit of extra maple syrup to compensate for the missing sweetness.
This is making me SO in the mood for spring. This would be great for Easter!
Oh man! My rhubarb won’t be up in my garden until May, and now I’m feeling impatient! Strawberry& Rhubarb together is my favourite!! This looks SO tasty!
strawberry rhubarb is my favorite summer dessert combo ever! And this is paleo? Cant wait to make it!
Thanks so much, Bethany!!
I adore strawberry and rhubarb together! Loving the chopped pistachios in it too. I’ll have to get some fresh rhubarb at the grocery store this week and make this. So yummy! :)
Yummy! Rhubarb crisp reminds me of my grandma :)
I would make mango black bean salsa if I had these knives! Lots of chopping with a great knife is a state of Zen for me.
I tried it. I am glad I am not allergic to gluten, however I try to eat healthy. It is not the greatest. The problem is that It is to sweet, even if it is suppose to be healthy for you, maple sugar is still sugar. I didn’t put the maple sirup in the batter. The coconut sugar was plenty. Sugar is the enemy, maybe more than gluten.
Thanks for all your efforts.
Hi, thank you for this recipe. Made this today with rhubarb and a mixture of berries. Was absolutely delicious! Knew it was going to be yummy when I looked at the ingredients. One thing to add is when using coconut oil in baked goods like this, better to use refined coconut oil, as unrefined oil has a powerful coconut flavor which can overtake the other flavors. Delicious nonetheless!
Hi Sandy, thanks so much for your feedback!! You’re right about using refined coconut oil, thanks for giving the tip. I’m so thrilled you enjoyed the recipe :)
Thanks for sharing this recipe! Can’t wait to give it a go!
I hope you love it, Jenn!
I love strawberries, so this one is perfect for me. I think it is great combined with rhubarb. I will definitely try this recipe. Thanks for sharing!
You can never go wrong with strawberry. This recipe looks so healthy and delicious. I’m definitely giving it a try at home. It’s the perfect dessert especially for health conscious people.
Strawberries tastes great on many things. This one surely is a winner. My family will love this.
Hope you and your family love it!
Such an appetizing post! The photos make me feel hungry. Thanks for sharing your recipe for Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp. I love that it is gluten-free, vegan, and Paleo-friendly. I can’t wait to try this at home.
Thanks for the love, Aika!
The Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp is a great combination. I grow rhubarb, but had to buy strawberries. The ingredients calls for 2 Tablespoons coconut flour, but in the instructions it doesn’t say when to add it to the mixture. If you could text me when to add the coconut flour, I’d appreciate it. If not, I’ll use the coconut flour for some other baked goods. Thank you for the recipe.
Hi Peggy, so sorry that was missed! The coconut flour is added along with the almond flour and the rest of the ingredients for the crumble topping. It’s been updated now!
Hubby doesn’t like baked strawberries in desserts, so I used 4 cups of rhubarb, and I increased the maple syrup by 50% (to 7.5 tablespoons) to make up for missing the sweetness of the strawberries.
A couple of weird things happened:
1. The fruit filling had virtually no flavor; there was no “rhubarb” taste at all, and none of that bright rhubarb tartness that I expected.
2. Once the dessert had cooled, there were unpleasantly-rubbery chunks of congealed starch.
Any idea why the filling lacked flavor? Could it be because the rhubarb may have been kind of old? (I bought it at the grocery store, so no telling when it was harvested). It looked fine to me, but I’m no expert. Any idea why the filling was basically tasteless?
Also, I’m wondering if the absence of strawberries meant that less juice was produced, so I should have reduced the amount of tapioca flour. What are your thoughts?
Hi Terri, you changed the recipe pretty significantly so that’s likely why it didn’t taste great. The strawberries add a lot of sweetness and flavor, as well as a lot of juiciness. This recipe was not developed to be a rhubarb-only crisp, but the flavorings and starch amounts would be different for that. Since you mention there was no rhubarb flavor, my guess is your rhubarb wasn’t great – there’s no other reason related to the recipe of why a rhubarb crisp wouldn’t taste rhubarb-y. Chunks of congealed starch also usually means it wasn’t fully incorporated into the fruit mixture – there shouldn’t be any chunks of starch when it’s going into the oven, it should be fully dissolved into the liquids. I’m sorry you had a bad experience, but this isn’t an accurate reflection of the recipe. I would recommend seeking out a rhubarb-only crisp recipe next time.