Cherry Rhubarb Crisp

Rhubarb Crisp Dessert
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  • Total: 70 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 55 mins
  • Yield: 8 to 10 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
356 Calories
15g Fat
56g Carbs
3g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8 to 10 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 356
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 6g 32%
Cholesterol 24mg 8%
Sodium 181mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 56g 20%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Protein 3g
Calcium 94mg 7%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Technically a vegetable, rhubarb is harvested in the Spring and treated like a fruit, making its way into a variety of desserts, often pairing up with other fruits. In this recipe, rhubarb's partner is cherry, in the form of cherry pie filling. Because rhubarb is extremely bitter when raw, it is almost always eaten cooked. Here, diced rhubarb is placed on top of a crust of oats and brown sugar and then layered with the cherry pie filling that's been cooked along with sugar and almond extract. Everything is topped with the remaining buttery crust mixture, sprinkled with nuts, and baked until bubbling and golden brown.

Serve this cherry rhubarb crisp with a drizzle of whipping cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.


  • Crust: 
  • 1 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • Pinch of salt
  • Filling: 
  • 4 cups diced rhubarb
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 can cherry pie filling
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
  • Optional: whipping cream or vanilla ice cream

Steps to Make It

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Mix the crust ingredients together in a bowl; press half into the bottom of a 9 by 13 by 2-inch baking pan.

  3. Spread the diced rhubarb over crust in pan.

  4. In a saucepan, combine the sugar, water, and cornstarch; boil until thickened.

  5. Add the almond extract and pie filling.

  6. Spoon cherry mixture over the rhubarb.

  7. Sprinkle with the remaining crust mixture and then sprinkle with the chopped nuts.

  8. Bake for about 45 minutes until bubbling and golden.

  9. Serve with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream if desired.

  10. Enjoy!

Other Rhubarb Crisp Recipes

If you're keen on the idea of a rhubarb crisp but would like to enjoy this vegetable/fruit all on its own, there are plenty of recipes that feature the pink celery lookalike. Try a rhubarb crisp with crunchy oat topping; the bit of orange juice and cinnamon bring a little extra depth to the dessert. Or, for something simple, go for a rhubarb crisp with oat crust, or rhubarb crisp with crunchy oat crust.

Additional Rhubarb Desserts

From fools to pies to bread pudding, recipes abound featuring rhubarb as the star ingredient. Choose from a strawberry rhubarb fool where rhubarb cooked in orange juice and sugar is layered with whipped cream and sliced strawberries. Or, how about a sweet bread pudding that puffs up from the whipped egg whites. A classic rhubarb pie with a lattice top is a beautiful way to use up the springtime produce.

Rhubarb ice cream is refreshing and delicious, and rhubarb snack cake is a perfect pick-me-up. Rhubarb can also be part of a cocktail and made into a jam, compote, or sauce.

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