I have vivid memories of sitting in my parent’s massive vegetable garden, eating stalks of raw, red rhubarb. Haha. Even as a child I loved that sour flavour. Turning it into a Strawberry Rhubarb Smoothie for kids only seems natural.
Rhubarb is pretty fab. It’s chocked full of fibre…and it’s also high in antioxidants and vitamins K, C and minerals calcium, potassium, magnesium.
Strawberries are obviously always so sweet and amazing this time of year.
Though rhubarb may sound a little tart for a smoothie… I assure you that by making rhubarb into a rhubarb sauce first, then adding the sweetness of strawberries and milk, the final product is delicious and appealing to kids AND grown-ups. You can sweeten the rhubarb sauce as little or as much as you like, with your choice of sweetener. (My favourite is maple syrup.)
The rhubarb sauce is good with other stuff, too…Strain it for cocktail or fizzy water syrup, add to plain yogurt or ice cream and top with pecans, or just eat straight up. Yum!
- 2 cups rhubarb (fresh or frozen)
- 1/3 cup maple syrup (or raw or coconut sugar)
- splash fresh squeezed orange juice or water
- Chop the rhubarb into smaller chunks. Discard the leaves (in garbage, not composter).
- Place in a pot with the orange juice. and syrup.
- Bring to a boil. Then simmer over medium-low heat until it’s thick and sauce-like, about 10 minutes.
Strawberry Rhubarb Smoothie
- 3/4 cup fresh strawberries
- 1/2 cup Rhubarb Sauce
- 1/2 cup (or less) milk of choice
- ice cubes, if you want it thicker and chilled
- Place the strawberries, cooled rhubarb sauce, milk and ice into a blender and blend until smooth, creamy, and thick.