It’s strawberry picking time in Michigan! Strawberries are an excellent source of antioxidants. Gluten Free Strawberry Rhubarb Bars are a wonderful dessert to share with family and friends. We love that strawberries and rhubarb make the perfect combination of sweet and tart flavor. Gluten Free Strawberry Rhubarb Bars can be enjoyed as a dessert or middle of the day snack.
Benefits of Eating Strawberries
- Excellent source of Vitamin C & Manganese
- Very good source of fiber, iodine and folate
- Good source of copper, biotin, phosphorus, B6, and potassium
- Lower glycemic index
Gluten Free Strawberry Rhubarb Bars
- 1 1/2 c. gluten free organic oats
- 1/2 c. tapioca starch
- 1/2 c. cassava flour
- 1/2 c. arrowroot flour
- 1/2 c. coconut sugar, organic
- 1/4 c. maple syrup
- 3/4 c. organic butter
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp. organic cinnamon, organic
- pinch Real Salt
- 1 1/2 c. fresh strawberries, organic filling
- 1 1/2 c. fresh rhubarb, sliced into 1/4" pieces filling
- 1/4 c. coconut sugar, organic filling
- 1 tsp. lemon juice, not from concentrate filling
- 2 T. arrowroot flour filling
Preheat oven to 350°. Grease a 9" x 13" glass baking dish with organic butter or coconut oil. This will prevent any sticking.
Wash, hull, and slice 1 1/2 c. of strawberries. Wash rhubarb and slice into 1/4" pieces, you'll need 1 1/2 c. of sliced rhubarb.
Combine the strawberries, rhubarb, coconut sugar, and lemon in a medium to large saucepan. On medium heat bring the mixture to a simmer. Turn down the heat to low and simmer for 8-10 minutes. Every couple of minutes stir the mixture. Use a potato masher or whisk to break down the fruit as it simmers.
Once the fruit is tender, slowly add the arrowroot powder. Stir until the arrowroot powder is thoroughly dissolved and the mixture thickens. Remove from the heat and set aside.
In a food processor, add the oats, flours, coconut sugar, maple syrup, cinnamon, salt, and baking soda. Pulse a couple times. Cut the butter into tablespoon size pieces and add them to the food processor. Pulse until dry mixture resembles course crumbs.
Set aside 1 1/2 c. of crumb mixture for the topping. Press the remaining crumbs into the greased 9" x 13" glass dish.
Spread the fruit filling evenly over the crust.
Sprinkle the reserved crumb topping evenly over the top of the fruit. Bake for 25-30 minutes. Cool completely.
Cut into desired bars. Store in the refrigerator.
Note: Buy Chemical Free Strawberries
When purchasing fresh strawberries look for sources that do not use chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Strawberries contain more nutrients when they are grown in organic soil without chemical pesticides. I am always astonished when I read that conventional strawberries contain up to 45 chemicals, several that are probable carcinogens. (Reported by the USDA Pesticide Data Program.)
Strawberries are considered among the world’s healthiest foods! Strawberries antioxidant content makes them an excellent source for lowering the risk of disease. They are best eaten while in season. Although they do preserve and freeze well for year round enjoyment.
Enjoy making and serving Gluten Free Strawberry Rhubarb Bars! I love that strawberries pack a great nutritional punch! For more information on Rhubarb please visit Grain-Free Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp. I delight from hearing from you. What is your favorite way to eat a strawberry?