“I’ll really talk about anything,” I confirmed to a coworker who told me she listed me as a referral at a local salon, “Really anything I do or use, I’ll recommend it to everyone.” As a proud new participant of a CSA, this proves no different.
I signed up for the Good Acre Twin Cities CSA once seeing it posted at my Corepower Yoga studio. Signing up for a half share (good for two people or one vegetable crazy person), this seemed like a great way to try new fruits and vegetables and be pushed out of my cooking comfort zone.
Sure enough, the last two weeks, I’ve received bunches of rhubarb and have had no clue what to do. All I could think of was rhubarb pie, which is quite for a non-baker like myself. Committed to consuming each week’s selection before the next pick up, I realized it was time to embrace the apron. But not the pie.
Enter a recipe I actually followed- Rhubarb Banana Bread
- 1½ cups whole wheat pastry flour (spelt flour would probably work great too)
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon all spice
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup mashed (ripe) banana, about 2 medium bananas
- ⅓ cup honey (I used agave and plan on using maple syrup next time for more flavor)
- 1 cup finely chopped rhubarb, about 1 large stalk (for me this was 3 stalks)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and prepare an 8×4″ loaf pan* with a natural cooking spray.
- Whisk all dry ingredients, flour through all spice, in a medium bowl and set aside.
- *Use a stand or hand-held mixer to beat eggs on medium speed for about 30 seconds.
- Mix in vanilla, banana and honey until combined.
- Slowly add in the flour mixture and mix on low speed until just combined. Gently fold in rhubarb. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan. Bake for 50-55 minutes, or until loaf is golden and a toothpick comes out clean.
- Cool bread in pan for 10 minutes. Loosen sides with a knife and remove from pan
This was more mild than I was expecting, so I’d recommend serving with butter or whipping up a glaze to put over it. (Pretending that I can just whip up a glaze- so in my case, google it hard)
Followed by- Rhubarb Strawberry Crumble
Rhubarb Strawberry Filling
3 cups rhubarb, chopped
2 cups sliced strawberries
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg
pinch of salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup large flake rolled oats
1/4 cup pecans, finely chopped
In a bowl mix together brown sugar, cinnamon, flour and oats until combined. Use a fork to mash in the softened butter until crumbly. Stir in the pecans until combined; set aside and prepare filling.
I’m a huge fan of any baking that calls for just stirring. The second I see the word zest or sift, I’m out. Enjoy how easy this is!
Rhubarb Strawberry Combo
Grease an 8 inch square baking dish or something of a similar size and set aside; Preheat oven to 400F degrees.
In a large bowl, mix together the chopped rhubarb, strawberries, brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg. Pour into prepared baking dish, cover with foil and bake for about 25 minutes or until the rhubarb is just starting to get tender.
Remove dish from the oven and lower the temperature to 350 degrees. Sprinkle the crumble evenly over top. Return to the oven to bake uncovered for another 15 minutes or so or until the crumble is golden and the filling is bubbling at the edges.
Remove and cool for 5-10 minutes. Awesome served warm or cold! I didn’t think these would stay together at all, but once chilled they’re very stable.
Grand finale (unless I get more this Wednesday)- Banana Rhubarb Bran Muffins
Pro tip- when in doubt, follow the instructions on the box. I do think I get 30% credit for making this recipe up, though all I did was add banana and rhubarb to the Bran muffin recipe on the ____ box, without making any other adjustments. There was a pretty good chance these would be too liquidy as a result, but they turned out great! Considering it made 24 large muffins and 12 mini ones, that’s great news for me.
- 3 cups Hodgson Mill unprocessed wheat bran
- 1 cup boiling water
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup butter (I did 50% grassfed butter, 50% ghee)
- 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
- 2 ripe bananas
- 5 thin rhubarb stalks (2-3 cups chopped)
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 cups almond milk
- 2 eggs
- Boil 1 cup of water, and mix in 1 cup of bran muffin mix until it is absorbed
- In a separate bowl, blend sugar and butter
- Add flour, baking soda, and salt
- Combine the moist* bran (I tried to find a different word) with beaten eggs, mashed banana, and chopped rhubarb
- Mix in the remaining 2 cups of bran, almond milk, and sugar-butter-flour combo (once again, we’re just mixing!)
- Finally, pour into muffin tins and bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes. Yields just over 2 dozen.