Rhubarb Bars Recipe
These bars are delicious….if you are a rhubarb lover!! If you are like me, your rhubarb season is once a year and usually only short lived. That is what happens for me. I try to make as many items as possible during that season, but this in one recipe that I make year after year. Several years ago, I had a neighbor that gave me a recipe that was very similar to this. Over time, I have tweaked it and changed it to make it fit perfectly for us. This recipe is what I would call the “fig newton” type of rhubarb bar. I guess that it kinda what it reminds me of. It has a top and a bottom and then a nice sauce layer in the middle. They hold together well and are Oh….so tasty!
Another great thing about this sauce mixture, is when you have that abundance of rhubarb, you can make the sauce ahead of time and freeze it. Saves time for these bars to just be put together in no time, by making the top and bottom crumble/crust for them.
I have also used cherries, from our bushes, or plums, from our trees, as a substitute for the rhubarb and made them that way. So, you can see that these bars are delicious and versatile for what you have on hand, as far as fruits.
Old Fashioned Rhubarb Bars Recipe
In a saucepan, cook together:
- 2 T. arrowroot powder or organic cornstarch
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 1/4 cup sugar (I use organic evaporated cane sugar)
- 4 cups cut up rhubarb (can be fresh or frozen)
- 1 t. vanilla
Cook this mixture until it is thickened and bubbly on low to medium-low heat. It usually takes about 20 minutes.
While this is cooking, mix together:
- 3/4 cup butter (softened)
- 1 1/2 cup oatmeal
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 1/2 cup flour (or gluten free flour mix)
- 1/2 t. baking soda
- 1/2 t. salt
Use a pastry blender or fork to get a crumbly consistency.
Grease a 9 x 13 pan. (Merissa actually made this 9×13 pan for me! 🙂 ) Place 1/2 of the crumble mixture in the bottom of your pan and pat it down firmly. Now pour your rhubarb sauce mixture over the bottom crust. Place the remaining crumble mixture over the sauce and pat down, slightly. Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes.
Remove from the oven and cool slightly. They are best to cut while they are still a bit warm.
This Rhubarb Bars Recipe makes an incredible bar to take to a church gathering or potluck.
Looking for another rhubarb treat? Here’s how to make delicious Rhubarb Smoothies! And if you have even more rhubarb in your garden right now you might want to consider making and canning up some Strawberry Rhubarb Jam.