Simple, Three Ingredient, Rhubarb Sauce

This simple rhubarb sauce is sweet, tart, and perfect for topping ice cream or stirring into yogurt.  With only 3 ingredients, it is also low in sugar, and a fun way to celebrate spring!  

This simple rhubarb sauce is sweet, tart, and perfect for topping ice cream or stirring into yogurt.  With only 3 ingredients, it is also low in sugar and a fun way to celebrate spring!

Rhubarb Sauce Over Ice Cream

I’ve been cooking with rhubarb a lot  lately.  My garden is producing like crazy and it’s so much fun to stroll into your backyard for dessert!  

Even better, I just acquired the easiest rhubarb recipe EVER, courtesy of my delightful and talented book club!  It’s a simple rhubarb sauce that our hostess served over ice cream–and which my health-conscious middle daughter simply stirred into yogurt.  

This simple rhubarb sauce is sweet, tart, and perfect for topping ice cream or stirring into yogurt.  With only 3 ingredients, it is also low in sugar and a fun way to celebrate spring!

Rhubarb Sauce Sundaes

When we dipped in at book club, everyone raved about the sauce, and my family was equally impressed.  In fact, the entire batch disappeared over Memorial Day weekend without ever actually getting served!  Yes, this year I got no complaints at all from hungry kids about “nothing to snack on!”

In doing research for this post, I found similar recipes all over the internet.  But most of them use a lot more sugar, which (as two groups of happy tasters proved) isn’t at all necessary.  And it’s delicious made with maple syrup, in case you are eating local or doing one of the many no-sugar diets around. 

This simple rhubarb sauce is sweet, tart, and perfect for topping ice cream or stirring into yogurt.  With only 3 ingredients, it is also low in sugar and a fun way to celebrate spring!  

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Since we have been eating so much rhubarb lately, I decided to look up the health value and share it with you. Per Self Nutrition Data, rhubarb “is low in Saturated Fat and Sodium, and very low in Cholesterol. It is also a good source of Magnesium, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Calcium, Potassium and Manganese.”  Yes!

Rhubarb does contain oxalic acid which can be a problem in large quantities and is why the toxic leaves, roots and flowers are avoided and just the stems used.  

This simple rhubarb sauce is sweet, tart, and perfect for topping ice cream or stirring into yogurt.  With only 3 ingredients, it is also low in sugar and a fun way to celebrate spring!  

Mmmm!

Of course, I am not the only big rhubarb fan around.  I always remember reading its praise in Barbara Kingsolver’s local eating saga Animal Vegetable Miracle.  If I recall, it was an early North Carolina spring when Barbara set out to the farmer’s market.   Her daughter had written a hopeful, “fruit??” on the shopping list and Barbara was decidedly not hopeful.   But ultimately rhubarb fit the bill, to everyone’s delight. 

It’s a sentiment I totally understand!

Welcome spring!

Rhubarb Sauce
Serves 8
This simple rhubarb sauce is sweet, tart, and perfect for topping ice cream or stirring into yogurt.  With only 3 ingredients, it is also low in sugar and a fun way to celebrate spring!  
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
48 calories
12 g
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0 g
0 g
0 g
20 g
0 g
12 g
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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
20g
Servings
8
Amount Per Serving
Calories 48
Calories from Fat 0
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g
0%
Saturated Fat 0g
0%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 0mg
0%
Total Carbohydrates 12g
4%
Dietary Fiber 0g
0%
Sugars 12g
Protein 0g
Vitamin A
0%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
0%
Iron
0%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup sugar or maple syrup
  2. 1/4 cup water
  3. 6 cups chopped (1 inch pieces) rhubarb stems
Instructions
  1. Place sugar and water in a medium saucepan and heat, stirring occasionally, until sugar has dissolved.
  2. Add rhubarb and continue cooking until it has broken down and sauce is thickened.
  3. Serve over ice cream or pound cake, or stir into yogurt.
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12 thoughts on “Simple, Three Ingredient, Rhubarb Sauce

  1. David

    When Mark and I grew rhubarb in Maine, we made a compote similar to this and served it over blancmange… and even once with grilled quail! Lovely photos, Inger – love the pink hand towel and how it just makes me think, “Spring!”

    1. Inger Post author

      You know it didn’t even cross my mind to serve it with something savory like meat. Thanks for the suggestion!

  2. Karis

    This reminds me of the rhubarb sauce I ate frequently as a kid. My mom seemed to always be making a batch. I miss making rhubarb desserts this time of year. It’s not available in a South Florida 🙁

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