DIY Kitchen: apple-rhubarb crisp (grain-free)
The truth is that while this apple-rhubarb crisp was such a winner that even Rose (who has very refined and precise food tastes) announced, “You made it exactly how I like it!” (a proclamation as rare and precious as a thousand endangered butterflies taking flight for the very first time), well, the truth is…do you actually need a recipe for grain-free rhubarb crisp?
Because, if you’re like me, and you eat mostly grain-free (except occasional sushi, last week’s gluten free beer I’m still epic-ing over, and lusty stolen bites of the kids’ mac and cheese), you already know how to transmutate any recipe into its grain-free cousin. And if, more likely, you’re not like me, and have no problem with grains, then you’re going to look at this recipe and think, is this for the pet rabbit?
But, I was so happy with how this came out—sweet and tart, rich and nutty, the vanilla extract uniting every flavor like the peacemaker of the kitchen—I figured I’d share, and like everything else here, invite you to take what’s useful and leave the rest.
“Apple-rhubarb crisp in the pan” – or, my usual apologetically ambivalent food phototography.
Makes one large panful (how’s that for accuracy?)
3-5 cups chopped rhubarb
5-8 cups chopped apples (or 4 cups applesauce if you still have some in the freezer from last fall; or strawberries…pears…berries)
3 cups nuts/seeds (I use equal parts sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds, because they’re already the right size without any crushing needed, and OK, real truth: affordable).
1 1/2 cups shredded coconut
1 stick softened butter
1/2 cup honey (Optional; I used honey first time, skipped it 2nd, didn’t miss it, so long as you have apples or some other sweet fruit to balance rhubarb’s tartness)
1 -2 TBSP vanilla
Cinnamon and salt to taste
“The crisp topping,” safe for rabbits.
Cut apples and rhubarb. Heat them in a pot on low heat with a splash of water and honey if you want for 20 mins. In bowl, mix butter, nuts/seeds, shredded coconut, vanilla, cinnamon, salt. When apple/rhubarb mix has softened, spread in bottom of large casserole dish. Put “crisp” mix on top. Bake at 350F for 25-35 minutes or until brown on top.