Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Smoothie
Did you know it’s perfectly safe to eat rhubarb raw? It’s only the leaves you aren’t supposed to eat. You’ll get all the benefits from rhubarb if you eat it raw in this Strawberry Rhubarb Pie smoothie that will leave you wanting more.
Benefits of rhubarb
Although rhubarb is actually a vegetable, most people consider it to be part of the fruit family and use it like a fruit in sweet desserts. A New York court actually declared that rhubarb should be considered a fruit as that’s how most people use it. It’s perfectly safe to eat raw rhubarb, just not the leaves, and it’s got quite a sharp taste eaten raw, a bit similar to celery.
I like to promote seasonal eating on this website and try and time a lot of my recipes to coincide with the seasons. Rhubarb only used to be available in the UK in spring but I’m still seeing it available to buy in the shops at the moment. I’ve since learned that a lot of the time there will be 2 harvests for rhubarb and that it can grow all year round in warmer climates, so perhaps you still have access to rhubarb? I can now buy raw frozen rhubarb from a new local store which is just perfect.
Rhubarb is high in calcium so it’s great for those people who don’t eat dairy to ensure they have strong teeth and bones.
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Rhubarb is also full of antioxidants which are great for your eyes, skin, heart and to prevent cancer.
This summer I went and bought myself a baby rhubarb to plant in my garden. I didn’t get round to planting it for a while and it wasn’t looking so good, but now it’s been in the garden for a while it seems to have perked up a bit.
I’m a total gardening novice, so I was told rhubarb would be a good vegetable to start with as it doesn’t need much attention. It’s supposed to be very hardy and is actually better after a frost. We get a lot of frosty weather up here so it sounds just perfect. I will have to wait two years before I’m able to actually eat any, but I’m sure it will be worth the wait as I just adore rhubarb. You can also quite easily grow rhubarb from seed.
Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Smoothie
Not only is this smoothie so good for you but it also tastes amazing. If you’re craving a pie, just have one of these smoothies instead and you’ll feel completely satisfied. I added more dried fruit than I would do normally to balance out the bitter taste of the rhubarb but I think this strawberry rhubarb smoothie strikes a great balance between sweetness and tartness.
You can choose to make this smoothie without the greens or turn it into a green smoothie with some spinach. As always I totally recommend green smoothies as a fantastic way of totally revamping your health and a very easy way to get your greens without even noticing.
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I’ve recently started to blend my green smoothies in a different way. I now add my liquids and greens and blend those, and then add my harder ingredients (oats and nuts) followed by the fruit last. This seems to work a lot better and everything blends very quickly.
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[tweetherder]The raw rhubarb in this Strawberry Rhubarb Pie smoothie is actually fine to eat.[/tweetherder]
Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Smoothie (Green Smoothie/Green Thickie)
It’s actually perfectly safe to eat raw rhubarb. Get all the health benefits of raw rhubarb in this gorgeous strawberry rhubarb pie smoothie.
- Prep Time: 2 minutes
- Total Time: 2 minutes
- Yield: 2 Servings 1x
- Category: Green Thickie
- Method: Blender
- Cuisine: Drink
- 2 Cups Non Dairy Milk (oat, rice, soya, almond, hemp, coconut drink or raw nut or seed milk)
- 1 Cup Spinach, tightly packed or 2 cups loosely packed. Optional (Or any other mild greens) OR if you run out of fresh greens, add 2 scoops of Amazing Green Powder for an extra healthy green boost.
- ¼ Cup Pecans (If you avoid nuts, you could try sunflower seeds instead)
- 1 Cup Raisins (or any other dried fruit which can also be pre-soaked for a smoother blend)
- 1 Cup Oats Or one cup of Quinoa
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla
- ½ teaspoon Cinnamon
- 2 Cups Raw Rhubarb chopped (You could also use frozen or cooked rhubarb)
- 1 Cup Strawberries
- 1 Banana
- Blend the ingredients in the order listed.
- Blend the milk and greens first then add the rest of the ingredients.
- Add more water if required to thin it out.
- Substitute any of the ingredients for whatever you already have.
- If your smoothie is too warm, you can cool it down in the fridge.
The calories shown are for half of the ingredients listed as this smoothie serves 2. If you want less calories add less oats.
- Serving Size: 550 ml/20 oz /1 pint
- Calories: 631
- Sugar: 63g
- Sodium: 191mg
- Fat: 15g
- Saturated Fat: 1g
- Carbohydrates: 121g
- Fiber: 15g
- Protein: 13g
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This recipe is perfect for me right now as I have a lot of frozen rhubarb – my friend grows amazing rhubarb which I swear could win awards and she’s kind enough to share it! The first time she gave it to me I made a huge pan of Laura’s (keepinghealthygettingstylish.com) Rhubarb and Orange Compote and near enough ate it all right away! More recently though I froze what she gave me as the weather was warmer and I was worried it’d go off so into the freezer it went. I also have three tubs of strawberries in the fridge, so yeeha! :D
I really love rhubarb and I don’t use it enough, so I’m really looking forward to making this smoothie; I’m also really looking forward to seeing your video, I bet you’ve done a great job! :)
Katherine Natalia @ Green Thickies says
That’s great you have loads of frozen rhubarb. Aww how lovely of your friend to share it. My auntie grows rhubarb and she lives in the rhubarb triangle (Wakefield). It’s supposed to grow well down there. I hope it grows equally as well up here in the cold north.
Thank you for sharing the recipe for the rhubarb compote. I’m going to have to give that a try as I just bought some frozen rhubarb in ASDA. I love your recipe recommendations as it’s great to hear whether recipes actually worked before you invest the time and ingredients to make them. I sometimes make a healthy rhubarb crumble with an oat topping which is gorgeous. In fact I’ve not had that for such a long time. I forget about those kind of desserts when I’m in the mood for a treat.
Thank you, it’s funny watching videos of bloggers as you get an idea of what they sound like before you hear than on a video. I’ve really not liked watching that video back and think my voice sounds really funny. Although I had to force myself to slow my voice down and speak more clearly so it’s not actually the way I normally talk.
Yes I’m lucky like that! I know Manchester (specifically Cheetham Hill) isn’t quite as cold as where you are but it’s not exactly tropical either as you’ll remember (ha!) but my friend’s rhubarb is definitely high quality :)
I’m glad my recommendations are useful to you! And funnily enough, at the same blog Laura’s just done a stone fruit crumble which looks delicious; I’m a bit biased as crumble is pretty much my favourite pudding (tied with sticky toffee pudding and custard – Angela@Oh She Glows did a lovely looking version of that which I keep meaning to try), whatever filling it has! Rhubarb is truly a classic though. Angela also did a great version of individual pear-cardamom almond crumbles: so easy to make for dessert or the night before to warm up in the morning as they are healthy enough for breakfast yet feel like a decadent treat.
I’m sure I’d feel the same if I tried to make a video, but I think you’ve done a good job and come across well :)
Katherine Natalia @ Green Thickies says
Wow I’m going to have to check out that fruit crumble, yum! I have tried quite a lot of Oh She Glows recipes and loved them all so far. Mmmm pear cardamom? I sense another winning smoothie combination! I’ve not actually had many pear smoothies. I try to include seasonal recipes but it’s hard to tell living in this country when some things are in season. I think it may be soon though.
Thank you for saying I came across well in the video. I still cringe when I even think about it!
Gabby @ the veggie nook says
What a creative way to use rhubarb Katherine, it sounds delicious! :)
i just tried this recipie as my first green thickie! i did not have rhubarb, so i subsituted canned pinnapple and it was quite delicious!! i was hesitant about the “green” part, but i was pleasanty surprised that i did not even taste the spinach. i enjoy fruit and oats and this is all i taste in this thickie. i am trying to subsitute breakfast & lunch with a thickie, and eat a soft dinner to help solve some TMJ issues that i have (the less chewing i do each day, the better) i am also hoping to shed a few pounds. thanks for this site, it looks great!!