Blueberry/Rhubarb smoothie that tastes like homemade pie
Rhubarb is one of those things that you’ve probably only had in pie. I know that was the case for me.
Here’s another great use for rhubarb. A delicious rhubarb smoothie we’re calling The Blubarb.
Why Grandma Barb grew rhubarb
My Grandma, Barb, is a master gardener and she always had a huge crop of rhubarb. But the only thing we knew to do with it was make strawberry rhubarb pie. You boil down the fruit, add a ton of sugar, and bake on a buttery crust.
It was one of my absolute favorites as a child (strawberry rhubarb crisp a close second). So when rhubarb showed up at our local farmer’s market again, I knew we had to get some. Perhaps I could make a smoothie that tastes similar to the pie I loved as a child.
Well, let’s just say my Grandma would be proud. This smoothie is fresh, tart, and much quicker than cooling your baked goods on an open windowsill.
Not just pie, blue ribbon pie
I intended to make a strawberry rhubarb smoothie. It’s a classic combination, and I’m a big fan. But when I searched our frozen fruit selection, we were fresh out of strawberries.
All of the other ingredients were already in our Vitamix. Each of them contributing to the flavor profile I was going for: homemade pie. So instead of heading to the grocery store, I experimented with blueberries.
You cannot go wrong with blueberry pie, but blueberry and rhubarb? I had never tried that pairing.
I gotta tell ya, it worked. Not only did it work, it may be one of the most delicious smoothies I have ever created (and I’ve made my fair share)!
My first thought was “this tastes like a blue ribbon state fair pie”. The berry flavor is certainly the star, but the tartness from the rhubarb and the sweetness from the dates is complex and delicious. The oats and vanilla help give this smoothie that unmistakable homemade pie flavor.
For that down-home feeling, pour into a large mason jar.
Make the Blubarb Smoothie (named for blueberry + rhubarb, but also awesome that it sounds like Grandma Barb!) when you’re craving a treat. It’ll be the most satisfying thing you did all day! We’ll accept our blue ribbon once you give it a try. 🙂
Guiltless fruit-based smoothie that tastes like a homemade pie.
- almond milk (unsweetened) - 1 cup (240 mL)
- rhubarb (raw) - 1 cup (100 g)
- blueberries (frozen) - 1 cup (155 g)
- dates (pitted) - 2 whole
- rolled oats - 1/4 cup (20 g)
- vanilla - 1 tsp. (5 g)
- ice - 1 cup (217 g)
- Add all ingredients into Vitamix container
- Blend on high for 60-90 seconds (or use “Smoothie” preset)
- Snap a pic and tag #lifeisNOYOKE
Useful tips for Blubarb Smoothie
My only experience with rhubarb was after it was cooked. I had to Google if it was okay to eat raw. It is (and man, does that cut down on prep time)!
If you're out of blueberries, my guess is that frozen strawberries or raspberries would be just as good (maybe even better).
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