Rhubarb Jam | The Healthful Ideas

Rhubarb Jam

June 4, 2015
Rhubarb Jam - easy and delicious jam that happens to be good for you. Only 2 ingredients! I like to eat it with ice cream, oatmeal, or smoothies. Vegan, gluten-free, and processed sugar-free! | thehealthfulideas.com

It’s Rhubarb season everyone!! I admit, I get way too excited about seasonal fruits and veggies. But everything tastes better when it’s in the season, so who could blame me.

I bought lots of rhubarb about two weeks ago and it was all just lying in my fridge with no purpose so I decided to make jam. I imagined how good it would taste for breakfast in combination with chocolate and man, was I right.


And it looks good too.

The texture is awesome, the taste is just right, and it goes with everything. From pancakes, oatmeal, to ice cream, or cake. And last but not least, it’s quick & easy!

I didn’t know how to call this, but eventually I went with ‘jam’. ‘Sauce’ would probably be more fitting because I basically just pour it on stuff. Initially, I wanted to call it a ‘compote’ but decided that it’d be misleading since it’s quite smooth with no big pieces of rhubarb. The struggle. I’m such a perfectionist. Moving on. I may not be sure what I want to call it, but there’s one thing I know for sure—it’s delicious and you should definitely try it!

Rhubarb Jam - easy and delicious jam that happens to be good for you. Only 2 ingredients! I like to eat it with ice cream, oatmeal, or smoothies. Vegan, gluten-free, and processed sugar-free! | thehealthfulideas.com

Rhubarb is another thing on my I-never-used-to like-it-as-a-kid-but-now-I-love-it list. I remember eating rhubarb cake of some sort a couple times as a kid and I never liked it. It was sweet but not enough and too tart for my taste. It had a vanilla flavor to it (which I disliked too, believe it or not) and it was just a big NO for me.

People tend to like different foods when they’re small and as adults, fall in love with foods they used to loathe. For me, that’s rhubarb, olives, oatmeal, brussels sprouts, and any type of greens, really.

Anyways, I love the tartness of rhubarb jam with a combination of something sweet, preferably with chocolate. (by chocolate I mean raw cacao)

In these pictures, I combined the jam with regular chocolate oatmeal and mixed fruits. If you want the recipe for the chocolate oatmeal, please let me know in the comments below or on social media!

It also tastes amazing with banana “nice cream” (either with cacao, carob, or simple only with vanilla) along with maybe coconut whipped cream or my chocolate sauce. Ah, that always hits the spot.

Or you could heat it up a bit and pour it over banana pancakes.

The options are endless, really. You could even serve it with a savory dish of some kind. Try it out and be creative!

Rhubarb Jam - easy and delicious jam that happens to be good for you. Only 2 ingredients! I like to eat it with ice cream, oatmeal, or smoothies. Vegan, gluten-free, and processed sugar-free! | thehealthfulideas.com

I always take so many pictures of each meal I post and then struggle so much when deciding which ones to post. And yes, that may be a reflection of my pink sweatpants in those spoons.. haha. What do you mean you don’t walk around your house in pink pants with penguins??? Priorities—comfy pants and oatmeal come first and you know it.

ANYWAYS. When cooking the rhubarb, I added a teaspoon or so of water in the beginning so it wouldn’t stick to the saucepan. But don’t add too much, it shouldn’t even cover the bottom. It’s only to add a bit of moisture. You don’t wanna create a soup. The rhubarb releases almost immediately its juices so it’s gonna get runny eventually anyways.

There really isn’t anything hard about this. You simply cut it all up, dump it in a saucepan over medium heat and let it simmer until it turns to jam. At the end, you sweeten it with honey to taste and you’re done!

If you try it, don’t forget to let me know! Tag me on Instagram, I’d love to see your pictures. :)

Rhubarb Jam - easy and delicious jam that happens to be good for you. Only 2 ingredients! I like to eat it with ice cream, oatmeal, or smoothies. Vegan, gluten-free, and processed sugar-free! | thehealthfulideas.com

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Rhubarb Jam Recipe Type : jam Author: The Healthful Ideas Prep time: 5 mins Cook time: 10 mins Total time: 15 mins Serves: 1 cup Tart rhubarb jam with a hint of sweetness goes great with sweet breakfasts or desserts. I like to serve mine with chocolate oatmeal, pancakes, ice cream, or cake! The sweet & tart combination is divine! Double the recipe to make a bigger batch.
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Recipe type: Jam
Serves: 1 cup
Ingredients
  • 4 rhubarb stalks
  • 1 tsp water
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup (or honey if not vegan)
  • 1 tbsp coconut nectar or more maple syrup (optional)
Instructions
  1. Wash the rhubarb and cut into small pieces (1 cm thick)
  2. Heat a small saucepan over a medium heat and add the rhubarb and a teaspoon of water so it doesn't stick to the bottom.
  3. When it starts cooking, make sure to keep stirring so it doesn't burn. When the rhubarb releases juices, you can lower the heat a bit and cover it with a lid.
  4. Cook for 5 minutes and stir occasionally.
  5. When it turns into a sauce and you can't see many pieces of rhubarb, add the honey.
  6. Taste and sweeten with more honey if needed, but I like mine quite tart—it goes great with sweet breakfasts.
  7. If you want a few pieces of rhubarb in the jam, take it off the heat. If you want the jam smoother, keep cooking for a few more minutes until you reach desired consistency.
  8. Cool completely and store in a glass jar in the fridge for a week.

Rhubarb Jam - easy and delicious jam that happens to be good for you. Only 2 ingredients! I like to eat it with ice cream, oatmeal, or smoothies. Vegan, gluten-free, and processed sugar-free! | thehealthfulideas.com


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26 Comments

  • Reply Christie Brown April 19, 2017 at 9:46 am

    I used to love rhubarb jam back when I was little! Oooof this brings back so many memories. I’ve only even had store-bought, though. I’m definitely going to try my hand at this recipe! Yum. :)

    Christie’s Take on Life. xx

    • Veronika | thehealthfulideas
      Reply Veronika | thehealthfulideas April 20, 2017 at 11:11 am

      I totally love this homemade one, you should give it a try! :)

  • Reply Rachel G April 19, 2017 at 12:03 pm

    This brings back memories of my grandma making home-made rhubarb jam! We used to have rhubarb plants growing around our farm–it’s good! We would just make it as a sauce, or I would eat it mixed into oatmeal, that was really good!

    • Veronika | thehealthfulideas
      Reply Veronika | thehealthfulideas April 20, 2017 at 11:12 am

      Oh I love rhubarb oatmeal!<3

  • Reply Shane Prather April 19, 2017 at 4:12 pm

    I’ve never really liked Rhubarb in a pie before but this looks so yummy! I must try it soon.

    • Veronika | thehealthfulideas
      Reply Veronika | thehealthfulideas April 20, 2017 at 11:13 am

      Me neither but something’s changed and I’ve been obsessed with rhubarb lately!

  • Reply Shelby Hart April 19, 2017 at 4:18 pm

    This would be so delicious on some toast too! Like a mini rhubarb pie!

    • Veronika | thehealthfulideas
      Reply Veronika | thehealthfulideas April 20, 2017 at 11:13 am

      Yum!!

  • Reply Lauren April 19, 2017 at 8:15 pm

    yum! this looks super easy and delicious! I’m always on the hunt for healthy things to add to my routine oatmeal in the morning!

    • Veronika | thehealthfulideas
      Reply Veronika | thehealthfulideas April 20, 2017 at 11:14 am

      Thanks Lauren! I love this jam on oatmeal with fresh strawberries<3

  • Reply Ophalyn Lee April 19, 2017 at 10:27 pm

    Oh my! Looks delish! A must try recipe:)

    • Veronika | thehealthfulideas
      Reply Veronika | thehealthfulideas April 20, 2017 at 11:15 am

      Thanks, Ophalyn!

  • Reply Meghan April 21, 2017 at 4:28 pm

    Yummy! This looks so delicious! I never had rhubard jam before!

    • Veronika | thehealthfulideas
      Reply Veronika | thehealthfulideas April 22, 2017 at 11:02 am

      It’s seriously scrumptious!

  • Reply Camille April 24, 2017 at 1:28 pm

    This looks so delicious, and so healthy, too!

    • Veronika | thehealthfulideas
      Reply Veronika | thehealthfulideas April 25, 2017 at 9:21 am

      Thanks, Camille! :)

  • Reply lesley sullivan April 24, 2017 at 1:33 pm

    YUM! Healthy, delicious and rhubarb… I’m in!

    • Veronika | thehealthfulideas
      Reply Veronika | thehealthfulideas April 25, 2017 at 9:21 am

      Yay! Glad you like it! :)

  • Reply Lisa April 24, 2017 at 3:51 pm

    Yum! I love jam on my greek yogurt in the morning, and this looks like it would be a great way to mix it up!

    • Veronika | thehealthfulideas
      Reply Veronika | thehealthfulideas April 25, 2017 at 9:22 am

      Absolutely! Rhubarb jam would be delicious with some yogurt! :)

  • Reply jehava April 24, 2017 at 4:16 pm

    This looks so great! Especially to add to any entree!

    • Veronika | thehealthfulideas
      Reply Veronika | thehealthfulideas April 25, 2017 at 9:22 am

      Yum! <3

  • Reply Alicia Pope April 24, 2017 at 9:52 pm

    I love Rhubarb. Mine is already coming back in the garden from last year!

    • Veronika | thehealthfulideas
      Reply Veronika | thehealthfulideas April 25, 2017 at 9:23 am

      Another reason why I love spring and summer – fresh local produce! :)

  • Reply Julie I Aloha Lovely April 25, 2017 at 9:17 am

    This looks so good! Seems like the possibilities are endless of what to use it with. Love the idea of it with ice cream (or nice creams)

    • Veronika | thehealthfulideas
      Reply Veronika | thehealthfulideas April 25, 2017 at 9:24 am

      Oh yes this would be so good on some plain banana ice cream! <3

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