Helping Hands in the Kitchen: Berry Rhubarb Crumble

Close-up of a golden-brown Berry Rhubarb Crumble with a crispy oat and nut topping, displaying a vibrant mix of baked berries and rhubarb bubbling underneath.

At Helping Hands Food Bank, our goal is to ensure that everyone has access to nutritious and delicious meals. This week, we’re excited to share a sweet treat that’s easy to make and sure to delight your taste buds: Berry Rhubarb Crumble. This dessert combines the tartness of rhubarb with the sweetness of berries, creating a perfect balance of flavors.

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Berry Rhubarb Crumble Recipe

Servings: 2-3
Estimated Cost: $6.80
Cost Per Serving: $3.20


  • 2 medium bowls
  • Spoon
  • Spatula
  • Baking pan/sheet



  • 1/2 cup fresh strawberries (or choice of berry), chopped OR 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 cup rhubarb, chopped OR 1/2 cup frozen chopped rhubarb
  • 1 tsp corn-starch
  • 1 tsp orange juice
  • 1/4 tsp orange zest


  • 1/3 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 tbsp sweetener (e.g., honey, maple syrup, etc.)
  • 3 tbsp nuts, chopped (e.g., walnuts, pecans, cashews, etc.)
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 3 tsp cooking oil (e.g., coconut, almond, canola)
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt


  1. Preheat the Oven: Preheat oven to 375ºF (190ºC).
  2. Prepare the Filling: Place the filling ingredients in your baking dish and stir to combine.
  3. Mix the Topping: In a medium bowl, combine the oats, flour, sweetener, nuts, cinnamon, oil, vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt. Stir to combine.
  4. Assemble the Crumble: Cover the fruit with the crisp topping.
  5. Bake: Place in the oven for 45-50 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and the fruit mixture is bubbling.
  6. Cool and Serve: Let cool, then top with ice cream, whipped cream, fresh mint, or whatever you desire. Enjoy!

Health Benefits:

  • Cinnamon: Used in culinary and medicinal traditions worldwide, cinnamon can help with sore throats, cough, indigestion, abdominal cramps, intestinal spasms, gas, and diarrhea.
  • Oats: Known for their unique structure, oats’ fiber aids heart health, digestion, nutrient absorption, and balances cholesterol. They are also rich in minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants.

References: Recipe from LA Dixon, 2023, Maryland University of Integrative Health