Rhubarb is normally considered as a vegetable because it only contains 22 calories per 100 grams and has many different health benefits. The stalks are high in fiber for ease in digestion, vitamin K for healthy bone growth and neuron function in the brain. It also has natural antioxidation from vitamins C and A, as well as anti-infection properties, healthy skin, mucous membranes, vision, and potential cancer protection. Other vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients in rhubarb, including outstanding amounts of calcium, offer essential support and optimal health benefits throughout the body, making this vegetable much more than just a great dessert.
Most commonly, rhubarb stalks are cooked with sugar and used in pies or other desserts but we don't want to make our beneficial rhubarb unhealthy, do we? My own answer to that question is definitely no so let's make something healthy and delicious out of these babies.
I choose to make all of our homegrown rhubarb stalks into a huge portion of creamy and tasty rhubarb compote. Rhubarb is not that sweet from nature so people tend to sweeten it with lots of sugar but I'm just adding a little banana and honey as a natural sweetener so this recipe is perfectly healthy and just as delicious as the unhealthy version. As I listed above, it has so many health benefits that it would be a shame not to try this out.
|Skyr (protein yoghurt) with Chia seed jam, rhubarb compote and grapes|
400 g rhubarb stalks
1 dl honey (agave sirup if you're vegan)
2 mashed bananas as natural sweetener (optional)
1 tsp vanilla essence
Rinse the stalks and chop finely into small pieces. Put it into a large pot and warm it over medium heat. As the stalks soften, pour in the sweetener and stir occasionally.
When it's soft, taste it and sweeten it as you desire. Pour into a bowl or a jar and let it cool.
Serve with milk, yoghurt or fruit and enjoy!
The rhubarb compote can be left in jars in the fridge for one or two weeks so you can enjoy it as breakfast, dessert or whenever you feel like having a yummy bowl of goodness.