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Rhubarb Apple Fruit Crisp

This Rhubarb Apple Fruit Crisp uses fresh or frozen rhubarb and apples. It’s baked with cinnamon, oats, and coconut oil, and sweetened with pure maple syrup and brown sugar. This is comforting dessert that is perfect when apples are in season and you are lookin for a delicious apple cinnamon treat.

Top with a homemade vanilla whipped cream, or enjoy with a scoop of homemade vanilla ice cream, and enjoy with our hot toddy or Irish coffee for a warming, indulgent experience.

You can substitute the apples for another fruit if you desire. This recipe would be delicious with strawberries, mixed berries, blackberries, or even plums. The oat topping provides a delicious crunch that is sustaining and rich, balancing the fruit mixture perfectly. We love crisps, and this is one of our favorites.

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Rhubarb Apple Fruit Crisp

This rhubarb crisp is only one of our recipes to incorporate the tangy produce, and the end result is delicious. Apples and rhubarb are a wonderful combination because the flavors play well and balance one another. Rhubarb benefits from sweet fruits that tone down the strong acidic nature of the stalky fruit.

Rhubarb apple fruit crisp is a perfect substitute for similar desserts that may require more effort to execute, like apple rhubarb pie, apple rhubarb cake, apple rhubarb muffins, or apple rhubarb bread. All of these recipes, while delicious, will require more time and effort than this crisp, so it provides a fantastic option that is easy to make and full of flavor.

What flavors pair well with rhubarb?

Although apple is a popular companion to many rhubarb desserts, there is no shortage of options to enjoy with your favorite tart fruit. Ginger, cinnamon, butter, caramel, and honey all bring wonderful sweetness and spice to rhubarb.

Lemon, orange, mint, strawberries, blackberries and raspberries compliment the bright, tart flavors of rhubarb and are strong enough in their own right to bring additional flavors to the table. Whipped creams, ice creams, custards, and various pastries doughs often accompany rhubarb and add a creamy, softness that is well loved.

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A crunchy sweet oat topping is the hall mark of a delicious fruit crisp.

What are the best apples for apple crisp?

The best apples to use in a crisp are ones that are crisp and able to withstand the baking process without turning to mush, and slightly tart with a soft sweetness. The most popular baking apples include Golden Delicious, HoneyCrisp, Granny Smith, and Jonagold.

Any of these apples, or similar varieties, will be a great choice for crisp because they aren’t too sweet, and the texture can withstand being baked without losing the integrity of the texture.

We have used these apples in many different recipes including our own Apple crisp and Caramel Apple pie.

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A closer look at that lovely filling. This combination of apples and rhubarb blend beautifully and taste great together!

What is the difference between a fruit crisp and a fruit crumble?

Fruit crisp and fruit crumbles are essentially the same thing with one small exception. Crisps incorporate oats in the topping while crumbles are made without oats for a simple sugar, flour, butter streusel that is clumpier than crumbles and can include chopped nuts if desired.

We love a traditional crisp topping because the oats bring a richness to the dessert, and add a comforting element that is perfect for a fall or winter treat. If you wish to omit the oats you absolutely can; you will just be making a crumble rather than a fruit crisp.

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Rhubarb Apple Fruit Crisp Recipe

If you are making this with fresh fruit, or prefer to drain your frozen fruit as it thaws, we recommend cutting the cornstarch in half. If you are washing the fruit and it’s watery add more cornstarch accordingly.

For this recipe we use pure maple syrup and coconut oil. We love these ingredients because they add flavor and moisture to the recipe. You can use white sugar and butter one to one with coconut oil and maple syrup if you prefer. 

For the filling

  • In a large bowl, whisk together pure maple syrup (or organic sugar) and cornstarch.
  • Add fruits  to the cornstarch mixture and mix until all the fruit is coated with the syrup mixture.
  • Pour into a greased 8 inch square baking dish or pie plate.

For the topping

  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the oats, brown sugar, flour and cinnamon.
  • Mix the dry ingredients well.
  • Add the melted coconut oil to the dry topping mix and stir until It’s crumbly.
  • Sprinkle over the fruit in baking dish.
  • Bake 45 minutes until fruit is bubbly in the center and the edges are browned. About 45 minutes.SaveSave

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Rhubarb Apple Fruit Crisp
Yield: 9 servings

Rhubarb Apple Fruit Crisp

Prep Time: 19 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 4 minutes

This Mid Winter Rhubarb Apple Fruit Crisp uses fresh or frozen rhubarb and apples. It’s baked with coconut oil and sweetened with pure Maple Syrup to keep it healthy!


  • 3 Cups Rhubarb, fresh or frozen
  • 2 Cups apples, strawberries, or other fruit
  • 4 Tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3/4 Cup maple syrup
  • 1 Cup oats
  • 1/2 Cup brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1/2 Cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/3 Cup flour
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl combine maple syrup and cornstarch
  3. Add fruits and mix until coated with the syrup mixture
  4. Pour into a greased 8 inch square baking dish or pie plate
  5. In a small bowl, combine the oat, brown sugar, melted coconut oil, flour and cinnamon
  6. Mix it well until It's crumbly
  7. Sprinkle over the fruit in baking dish
  8. Bake 45 minutes until fruit in bubbly in the center and edges are browned, usually about 45 minutes


If using frozen fruit, measure before the fruit has thawed. Drain the frozen fruit but do not squeeze out the juices.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 318Total Fat 13gSaturated Fat 10gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 0mgSodium 9mgCarbohydrates 50gFiber 3gSugar 32gProtein 2g

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Wednesday 14th of March 2018

How can I make the topping without sugar? I can have honey and maple syrup


Wednesday 14th of March 2018

Hi Miranda, Maple syrup is a good substitute for brown sugar. It has a caramel type flavor and is about the same sweetness. You will have to add extra flour until you get the crumbly texture you need. I would love to know how it turns out for you. Have a great day.

Kylee @ Kylee Cooks

Thursday 24th of March 2016

I haven't had rhubarb in SO long. It used to be a family staple growing up in NZ. I must find some and make this. YUM!!


Thursday 24th of March 2016

I hope you can find Rhubarb in New Zealand Kylee. Maybe frozen? That's what I used and it turned out great! Good Luck!

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