Rhubarb Sauce – Refined Sugar Free

Rhubarb! You either love it or hate! At least that’s what I’m guessing. I’m of the love it group!

Did you know it is actually a vegetable? I think people do not realize that because it is used in desserts, jams and sauces—typically applications for fruit.

Now it’s hard to come by where I live and beggars can’t be choosers, so I had to settle for the green variety even though the red is so much prettier. They taste the same though.


Often found in crisps and pies, I love rhubarb as a sauce…like applesauce. Unfortunately, rhubarb needs a lot of sugar to be palatable. So what to do when you do not eat refined sugars? Adapt!

I tinkered around and made this rhubarb sauce absolutely wonderful. It almost has a caramel like taste because of my use of apple juice and coconut sugar. I seriously ate half the batch in one sitting.

If you are lucky enough to get your hands on some rhubarb without paying a fortune, here are some pictures to show you just how I made my rhubarb sauce.

Wash the rhubarb and then cut it into one inch pieces. You’ll need 4 cups for this recipe.


Place apple juice, coconut sugar and stevia in pan on stove.


Place rhubarb into pan. Bring to boil.


Cover with lid, stirring once in a while, for about 10 minutes.


Then remove lid and cook uncovered.


Cook until it is about this consistency.


Then enjoy the sauce either warm or cold. Plain or on top of ice cream or a bundt cake.

Blog-RhubarbSauceAlso shared at Gluten Free and DIY Tuesday. Allergy Free Wednesday. Real Food Wednesday. Mostly Homemade Mondays. Fat Tuesday.

Rhubarb Sauce – Refined Sugar Free


  • 4 cups washed and cut rhubarb
  • 1/2 cup apple juice
  • 1/3 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. liquid stevia


  1. Place apple juice and sweeteners in pan on stove.  Bring to boil.
  2. Add rhubarb.  Reduce heat and cover for 10 minutes.  Stir occasionally.
  3. Remove heat and cook uncovered until sauce is desired consistency.
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4 Responses to Rhubarb Sauce – Refined Sugar Free

  1. I’ve honestly never tried rhubarb. My husband and I were just discussing whether or not we should grow some in our garden, but then we realized we didn’t know how it was used except in pie. But this would be a great recipe to try if we do decide to grow it next year! I’d love it if you’d be interested to share this on Naturally Sweet Tuesday this week. Thanks for considering 🙂 ~Aubree


  2. Would love to try this. I think we will definitely have to give rhubarb a try in our garden next year 🙂 Thanks for sharing this at Naturally Sweet Tuesday! ~Aubree

    p.s. the linkup for this week is live 🙂 http://livingfree.aubreecherie.com/2014/06/naturally-sweet-tuesday-june-10-2014/

  3. This looks like another great sauce to add to my arsenal! I’m going to pin this to our MHM group board. Thanks for sharing on Mostly Homemade Mondays last week! Please join us again today: http://www.thesustainablecouple.com/2014/06/mostly-homemade-mondays-week-85.html

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