Strawberry Rhubarb Compote

Oh, you guys!  This is so delicious!  It was an experiment that I was a little leery about because I started out with the intention of making a simple rhubarb compote but I wanted to avoid adding a lot of sugar.  Enter the yummy strawberries….and then the maple syrup…and then freshly squeezed orange juice.  Result – DELISH!

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Best of all, this yummy little sauce is ready to eat in 10 minutes.  You can use this on yogurt, oatmeal, ice cream, cake, trifle or go all out and make a rhubarb bellini!  We all need a little champagne in our lives, don’t you think?

Strawberry Rhubarb Compote | Simply Fresh Dinners

I think this would be great as a sorbet – just freeze it.  And combine this with ginger-snap cookies? Whoa – now we’re getting crazy!

Rhubarb at Nicholyn Farms | Simply Fresh Dinners

Strawberries at Barrie Hill Farms | Simply Fresh Dinners

I used Barrie Hill Farms frozen strawberries for this because the fresh ones are a couple weeks away.  They were perfect for this.  And when I was visiting with owner, Lynda, at Nicholyn Farms, she suggested I put the compote on raspberry ripple ice cream – a great combo!

Strawberry Rhubarb Compote | Simply Fresh Dinners

This would make a fun gift when you’re attending BBQ’s and parties this summer.  It’s something that appeals to most everyone.   For some reason, I didn’t eat rhubarb as a kid but I sure do love it now.  My siblings loved it and my brother used to call it ‘rhubarber’ when we were young.  I got so used to hearing it that now I have to double check and make sure I’m calling it the right name, ha!

Strawberry Rhubarb Compote | Simply Fresh Dinners

I hope you’ll take ten minutes out of your busy days to make this healthy topping and share it with me on Instagram or Twitter.  I love seeing what you’re up to in your kitchens.  Cheers!

Strawberry Rhubarb Compote
Recipe Type: Condiment
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Serves: 3 cups
This healthy topping is flavored with the natural sweetness of strawberries, maple syrup and freshly squeezed orange juice. Use on yogurt, oatmeal, ice cream and more.
  • 2 cups fresh rhubarb (or frozen), cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 3/4 fresh strawberries (or frozen), sliced thinly
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
  1. In saucepan, bring rhubarb, maple syrup and orange juice to simmer; cook, stirring, until slightly tender, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in strawberries; cook until softened, about 2 minutes.
  2. Let cool before storing in jars.

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A delicious compote without refined sugar. Sweetened naturally!


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    Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
    June 7, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    I think I found an awesome new summer pancakes topping!
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      June 7, 2016 at 2:24 pm

      Ohhh, I forgot to add pancakes to the list! Thanks, Rebecca, lol.

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    Chris Scheuer
    June 7, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    I almost cried when I stopped at my local strawberry stand and they said that local strawberries here in NC are done. Done? So sad! But it’s great to know you can make this beautiful sauce with frozen berries, yay! Pinning and sharing!
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      June 7, 2016 at 2:24 pm

      You’re so far ahead of us, Chris, ours hasn’t even started. We’re so lucky because one of the local farms here has planted a Fall strawberry variety and they are ready in late August till mid October! Berries just make me happy 🙂

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    June 7, 2016 at 1:11 pm

    What a fantastic recipe Robyn. Strawberries are good now. You are making me hungry with the ice cream and your topping. Great combo for so many things. Lots of love from W.W. xo
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      June 7, 2016 at 2:10 pm

      Linda! You’ve been on my mind so much these days and on my list to visit as well 🙂
      Thanks so much, friend. I loved this on the raspberry ripple – the combo is fantastic! Let’s talk soon!

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    Anita Rivera
    June 7, 2016 at 3:38 pm

    NOW…..on that ice cream, I can do it! I typically don’t like rhubarb (do NOT ask me why!!!!) but on that flavor of ice cream, OK!

    Enjoying the fruits of the earth in your kitchen my friend? Today was my first full day away from school and I don’t know where to start the fun. Well, maybe I should start with cleaning my writing area…It’s a mess!

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      June 9, 2016 at 5:27 am

      LOL, ok, now I have to know, Anita. I’ll get it out of you the next time we chat on the phone!
      Yes, I’m loving summer time and the delicious farm produce, Anita. It always feels like a whole new world opens up to me. I wish I lived some place where I could have a garden year round!
      You’re going to have a blast this summer with your camera 🙂
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    June 7, 2016 at 6:44 pm

    I’m a latecomer to rhubarb, but once I tried it I fell in love…I think this compote would be fabulous on pancakes 🙂
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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    June 7, 2016 at 8:10 pm

    What a great recipe Robyn! I would put this on everything – if I could ever stop eating it straight from the jar! Sharing and pinning 🙂
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    June 7, 2016 at 11:15 pm

    That fresh rhubarb is so awesome, beautiful shot! I could totally go for a jar of this sauce right now, so versatile!
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      June 9, 2016 at 5:32 am

      Thanks, Sara. I got lucky with the shot that day and originally thought the colors would be odd together but they worked. It shows you that I have no idea what I’m doing most days, lol. Now I’m on my way to check out your Irish Nachos – intriguing!!
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    Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers
    June 8, 2016 at 7:17 am

    Perfect! I love fruit compotes. It’s a great way to use frozen fruit or fruit that’s a tiny bit past it’s prime, as well.
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      June 9, 2016 at 5:35 am

      Hi Jennifer. Isn’t it wonderful when you feel you’ve used up all your produce and not wasted a bit? I’m always happy to find new ways of ensuring I don’t have to throw food out because it’s gone bad. We’re so far behind in our seasonal produce this year. Lots of people are finished their strawberry season and we haven’t even started!
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    Blair @ The Seasoned Mom
    June 8, 2016 at 7:26 am

    Robyn! Your photos are beautiful!!! And yep, we totally have the same tastebuds! I’d smother everything with this compote…and best of all — the short ingredient list and 10 minute prep! That’s the only way I cook!
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    June 8, 2016 at 8:47 am

    Hi Robyn, oh this looks magical, strawberries and rhubarb are perfect together!
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    John/Kitchen Riffs
    June 8, 2016 at 11:56 am

    Rhubarb is great, isn’t it? And pairs so well with strawberries. Love this compote — I can think of so many things to do with it. Other than spoon it directly from the jar, of course. 🙂 Thanks for the comment.
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    Karen (Back Road Journal)
    June 8, 2016 at 3:20 pm

    I didn’t know if I would find rhubarb when we moved to Florida but I saw a couple of packages in the market yesterday. Your compote does sound like it would be delicious on ice cream.
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      June 9, 2016 at 5:41 am

      That’s great that you can source out some rhubarb, Karen. And you’ll have no problem finding oranges in Florida, lol. Everyone seems to think it should be on pancakes so I’m going to try that next!
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    June 11, 2016 at 9:12 am

    HI Robyn,
    This recipe sound divine and I agree this would be great for a summer BBQ or picnic and put it with some homemade ice-cream it would be wonderful. I used to eat cooked rhubarb when I was a kid without any type of sweetener in it – my Mom told I was crazy to eat that way but I did and loved it. She still grows rhubarb from the same patch to this day. Thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays. Pinned & tweeted!
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    Kathryn Grace
    June 11, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    That looks sublime. I think I can still get a few gnarly, slightly limp pieces of rhubarb at my green grocer. The season’s pretty well done here, but the compote wouldn’t mind that they were past their prime, would it? If they still have some this weekend, I’ll bag ’em, because I’d love to try this. Glad you shared it on the Real Food Fridays linkup or I might not have found it!

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    June 11, 2016 at 6:59 pm

    I definitely plan to make this sauce and since I have both ingredients growing within feet of my kitchen door how easy will this be! The idea of giving a jar for a gift is perfect. I will be doing that for the 4th of July picnic we are going to. Happy weekend!
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    Jennifer romaine
    June 14, 2016 at 9:36 am

    My mom made something similar but with sugar instead of the syrup. I would love to try it with the syrup instead! We ate it with whipped cream or over vanilla ice cream. Heaven! Thanks for sharing on Dishing It! & Digging It!
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    June 15, 2016 at 4:37 pm

    Hi Robyn,
    Just a note to let you know that I have chosen your post as one of my features for this weeks Real Food Fridays blog hop that goes live every Thursday @ 7pm EST. Thank you being part of Real Food Fridays mission & sharing your valuable information with us.
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