gluten-free strawberry rhubarb crisp

June 24, 2014  |  Desserts and Baking
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Sweet and tart strawberry rhubarb crisp made with gluten-free sorghum and pecan topping.

Gluten-Free Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp

While much of the country has moved onto blueberries, the Vermont strawberry season has only just begun. We’re now in our second week of picking, and I am not even close to sick of them yet. Not that anyone really gets sick of strawberries. Their season is too short for that to happen. I know after writing this post, you probably weren’t expecting to see another dessert recipe around here for a while. But… I couldn’t resist making a crisp recipe while the strawberry season was on.

We went strawberry picking again this past weekend. And we brought home several more quarts. I made this crisp with the help of my littlest sous chef. {And by helping I mean that she mostly just stood on a step stool next to me at the counter, ate strawberries, and watched me do the prep work.} Not that there was much prep work, or that this recipe is complicated at all. The most time consuming part is hulling the berries. We loved the crisp so much, I made it again with my brother in law. We doubled it so we would have some left-overs.


A few ingredient notes. I have recently discovered sorghum flour. I think it may be one of my new favorite ingredients. I have been working on two other recipes with it, that I will be sharing soon enough. Sorghum is a grain that originated in Africa and is gaining popularity here in the states. It is naturally gluten-free and a little sweet. It lends itself well to recipes like this where you don’t need the structure of gluten, and you want some sweetness. And it is not as gritty as brown rice flour. If you can’t find it and are not gluten-free, feel free to use all-purpose flour instead if you want.

I used maple sugar for this recipe. I am trying to remember if I have ever called for maple sugar here on the blog. I don’t think I have, even though I use it quite a bit. It is made when you just keep boiling maple syrup past the syrup stage and it crystallizes. It can be used in place of white sugar in a recipe and it had intense maple flavor. We get it in our locavore share from our CSA, and they sell it at our local market too. If you can’t find it use brown sugar instead.

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gluten-free strawberry rhubarb crisp

Active Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours

Makes: 8 servings

Calories per serving: 223 calories

Fat per serving: 10 g

gluten-free strawberry rhubarb crisp

Sweet and tart strawberry rhubarb crisp made with gluten-free sorghum and pecan topping.


  • 4 cups strawberries, hulled and cut into thick slices
  • 3 cups chopped rhubarb- about ½-inch slices
  • ¾ cup maple sugar or brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • pinch salt
  • Topping
  • ½ cup sorghum flour
  • 3 tablespoons maple sugar or brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 3 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into chunks
  • ½ cup pecans


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 8X8-inch Pyrex baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Make Filling: Stir strawberries, rhubarb, ¾ cup maple sugar or brown sugar, cornstarch and salt in a large bowl. Transfer to the prepared baking dish.
  3. Make Topping: Combine sorghum flour, 3 tablespoons maple sugar or brown sugar, ginger and butter in a food processor. Process until the butter is cut into the flour and mixture looks like coarse meal. Add pecans and process until the pecans are chopped. Pour topping over the filling.
  4. Bake crisp until the filling bubbles and the topping is browned 40 to 50 minutes. Allow to cool before serving.


This recipe can be doubled and baked in a 9 by 13 baking dish. When doubled it takes 60 to 70 minutes to bake. All-purpose wheat flour may be substituted for the sorgham flour if desired.

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  1. This looks great. I love the idea of adding ginger into the crisp. I have also been making strawberry rhubarb crisps a lot lately, but we just got ripe raspberries for picking down here in PA and so maybe I will try this with a raspberry rhubarb twist 🙂

  2. Ooh, I would like to grab that spoon and take a bite. This sounds so good with the deep flavors of maple sugar, ginger and pecans. Yum! Crisps are my #1 favorite dessert!
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  3. I love the look of this crisp. The flavors sound so good. I can’t wait to taste them for myself.

  4. I adore crisps! There was a restaurant we used to go to in Maine that offered crisps as an “appetizer” for brunch! Divine! I made two batches of strawberry jam a few weeks ago and they are the best ever. Nothing like very ripe strawberries to make the jam wonderful. Cling peaches, large juicy blackberries and blueberries are ripe in South Carolina. I think this may be the year for blackberry jam as well…
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    • I just love the way my kitchen smells when there is jam cooking. Please make me a jar of that blackberry. It is a favorite of mine. And I don’t have to share it with my girls because they are too obsessed with strawberry and raspberry to care much for it. Peaches too. Oh my, can’t wait for them.
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  5. It’s funny that I’ve heard of rhubarb all my life and have never had any. It wasn’t part of traditional southern food. As adventurous as I am with food, you’d have though I would have tried it by now. This crisp looks delicious and might just be my inspiration to buy some rhubarb! Thanks for sharing, Katie!
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  6. this looks lovely Katie!! now if I just hand a big heaping scoop of vanilla bean ice cream on top… that’d be perf! 😉
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  7. This looks so lovely! Yum! I absolutely love the combination of strawberry and rhubarb and I could spend all my days eating crisps (:

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