All the flavors of your favorite pie are packed into this strawberry rhubarb smoothie. Perfect for using up that summer bounty in a unique smoothie recipe!
Kevin’s favorite pie hands down is his Mom’s Famous Strawberry Rhubarb Pie and this smoothie is a delicious riff off of that pie. Rhubarb grows amazingly well here in Oregon because we have enough hard freezes to trigger it’s growth, it was a sad discovery that we couldn’t really grow it much in Georgia.
We have been so busy that I actually haven’t gotten around to planting some here at our new house but I’m thinking tucking it into the old chicken coop area could be a perfect place to keep it out of reach of little hands.
Rhubarb leaves are quite poisonous which we learned pretty darn quickly in World War I when the British government announced it was a good food source instead of all the veggies they were taking to the troops. Oops. Word on the street is you won’t probably die (though some definitely have) from eating the leaves but you are gonna be an unhappy camper for a number of days in a hospital. I think we would like to skip that part for sure.
The awesome and delicious news is that the stems have none of those chemicals in them and we can enjoy their tart distinct flavor completely safely. And you can also eat them completely raw. Apparently lots of folks have distinct memories of munching on fresh young raw rhubarb stalks dipped into sugar or maple syrup as kids. Not sure I want to go quite that far but blending them up in this sweet summer smoothie is right up my alley.
Blending up the fibrous stems is no problem at all in our Vitamix 7500 but if you don’t have a high speed blender you will want to blend it alone with the milk first and then add all the other ingredients. The ice can prevent it from blending it up completely in a regular blender. We really love the 7500 but any of the vitamix blenders are a great choice if you are looking to add a blender to your house that will last forever. Highly recommended, they are workhorses.
Strawberry Rhubarb Smoothie
- 1 stalk fresh rhubarb leaves removed, stems chopped in 1 inch chunks *SEE NOTES
- ½ pint fresh strawberries stems removed
- 8 ounces milk or coconut milk
- 1 banana fresh or frozen is delicious too!
- 1/2 cup ice
- ½ teaspoon bee pollen optional
- Add the milk, rhubarb, strawberries, banana and ice to the blender.
- Top with a sprinkle of bee pollen on top if desired.
NOTE: Rhubarb leaves are poisonous, most come just as stalks but if you harvest it fresh be sure to remove all leaf matter before using the stalks or you could end up quite sick.