Rhubarb Sauce Recipe
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Rhubarb Sauce Recipe

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Five ingredients are all you need for this lip-smacking sauce that's ideal over reduced-fat ice cream. "We even like it warm over biscuits with a dash of cinnamon and a dollop of whipped cream," writes Evelyn Gebhardt from Kasilof, Alaska.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES:5 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES: 5 servings


  • 3 cups sliced fresh or frozen rhubarb
  • Sugar substitute equivalent to 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Reduced-fat no-sugar-added vanilla ice cream

Nutritional Facts

1/4 cup: 26 calories, trace fat (trace saturated fat), 0mg cholesterol, 3mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein Diabetic Exchanges:1/2 fruit


  1. In a saucepan, combine the rhubarb, sugar substitute, water and nutmeg. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 6-8 minutes or until rhubarb is tender. Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla. Serve warm or cold over ice cream. Yield: 5 servings.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested with Splenda no-calorie sweetener.
Originally published as Rhubarb Sauce in Light & Tasty April/May 2005, p22

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Reviewed Aug. 23, 2014

"Maybe it was the nutmeg, but I did not care for the taste of this sauce. I have made rhubarb sauce many times in the past with just sugar and water. This did not taste at all the same."

Reviewed Apr. 20, 2014

"I have made this multiple times, with sugar substitute and using 1/3 cup sugar. Both ways were good."

Reviewed May. 2, 2013

"I have made rhubarb sauce for years but never added water to mine when cooking. There is enough water in and on the rhubarb from washing it that no additional water is necessary. I don't add the nutmeg or vanilla, either, but might try with a little. I've used Splenda in place of regular sugar, too, and it works well."

Reviewed May. 2, 2013

"Mom made this all the time when I was growing up - we used to eat it on toast or crackers or just plain!! Mom made it without the nutmeg and vanilla."

Reviewed May. 1, 2013

"I add cinnamon to mine and use on my English muffin for breakfast"

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