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Strawberry Rhubarb Cobbler with Citrus Syrups

Strawberry Rhubarb Cobbler with Citrus Syrups
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Berry cobblers, crisps and crumbles are incredibly popular Summer-time fare, and they are one of the simplest and tastiest ways to take advantage of fresh seasonal berries. This strawberry rhubarb cobbler takes advantage of the sweetest June strawberries and tart rhubarb, brought together with a fluffy dough and topped with a creative simple syrup.

Several low carb ideas for strawberry recipes are included as a bonus.

Bowl of strawberry rhubarb cobbler with ice cream and the baking dish of cobbler behind it.
Strawberry Rhubarb Cobbler with Ginger Lime Syrup

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Adding Even More Flavor to Strawberry Rhubarb Cobbler

A cobbler is not low carb, but strawberry season is short, so don’t deprive yourself. This cobbler is still healthy and strawberries and rhubarb are two of the lowest carb fruits. The biscuits in this recipe are really light and fluffy.

**Note: The recipe for the strawberry rhubarb cobbler was adapted from a recipe posted in the Star Tribune by Lucia Watson of Lucia’s Restaurant in Minneapolis.

I tested this with two different simple syrups, one a ginger lime syrup and one a star anise-cinnamon syrup. The recipe for Lucia Watson’s citrus syrup is listed in the recipe notes below.  

I also added a little cardamom and vanilla to the filling, which took it over-the-top in my opinion.

Strawberry cobbler with ice cream in a round bowl.
Strawberry rhubarb cobbler with ice cream

Are Strawberries a Low Carb Fruit?

Strawberries are one of the fruits allowed on most low carb diets (in moderation). Often sugar is added to berries to enhance their flavor and bring it out more.

If you can find good, fresh, ripe homegrown strawberries there is really no need to add sugar to them. They are plenty sweet on their own.

If you have to get the giant grocery-store strawberries, you may need to add sugar and let them sit for a while to bring out the flavor. There is quite a range of sugar alternatives if you are strictly low carb, some of them better than others.

Low Carb Strawberry Recipes

Here are a few of my favorite low carb recipes to make with fresh seasonal strawberries:

Panna Cotta with Red Wine Strawberry Compote

For a special dinner I would opt for this elegant dessert of panna cotta with strawberry sauce. I had never made Panna Cotta before and the name of it alone was a bit intimidating, let alone the use of  “molds”.  It was actually very, very easy, and what a taste treat.  Intimidated no more.  Try it!

Strawberry panna cotta on a white plate with fresh strawberries and strawberry sauce.
Low carb strawberry panna cotta

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Goat Cheese:

Lunch? The best Spring low carb lunch IMHO is a spinach salad with goat cheese, toasted pecans and fresh strawberries, sprinkled with a bit of balsamic dressing.

Spinach salad with fresh strawberries and goat cheese
Spinach salad with fresh strawberries and goat cheese

Strawberries and Cream:

Let’s start with breakfast! Probably the easiest and quickest way to enjoy strawberries in a low carb breakfast is fresh, sliced, with a bit of cream. Simple does not mean it lacks in flavor. Just use the freshest strawberries, a sprig of mint and some fresh cream (whip the cream into soft peaks if you have time).

Parfait glass with fresh sliced strawberries and a sprig of mint with a small pitcher of cream on the side.
Fresh strawberries and cream

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Strawberry Rhubarb Cobbler with Citrus Syrup

Strawberry cobbler with ice cream in a round bowl.
A rustic, delicious strawberry rhubarb cobbler
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 331



Filling Ingredients

  • 3 ½ c rhubarb thinly sliced
  • 4 c. strawberries hulled and sliced
  • ½ c. sugar
  • 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour or 1 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • ½ tsp freshly ground cardamom
  • ½ tsp vanilla

Cobbler Biscuit Ingredients

  • ¾ c. sugar divided
  • 1 ½ c. cake flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 8 Tbsp butter 1 "stick at room temperature
  • ½ c. buttermilk
  • 1 egg lightly beaten
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp almond extract

Ginger Lime Syrup

  • ½ c. Root ginger Sliced into coins
  • 2-3 limes juiced
  • ½ c. sugar
  • ½ c. water


Strawberry Rhubarb Filling

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. **note: Freeze the stick of butter if you want to grate the butter into the biscuit mix rather than use a pastry blender.
    In a medium bowl, mix the rhubarb and the strawberries with the sugar, corn starch (or flour), lemon juice, cardamom and vanilla. Let sit for 30 minutes to bring out the juices.
    3 1/2 c rhubarb, 4 c. strawberries, 1/2 c. sugar, 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour, 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice, 1/2 tsp freshly ground cardamom, 1/2 tsp vanilla

Cobbler Biscuits

  • In a medium bowl, whisk together dry ingredients (sugar, flour, soda, cream of tartar, and salt. Cut the butter in with a pastry blender or your hands.
    **note: if you don't like using a pastry blender, freeze the butter ahead of time and use a grater to grate the butter into the dry ingredients. It's a bit easier to incorporate this way.
    3/4 c. sugar, 1 1/2 c. cake flour, 2 tsp baking soda, 1 tsp cream of tartar, 1 tsp salt, 8 Tbsp butter
  • Add in the buttermilk , egg, and vanilla and almond extract, stir until just moistened. Don't overmix.
    1/2 c. buttermilk, 1 egg, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 1 tsp almond extract
  • Pour strawberry and rhubarb mixture into a 2-quart casserole dish or individual casserole dishes/ramekins.  
    Drop the cobbler batter on top of the fruit. Sprinkle some sugar over the cobbler topping (brown sugar works well).
    Bake for 30-35 minutes until cobbler crust is golden brown and fruit filling is bubbling.

Ginger Lime Syrup

  • Optional: Make a simple syrup to drizzle over cobbler. For ginger lime syrup, dissolve sugar in water over medium heat. Bring to a low boil and add ginger slices and lime juice. Turn off the heat, cover and let it steep for 15 minutes.
    If desired, serve with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.)
    1/2 c. Root ginger, 1/2 c. sugar, 1/2 c. water, 2-3 limes


**Lemon Verbena Syrup:
Blanch lemon verbena leaves in boiling water briefly to brighten color, then immediately plunge into ice water to stop cooking.
Place sugar and water in a small saucepan, bring to a simmer, then remove from heat and cool completely. Put lemon verbena and cooled syrup in blender and puree on high for 2 minutes.
Refrigerate overnight, then strain through a fine mesh strainer. Keep refrigerated.


Calories: 331kcalCarbohydrates: 46gProtein: 7gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.5gCholesterol: 32mgSodium: 678mgPotassium: 470mgFiber: 4gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 444IUVitamin C: 74mgCalcium: 95mgIron: 1mg
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