Berry cobblers, crisps and crumbles are incredibly popular Summer-time fare, as 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.
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Low Carb Strawberry Recipes
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).
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.
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 Rhubarb Cobbler
And last but not least is the ubiquitous strawberry rhubarb cobbler (I have this one breakfast, lunch AND dinner).
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 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 also 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.
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. There is quite a range of sugar alternatives and if you are strictly low carb it’s a benefit to know as much as possible about these options for a detailed analysis of some of the sugar alternatives.
Strawberry Rhubarb Cobbler with Citrus Syrup
- measuring spoons and cups
- 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
- 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