I was spoiled this year and got to celebrate Father’s Day one-on-one with my dad a whole two days early! We had talked about doing a bike ride together on the Monon Trail for awhile, and we decided Father’s Day weekend was the perfect excuse to finally make it happen. Even though our biking plans got rained out, we had an awesome time visiting together and enjoying some lunch before he headed back home.

When it comes to getting gifts for my dad, he and I are a lot alike in that we don’t just want extra stuff sitting around that we won’t use. I also enjoy giving homemade gifts, or in this case, homebaked.

Growing up, my dad’s mom would always make him rhubarb desserts during the year. I guess they had a lot of rhubarb in South Dakota? Either way, it’s not something that’s common, and I took advantage of Father’s Day to experiment with this new-to-me ingredient with a new dessert recipe that I was sure he would appreciate!

The recipe couldn’t have been easier. Check it out!

Rhubarb Crisp 
Recipe found here.


For the base –

  • 4 cups rhubarb, cut into 3/4 inch pieces
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

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    Isn’t rhubarb so pretty? I love the red!

For the topping –

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup melted butter

*After reading reviews, it sounds like you could easily double the rhubarb and half the sugar in this recipe if you find that these amounts are too sweet for you.


  1. Combine rhubarb, sugar, flour and cinnamon and put into 8″ x 8″ x 2″ glass baking dish. (I used tin foil so I could send it home with him after his visit!) 2015-06-17 20.04.53
  2. Combine flour, brown sugar, rolled oats and melted butter and sprinkle streusel over rhubarb mixture.2015-06-17 20.04.492015-06-17 20.06.45
  3. Bake at 375 for 35 minutes.2015-06-17 20.45.08

Voila! How easy is that? If it weren’t for chopping the rhubarb, this recipe would take 10 minutes maximum to prep – totally my style, especially in the summertime when there are much better places to be than stuck in the kitchen.

I told Nathan as we were making it that this would be such an easy recipe to adapt for other crumbles. I’m thinking next time I’ll throw some raspberries and blueberries into the mix. We ended up having some of the crumble topping leftover, so I’ll have to find something yummy to use that for too!

What desserts remind you of childhood? What’s your favorite summertime sweet? For me, milkshakes by the pool make me think of summer. My mom made the BEST milkshakes for our swimming snack breaks 🙂 Always hit the spot!

4 thoughts on “Dessert Recipe: Rhubarb Crisp (an Early Father’s Day Treat!)

  1. yum! that looks so good! I bet Dad loved it and even more – loved spending time with you. He told me about the great deals you snagged him at Macy’s! 🙂 Cant wait to see you both at the wedding this weekend!!

    1. I am so excited to see you sister! Counting down the days 😀 And yes, it was a nice reverse of our usual shopping trips – getting to treat Dad to some new clothes instead of the other way around! lol

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