mother's day

RHUBARB CAKE LOAF W/ ROSY RHUBARB GLAZE by Lindsey | Dolly and Oatmeal

i don’t think i ponder motherhood as much as i should, or at least as i think i should. it’s difficult at times with the messy, busy, grinding days to take a breath and fully absorb the magnitude of raising a child, carrying a child, and what that role means - to you, to the one/s you are raising, to your spouse, to the general public. it’s something i’ve come to realize is different for us all. when amesy was first born i was very hard on myself. i was scared, and exhausted, and i often felt guilt for these feelings. instead, i thought i should be feeling euphorically in love with my little human 100% of the time like i had seen in movies, or on TV, or on various social platforms. it took me a while to be comfortable with the idea that not everything about motherhood is rosy (even if you are blessed with the sweetest little baby). and as i’ve spoken to friends and colleagues over the years, it’s become more evident to me that this is a common trait with a lot of women, regardless of whether you have children or not. the permission to be honest, to not go along as if everything is perfect. to embrace the messy, to talk about it, and most importantly to share in it and grow from it. i see this popping up more and more in some circles, and it’s very so refreshing.

rhubarb is something that will forever remind me of my mom. she grew a bushel of it in the garden just outside her kitchen. we would wait for it to pop up from the ground each spring, and usually by the time mother’s day rolled around we had enough stalks to harvest to make a pie or crumble. i love rhubarb for so many reasons. its blush-y hues, and tartness, and the variety of ways you can use it. it’s strong and hearty, and soft and fragile all at the same time. and for those sweet memories its provided me with.

in this recipe we use it in 2 different ways. the first is chopped small and folded in the cake batter. it bakes up moist, adds a bit of tartness, but is enveloped with enough cake that you get both the sweet and tart altogether in one bite. the second way we use it here, is to saute it a bit, blend it with some blood orange juice (just to punch up the color a bit), and use the juices to make the most beautiful shade of pink for a tart-but-sweet glaze. there are a couple different gluten-free flours used for the cake to give it a light and tender crumb. while it’s in loaf form, don’t be fooled, this is all cake - just the way it should be :)

here’s to being kind and patient with yourself, and to cake! xo

rhubarb cake loaf w/ rosy rhubarb glaze | gf & df

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| makes one 9x5-inch loaf |

  • 1 cup fine brown rice flour

  • 3/4 cup almond flour

  • 1/4 cup arrowroot powder

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 3/4 cup sugar (i use monkfruit sweetener or coconut sugar)

  • zest from 1 lemon

  • 2 large pasture-raised eggs, room temperature

  • 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk

  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted and cooled

  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

  • 1 cup chopped rhubarb, cut evenly into 1/4-inch pieces

  • poppy seeds, to top (optional)


  • 3 teaspoons coconut oil, for cooking

  • 1 1/2 cups chopped rhubarb, cut evenly into 1/2-inch pieces

  • juice from 1/2 blood orange

  • 2-3 tablespoons unsweetened almond milk

  • 1 1/2 cups powdered monkfruit sweetener

  • 1 tablespoon vegan butter, melted and cooled


  1. preheat oven to 350°F. grease a 9x5-inch loaf pan. line with parchment paper, leaving enough paper to overhang on each side.

  2. in a large bowl, whisk together the flours, arrowroot, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. set aside.

  3. in another large bowl, use your fingers to rub the sugar and lemon zest together, letting the zest oils release. whisk in the eggs, almond milk, oil, and vanilla.

  4. slowly add the dry ingredients into the wet until combined, then fold in the rhubarb. pour the batter into the prepared pan. bake for 55-70 minutes, until a cake tester inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean. let the cake cool on a rack, then use the parchment wings to remove it from the pan.

  5. while the cake is cooling, make the glaze. heat a large saute pan over medium heat. add the coconut oil and rhubarb, cook for about 3 minutes; until soft. transfer the rhubarb and juices to a high-speed blender. add the almond milk and a few teaspoons blood orange juice and whiz everything together on high, scraping down the sides as needed until everything is smooth. add another teaspoon blood orange juice if you want the glaze a deeper pink. place a fine mesh colander over a large bowl, pour in the the rhubarb mixture in, and use a rubber spatula to work it through, discarding any solids, and preserving the liquid.

  6. sift the powdered into another large bowl, start by whisking in 3 tablespoons of the rhubarb liquid, adding more if needed to get your desired consistency (i used about 6 tablespoons to achieve a spreadable glaze). spread over top of your cake, use an offset spatula to evenly cover the top. then sprinkle with poppy seeds, if using. slice and serve :)

more mother’s day recipes:

maple blue-barb jam

maple blue-barb jam

strawberry-rhubarb crumble

strawberry-rhubarb crumble

a quick almond, oat + strawberry-rhubarb crumble by Lindsey | Dolly and Oatmeal

yesterday we celebrated mother's day, like we have been each year, at my parents' house, gardening, eating and talking, followed by more eating.  in the spirit of dessert, i had grand ideas of making more rhubarb meringue tarts, but instead i came prepared with some ingredients from home to put my mom's monstrous rhubarb bush to use in a different way than curd.

i've always been a fan of the humble, crumble dessert; of its many different flavors and fruit combinations.  i know we're all accustomed to the strawberry and rhubarb combo, but it's one of my favorites!  and it's only so many times each year that i get to enjoy their company together.  so for me, the rest of the crumble pairings were a no-brainer: rolled oats for nutty flavor and some added texture, slivered almonds for their toasty-ness and crunch, and ground ginger for some added spice.  and my favorite thing about crumbles? they can totally be prepared and baked waaaay ahead of time and then simply reheated when dessert-time rolls around!  dare i say it is the perfect dessert to whip up when all you want to do is spend time with loved ones without slaving in the kitchen for hours..?  

and thanks to my husband for taking the first and last shot in this post, and hand-credit goes to my mom in the rhubarb shot below ;)

a quick almond, oat + strawberry-rhubarb crumble (gluten-free + vegan)

| serves 4 |


  • 1 1/2 cups rhubarb (about 2 large rhubarb stalks), sliced into 1/2" pieces
  • 1 1/2 cups strawberries, cut into quarters
  • 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon coconut palm sugar
  • 1 teaspoon arrowroot powder
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup gluten-free oat flour
  • 1/4 cup almond flour 
  • 1/4 gluten-free rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, softened or melted, plus more for oiling pan
  • pinch of fine grain sea salt


  • preheat oven to 350° and set aside an oiled 9" baking dish
  • in a large bowl, combine strawberries, rhubarb, 1 tablespoon of sugar, arrowroot powder and lemon juice.  set aside
  • in another large bowl, combine the oat flour, almond flour, rolled oats, slivered almonds, ginger, the remaining 1/4 cup of sugar, and salt.  once combined add the coconut oil a little bit at a time until you get a crumbly consistency
  • transfer fruit mixture to your baking dish; using your fingers, crumble the oat and almond mixture over the fruit.  cover with foil and bake in the center of your oven for 20 minutes, remove foil and bake for another 10-15 minutes - until fruit is bubbling and the topping is lightly browned and toasted


rhubarb meringue tarts w/ lemon-hazelnut crust (gluten + dairy free) by Lindsey | Dolly and Oatmeal

i would probably bore you if i recounted the details of how many different incarnations this dessert had before its current state; but you should know that there were 2 batches of rhubarb curd (which is now my favorite thing to spoon into my mouth - move over peanut butter!), mini layer cakes, one large layer cake, 4 cans worth of coconut cream, not to mention flour, nut meal, and other ingredients.  i shudder to even write down how much was squandered here in the name of a singe dessert, but i have some trusty peeps (namely my husband and dad, thanks guys!) on my side willing to eat the leftover disasters.   the lesson learned out of all this you ask?...curd is THE word, and lemon + hazelnut is a new favorite combo!  if you do nothing else, i urge you to make rhubarb curd, people! 

when choosing to make a meringue pie/tart, the decision was easy.  i was making this post with mother's day in mind, as well as with what's in season.  my mom would make my brother his favorite dessert each year for his birthday which was a lemon meringue pie - her pie crust was, and still is, the best i've ever eaten, the lemon filling was always store bought and made on the stovetop (similar to jell-o), and she whipped up the meringue using my nana's recipe.  my favorite part was when she plopped the meringue on top using a spatula to evenly spread it all over the pie, then with an up-and-down motion she would make tiny peaks over the surface that would get all toasty when she broiled it in the oven.  i wish i could say that the rhubarb i used here was from my mom's garden; as she has a huge plant that we've been watching grow (here it was just a month ago; it's now quadrupled in size!).  but alas, this rhubarb was store bought in the name of curd and mother's day!

wishing all the mamas out there a happy day! 

*in case you missed it, i was over at Food 52 the other day where i highlighted fresh spring spinach, and incorporated it into 5 dinner time meals :) you can check it out here

rhubarb meringue tarts w/ lemon-hazelnut crust (gluten + dairy free)

rhubarb curd adapted from here and here

i threw some strawberries in with the rhubarb curd for some added pink color, and for a bit of sweetness. i've also made it using 6 ounces strawberries and 6 ounces rhubarb, with really yummy results - but here i wanted to keep some of rhubarb's tartness intact, so i reduced the amount of strawberries.  either way it's super delightful!  i also reduced the amount of sugar, so if you're looking for a curd on the sweeter side, this is not it.  

| makes 4 small tarts or one 9" tart |


(dairy free) rhubarb curd

  • 10 ounces rhubarb (roughly 4-5 stalks), trimmed and cut into 1/2-inch chunks
  • 2 ounces strawberries, halved 
  • 3 tablespoons organic cane sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 4 large free range egg yolks (save whites for meringue)
  • 1/3 cup organic cane sugar

lemon-hazelnut crust

  • 1 1/2 cups hazelnuts, toasted and skins removed
  • zest of one small lemon (or half of a large lemon)
  • 3 tablespoons unrefined coconut oil
  • 3 tablespoons grade a maple syrup
  • pinch of salt


  • 4 free range egg whites
  • ~1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 2 tablespoons organic cane sugar



rhubarb curd

  • in a saucepan over medium heat, combine the rhubarb, strawberries, water and 3 tablespoons of sugar. cook for 10-15 minutes - until rhubarb is soft and falling apart.  remove from heat and let cool
  • transfer fruit mixture to a food processor and puree mixture.  over a bowl, put mixture through a fine mesh sieve.  set aside
  • in a large heat proof bowl, whisk the egg yolks and remaining sugar, whisk in the fruit mixture.  place bowl over a medium-sized pot with 1-inch of boiling water and stir continually with a rubber spatula until the mixture thickens, about 10-12 minutes.  (the curd should thicken up and coat the back of your spatula when ready) remove from heat and pour curd mix into a lidded jar; place in freezer (without the lid) for about 15 minutes - you want the curd to be cold, not frozen.  once cold, secure lid on the jar and place in the refrigerator until ready to use 

lemon-hazelnut crust

  • preheat oven to 350° and oil 4 small pie pans with coconut oil and set aside
  • grind the hazelnuts in your food processor to make the meal.  once ground, add lemon zest, coconut oil, maple syrup and salt.  blend ingredients until a ball of dough forms.   remove dough, and using your hands divide it evenly between the pie pans.  press mixture evenly into each dish, moving up and around to distribute the dough; place the dishes on a rimmed baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes, until lightly toasted.  remove from oven and let cool completely


  • once the crusts have cooled, make the meringue.  in a large bowl, combine egg whites, cream of tartar and sugar.  using an electric mixer, whip the whites until stiff white peaks form, about 5-6 minutes.  set aside

assemble tarts

  • preheat your broiler
  • place about 3-4 tablespoons of rhubarb curd in each shell; spoon meringue over the curd and crusts and evenly distribute.  use the back of a spatula to make peaks on top.  place tarts on a baking sheet and broil for a few seconds, rotating to brown evenly, until toasted
  • tarts are best eaten the day of, but can be refrigerated for about 1 day