I’m not much of a cake eater. As I’ve mentioned before, I don’t really like it, if it isn’t my pal’s Coconut Cake. Since we don’t live in the same city anymore, I needed to come up with Plan B for my 26th Birthday. I love Joy The Baker (who doesn’t?!) and as soon as she posted this Strawberry Rhubarb Pie, I knew it was perfect for my birthday celebration.
You can see her full recipe post here if you don’t mind baking with sugar and butter. I’m always conscious of how much sugar I eat, so I subbed in Truvia Baking Blend. It’s a natural sweetener and you really couldn’t tell the difference! And instead of using butter, I used Earth Balance instead. Here’s how it went!
1 pie crust (Whole Foods makes a great one)
1 pound of rhubarb
1 pound strawberries
1/3 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup Truvia Baking Blend
1/4 cup cornstarch
pinch of salt
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
3/4 cup flour
3/4 cup old fashioned oats
1/3 cup Truvia Baking Blend
6 tbsp cold Earth Balance
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Start by washing and chopping the strawberries and rhubarb. The rhubarb should be sliced into 1/2 inch thick pieces. The strawberries should be hulled and sliced in half. Add them to a medium bowl. Add the brown sugar, truvia, cornstarch, salt, and lemon juice. Stir together until all of the fruit is covered in the mixture. The sugar will make the fruit juicy and the cornstarch will completely dissolve. Set aside.
Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper. You don’t need to fill the pie crust until the topping mixture is ready.
The topping is very easy. In another bowl, combine flour, oats, truvia, and salt. Cut the cold Earth Balance into small chunks. Add it to the bowl and use your hands to mix the butter into the mixture. The butter should we broken down into chunks no bigger than the size of a pea.
Sprinkle the flour/oat mixture over the top of the pie.
Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes, then reduce the heat to 350 degrees and bake for another 35 minutes.
It will be golden brown and bubbly! Let it cool for an hour or two before serving.
And enjoy! You can slice it like this, but honestly, you are going to want to dig right into the pan. I’m just being honest.
Now I really want to make this again. Who wants to come over for pie?!
Does anyone else bake with Truvia Baking Blend and Earth Balance?