The flavour of the fruit really shines through in this ultimate rhubarb and oat crumble.

Locally produced seasonal food is tasty and healthy as nutrients and flavours have fully developed. Eating local foods in season offers an environmental bonus. The produce will have travelled less miles, it is less likely to be found in plastic packaging and will have needed fewer pesticides and inorganic fertilisers to grow.

Ingredients (8 slices)

  • 200 grams of oats
  • chopped nuts (if you have any but not essential)
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 800 grams rhubarb, sliced
  • 40 millilitre date syrup

Method

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180 celsius.
  2. Put the and rhubarb into a saucepan with 2 tablespoons of water. Cook gently on a medium heat for about 6 minutes until soft but still retaining colour and bite. Remove and place in a Pyrex dish or cake tin.
  3. Use a saucepan to melt the coconut oil, add the date syrup, cinnamon, and ginger. Pour this over the oats (and chopped nuts if you have them) stir well until all the dry ingredients are coated with the coconut oil mix.
  4. Distribute the topping mixture over the rhubarb.
  5. Bake until golden, 25 minutes or until golden, enjoy.

By Mark Breen of Seasonal Kitchen

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Food savvy tip: if rhubarb is out of season use whatever fruit is in season whether it be apples, pears, berries or something else, check out our guide to eating seasonally.