Can I Use Sugar Alternatives When Sweetening Rhubarb?

Can I Use Sugar Alternatives When Sweetening Rhubarb?

Faith Durand
Jun 1, 2010

Q: I was hoping to get some low-sugar rhubarb recipes and suggestions. I love the stuff, but every recipe calls for at least a cup of sugar. I'm on the specific carbohydrate diet, and the only sweetener I'm supposed to use is honey.

I'm willing to cheat a bit for my favorite food, but I'd like some recipes that use sugar alternatives or are lower in sugar if they exist. Could I use honey instead of sugar?

Sent by Allison

Editor: Allison, my personal opinion is that many rhubarb recipes have far too much sugar. I love the tangy taste of rhubarb; why mask it utterly with so much sugar? Of course, it does need sweetener; it's so sour without it! My advice is yes, try honey! The recipe pictured above (and linked below) includes some honey along with the sugar; try making it with just the honey and see how it turns out. Sometimes, depending on how tender and fresh the rhubarb is, I even cut the sugar down by half.

Readers, any thoughts?

Related: Weekend Recipe: Rhubarb Lavender Crumble

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