No Bake Rhubarb Dream Bars

Tart and light as air No Bake Rhubarb Dream Bars

No Bake Rhubarb Dream Bars are light as air treats flushed with a hint of pink from the season’s first rhubarb. This easy no bake dessert is always a hit, eat them chilled, or frozen, it’s all good.

No Bake Rhubarb Dream Bars definitely live up to their name. I love them because they’re the kind of dessert you only get at home. You won’t find anything like this at a restaurant or a bakery, they’re the kind of thing your grandma would whip up — they have a simple, vintage charm.

Rhubarb gives these bars their rosy color and a unique tart flavor, vanilla bean gives them some depth, and a graham cracker crust grounds it all and gives you something to hold on to. Technically a veggie, rhubarb comes into season in early spring in much of the country, it’s one of the first foods you can harvest in the season, so this is really the quintessential spring dessert.

Keep these bars chilled until you’re ready to serve them. My husband likes them best frozen, and they work well either way.

If you love rhubarb, my STRAWBERRY RHUBARB COBBLER is another classic, old fashioned way to enjoy this spring ephemeral. Or, preserve that bright, tart flavor to enjoy throughout the year with my easy RHUBARB BUTTER. Still can’t get enough rhubarb? Check out my rhubarb Pinterest board!

Tart and light as air No Bake Rhubarb Dream Bars
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3.52 from 31 votes

No Bake Rhubarb Dream Bars

No Bake Rhubarb Dream Bars are light as air treats flushed with a hint of pink from the season's first rhubarb.  Eat them chilled, or frozen, it's all good.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
chilling 3 hours
Yield 9 -12 servings
Author Sue Moran

Ingredients

crust

  • 1 sleeve graham crackers, about 9-10
  • 1 Tbsp packed brown sugar
  • 6 Tbsp butter, melted

filling

  • 2 cups chopped rhubarb (1 inch pieces)
  • 4 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste (or a whole vanilla bean, seeds removed, or 1 tsp vanilla extract)
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup cold heavy cream

Instructions

  • Combine the graham cracker crumbs, the sugar, and melted butter together until fully combined. Press the crust firmly and evenly into the bottom of a 9x9 square baking pan. I like to spray it lightly and then line with a long piece of parchment so I can lift out the chilled bars for neater cutting. This is optional. Chill the crust while you make the filling.
  • Put the chopped rhubarb and sugar in a saucepan along with 6 tablespoons of water. Bring it up to a boil and simmer until thick and soft...about 5 minutes. Stir frequently so the fruit doesn't scorch. Puree the mixture until completely smooth. Blend in the vanilla and lemon and set aside to cool.
  • When the rhubarb is cooled blend in the condensed milk.
  • Whip the cream to stiff peaks. Fold in the rhubarb mixture gently but completely. Spread evenly over the crust and put back in the refrigerator to chill for at least 2-3 hours.
  • The bars can be served chilled, or even frozen.
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although theviewfromgreatisland.com tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.

Make it your own ~

  • Virtually any cookie can be crushed to make the crust. Use your imagination and go with what you like.
  • Rhubarb varies widely in color from a light green to a deep crimson — if yours is very pale, you can add a tiny drop of food coloring to emphasize the rosiness.
  • You can combine the rhubarb with strawberries or raspberries if you like, go half and half.

 

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  • Reply
    Callandra Caufield
    May 23, 2019 at 9:01 pm

    5 stars
    I make this dessert for every single potluck I go to. I love serving it frozen – it’s SO good!!

  • Reply
    carol chait
    November 22, 2018 at 12:18 am

    5 stars
    Hello, I made your rhubarb breakfast cake today and I absolutely loved it. I am going to serve it tomorrow for Thanksgiving. Thank you so much!!

    • Reply
      Sue
      November 22, 2018 at 4:17 am

      Wish I could still find rhubarb, I’d love to make this cake today! Glad you enjoy it Carol, and have a great Thanksgiving 🙂

  • Reply
    Melissa
    May 19, 2018 at 11:17 am

    It tastes amazing, however, the topping never congealed. So you need a spoon to eat it. What did I do wrong? I did mostly rhubarb and threw in some strawberries.

    • Reply
      Sue
      May 19, 2018 at 11:48 am

      Hey Melissa ~ it sounds like possibly your fruit mixture was still too watery, maybe because of the strawberries. If you try this again, cook the fruit down until it’s thicker and you shouldn’t have any trouble.

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