Low FODMAP roasted rhubarb

FODMAP friendly rhubarb curd! It can sometimes feel like we get a raw deal when it comes to FODMAP friendly fruit. ‘Stuck’ with bananas, strawberries, blueberries, limes – mangoes, blackberries, plums, pears, peaches, are often off the menu. You can imagine then how excited I get (yes, really) when the first rhubarb season rolls around in January. Bright pink and tart, remember that it needs a decent amount of sugar to the balance the flavour and is delicious roasted, stewed or my favourite: in curd.

FODMAP friendly rhubarb curd

Buttery, sweet and mellow I looove me some curd. Rhubarb makes a great substitute for citrus and offers a lovely seasonal twist if you’re using the curd within other recipes. I’ve kept the following recipe for rhubarb quite simple but you can add spices while the rhubarb is simmering to make the juice, and then strain these out along with the pulp. My current favourites include a couple of cardamom pods, lightly bashed, or a knob of ginger, peeled and sliced. A little good quality vanilla extract is delicious too.

The recipe makes quite a big batch, so make sure you’ve got lots of yummy uses for it. Or please feel free to halve the recipe instead! Some suggestions for maximum enjoyment:

  • eat out the jar with a spoon
  • slather on toast
  • fold into whipped cream
  • swirl into yogurt or porridge
  • fill pastry tarts
  • sandwich between two vanilla sponge cakes
  • poke and fill holes in cupcakes before icing them
  • drizzle over pancakes, fresh fruit or ice cream
  • fill meringue nests
Low FODMAP rhubarb curd
30 minutes, plus cooling time
Serves Lots


400g (prepped weight) rhubarb, trimmed and cut into small slices
200g caster sugar, divided
75g butter
4 teaspoons cornflour
3 large eggs, lightly beaten
pink food colouring (optional)


Put the rhubarb and 50g of the sugar in a pan over a medium heat, cover with a lid and cook for 8-10 minutes, stirring every so often, until the rhubarb has broken up and become pulp-like. Place a sieve over a bowl and push the softened rhubarb mixture through. You want to try and get every last bit, roughly 200ml rhubarb juice. Discard the pulp.

Place a clean saucepan over a low-medium heat and melt the butter. In a small bowl, add a few tablespoons of the rhubarb juice to the cornflour and stir. Remove the saucepan from the heat and add in the cornflour mix, eggs, the rest of the sugar and the remaining rhubarb juice. Put the pan back on a low heat and stir continuously for 5-7 minutes, or until the mixture has thickened.

Strain the mixture through a clean sieve into a bowl. If you like, stir in pink food colouring a drop at a time, until you reach the desired colour. Leave to cool completely and store in the fridge.