Updated 10/29 8:14 pm est.
This menopause and rhubarb post by Jane Allin is hitting it big in the Twittersphere.
This is important. The more women who know about the natural healing properties of a plant based diet the fewer women who will be stuffing their bodies full of carcinogenic horse pee drugs such as Premarin, Prempro (some say this horror is still being sold online) and Duavee.
As Allin puts it, “Nothing has been, or ever will be, appealing or beneficial about the PMU industry and the Premarin family of drugs; they are clearly harbingers of death from both sides of the equation”. Learn more at Premstoppers.
Before you run away, check out these super vegan recipes featuring our new best friend the rhubarb plant. It used to grow wild in my Nan’s back garden in England. I love it. Quick reminder. Stalks only please. No leaves.
To save space and time, I will list the ingredients only, and put the link to the full recipe in the recipe’s title. Let’s go.
VEGAN RHUBARB MUFFINS
by Rachel at Bakerita
1½ cup (6 oz.) all purpose flour
⅔ cup coconut sugar
½ teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
¼ teaspoon cardamom
⅓ cup coconut oil, melted
⅓ cup unsweetened applesauce
⅓ cup non-dairy milk (I used almond milk)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
¾ cup chopped rhubarb
¼ cup sliced almonds
VEGAN GLUTEN FREE RASPBERRY RHUBARB CRISP
by Dana at Minimalist Baker
4.5 cups (total) raspberries and rhubarb mixed (if using frozen, place in colander and briefly rinse under cold water)
2-3 Tbsp cane sugar (or sub sweetener of choice, such as maple syrup or coconut sugar)
1 cup gluten free rolled oats
1/2 cup almond meal, ground from raw almonds
1/2 cup raw pecans, chopped
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
pinch sea salt
4 Tbsp cold vegan butter, or sub olive oil
VEGAN RHUBARB MARMALADE
by Jane Orr at Savor the Rhubarb
2 1/2 cups chopped rhubarb
Juice of one lemon
3/4 cup chopped dried figs
1 tsp. cinnamon
3/4 cup water
1/2 cup raw sugar
Bring the rhubarb and figs to a boil on medium heat, and let simmer for 15 minutes. Stirring frequently, add the juice and sugar and simmer until thickened. Let cool, and refrigerate.
Look at this. Ms. Orr has a recipe for a Rhubarb Gin Cocktail. That really ought to take the sting out of the old change of life thing. No way Pfizer can compete with that.
How about some smoothies?
That suits me. I do not bake very often and always in the mood for a smoothie. And it solves breakfast. These are delectable.
VEGAN STRAWBERRY RHUBARB SMOOTHIE
One Green Planet (Pictured above)
by Jennifer Strohmeyer
1 cup fresh rhubarb, chopped
½ cup orange juice
1 tbsp date syrup or pure maple syrup here
½ tbsp pure vanilla extract
1 cup fresh strawberries, sliced
½ cup frozen strawberries
1 fresh banana
12 oz unsweetened vanilla non-dairy milk of choice
Combine chopped rhubarb, orange juice, date syrup, vanilla and cinnamon in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer uncovered for five minutes . . . see the rest at the link.
Quick side note. Even if you have made it past the hot flash stage I was told by a beautiful 60-something friend the other day that when she “went rhubarb” she found she had softer skin and no more chin whiskers. Those are hormone related issues and the whole thing sounds heaven sent too me.
One more. From across the pond.
RHUBARB, SPINACH AND RASPBERRY SMOOTHIE
200g rhubarb [7oz]
1 handful of fresh spinach leaves
1/4 beetroot [55g /2 oz]
150g frozen raspberry [5 oz]
350g silken tofu [12 oz]
250ml oat milk or similar [ 1/2 pint / US 1 cup] – adjust to get your desired consistency
dash vanilla extract to taste
agave syrup to taste
handful of ice cubes
I made it without the tofu and ice cubes. Threw the rest in a blender and gave it a spin. Fab-u-lous.
One Green Planet / Food Monster
Breast Cancer, Menopause and Yes, Rhubarb by Jane Allin
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