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The Virtual Vegan Potluck & my recipe in it: Vegan rhubarb, pear chocolate chips crumbles!!!

on 11/05/2013

Just look at this tasty dessert: Don’t you want to digg in?

A tasty vegan forced rhubarb, pear & chocolate chip crumble! MMM!

A tasty vegan forced rhubarb, pear & chocolate chip crumble!
MMM! This big part is for 2 persons!

I invented this recipe to join the Virtual Vegan Potluck! Annie@ An Unrefined Vegan invited us all, to join in a Virtual Vegan Potluck! It is like a fabulous vegan dinner with all foods, in all categories vegan, like from appetizers to desserts! If you wanted to take part, you could choose which part or in which group you wanted to make a vegan food dish. I chose the dessert section because recently, I had made a lot of vegan food dishes & I wanted to challenge myself too.


A few days ago, I made tasty vegan rhubarb, pear & chocolate chip crumbles!

It is a divine combination of flavours!! There is already forced rhubarb aka pink rhubarb that is grown into the dark, in special food shops. I wanted to use it because the ordinary more sour green & red rhubarb will not be ready until the end of May, in my yard. What is forced rhubarb?

Forced rhubarb!

Forced rhubarb!

MMM,…Read on for this delicious crumble recipe!

Vegan forced rhubarb, pear chocolate chip crumbles!!!

Recipe: For 4 persons, each 1 big part


** For the crumble topping:

150 gr organic white flour

150 gr cold, straight from the fridge, vegan butter, in pieces

75 gr light brown cassonade sugar ( kinnekes suiker )

75 gr vegan semi-sweet chocolate chips

** For the fruit mix:

585 gr forced rhubarb: washed, pad dry on kitchen paper, a few loose threads removed, cut into 2.5 cm pieces:  ( weighted when cleaned )

ripe pears: peeled, cored & cut into smaller chunks: 280 gr ( I used 2 pears )

cinnamon: 1/2 teaspoon

2 tablespoons of water

75 to 100 gr vanilla sugar ( I use home-made ) / I used 75 gr.

MMM! All vegan goodness! :)

MMM! All vegan goodness! 🙂


1. I made the crumble topping a few hours in advance. Take a large bowl & add flour, cold vegan butter pieces & sugar. Crumble everything between your fingers until you end up with smaller & bigger crumbles. This will only take a few minutes. Now, add the vegan chocolate chips & mix through the crumbles. Place cling film over the bowl & place into the fridge until you are ready to make your whole crumble dessert.

2. Now, make your forced rhubarb mix. Take a medium cooking pot & add all of your rhubarb pieces in it. Add 2 tablespoons of water, 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon & vanilla sugar. Mix well with a spoon. Boil for about 10 minutes until the rhubarb pieces are cooked through & the sugar has been melted. Taste! It must taste a bit sweet but not too sweet & a bit vanilla too! You can see the black spots of the vanilla on the cooked rhubarb. If it is too sour for you, add more vanilla sugar.

3. Preheat your oven to 180°C ( 350 F ) for 10 minutes. I always use a fan oven. Adjust your oven to the right temperature. Layer your crumble. Take 2 larger individualized oven dishes ( so you will end up with 4 portions in total ) & divide your rhubarb, cinnamon & vanilla mix on the bottom of each oven dish. Scatter the pear chunks over the rhubarb. Press the pear chunks a bit into the rhubarb. Divide the crumble mix over the oven dishes, loosely packed. Place into a preheated oven of 180°C ( 350 F ) & bake for about 20 minutes until bubbly, hot & the crumble topping becomes brown in colour. Do not let the crumbles burn! Lower your oven temperature if you need to.

4. When ready, take them out of the oven & let them rest for about 5 minutes. Enjoy instantly with a loved one! :) Each big part must be divided by two. Yummmm!


It was again, such fun, participating in this tasty Virtual Vegan potluck! I hope you liked it too! 🙂

To go to the following blog, into the Vegan dessert section, from the Virtual Vegan Potluck, from Keepin’it Kind, please click here:


To go back to the earlier blog entry from the Vegan dessert section, from the Virtual Vegan Potluck, from Cake maker to the Stars, just click here:


To start at the beginning of the Virtual vegan Potluck, click onto the following graphic:

The Virtual vegan potluck

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125 responses to “The Virtual Vegan Potluck & my recipe in it: Vegan rhubarb, pear chocolate chips crumbles!!!

  1. Divine is right! Wow that looks amazing Sophie.

  2. veganmiam says:

    I am not fond of rhubarb, but I am always in for vegan crumbles. Yum! Happy Vegan Potluck Day!

    ♡ rika, vegan miam
    ★ we travel + eat vegan blog ★

  3. katrina berg says:

    Oh Sophie I bet it tastes as good as it looks, I am so excited to try it…by the way, we loved the latest smoothie! xo

  4. Richa says:

    Divine is right indeed! i cant wait to get my hand on some rhubarb this season.

  5. Everything with rhubarb is my fave…
    btw i’m jelous with your cute and fancy porcelaine bowl…..

    • Sophie33 says:

      Thanks & they aren’t small at all. It is normally a 1 person lasagna dish, but I filled it with this tasty dessert!
      1 bowl is enough for 2 big portions, so for 2 persons. It is ceramic from the Danish brand: Rice. More info on here:

  6. lucylox says:

    Yum! What a great combo. I’d definitely be tucking into a portion of this 🙂

  7. narf77 says:

    This looks gorgeous Sophie…what a great combination and it looks scrumptious 🙂

  8. londarmonica says:

    I love rhubarb and unfortunately here in Italy it is difficult to find. But … my parents planted it so I have only to wait that they bring me some. Thank you for sharing this lovely dessert 😉

  9. Thomas says:

    very delicious and everyones favour dessert 🙂 good job Sophie 🙂

  10. Such an amazing combination… I LOVE rhubarb, LOVE pear, LOVE chocolate… LOVE this amazing dessert!! YUM!! xox

  11. 86 Lemons says:

    YUM!!! I wish this was a REAL potluck – this would DEFINITELY be on my plate! Nice work 🙂

  12. Poppy says:

    Yummy! I love a good old rhubarb crumble!!

  13. Dina says:

    Yessss, dear Sophie, I’d love to dig in right away…! 🙂
    Big hug from Norway

  14. gotasté says:

    That is such a great dessert. So well done my friend! 🙂

  15. I want some of this right now with a scoop of ice cream. It looks delicious.

  16. This looks so gorgeous! I can’t wait to give it a try when rhubarb is in season 🙂

    • Sophie33 says:

      Thanks! Rhubarb aka forced rhubarb is already in season over here in Belgium! Enjoy it too & welcome to my blog!

  17. Bernice says:

    Looks wonderful! I never had rhubarb.

  18. Tammy says:

    Thank you. I have never heard of forced rhubarb.

    • Sophie33 says:

      I linked to it! Juct click onto the brown underlined link. It is a more pinker & sweeter rhubarb then the normal green & red one.

  19. Wowwwwww!! Amazing recipe, I love the flavor combination.

  20. kahht says:

    Pears and rhubarb, what a great combo! I’m going to try this right away, I can’t resist. Also… I feel very inspired to work a bit with this combo. So, thank you also.

  21. This looks truly delicious, Sophie! Nothing beats a rhubarb crumble – and I love the original spin you put on it with pears and chocolate. Can’t wait to make this!

  22. It’s taken me all day to get here, Sophie, my friend! Of COURSE you are in the Potluck! And I’m so glad. Thank you for sharing this yumminess! Fruit! Chocolate!

    • Sophie33 says:

      I haven’t been yet to your post, Annie! I just went through appetizers, drinks & breads! Now, I am off again!

  23. Mmmmm, pears! Looks yummy! Happy VVP~

    – alexis

  24. Yum Yum Yum!!! 🙂 Looks delicious !Thank you Sophie!

  25. What a delicious addition to the potluck 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

  26. woodentaste says:

    Like always….fantastic food!!!

  27. Georgina says:

    Hi Sophie! Rhubarb crumble is one of my favourite desserts – and this looks like a wonderful recipe.

  28. Hotly Spiced says:

    I love rhubarb and I think it goes so well with pears. What a lovely wintery dessert xx

  29. I love crumbles but I’ve never thought of putting chocolate chips in the crumble mix, what a great idea. I like your flavour combinations too, I think I might manage to eat a whole one of these.

  30. veghotpot says:

    I skipped forward to see your dish 🙂 mmm glad I did!! I am yet to have this seasons rhubarb but I love the idea of mixing it with pear and chocolate. Sounds great!

  31. The Vegan Green says:

    Love this Sophie, totally delicious! 🙂

  32. Vegan Gypsy says:

    This looks delicious! I don’t think I’ve ever eaten rhubarb, certainly not in this yummy form! 🙂

  33. This looks incredible Sophie and such beautiful photos!! Celeste:)

  34. Starr says:

    Looks fantastic, Sophie! I love crumbles… Now all I need is a scoop of ice cream! 🙂

  35. Phil Gayle_For Singles and Couples says:

    You do produce amazing dishes…this being one of them.
    You mention Vegan butter in this recipe, are you talking about ingredients such as (
    Which is what we use, or is it something else?

  36. Norma Chang says:

    Yes, I want to dig in I also need a big plate.

  37. Ally says:

    Sophie! Did you save some for me?! It looks totally scrumptious.
    Thank you for enlightening me on forced rhubarb. I didn’t know there was such a thing! Where I live, every second person grows rhubarb. It grows really well here. So, I will have no trouble acquiring some rhubarb for this recipe.
    I love pears, and I adore chocolate. A winning combination!

    • Sophie33 says:

      thanks so much, Ally! I also grow the normal red & green rhubarb in my garden. A lot of Belgians do that too! 🙂

  38. Koko says:

    I deffffffinitely want to dig in!!! I always look forward to your rhubarb desserts, every year!! I have enjoyed a few of them over the years myself, using the rhubarb in my garden! Thank you for that! xx

    • Sophie33 says:

      You are welcome, dear Koko! You should join in the next VVP!! You have very tasty vegan recipes, you should share them even more,…! 🙂

  39. Hannah says:

    You had me at rhubarb! I love strawberry rhubarb pie, but that’s all I ever do with it. This is inspiring!

  40. Sophie this looks so good! I’m not even sure if I like rhubarb (even though my name is in it, ha ha), but I want to try it in this dish!

    • Sophie33 says:

      hahahahahhahan, Barb! This forced rhubarb is a bit more sweet then the normal green & red one’s! Never eat the leaves though: they are poisenous!!! I have the normal rhubab growing in my garden!

  41. Iain says:

    Hi Sophie, the crumble looks delicious. Rhubarb is one of my very favorite things, nice idea to add the chocolate chips.

    • Sophie33 says:

      Thanks & here I used forced rhubarb, for a more sweeter flavour but still a bit sour, just like I love it!

  42. sammysfood says:

    Sophie this looks so amazing! and unique! A perfect dessert for the potluck! 🙂

  43. Treesa says:

    I never heard of forced rhubarb before. Thanks for sharing.

  44. My Grandmother used to grow rhubarb and make a dessert like! Thanks Sophie!

    • Sophie33 says:

      You are welcome, Rhonda! Nearly every Belgian grandmother has rhubarb growing in their garden & so do we! 🙂

  45. Victoria says:

    Oh yes…I definitely want to dig in! It looks so yum huh delicious!

  46. Somer says:

    I loved learning about how they grow the forced rhubarb! Super cool! Girl, this is one lucious dessert! YUMMY!

  47. lou says:

    Hello Sophie,
    It was again amazing and delicious, too!

  48. Brittany says:

    I’ve never used rhubarb, and I don’t think I’ve ever even tasted it..GASSSPP!! This looks SOO flaky and delicious I would LOVE to have this be my first experience!

  49. afracooking says:

    I always find rhubarb a little tricky to cook with. But this combination looks like you are on to a winner. Fabulous!

  50. Yum! I’ve never heard of forced rhubarb before, I’ve only ever come across the red/green variety. I adore rhubarb and can’t wait until it’s in season here! It looks fantastic!

  51. sweetveg says:

    Hi Sophie. Better late than never. I am just now getting to the desserts! I think next time I will need to take a day off work to get through all the posts! 🙂 This look super delicious! I never thought to pair pears with rhubarb. They are both favorites of mine. Plus, I love this kind of crumble topping. Thank you for such a great spring/summer recipe! Good job!

  52. Amy Tong says:

    This Vegan rhubarb, pear chocolate chips crumbles look and sound scrumptious. What a great dish to bring to the potluck. 🙂

  53. Amber says:

    Lovely rhubarb, pear, chocolate chip crumble! I love the tartness from the rhubarb paired with the sweetness of chocolate!

  54. Yum, baked pear and crumble is fantastic, and then you still made it even better by adding chocolate. This looks amazing. Glad you allowed for big portion sizes 🙂 Thank you for the recipe.

  55. Whoa, Sophie, this looks awesome! I’ve never heard of forced rhubarb before, so thanks for linking to the explanation of it, too. I love that you combined it with pear and chocolate. Everything about this sounds amazingggg. Fruity crumbly desserts are my favorite. Lovely recipe for the VVP! 🙂

  56. Amy Jo says:

    I STILL haven’t cooked with rhubarb! I love what you did with it, Sophie. Always, always creative and yummy.

    • Sophie33 says:

      Thanks so much for the big compliment, Amy Jo! 🙂 You mlake me smile now 🙂 Big time!
      Enjoy those easy to prepare crumbles!

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