Rhubarb Gelato Recipe


Cal/Serving: 263
Daily Value: 13%
Servings: 6

Vegetarian, Gluten-Free, Wheat-Free, Egg-Free, Peanut-Free, Tree-Nut-Free, Soy-Free, Fish-Free, Shellfish-Free, Alcohol-Free
Vitamin A372IU7%
Vitamin C6mg10%
Thiamin (B1)0mg4%
Riboflavin (B2)0mg12%
Niacin (B3)0mg2%
Vitamin B60mg2%
Folic Acid (B9)11µg3%
Vitamin B120µg8%
Vitamin D1µg0%
Vitamin E0mg2%
Vitamin K23µg28%
Fatty acids, total monounsaturated2g0%
Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated0g0%
Have a question about the nutrition data? Let us know.

Exclusive from The Daily Meal

Wicked Dessert Puffs
Puff pastry pockets filled with a chocolate peanut butter cup candy... now that's wicked good!...
Quick and Easy Chili
It just doesn’t get any easier or more delicious than this! Sautéed ground beef, onion...
Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon
Maybe I am being a little hyperbolic, but the sweet-salty-crisp combination of bacon and maple...

Rhubarb Gelato
Viviane Bauquet Farre

What is it about iced desserts? Whether you’re 2 years old or 82, it’s hard to resist an ice cream cone. For most of us, I’m sure that frozen treats are some of our earliest, and happiest, food memories.

The only catch, as we all know, is that eating ice cream every day is not exactly good for your health. So several years ago I decided to create some recipes that would make this universally cherished dessert a bit less artery-clogging, yet just as luscious.

Instead of using the traditional tempered custard of egg yolks, sugar, and cream, I developed a lighter version with no eggs, no cream, and as little sugar as I could possibly use... and I’ve never looked back!

Now I have a repertoire of deliciously creamy gelatos that are laden neither with calories nor fat. So dig your spoon into this rhubarb gelato. It’s creamy, light, and packed with intense rhubarb flavors. The best part may just be that you can have seconds without giving it another thought!


For the rhubarb compote :

  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 pound young rhubarb stalks, trimmed and cut crosswise into ¼-inch-thick slices
  • 3/4 cup sugar, preferably organic

For the gelato :

  • 2 1/2 cups 2-percent or whole milk
  • One 2-inch piece whole vanilla bean, halved lengthwise
  • 1/3 cup sugar, preferably organic
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup mascarpone


For the rhubarb compote :

Combine the water, rhubarb, and sugar in a medium-sized saucepan and place over medium-high heat. Stir until the sugar dissolves. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer for 5-6 minutes until the rhubarb releases its juice and the slices break apart. Stir occasionally to ensure even cooking. Remove from the heat and transfer to a bowl to cool to room temperature.

For the gelato :

Place 2 cups of milk and the vanilla bean in a medium-sized, heavy-bottomed saucepan and bring to a boil. (Maintain constant supervision since the milk can quickly boil over without warning.) Remove from the heat.


Meanwhile, in a separate bowl, whisk the remaining milk, sugar, and cornstarch until well combined. Add the cornstarch mixture to the hot milk and return the saucepan to the heat. As soon as the mixture comes to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer until the mixture slightly thickens, stirring constantly, about 5-6 minutes.


Remove the vanilla bean from the custard, scrape the seeds from the bean, and add to the custard. Transfer to a bowl to cool to room temperature. Once cooled, cover and refrigerate until well chilled, about 2 hours in the refrigerator or 45 minutes in the freezer.


When the gelato is well chilled, whisk in the mascarpone until well blended. Pour the custard into an ice-cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer's directions. When the gelato is firm, pour the rhubarb compote in the bowl of the ice-cream maker and churn until the compote is well incorporated, about 1 minute. Transfer to a container and freeze until ready to serve.

Recipe Details

Servings: 6
Cuisine: Ice Cream
Special Designations: Kid-friendly

Be a Part of the Conversation

Have something to say?
Add a comment (or see what others think).

Post a comment

Add a Comment

Upload a picture of yourself no larger than 3MB, please see Terms for details
Please answer this Captcha to prove you are human
Enter the characters shown in the image.
Please answer this Captcha to prove you are human