Spring at my parent’s house means rhubarb season. And rhubarb season means all kinds of cooking and baking with rhubarb.
A few years ago when I visited my parents in the spring and realized that their rhubarb was ready to be picked, I knew I needed to do some baking with it.
Rhubarb is one of those things that many people have never had. It is more of an old fashioned type vegetable that not very many people grow.
And yes according to my research rhubarb is a vegetable although most people think of it as a fruit since it is often cooked like fruit would be cooked.
Growing up my mom made all kinds of things with rhubarb. Cakes, pies, jams, sauces, and more. She still makes all kinds of things and during the spring gives rhubarb away to almost anyone she knows that wants some.
My mom has a rhubarb cake recipe that our family loves and we decided to turn it into a muffin while I was visiting.
The recipe worked perfectly as muffins.
And I apologize for the photos. I did not take my camera with me, only my phone, so these photos were taken on my iphone, in my parents kitchen, which is not the best for lighting.
These were so good. Perfect for a breakfast treat!
I told my dad that if you want to eat cake for breakfast you just turn it into a muffin!
Now that is not exactly true, these are pretty sweet for breakfast. These are definitely more of a cake like sweet muffin, but they are similar to a coffee cake, so they do make a good addition to breakfast for a special treat.
If you have never had rhubarb these muffins are a great way to try it. And if you have a rhubarb patch in your garden these muffins are a great recipe to use some of it up.
How many of you have had rhubarb? And is there anyone that grows it? I would love to hear your thoughts on rhubarb.
Need more rhubarb recipes? Try my mom’s old fashioned rhubarb cake.
- 2 ½ cups flour or gluten free flour blend ( Use Bob's Red Mill 1 to 1 gluten free blend for gf muffins)
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 ½ cups brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 2/3 cup oil
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 cups rhubarb, cut into small pieces
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon butter, melted
- 11/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- In a bowl combine flour, baking soda, salt, and sugar.
- Add egg, oil, buttermilk, and vanilla. Mix together using a wooden spoon. Do not use a mixer for this. It is best to stir it by hand.
- Stir in rhubarb.
- Scoop into a muffin tin that has been greased or lined with muffin liners.
- In a small bowl combine topping ingredients. Sprinkle evenly over muffins.
- Bake at 350 for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the muffin comes out clean.
These muffins are great gluten free. I use Bob's Red Mill 1 to 1 gluten free flour blend to make them gluten free.
Originally posted April 2015. Updated April 2019.