Rhubarb Muffins


This recipe for Rhubarb Muffins is a classic. Made with brown sugar and lots of diced rhubarb, these tart and sweet muffins are a winner for breakfast, dessert, or anything in between.

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Homemade Rhubarb Muffins:

Every once in a while I come across a recipe and I wonder to myself, “Why have I not shared this recipe sooner?” That’s the case with these Rhubarb Muffins. This recipe dates back over 20 years. I used to work at a small cafe in my hometown back when I was just a teen and these muffins were on the menu.

What makes these Rhubarb Muffins special is their simplicity. Sometimes you just don’t need all the bells and whistles or fancy new ingredients. You just want a recipe that was probably tucked into all of our grandmothers’ cookbooks.

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Whether you are a fan of rhubarb or not, I think anyone can appreciate this recipe. Tart rhubarb is paired with sweet moist cake and topped with a crunchy, sugary, buttery topping. What’s not to love?

I actually love these muffins as they are. Honestly, you don’t need butter or jam. However if you want to take them to the next level, make them slightly warm and serve with some salted butter and strawberry jam. (This jam is my favorite.) It’s a winning combination!

Now, let me show you how to make them. (And bonus points because no mixer is required.)

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How to Make Rhubarb Muffins:

You’ll need rhubarb to start. I highly recommend fresh rhubarb. I recently had a bad experience with frozen rhubarb. For me, it tends to lose its volume and becomes rather watery. So, I personally won’t be freezing rhubarb again.

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Anyway, to the rhubarb, add brown sugar, buttermilk, vegetable oil, an egg, and vanilla extract. Then mix all of that together until it’s well blended. (Full ingredient list and recipe instructions are detailed in the printable recipe card at the end of this post.)

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In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt.

Then, put the two together. Mix until just combined. Don’t overmix.

With your batter ready, add it to some paper-lined muffin tins. This recipe makes approximately 18 muffins.
Then, and this might be my favorite part, add on the topping. You only need butter and sugar to create the sweet, buttery, and crispy topping.

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Mix the butter and sugar together to create clumps and add this to the tops of all your muffins. Then, bake at 325 degrees F for about 25 minutes (or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean) and your muffins are done!

If you can resist, I recommend allowing them to cool in the pans a bit before you attempt to remove them.

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You can serve these muffins up for breakfast, brunch, an afternoon treat, or even as dessert. (Warm them up, top them with ice cream and drizzle with strawberry jam for the ultimate treat.)

Looking for more strawberry rhubarb recipes?

Now go out, get your hands on some rhubarb, and whip up a batch of these classic Rhubarb Muffins.

Happy Baking!

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Rhubarb Muffins Recipe:

Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: muffins, rhubarb, rhubarb muffins
Servings: 18 muffins
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 27 mins
Total Time 42 mins
This recipe for Rhubarb Muffins is a classic. Made with brown sugar and lots of diced rhubarb, these tart and sweet muffins are a winner for breakfast, dessert, or anything in between.


  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
  • Optional: strawberry jam


  • Begin by preheating your oven to 325 degrees F. Line about 18 muffins cups with paper liners. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, stir together the rhubarb, brown sugar, buttermilk, vegetable oil, egg, and vanilla extract.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until just combined.
  • Spoon the batter into the prepared muffins tins. Fill each liner about 3/4 of the way full.
  • In a small bowl, mix together the sugar and melted butter until it resembles wet sand. Sprinkle this mixture in clumps onto the muffins.
  • Bake for 24-27 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
  • Allow the muffins to cool in the pan for at least 10 minutes before removing.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 255kcalCarbohydrates: 41gProtein: 3gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 216mgPotassium: 103mgFiber: 1gSugar: 24gVitamin A: 63IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 43mgIron: 1mg
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  • fnaf at

    This very easy-to-eat dish is a vegetarian friendly option. can be done in a short time. Thanks for sharing.

  • Carol Watkins at

    What happen to the cake tecipe

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      What cake recipe?

      xo Michael

  • Kris at

    I popped in to look at your blueberry recipes and got distracted with the rhubarb ones! Apparently you and I are the only rhubarb lovers out there. This looks super tasty. My daughter was just telling me that I need to make rhubarb muffins. Bingo!

    So the thing I’ve found with frozen rhubarb is it’s best in crisps rather than using it in a bread/muffin recipe. The other thing that we love to do with it is to make rhubarb/blueberry sauce–just look up a recipe for rhubarb sauce in an old Betty Crocker cookbook and sub in half the amount of rhubarb for blueberries. We fight over it! I like to make it in February or March, when it seems like winter is never gonna end. It’s a great reminder that spring is on the way.

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