Rhubarb Muffins

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This Rhubarb Muffins recipe is quick and easy to make. With both whole wheat and all-purpose flour, these rhubarb-applesauce muffins are perfect for breakfast or brunch with a cup of coffee. The kids can help mix together the batter and gobble these muffins up with a big glass of milk.

Rhubarb Muffin Recipe

It’s no secret that most of our family are rhubarb fans. This year, Barbara has made Grandma’s Rhubarb Streusel Dessert and Rhubarb Bread, and still has a plethora of rhubarb growing out in the yard.

She woke up one Sunday morning and decided to find a new rhubarb recipe. It must have been divine intervention from our Grandma or Great Aunt Gertie, because Barbara’s favorite cookbook – Pot O’Gold (a gift from Aunt Gertie to our Grandma) – was open to a page with these Rhubarb-Applesauce Muffins.

Brown Sugar Rhubarb Muffin Ingredients

Rhubarb, diced (frozen or fresh)

Whole Wheat Flour

All Purpose Flour

Baking Soda

Baking Powder

Salt

Ground Cinnamon

Applesauce, Unsweetened

Vegetable Oil

Eggs

Brown Sugar

Sugar

This Rhubarb Muffins recipe is quick and easy to make. With both whole wheat and all-purpose flour, these rhubarb-applesauce muffins are perfect for breakfast or brunch with a cup of coffee. The kids can help mix together the batter and gobble these muffins up with a big glass of milk.

These delicious rhubarb muffins have a secret ingredient.  It’s applesauce.

What’s the purpose of using applesauce in baking?

Using applesauce is a naturally low-fat ingredient that can be used as a replacement for oils.  This makes for a healthier baked good.  In addition, muffins and breads made with applesauce tend to have a great moist texture, like this Cake Mix Applesauce Cake!

Barbara always has applesauce on hand for her three kids. She enlisted the help of her 7-year-old daughter to help make these rhubarb muffins.

They had so much fun. Her daughter cracked the eggs, and they worked on fractions while measuring the wet ingredients, and she learned the importance of folding in ingredients gently for an airy muffin. It is safe to say that they will be making these again.

This Rhubarb Muffins recipe is quick and easy to make. With both whole wheat and all-purpose flour, these rhubarb-applesauce muffins are perfect for breakfast or brunch with a cup of coffee. The kids can help mix together the batter and gobble these muffins up with a big glass of milk.

How to Make Applesauce Rhubarb Muffins?

For the full ingredient amounts and detailed instructions for rhubarb muffins with brown sugar, scroll down to the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

  1. In one bowl, combine whole wheat flour and all purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and ground cinnamon.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine the wet ingredients—applesauce, eggs, oil and brown sugar.
  3. Combine the wet and dry ingredients and mix until just combined; stir in the rhubarb.
  4. Fill muffin tins 2/3 full with batter. Sprinkle the top of each muffin with cinnamon sugar mixture.
  5. Bake in a preheated oven until a toothpick comes out clean.
  6. Serve slathered in butter with a big glass of milk or coffee.

This Rhubarb Muffins recipe is quick and easy to make. With both whole wheat and all-purpose flour, these rhubarb-applesauce muffins are perfect for breakfast or brunch with a cup of coffee. The kids can help mix together the batter and gobble these muffins up with a big glass of milk.

Rhubarb Muffins using Frozen Rhubarb

These applesauce rhubarb muffins are very versatile. We make them using fresh rhubarb during the summer months, and then make them the rest of the year using frozen rhubarb.

How do you freeze rhubarb?

We prefer to use the flash freeze method to freeze rhubarb. Wash and dry the rhubarb thoroughly. Cut into individual pieces, and lay flat on a large sheet pan. Place in the freezer until the individual rhubarb pieces are frozen.  Once frozen, pour into a large freezer bag and keep in the freezer until ready to use.

For more detailed instructions and for freezing instructions using the blanching method, check out this post.

This Rhubarb Muffins recipe is quick and easy to make. With both whole wheat and all-purpose flour, these rhubarb-applesauce muffins are perfect for breakfast or brunch with a cup of coffee. The kids can help mix together the batter and gobble these muffins up with a big glass of milk.

Notes About Applesauce Rhubarb Muffins:

  • Use fresh or frozen rhubarb in these easy rhubarb muffins.  If using frozen rhubarb, do not thaw.
  • These brown sugar rhubarb muffins are sweet enough as is. We recommend using unsweetened applesauce.
  • Use cupcake liners for easy removal from the muffin tin or spray each individual muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray before filling with batter.
  • Fill each muffin cup approximately 2/3 full of rhubarb muffin batter.
  • We recommend eating these warm or cold spread with butter. YUM!
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This Rhubarb Muffins recipe is quick and easy to make. With both whole wheat and all-purpose flour, these rhubarb-applesauce muffins are perfect for breakfast or brunch with a cup of coffee. The kids can help mix together the batter and gobble these muffins up with a big glass of milk.

Old Fashioned Rhubarb Recipes

Rhubarb Spoon Cake

Rhubarb Spoon Cake has the texture of a rhubarb sponge cake and is served like a rhubarb upside cake.  The best part is that it's a rhubarb cake using a cake mix and can be made with frozen or fresh rhubarb.

Strawberry Rhubarb Fool

Strawberry Rhubarb Fool is a vintage no bake dessert.

Sour Cream Rhubarb Cake

Old Fashioned Rhubarb cake can be made with fresh or frozen rhubarb.  This rhubarb recipe with sour cream has a cinnamon sugar topping.

Rhubarb Coffee Cake

Old Fashioned Rhubarb Coffee Cake Recipe features a homemade cake filled with delicious rhubarb and a crunchy cinnamon sugar topping.  This will quickly become one of your favorite coffee cake recipes.

Rhubarb Muffins

This Rhubarb Muffins recipe is quick and easy to make. With both whole wheat and all-purpose flour, these rhubarb-applesauce muffins are perfect for breakfast or brunch with a cup of coffee. The kids can help mix together the batter and gobble these muffins up with a big glass of milk.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: applesauce rhubarb muffins, rhubarb muffins, rhubarb muffins with brown sugar
Servings: 24
Author: Barbara

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/3 cups brown sugar
  • 1 1/3 cups applesauce
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1 1/2 cup chopped rhubarb
  • Topping:
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 teaspoons sugar

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Mix together both flours, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt; set aside.
  • Beat together eggs, brown sugar, applesauce, and oil until smooth.
  • Pour wet mixture into the dry mixture; stir until just moistened.
    This Rhubarb Muffins recipe is quick and easy to make. With both whole wheat and all-purpose flour, these rhubarb-applesauce muffins are perfect for breakfast or brunch with a cup of coffee. The kids can help mix together the batter and gobble these muffins up with a big glass of milk.
  • Fold in rhubarb.
    This Rhubarb Muffins recipe is quick and easy to make. With both whole wheat and all-purpose flour, these rhubarb-applesauce muffins are perfect for breakfast or brunch with a cup of coffee. The kids can help mix together the batter and gobble these muffins up with a big glass of milk.
  • Prepare muffin tins with liners or spray well with nonstick spray.
  • Fill muffin tins two-thirds (2/3) full of batter.
    This Rhubarb Muffins recipe is quick and easy to make. With both whole wheat and all-purpose flour, these rhubarb-applesauce muffins are perfect for breakfast or brunch with a cup of coffee. The kids can help mix together the batter and gobble these muffins up with a big glass of milk.
  • Mix together the cinnamon and sugar for the topping. Sprinkle each muffin with the topping mix.
    This Rhubarb Muffins recipe is quick and easy to make. With both whole wheat and all-purpose flour, these rhubarb-applesauce muffins are perfect for breakfast or brunch with a cup of coffee. The kids can help mix together the batter and gobble these muffins up with a big glass of milk.
  • Bake for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
    This Rhubarb Muffins recipe is quick and easy to make. With both whole wheat and all-purpose flour, these rhubarb-applesauce muffins are perfect for breakfast or brunch with a cup of coffee. The kids can help mix together the batter and gobble these muffins up with a big glass of milk.

Notes

  • Use fresh or frozen rhubarb in these easy rhubarb muffins.  If using frozen rhubarb, do not thaw. 
  • These brown sugar rhubarb muffins are sweet enough as is. We recommend using unsweetened applesauce.
  • Use cupcake liners for easy removal from the muffin tin or spray each individual muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray before filling with batter.
  • Fill each muffin cup approximately 2/3 full of rhubarb muffin batter.
  • We recommend eating these warm or cold spread with butter. YUM!
  • If you love these muffins, try our Rhubarb Quick Bread recipe. 

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This Rhubarb Muffins recipe is quick and easy to make. With both whole wheat and all-purpose flour, these rhubarb-applesauce muffins are perfect for breakfast or brunch with a cup of coffee. The kids can help mix together the batter and gobble these muffins up with a big glass of milk.

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