Rhubarb Crumb Muffins

Rhubarb Crumb Muffins

Would you believe that before this past weekend I had never tried rhubarb? I’d heard enough people say they don’t like it, or mention its tartness that I was a little intimidated by it. However, this past week, a very kind coworker who has a rhubarb plant in her backyard brought some into work and I decided it was time to give it a try. I had recently stumbled across a rhubarb crumb muffin recipe in a cookbook, and I figured this was the perfect time to try it.

Rhubarb Crumb Muffins

Surprisingly (to me at least), I loved the muffins and the rhubarb. The tartness really wasn’t as noticeable as I expected, and it was a nice contrast to the sweet crumb topping of the muffins. The muffins themselves were light and fluffy, and very moist from the rhubarb. Overall, these were a hit, and a great first experience with rhubarb. Mike would rather have blueberry muffins (always his muffin of choice), but I actually prefer these. I have enough rhubarb left for another recipe, but now I’m not sure if I should try something new or just make these muffins again since I liked them so much! Does anybody have any good rhubarb recipes I just have to try?? Leave a comment or send me an email – I’d love to try your favorite recipes! 🙂

Rhubarb Crumb Muffins

Rhubarb Crumb Muffins

Yield: Makes 12 muffins


Crumb Topping:
3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/3 cup firmly packed dark or light brown sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
5 Tbsp salted butter, kept cold, and cut into 1/4 inch cubes

2 cups fresh rhubarb, cut into 1/4 inch pieces
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup salted butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup milk


Preheat the oven to 375. Grease 12 muffin cups or line with muffin wrappers.

Make the crumb topping: Mix together the flour, sugar, and cinnamon. Add the butter and rub together with your fingertips until the mixture forms small crumbs. Set aside.

Mix the rhubarb and confectioners sugar together in a small bowl and set aside. Whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt in a small bowl and set aside. In a large bowl, beat the butter and sugar until they are light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat until fluffy, about 1 minute. Slowly mix in half of the flour mixture until it is incorporated, then half of the milk. Scrape down the sides of the bowl, then repeat. Gently fold in the rhubarb mixture.

Divide the batter among the prepared muffin cups and sprinkle the crumb topping on top. Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into a center muffin comes out with moist crumbs.

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  1. Would love to try these muffins girl!

  2. These look awesome. Glad you got to try rhubarb!

  3. These look awesome! We love rhubarb, and I'm glad you're enjoying rhubarb too 🙂

    I'll send you some recipes for rhubarb — and to appeal to both you and Mike – I just posted a blueberry rhubarb muffin recipe last Thursday.

  4. I've never tried rhubarb either but it always sounds so delicious. I have no doubt that your muffins were sensational.

  5. Your muffins sound great. I love rhubarb too. I made a strawberry rhubarb baked French toast today. So good!

  6. These look great Megan! I'll have to find some more rhubarb to make them. A couple weeks ago I made Rhubarb Crisp http://arteats.blogspot.com/2011/05/rhubarb-crisp.html and it was great. Let me know if you try it!

  7. I love rhubarb! I have a great rhubarb cream pie, but I haven't gotten around to posting it yet. Maybe this week. These look awesome. I have more rhubarb in the freezer that I've been trying to think of a use for.

  8. I've never tried rhubarb either! So frustrating agh…I will be sure to make these muffins if I ever get my hands on rhubarb 🙂

  9. They look like they turned out great! I had never cooked with rhubarb until last summer, and now I'm addicted 🙂

    i have a recipe for a crisp, pie, and coffee cake on my blog – let me know if you want the links!

  10. These look fantastic! Now I'll just have to figure out how to get some rhubarb! lol My favorite way to eat rhubarb is in a Strawberry Rhubarb pie…it's SOOO good! Give it a try sometime I think you'll like it! 🙂

  11. I love muffins with crumb topping. This is just a lovely combo!!

  12. I love rhubarb and have a huge patch of it in my garden. I just made the most fabulous 'Big Crumb Coffee Cake' from the New York Times… Bake it longer and hotter than the recipe calls for, but otherwise – perfection!

  13. I love any muffin that has a crumb topping! These rhubarb muffins sound wonderful!

  14. I have only had rhubarb once(pie), but have never made anything with it. I plan on changing that this year! Your muffins look yummy!

  15. I have to be honest, I've never tried rhubarb! These muffins might just be the perfect starting recipe though 🙂 I don't think I've ever had a crumb muffin that wasn't good!

  16. Oh, definitely trying these…Love rhubarb! I must tell friend Judy about this too!

  17. I'm going to start a new website called whatmegansmakin.com and it's going to be everything you make but with an additional stick of butter.

  18. I'm not sure if I've tried rhubab before either. I think I tasted a strawberry rhubarb jam once, but I've never used it in cooking or baking. These muffins look awesome!

  19. Rhubarb pie is my favorite…my hubby introduced me to it. His grandmother is Mennonite and has the most wonderful recipe. Maybe I can get my hands on it and send it to you. Sadly we don't get much rhubarb here 🙁

  20. I adore rhubarb! I was going to plant some in our backyard, but it's leaves are toxic, and I'm sure our dogs would eat it. Boo.

    The muffins look lovely! I recently made some raspberry rhubarb bars that I'll bet your husband would like. As soon as I post, it, I'll let you know.

  21. Yum Megan! Now I'm bummed that all of my rhubarb has gone to seed. 🙁 Next year, I'm saving this one for my archives of “must makes”. Great photos.


  22. I love rhubarb! I tried it for the first time last year and have been enjoying it since. Your muffins look terrific – I bet the rhubarb is fantastic paired with the crumb topping.

    There's a rhubarb tag on my blog, and this strawberry-rhubarb crisp is really, really good 🙂 http://traceysculinaryadventures.blogspot.com/2011/04/twd-strawberry-rhubarb-double-crisp.html

  23. I have not had rhubarb in such a long time…your muffins look amazing and glad you enjoyed your first experience with these 🙂

  24. These seriously look amazing!!!

  25. I love a good fruit and crumb muffin; I can't seem to get enough of rhubarb these days.

  26. Im a little scared of rhubarb too, but these look great!

  27. I love any kind of muffin with crumb topping. These muffins look absolutely delicious. 🙂

  28. These look so good! I just posted a rhubarb coffee cake that's a family favorite.


  29. These look awesome. I love anything rhubarb.
    Do you do any recipes that are gluton free? I love strong coffee and any kind of good pastry. I would love a good gluten free pastry recipe. 🙂

  30. Great way to use rhubarb!! I'm all about anything that has a crumb topping 🙂

  31. I've never seen rhubarb used in a muffins but it sounds like a great idea. Think I just found my baking project for the weekend because these look too good to pass up.

  32. I love your site, I always come for Inspiration and I’m never disappointed 😀 We grow our own rhubarb as well as many other things and it was always my favourite growing up but I’ve never had it in a muffin surprisingly. We have rhubarb and custard, rhubarb tarts, Flummery ( stewed rhubarb mixed in with jelly (i think jello in the states) to set) and lots of other ways but Flummery and cream or ice cream always was and still is my favourite dessert. nom nom 🙂

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