Two Peas and Their Pod

Rhubarb Apple Bread

We have four rhubarb plants and I was worried they wouldn’t survive all of the snow we received in April. Yesterday I went outside to inspect our plants and was pleasantly surprised. They are still going strong. One rhubarb plant is flourishing with red stalks already. I was so excited! I picked a few stalks and made Rhubarb Apple Bread.

Rhubarb Apple Bread Recipe on This easy quick bread is the perfect bread for spring!

I chopped up the rhubarb stalks and an apple to go into my quick bread. I added cinnamon and a pinch of all spice to the batter. I was trying to keep the loaf somewhat healthy, so I used applesauce and canola oil instead of butter. Josh loves cinnamon and sugar, so I added a cinnamon sugar topping for my love.

The loaf smelled heavenly while baking. I couldn’t wait to enjoy a slice. The rhubarb and apple keep the loaf moist and add a nice tart flavor. The cinnamon sugar topping balances out the tartness. This loaf has the perfect tart to sweet balance.

Rhubarb apple bread is great for breakfast, an afternoon snack, or even dessert.

This quick bread would also be a great addition to your Mother’s Day brunch menu. Don’t ask mom to make it though-she deserves a break:) I promise this rhubarb apple bread is easy to make, anyone can do it!

Rhubarb Apple Bread

Yield: 1 loaf


1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon all spice
2 large eggs
1/4 cup canola oil
1/4 cup applesauce
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 cup chopped rhubarb
1 cup chopped apples, skin removed (I used Granny Smith)

Cinnamon Sugar Topping:
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon


1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray an 8 by 4 loaf pan with cooking spray and set aside.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and all spice. Set aside.

3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, add the eggs and beat on medium speed for about 30 seconds. Add in canola oil, applesauce, and vanilla. Mix until combined. Add sugars and beat until smooth.

4. Slowly add in the flour mixture and mix on low speed until just combined. Gently fold in rhubarb and apple chunks. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan.

5. In a small bowl, mix together cinnamon and sugar. Sprinkle evenly over the batter. Bake for 50-55 minutes, or until loaf is golden and a toothpick comes out clean.

6. Cool bread in pan for 10 minutes. Loosen sides and remove from pan. Cool completely on a wire rack before slicing.

If you like this Rhubarb Apple Bread, you might also like:

Apple Cinnamon Bread from Two Peas and Their Pod
Buttermilk Rhubarb Bread from Eating Out Loud
Strawberry Rhubarb Pecan Loaf from Smitten Kitchen

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80 Responses to “Rhubarb Apple Bread”

  1. Jessica @ How Sweet — May 6, 2011 @ 3:35 am

    Love the sound of this bread. I wish we had rhubarb plants!

  2. Estela @ Weekly Bite — May 6, 2011 @ 3:47 am

    This looks delicious! What a great combo :)

  3. Maria what a spectacular flavor combo! The bread looks perfect :)

  4. Erica — May 6, 2011 @ 4:28 am

    Happy almost a mama’s day to you :) This would be perfect for brunch. The cinnamon in sugar on top makes it look extra tasty. I’ve only baked with rhubarb once but really liked it. So cool that you have rhubarb plants. Happy weekend

    • twopeas replied: — May 6th, 2011 @ 7:11 am

      Thank you! Happy almost mama’s day to you too! I hope you have a good weekend!

  5. i adore apple bread and have never actually had fresh rhubarb before…it sounds divine!

  6. Blog is the New Black — May 6, 2011 @ 4:58 am

    Sounds wonderful! Dying to bake with ‘barb!

  7. This looks GREAT! book marking this one! i have always wanted to bake with rhubard but have never!

  8. Lauren at Keep It Sweet — May 6, 2011 @ 5:43 am

    I can’t believe you have your own rhubarb plant! I love that you paired the rhubarb with apples for a change. This bread sounds delicious!

  9. You have rhubarb plants! Lucky you! I have a soft spot for rhubarb and it’s so hard to find good stalks at the market sometimes.

  10. Lori @ RecipeGirl — May 6, 2011 @ 6:01 am

    I totally need to experiment w/ Rhubarb. I’m kind of afraid of it, lol!

  11. Sues — May 6, 2011 @ 6:09 am

    What a fabulous looking bread! And I’m SO jealous that you have rhubarb plants :)

  12. Courtney — May 6, 2011 @ 6:40 am

    This winter was anything but nice.. Glad your rhubarb survived and inspired this yummy bread! Delish! :)

  13. How yummy! I totally agree with you- bread baking {no matter what kind} is pretty heavenly!

  14. DessertForTwo — May 6, 2011 @ 6:56 am

    Yum! If you like this, you should try this Fine Cooking recipe for strawberry rhubarb muffins. It has a cinnamon sugar struesel topping and they’re delicious! I had no idea that rhubarb + cinnamon could be so good, you wouldn’t think tart and cinnamon would go together but it totally does!
    Happy new mama’s day! :)

    • twopeas replied: — May 6th, 2011 @ 7:10 am

      I will have to look up that recipe. Thanks for the suggestion!

  15. brandi — May 6, 2011 @ 7:01 am

    so jealous you have rhubarb plants!!! I finally got the first bunch last weekend at our farmer’s market and already made a pie, but I have a little bit left – I think I need to try this! I love the idea of the cinnamon sugar topping :)

  16. EatLiveRun — May 6, 2011 @ 7:23 am

    I’m so jealous you actually have a rhubarb plant!!

  17. Jackie — May 6, 2011 @ 7:29 am


    I do not like rhubarb, is there something else I can use with the apple.

  18. Paula — May 6, 2011 @ 7:36 am

    No rhubarb here but I could probably get some from a friend. She will probably give me a start too. It looks tasty.

  19. Pam — May 6, 2011 @ 8:22 am

    I haven’t baked w ith rhubarb… this bread looks like a great way to start!

  20. Jenny Flake — May 6, 2011 @ 8:29 am

    How beautiful is this bread?! Have a great weekend Maria :)

  21. Oh my goodness, with fresh rhubarb and apples, I don’t think this could be a better flavor combination… These are just the warm, cozy, fall-inspired flavors I’ve been craving! Thanks for sharing, Maria. I hope your little bun in the oven is doing well! :)

  22. Jen @ keepitsimplefoods — May 6, 2011 @ 9:20 am

    Looks amazing! Love the sugar and cinnamon sprinkles on top! 😉

  23. Kelly — May 6, 2011 @ 9:32 am

    I love the cinnamon and sugar on the top. I used to always overload my muffins with cinnamon and sugar on the top when I was a kid; it sure made them less nutritious but they were always delicious. And rubarb and apple. I never thought to pair those together, but it sounds fantastic.

  24. Emily @ Operation Emily — May 6, 2011 @ 9:36 am

    This looks devine! I want some right now!

  25. Joanne — May 6, 2011 @ 10:00 am

    The sweet apples sound like they compliment the rhubarb so well! I am so jealous of your rhubarb plants but I’m super glad they survived the cold!

  26. Rachel — May 6, 2011 @ 10:24 am

    I love baking with rhubarb and this recipe is definitely on my “to bake” list now.
    I also have about 5 or 6 rhubarb plants and they survive our Alaskan winters just fine every year. We’ve been in our house for 5 years now but some of these plants look VERY established, probably 10 years easily. So I guess that helps them to be hardy. My plants are even near the eaves of the house and often get 2-3 feet of snow piled up on them from Jan to Mar. I never do anything special for them and they come back every year. I think our climate here is really good for rhubarb actually because wild rhubarb is pretty common in this area. I personally think rhubarb can handle a harsh winter much better than a harsh summer.
    Enjoy your future baking with your fresh rhubarb this spring and summer. I know I will.

  27. nancy@skinnykitchen — May 6, 2011 @ 10:48 am

    Rhubarb and apples sound like yummy additions in your quick bread!

  28. Monica H — May 6, 2011 @ 10:54 am

    Everytime I see rhubarb I think of you! That cruty topping looks delish too.

    Hope you have a wonderful Mother’s Day Maria!

  29. CookiePie — May 6, 2011 @ 12:12 pm

    How lovely, especially since you are so lucky to have rhubarb plants!!! Hope you have a wonderful Mother’s Day! xo

  30. Shannon — May 6, 2011 @ 1:38 pm

    i would kill for a slice of this right now!! love rhubarb :)

  31. Jeanette — May 6, 2011 @ 5:46 pm

    I’ve never baked with rhubarb, but this looks fabulous!

  32. Andrea @ Vegvacious — May 6, 2011 @ 6:57 pm

    My grandma has a huge rhubarb patch! Usually we do rhubarb crisp, but this bread looks scrumptious!

  33. Tracey — May 6, 2011 @ 7:31 pm

    So jealous of your rhubarb plants, I need to talk my husband into getting me a few so I can just walk outside when I want to bake with it!

  34. I just love rhubarb… But, my hubby hates it. I bought some at the market last week and still have quite a bit left. I think I might make this bread because I know that I will have it all to myself to snack on :)

  35. Oh, my mom would give an arm and leg for a rhubarb plant! She loves rhubarb, but it’s usually only available for about a month. I’m hoping to snatch some at the farmer’s market tomorrow morning. Maybe I’ll try this bread – looks great, Maria!

  36. Cookin' Canuck — May 6, 2011 @ 9:17 pm

    I am determined to grow rhubarb next year. What a pretty bread, Maria, and the cinnamon sugar topping really adds something special.

  37. lynne — May 7, 2011 @ 12:04 am

    Yum! This look tasty! I’ve never actually had rhubarb anything (it’s too hot to grow) but maybe I will try find some!

  38. Katrina — May 7, 2011 @ 12:05 pm

    Wonderful bread. Isn’t rhubarb just the best?!

  39. Kerstin — May 7, 2011 @ 3:42 pm

    Mmm, this looks fabulous and so perfect for spring!

  40. This looks amazing!

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