Rhubarb Apple Cinnamon Muffins

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This is rhubarb week on our blog. I just can’t get enough! I had no idea rhubarb was such a gem. It is so nice to walk outside and chop rhubarb from our own yard. I am loving our four plants. Thanks to whoever lived in the house before us. We owe our rhubarb obsession all to you!

I appreciate all of your rhubarb recipe suggestions. I now have tons of recipes to try. I wish I had ten plants. I decided to try rhubarb muffins next.

I really didn’t know what kind of muffin to make. I just started playing around with ingredients, adding a little bit of this and that. I used a Granny Smith apple to compliment the rhubarb. I threw in some cinnamon, nutmeg, and a pinch of all-spice. I tried to keep this one healthy so I used applesauce, canola oil, and whole wheat flour. I also added a cinnamon crunch topping for the grand finale.

I loved these muffins. They are a new favorite. I made big ones and mini ones and they were both amazing. They were plenty moist due to the applesauce, oil, rhubarb, and apple. I loved the tart rhubarb flavor paired with sweet brown sugar and cinnamon. I am glad I added the cinnamon crunch topping, it really made these muffins marvelous!

So if you haven’t tried rhubarb yet, what are you waiting for? Try my strawberry rhubarb crumb cake or these magnificent muffins! You won’t be disappointed.

Rhubarb Apple Cinnamon Muffins

(Printable Recipe)

2 ½ cups chopped rhubarb
1 chopped Granny Smith apple

2 eggs
1 cup low-fat buttermilk
¼ cup canola oil
½ cup non sweetened applesauce
½ cup white sugar
½ cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
Dash of nutmeg
Pinch of all spice

Cinnamon Crunch Topping:
⅓ cup brown sugar
¼ cup flour
¼ cup oats
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 ½ T cold butter
Cinnamon/sugar mixed

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray muffin tins or use paper liners.
2. In a large bowl whisk together the dry ingredients.

3. In a different bowl whisk together the wet ingredients until well combined.
4. Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and mix slowly. Be gentle with the mix:)
5. Add in the rhubarb and apple. Mix gently.
6. Make the cinnamon crunch topping. Mix all of the ingredients, except the additional cinnamon and sugar, in a small bowl. I use my hands. You want it to be a crumbly mixture.
7. Divide the muffin mixture into muffin tins. I did regular and mini muffins. I got 12 regular muffins and about 20 little ones.
8. Sprinkle the crumb topping over the muffins. Add additional cinnamon/sugar if you wish. I suggest you do!
9. Bake for about 20 minutes. The little ones will be done sooner. Just watch them and do the toothpick test!
10. Cool and enjoy. They are best eaten the day you bake them.

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I'm Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. Oh my goodness, maria–these look incerdible. I am such a sucker for crumb cake, and the rhubabrb brings back a lot of memories (my mother used to grow it in the garden and made all sorts of concoctions).

    Thanks for visiting my blog becasue it helped me find yours–am now following!

    Camilla 🙂

  2. Look great! I wouldn’t have thought of mixing rhubarb and apple, but I think I’m going to have to try the combo!

  3. How lucky to have it in your own back yard. My dad used to grow it. He was also obsessed.
    I really need to buy some now; you got me craving it 🙂

  4. I love rhubarb, but I don’t see it in the markets so much here so I only use it a little. These muffins (and that coffee cake) both look delicious!

  5. Hey- with my “issue” I’d start to gain a little weight because I wasn’t…riding myself of anything. Then once it finally happened I’d drop like 5 pounds (not even kidding). It was madness

  6. You know how I feel about rhubarb! 🙂 These look great, wouldn’t have thought to combine rhubarb with apple.

  7. These look delicious Maria! I am always on the lookout for new muffin recipes, and this looks like a goodie.

  8. These sound great! Can you believe I’ve only had rhubarb once in my life? I feel like I haven’t given it a fair chance. I don’t have a plant in my yard, but I’ll try and track some down to try these.

  9. I’ve only had one loved and lost recipe for rhubarb and I think it’s time to give the fruit another try. It is a fruit isn’t it??? Or a veggie??? These muffins look superdeduper. And I like healthy twist! 🙂

  10. These look so yummy! Great deal on the flip flops huh?! I always can use some for the pool so this is perfect!

  11. That is so cool you have a little garden. I wished I did and had a green thumb. And I have never cooked with rhubarb before.

  12. i’m almost embarrassed to admit that I haven’t had rhubarb before. next time i see it in my grocery, i’ll be sure to pick one up and try your recipe. Yum!

  13. all this talk of rhubarb – I am going to have to break down and try and like the stuff –

  14. These look great, Maria! You definitely have convinced me that I have to try rhubarb! I will keep my eyes out for it!

  15. These rhubarb posts are making me bust ribs with laughing. What’s an insane girl to do?

    (Very creative muffins, BTW)

  16. Love ho healthy this looks…have not had rhubarb for 20 years. I need to try again and introduce it to my kids

  17. Oh, Maria, these muffins sound fantastic. I seriously need to try rhubarb, don’t I?! It’s getting pathetic. I love the spices you’ve got going on, and I can only imagine how moist these muffins are. Deeelish! How lucky you are to have your rhubarb plants!

  18. Made these today and they were so yummy! I also made the rhubarb sorbert which is in the fridge chilling overnight. Can’t wait to see how it turns out.

  19. Ha! I am working my way backwards through your rhubarb recipes and they look so delicious! And rhubarb in your yard? How lucky is that? Rhubarb and Apple and Cinnamon in a muffin? Yes!

  20. I have got to try baking with Rhubarb! I’ve still never tried it and I keep coming across GREAT recipes that include Rhubarb. These look awesome!

  21. Ohmygosh, these are soooooo good.. they turned out perfect my family (hubby and adult son) loved them.. My Rhubarb came from my sister’s garden.. I have seedlings in the ground.. the baby plants are so cute..

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