Strawberry Rhubarb Muffins – Easy Rhubarb Muffins

Strawberry Rhubarb Muffins

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Strawberry Rhubarb Muffins are always the first thing I make when the spring rhubarb begins to show itself.

Strawberry Rhubarb Muffins

Rhubarb Means Spring Is Here

To me, rhubarb smells like spring and brings back memories of childhood. Memories of dipping rhubarb stalks, freshly cut from the backyard, into little bowls of sugar. Yup, parents gave their children little Tupperware containers of sugar back then, to dip their rhubarb in. There was always this wonderful pucker in your mouth feeling when you bite into the stringy stalk, tempered with the sweetness of sugar and the feeling of sunshine on your hair at last.

A close up of a muffin on a plate

Do Not Eat The Rhubarb Leaves

One fact that I didn’t know about rhubarb, is that the leaves of the rhubarb plant are highly toxic. Just in case you’re ever tempted to use rhubarb greens in a stir fry, right? In case you were contemplating that, don’t do it. The rhubarb stalk, however, is very much edible and adds a unique, and delicious tartness to so many dishes.

Another rhubarb fact. It is a vegetable and not a fruit. Like tomatoes, they are fruits, and not vegetables. How we use food is how we think of it, so we usually think of rhubarb as a fruit. Get more rhubarb info here: So What Exactly is Rhubarb?

I don’t have rhubarb in my garden, but a friend gave me some from hers. That distinctive rhubarb scent inspired me to make something that feels like spring. And spring is finally here. Really. Finally. Here. (How can you tell, that’s it’s been a crazy long winter here?) Strawberries and rhubarb are always the perfect combination of tart and sweet, and these strawberry rhubarb muffins are topped off with a crispy nut streusel, which brings it home.

The fruit makes these muffins really moist and lovely and that little touch of cinnamon works itself in there beautifully. Make these muffins for a spring brunch or snack, and they freeze really well for a grab and go breakfast.

If you need more ways to use your rhubarb, check out this easy Rhubarb Jam. or these yummy Rhubarb Blueberry Oatmeal Bars. And if you’re looking for more delicious muffins, try Banana Blueberry Spelt Muffins, or Bacon Bran Muffins

Strawberry Rhubarb Muffins

 How to Make Strawberry Rhubarb Muffins

Baked muffins in a pan

Strawberry Rhubarb Muffins

Strawberries and Rhubarb are perfect together in these easy to make, moist and delectable muffins with a streusel topping.
4.56 from 9 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Quick Breads & Muffins
Cuisine American, Canadian
Servings 12 muffins
Calories 315 kcal


  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/3 cups brown sugar packed
  • 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • zest from one lemon about 1 tbsp
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup sunflower oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups chopped fresh rhubarb
  • 2 cups chopped fresh strawberries


  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp cold butter


  • Preheat oven to 375°
  • In a large bowl, combine flours, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, and lemon zest
  • In another bowl, whisk together eggs, milk & lemon mixture, oil, and vanilla
  • Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the egg/milk mixture, stirring with just a few swift strokes to just moisten the ingredients. Don't over mix.
  • Fold in the rhubarb and strawberries
  • Spoon into muffin pans, should fill 18 holes.
  • In a small bowl, put the topping together by combining the nuts, cinnamon, & brown sugar
  • Cut in butter until crumbly
  • Sprinkle topping over each muffin evenly
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes or until tops are golden and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.


If you don't have buttermilk, substitute an equal quantity of milk, with 2 tbsp lemon juice or vinegar stirred in. Allow to sit for 5 minutes before using.


Serving: 1muffinCalories: 315kcalCarbohydrates: 57gProtein: 5gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 32mgSodium: 151mgPotassium: 366mgFiber: 3gSugar: 32gVitamin A: 125IUVitamin C: 15.8mgCalcium: 131mgIron: 1.9mg
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Strawberry Rhubarb Muffins
Strawberry Rhubarb Muffins

18 thoughts on “Strawberry Rhubarb Muffins – Easy Rhubarb Muffins

  1. I just read your notes and realized you were referring to the buttermilk substitute, so you can ignore my previous question. I’m going to make these muffins this weekend using locally grown Michigan strawberries and rhubarb that are in season here right now.

  2. This looks like a delicious muffin recipe! I’m a little confused about one thing. In the instructions for the wet ingredients, it says to combine the eggs, milk & “lemon mixture,” oil and vanilla. I’m not sure what the “lemon mixture” refers to since the only lemon ingredient listed is lemon zest which is combined with the dry ingredients. Is there something missing in the list of ingredients? Could you please clarify? Thank you!

  3. I so remember that face puckering sourness as you ate your rhubarb dipped in sugar!!!

    These muffins just looks delicious, I am LOVING the crunch topping!!!

    1. Hi Claire! So glad you have that shared memory of puckering, delightful sour sweetness! 🙂 And the crunchy topping makes these muffins amazing!

  4. I can not wait for Spring! I love rhubarb and this would be the perfect muffin for me. Can’t wait to try this recipe.

    1. Tiffany, I’m with you on being excited for spring! Strawberries and rhubarb are a perfect spring combo, aren’t they? I think you’ll love these muffins.

  5. I love strawberries and rhubarb together – we make it into pies and bars and all sorts of desserts. These muffins are going on my list just as soon as I see it showing up in stores again! Love rhubarb!

  6. Coleen, these muffins, they look so good and such good texture. You are making me want to bake right this very second. I have subscribed to your blog through Bloglovin, my feed. Looking forward to your posts.

    1. Thank you Dina! Your photos are always so beautiful, so a compliment from you means a lot! I think I subscribed to your lovely blog, but I’m going to check and make sure that I did.

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