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Raspberry Rhubarb Muffins

Raspberry Rhubarb Muffins

Raspberry Rhubarb Muffins

At some point, when I was a kid, my mom announced that instead of making her usual berry crisp, she’d be making a rhubarb berry crisp. I was not into that idea. I was generally okay with veggies and all, but veggies in my dessert? Nope. And in particular, weird veggies that I’d never had before? No way.

The crisp turned out to be delicious. It looked just like her regular old crisp that I loved so much, with rhubarb having the same brilliant red color as the berries, but the filling was just a wee bit on the tart side. Turns out rhubarb’s tart flavor is the perfect complement for berries. Rhubarb is also in season from late spring to early summer, which coincides nicely with peak berry season too, so it’s pretty much begging to be added to berry-packed pies, jams and in this case, muffins. I went with muffins because the rhubarb stands out a bit more, instead of blending in like with that crisp I tried way back when. Also, I just like a lot of stuff in my muffins, and between the tangy rhubarb, sweet raspberries and crunchy walnuts, these muffins have a lot of stuff going on in terms of flavor and texture.

Raspberry Rhubarb Muffins

Depending on where you’re located, you should start seeing rhubarb at stores and farmers’ markets some point over the next few weeks. I decided to bake these up a bit early in the season this year, but was pleased to find that frozen rhubarb is pretty readily available, so I can make these muffins year round if I want. Score! I also went with spelt flour, which is my favorite baking flour as of late. You can use all-purpose if you prefer, but if you’re up for trying these with spelt, you can expect a slightly nuttier flavor and a more delicate, crumbly texture, in addition to the golden coloring you see in the photos.

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Raspberry Rhubarb Muffins

Raspberry Rhubarb Muffins

These muffins are bursting with juicy raspberries, tangy rhubarb and crunchy walnuts. A sprinkling of oatmeal brown sugar topping adds just the right amount of sweetness.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 24 minutes
  • Total Time: 34 minutes
  • Yield: 12 muffins 1x
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Ingredients

For the topping:

  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons canola oil (or your favorite baking oil)

For the raspberry rhubarb muffins:

  • 2 cups spelt flour (or sub all purpose-flour)
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup unflavored, unsweetened soy or almond milk
  • 1/3 cup canola oil (or whatever oil you used for the topping)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh raspberries
  • 1 cup finely chopped rhubarb, fresh or frozen and thawed
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a 12 cup muffin tin with papers.
  2. Stir all of the topping ingredients together in a small bowl and set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, salt and nutmeg. In a separate, smaller bowl, stir together the milk, oil and vanilla. Pour the milk mixture into the bowl with the flour mixture and stir just until blended, being careful not to overmix. Carefully fold in the raspberries, rhubarb and nuts.
  4. Divide the mixture into the lined muffin cups. The cups should be very full, but not overflowing. Sprinkle the tops with the oat topping.
  5. Bake for 22-24 minutes, or until the muffins are lightly browned on the tops and a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean.
  6. Transfer the muffins to a cooling rack and allow to cool completely before removing from tins.

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6 Comments

  • Reply
    Bethany @ athletic avocado
    April 29, 2016 at 8:23 am

    I’ve never tried raspberry and rhubarb together, Im sure its incredible as it sounds! And in muffin form? YESSSSSS

    • Reply
      Alissa
      May 1, 2016 at 8:33 pm

      It’s such a nice combination! If you’re into rhubarb or rhubarb with other types of fruit I think you’ll love this. Thanks Bethany. 🙂

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    Phelan Amanda
    May 2, 2016 at 5:33 am

    Tried it at home. Brilliant! Definitely gonna cook it again 🙂

    • Reply
      Alissa
      May 4, 2016 at 8:58 am

      Glad to hear you enjoyed them! Thanks so much!!

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    Erin
    May 24, 2019 at 6:25 am

    Just tried these to use up some of the abundant rhubarb in my yard. They are SO GOOD. I used all white whole wheat flour, so I added a tsp. of baking soda as well, to ensure they rose well. Also added a tsp. of cinnamon. Made sure to follow the directions and didn’t overmix, and they are great! They are not overly sweet, so it highlights the tartness. Overall very tasty and very pretty muffins. Nice to have a recipe without eggs!

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    Sophie
    April 10, 2020 at 8:09 pm

    The recipe was very straight forward and easy to follow, however I found the muffins did not rise very well and were quite dense inside. Flavour was very nice, however would have preferred if they were light and fluffy rather than feeling heavy in my stomach. It feels as if I have eaten a plate full of mashed potato because that one muffin was so heavy 🙁

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