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Two Peas and Their Pod: Rhubarb Apple Cinnamon Muffins

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Rhubarb Apple Cinnamon Muffins



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 1/2 cups chopped rhubarb
1 chopped Granny Smith apple
2 eggs
1 cup low-fat buttermilk
1/4 cup canola oil
1/2 cup non sweetened applesauce
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
Dash of nutmeg
Pinch of all spice

Cinnamon Crunch Topping:
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup oats
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 1/2 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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73 Comments:

Blogger Happy cook said...

Wow with rubarb and applesacue the muffin must have been really moist and delcious.
If you ant to have a another unusual recipe here it is in my place ;-)
http://mykitchentreasures.blogspot.com/2009/05/rhubarb-soup-with-strawberry-ice-cream.html

5:11 AM  
Blogger Jacque said...

Mmmm, these two rhubarb recipes sound wonderful! (must try).

I love rhubarb, it's an old family favorite. I can understand your obsession.

5:12 AM  
Blogger Erica said...

Great breakfast treat- the topping looks awesome. How are you feeling?

5:19 AM  
Blogger kat said...

You are really rocking the rhubarb this week! I'm ready to head off for the gym & want a few of those to energize me before I go

5:22 AM  
Blogger Bunny said...

Now that's a new twist I've never seen rubarb paired with apples! Great thinking!

5:24 AM  
Blogger Shari@Whisk: a food blog said...

Great ideas with rhubarb! these muffins look great with all those spices. They look so moist. And fresh from your own garden! Cool!!

5:26 AM  
Blogger Steph said...

I wish I could taste some rhubarb.. must buy some soon! I'm not lucky enough to have a rhubarb plant. Even if we planted, the raccoons and bunnies would probably eat them all up. The muffins look delicious!

5:51 AM  
Blogger Theresa said...

The rhubarb in your title certainly caught my attention. I love rhubarb. My mother would always have it in her garden and brings back childhood memories!!!! Love, Love, Love rhubarb any way it's presented to me!!!

5:57 AM  
Blogger Risa said...

I still have not tasted rhubarb. What am I waiting for? You are so lucky to have it growing in your yard!

6:03 AM  
Blogger Melissa said...

What a great combination - rhubarbs and apples! These sound really great!

6:09 AM  
Blogger Barbara Bakes said...

I haven't tired rhubarb with apple. Now I really want to plant some rhubarb!

6:44 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

These would be great for a weekend breakfast.

6:59 AM  
Blogger stephchows said...

Three cheers for muffins! :) The topping totally completes this muffin, looks delicious!

7:02 AM  
Blogger Allie said...

These look great I can't wait to try it! I'm jealous you have a plant, I'm thinking we'll have to plant some too because our local store doesn't get very many shipments in.

7:19 AM  
Blogger Sara said...

All this rubarb talk is making me really want to try it! These muffins sound delicious.

7:25 AM  
Blogger Netts Nook said...

Wow those muffins look and sound great I love rhubarb hubby is not convinced maybe this will do the trick.

7:43 AM  
Blogger Teanna DiMicco said...

Oh man, Maria, I wish I was in Utah so I could come over and experience all of this rhubarb greatness!

7:45 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

love this rhubarb kick!
keep them coming please!

7:46 AM  
Blogger Stacey Snacks said...

Maria,
I saw your crumb cake yesterday......can you believe I had never tried rhubarb?
I should've tried your crumb cake, that will be next.
The rhubarb pudding cakes I made last night were fabulous!

7:47 AM  
Blogger Elle said...

These look wonderful! I'm going to have to track down some rhubarb. Or, I could just plant some. Nice recipe!

7:51 AM  
Blogger 5 Star Foodie said...

I do need to make some muffins soon! I love the rhubarb and apple cinnamon flavor. Yay for the rhubarb week!

7:58 AM  
Blogger Pam said...

My neighbor grew rhubarb when I was a kid and we loved it. These muffins look and sound really tasty.

8:04 AM  
Blogger Mermaid Sweets said...

Another must bake recipe from you two peas, love it. They look sooo good.

8:33 AM  
Blogger Bridgett said...

I could definitely use one of these for my breakfast this morning. They look perfect!

8:44 AM  
Blogger teresa said...

I'm so impressed that you're able to come up with these gems yourself! THey looks absolutely divine!

9:16 AM  
Blogger Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

What wonderful muffins! I love that combo!

Cheers,

Rosa

9:20 AM  
Blogger Tracey said...

Those look awesome Maria! I still need to find some rhubarb and get trying some of the recipes you've been posting!

9:38 AM  
Blogger Grace said...

cinnamon crunch topping? that's an awesome addition, obviously. forget strawberry-rhubarb. i want apple-rhubarb. :)

9:56 AM  
Blogger Maris said...

You're on such a rhurbarb kick! I don't love rhubarb but I think with apple cinnamon to balance the flavor these would be right up my alley. Yum!

10:08 AM  
Blogger pinkstripes said...

Yum! They look delicious.

10:29 AM  
Blogger Kelly said...

Oh my! Those look perfect!

10:57 AM  
Blogger Veron said...

I see nice looking rhubarbs at our local Whole foods and wonder what to do with it. this sounds delicious and hearty!

11:14 AM  
Blogger Pearl said...

oh those muffins look so tasty! i have to find rhubarb!

11:14 AM  
Blogger Culinary Wannabe said...

I love that you spruced up the healthy muffin with a topping! Yummy toppings make everything better. :)

11:19 AM  
Blogger A. and M. said...

Nice recipe..sounds very yummy..
Grazie

11:44 AM  
Blogger How To Eat A Cupcake said...

Okay, I really need to find some rhubard and getting baking QUICK! These muffins look delish!

12:22 PM  
Blogger Kerstin said...

What a great looking muffin Maria! I love your apple and rhubarb combination and that you lightened them up a bit - yum!

1:31 PM  
Blogger The Blonde Duck said...

I'm dying to try rhubarb now!

1:44 PM  
Blogger Tangled Noodle said...

My rhubarb are ready to be picked but I also have a ton frozen from last year (not sure if I should still use them). I'd better get going on this year's crop so thanks for these great recipes!

1:56 PM  
Blogger Peter M said...

Since you made these muffins and you've got apples & spices...I can ignore the rhubarb and nibble away! lol

2:28 PM  
Blogger Camilla said...

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 :)

2:54 PM  
Blogger Dianne's Dishes said...

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

3:54 PM  
Blogger Annie said...

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 :)

6:11 PM  
Blogger Esi said...

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!

6:43 PM  
Blogger Erica said...

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

7:00 PM  
Blogger ttfn300 said...

Another winner! and i'm still jealous of the plant in your yard!!! :)

7:03 PM  
Blogger Sara said...

You know how I feel about rhubarb! :) These look great, wouldn't have thought to combine rhubarb with apple.

7:28 PM  
Blogger Cakelaw said...

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

7:59 PM  
Blogger Liz said...

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.

10:34 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

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! :)
Stumbled!

6:55 AM  
Blogger Katherine Aucoin said...

i love the crcunchy topping. These look so wonderful for breakfast!

7:43 AM  
Blogger Carrian said...

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

8:19 AM  
Blogger Maryann said...

Very creative! :)

11:15 AM  
Blogger Katrina said...

Yum! I've got to buy some rhubarb at the farmer's market here on Sat.!

11:19 AM  
Blogger Live.Love.Eat said...

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.

1:07 PM  
Blogger Natashya said...

Hooray for rhubarb week! Yummy muffins, rhubarb jam next?

2:05 PM  
Blogger Ulla said...

That is so seasonal, healthy but most important delicious looking!

2:16 PM  
Blogger PheMom said...

Those do look really nice! Have a great holiday weekend!

2:35 PM  
Blogger Jescel said...

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!

2:38 PM  
Blogger doggybloggy said...

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

3:05 PM  
Blogger Cathy said...

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

4:45 PM  
Blogger The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

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

(Very creative muffins, BTW)

5:05 PM  
Blogger Chow and Chatter said...

I adore your rhubarb recipes

6:11 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

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

7:08 PM  
Blogger Elra said...

What a delicious Rhubarb muffins maria

9:08 PM  
Blogger Elyse said...

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!

10:05 PM  
Blogger Marthe said...

I love rhubarb!!

4:03 AM  
Blogger Katie said...

What a GREAT combo! These look fantastic!!

4:17 AM  
Blogger Becky said...

These look delicious! I love the topping. I'm definitely going to try them out.
(I tried my mom's Rhubarb Bread the other day and fell in love with rhubarb all over again. Here's the link - I LOVE it. My 2 year old eats it like crazy. http://storemadetohomemade.blogspot.com/2009/05/rhubarb-bread.html )

10:21 AM  
Blogger AJ said...

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.

6:51 PM  
Blogger Jamie said...

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!

2:37 AM  
Blogger Chanel11 said...

these look great - I heard rhubarb and apple went really well together.

3:58 PM  
Blogger ♥Rosie♥ said...

YUM! Rhubarb & Applesauce muffins now these are GOOD!

Rosie x

6:16 AM  

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