When short-lived, seasonal ingredients that you really enjoy become available, do you feel as though you have to eat them with abandon to get your fill? With many fruits and vegetables, their season is over before we know it and another year must pass until we enjoy them again. Such is the case with rhubarb.
Last week, I posted a family favorite recipe for Ginger Almond Rhubarb Bars. In the archives of this blog, I have a long-loved recipe for Strawberry Rhubarb Sauce. I have a few more, and will attempt to spread them out so I don’t over-rhubarb anyone!
These muffins capture the essence of rhubarb: the tangy-sweet flavor that makes muffins, cakes, crisps and more taste uniquely delicious. They are moist, tender, and easy to whip up. As an added bonus, this batch makes more than the typical dozen. I typically get about 20. Stored in the fridge, they will keep at least a week and may also be frozen.
- 2 1/2 cups flour (half whole wheat, half all-purpose, if desired; may also use my gluten-free flour blend)
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 1/4 cups brown sugar
- 1/2 cup extra virgin coconut oil, melted (may substitute oil of choice; see notes)
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 2 level cups diced rhubarb (I like the pieces to be about the size of a peanut)
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans (walnuts work well, too)
- 1 tablespoon melted coconut oil or butter
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a total of 20 muffin cups or line with paper cups.
- In a medium bowl, stir together the flour(s), baking soda, baking powder, salt, and ginger. In a large bowl, beat the brown sugar, oil, egg, vanilla and buttermilk until smooth.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix by hand until just combined. Stir in the rhubarb and pecans.
- Spoon the batter into the prepared cups. I like to use a large ice cream scoop to evenly and neatly portion.
- In a small bowl, stir together the granulated sugar and cinnamon. Mix in the melted coconut oil or butter. Sprinkle about 1/2 teaspoon of this mixture on top of each muffin. I usually start with a spoon and end up using my fingers.
- Bake in the preheated oven until the muffins are just cooked through, about 17-20 minutes. All ovens vary a bit so check a minute or two early and cook a few minutes longer if needed. Cool in the pans for 5-10 minutes and then remove to a rack and cook completely.
- When using melted coconut oil or butter, it is helpful to have the cold ingredients come to room temperature before mixing so the oil or butter do not re-harden upon contact.