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Strawberry rhubarb muffins

Strawberry rhubarb muffins with a dash of cinnamon, using greek yogurt instead of milk and applesauce instead of oil. This is a great way to bake with rhubarb and eat up some of your strawberries too! 

Strawberry rhubarb muffins with a dash of cinnamon, using greek yogurt instead of milk and applesauce instead of oil. This is a great way to bake with rhubarb and eat up some of your strawberries too! | trialandeater.com

Confession time: I had never eaten rhubarb before these muffins.

Maybe I should say I never knowingly ate rhubarb, as I don't think this was something my mom tried to slip in to meals growing up, but it can apparently be snuck into many foods. It's a tricky little vegetable.

Side note: When I googled rhubarb I learned that while it is widely thought of as a vegetable, it actually is considered a fruit in the US for tax purposes. I don't even really know what that means, but I felt like I should share.

Anyway, it felt like everyone was talking about rhubarb these days so I thought I should get in on the action.

Not really sure where to start, I found this recipe for cinnamon rhubarb muffins, and then I saw this one that added strawberries which sounded even better.

My recipe is kind of a combination of the two with a few extra changes of my own. I liked that the second of those recipes used greek yogurt instead of milk or butter, and I went one healthy step further and used applesauce instead of oil.

I also added more strawberries and rhubarb, just because I was feeling adventurous.

Strawberry rhubarb muffins with a dash of cinnamon, using greek yogurt instead of milk and applesauce instead of oil. This is a great way to bake with rhubarb and eat up some of your strawberries too! | trialandeater.com

Since this was my first time trying rhubarb, I naturally wanted to taste it before I put a whole bunch in my muffins.

Don't do that!

Nobody told me this was a bad idea – rhubarb on its own is quite bitter and not at all tasty. Enough so where I almost abandoned the whole idea of my strawberry rhubarb muffins and instead turn them into cinnamon strawberry muffins.

And then I read some more about rhubarb, learned this was normal, and realized that's why everyone adds sugar.

Strawberry rhubarb muffins with a dash of cinnamon, using greek yogurt instead of milk and applesauce instead of oil. This is a great way to bake with rhubarb and eat up some of your strawberries too! | trialandeater.com

The finished muffins were a great combination of flavors – there is still a hint of tartness from the rhubarb, but the strawberries and all other ingredients mask it just enough where it's a balanced amount.

I wanted to make a rhubarb simple syrup to glaze these beauties with, but I didn't get a chance to make it before all these suckers were gone. Whoops.

Strawberry rhubarb muffins with a dash of cinnamon, using greek yogurt instead of milk and applesauce instead of oil. This is a great way to bake with rhubarb and eat up some of your strawberries too! | trialandeater.com

Strawberry rhubarb muffins with a dash of cinnamon, using greek yogurt instead of milk and applesauce instead of oil. This is a great way to bake with rhubarb and eat up some of your strawberries too! | trialandeater.com

Have you ever baked with rhubarb? Tell me about your favorite ways to eat it!

 

Yield: 12 muffins

Strawberry rhubarb muffins

Strawberry rhubarb muffins with a dash of cinnamon, using greek yogurt instead of milk and applesauce instead of oil. This is a great way to bake with rhubarb and eat up some of your strawberries too! | trialandeater.com

Strawberry rhubarb muffins with a dash of cinnamon, using greek yogurt instead of milk and applesauce instead of oil. This is a great way to bake with rhubarb and eat up some of your strawberries too!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup chopped rhubarb
  • 3/4 cup chopped fresh strawberries

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder and baking soda.
  3. Add the applesauce, egg, greek yogurt and vanilla to the flour mixture and stir until combined.
  4. Stir in the chopped rhubarb and strawberries.
  5. Pour batter into muffin pan, filling them about 3/4 of the way full.
  6. Bake for 22-25 minutes or until knife comes out clean.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 118Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 16mgSodium: 103mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 1gSugar: 14gProtein: 3g

Nutrition information is calculated automatically by an online tool at Nutritionix. It is not always accurate. Please use your own tools to check if you rely on this information.

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Arlis

Tuesday 5th of June 2018

Super moist muffins. I added a 1/4 cup fresh pineapple. Turned out great!!

Ashley

Tuesday 27th of March 2018

Do you cook the rhubarb first? Thanks

Netush

Friday 14th of July 2017

Where in the instructions does it say to add the apple sauce?

Kelly

Saturday 15th of July 2017

Applesauce should be added with the other wet ingredients. Thanks for pointing that out!

Medha @ Whisk & Shout

Friday 18th of July 2014

I've never had rhubarb, but these muffins sure look wonderful and the colors really shine :)

Kelly

Monday 21st of July 2014

Thanks Medha - the colors work together as do the flavors! Let me know if you try :)

Kelly

Thursday 17th of July 2014

These muffins look fantastic! Love strawberry and rhubarb together - they're the perfect summer combo :)