Streusel Topped Rhubarb Muffins

Servings: 12 serving(s)

Prep time: 30 minutes

Total time: 48 minutes

Cooking time: 18 minutes

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streusel toped rhubarb muffinsIt’s still too early for rhubarb in Southern New Brunswick but it won’t be long. The snow is barely gone but the gardens have responded to the late spring warmth with gusto and are racing to catch up.streusel toped rhubarb muffins

While I watch my garden (and rhubarb) grow I’m enjoying the last of my stash of frozen rhubarb. I have been making rhubarb compote to stir into yogurt, rhubarb juice to drink with sparkling water and am now onto this rhubarb muffin recipe.

The more rhubarb I eat the more it feels like spring.

streusel toped rhubarb muffins

These are a light textured muffin and not too sweet. I dice the rhubarb quite small to avoid getting a soggy mouthful but suit yourself.

Feel free to use oil instead of melted butter (although you will sacrifice a little flavour). Ginger is a lovely replacement for cinnamon and lemon zest could stand in for the orange zest.

Streusel Topped Rhubarb Muffin Recipe

Makes 12-13 muffins


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • ¼ cup Crosby’s Fancy Molasses
  • 2-1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • Zest of one orange
  • 1 cup sour cream or yogurt
  • ½ cup butter, melted and cooled slightly
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp. orange flower water (optional)
  • 1-1/2 cups diced rhubarb

Streusel topping:

  • 2 Tbsp. flour
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. soft butter


  1. Preheat oven to 375F. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper cups.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda and salt and whisk to blend.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the sour cream, melted butter, molasses, eggs, vanilla and orange flower water until smooth. Gently stir the sour cream mixture into the dry ingredients until the batter just comes together; do not overmix. Gently stir in the diced rhubarb. The batter will be thick.
  4. Divide the batter among the muffin cups. The batter should mound a bit higher than the tops of the cups.
  5. Make the topping: In a small bowl, combine the flour, sugar and butter and rub together with your fingers. Sprinkle over each muffin.
  6. Bake the muffins until they’re golden brown and spring back when gently pressed about 18minutes. Transfer to a rack and let the muffins cool in the pan for 5 to 10 minutes. Carefully lift the muffins out of the pan and let them cool. Serve warm.

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streusel top rhubarb muffins


18 thoughts on “Streusel Topped Rhubarb Muffins

  1. Maggie says:

    I don’t see on your recipe where you add the Molasses. I assume with the wet ingredients.
    I am making it now so I hope that is it.

    1. Hi Maggie, Yes, molasses is added with the wet ingredients. Sorry. So glad you let me know — I have updated the recipe.

  2. Linda Herrick says:

    Can I purchase “Molasses and More” Cookbook?

    1. Hi Linda, We’d be happy to send you a copy, free of charge. I’ll touch base via email to get your mailing address.

  3. Yvette says:

    Made them today and they are delicious

  4. Chris says:

    Made these muffins on the weekend. Was lucky enough to get ONE!! They disappeared faster then I knew! Great recipe, Thank you!!

    1. Pleased that they were a success, Chris!

  5. Betty Rogers says:

    I love Rhubarb and grow it myself so I would surely like to try those muffins etc. Thank you for posting those delicious recipes.

  6. Hector says:

    checked my Rhubarb,they are ready ,so I made a dozen muffins came out so nice and they are delicious,Thank you!

    1. Hi Hector, glad the recipe turned out well for you!

  7. Angus says:

    Just found this recipe…delicious!!!
    Would they freeze well?

    1. Bridget Oland says:

      Hi Angus, These muffins will free okay but the streusel can get a little sticky when they’re thawing.

  8. bonnie berry says:

    love these I am diabetic but I let myself have one now and then…I adore baking so put out some low sugar desserts just for me…

  9. Mary Miller says:

    What is orange flower water?
    Will orange juice work as well?

    1. Bridget Oland says:

      Hi Mary, Orange flower is almost like a light syrup that’s scented with orange blossoms. We can get it now in the international foods section of the grocery store. You could use lemon juice instead.

  10. Denise says:

    I made these today and they are so light and fluffy with a beautiful taste. I used brown sugar in the streusel and it’s just the right amount to sprinkle a little over all of them. Spot on with bake time. Will definitely keep this yummy fresh recipe a constant in our kitchen! Thank you

    1. Bridget Oland says:

      Hi Denise, Thanks for letting me know. So glad you enjoyed the recipe.

  11. Dolores Rodnick says:

    I am always looking for recipes with molasses as I love the flavour that it brings. E were oils you be book kind enough to send me your cookbook mentioned above book in the comments. I am now going to make the ruhbarb muffins. They sound hers TV

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