Spiced Rhubarb and Lemon Muffins

It’s still Rhubarb Central here! This time I’m bringing you some Spiced Rhubarb and Lemon Muffins.  This is a classic combination with the spices including cinnamon and little pieces of crystallised ginger.  I decided to make these when I saw the Recipes for Life Challenge at Vanesther’s Bangers and Mash blog. The rules of the Recipes for Life call for a trio of ingredients, and this month they are rhubarb with lemon and spice. A monthly winner  will be picked and the best of the recipes will be included in a new charity cookbook to be published by SWALLOW later this year.


Spice Rhubarb and Lemon Muffins
150g light brown sugar
1 tbsp sunflower oil
1 egg
1 tsp cinnamon extract (or 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon)
100ml milk
100g finely diced rhubarb
175g wholemeal flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp bicarb soda
1/2 tsp ground ginger
pinch salt
50g chopped ccrystallised ginger
grated zest of half a lemon

1.  Preheat the oven to 200C.
2. Line you muffin tin with paper cases.
3. Place 125g of the sugar, oil, egg cinnamon extract and milk.  Mix together and add the rhubarb.   


Wet ingredients

4. Sift your dry ingredients into the bowl, add the wet ingredients and stir until combined but don’t over mix or your muffins will be heavy.

Dry ingredients

5. Spoon the mixture into the cases, filling about 3/4 full. 
6. Sprinkle the tops of the muffins with the remaining sugar (I forgot to do this!)
7. Bake for 18-20 minutes.
8. Leave in the tin for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack.

Cakey, fruity gingeryness!

What I really liked about these muffins was that they were really moist, the acidity of the rhubarb and the lemon took the edge off the sweetness and the combination of ginger and cinnamon worked really well with the fruit.  Best of all were the little nuggets of intense crystallised ginger.

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Laura Loves Cakes

This looks like a fab recipe…rhubarb is so great in bakes and lemon is always a winner! I'd love to try one 🙂


These look wonderful Janice – I love the idea of rhubarb in a muffin. Sounds like the perfect accompaniment to a cup of tea to me! Thanks for entering Recipes for Life – your support is greatly appreciated.

Debs Dust Bunny

My mum-in-law would go mad for these! That's Sunday afternoon tea sorted. Thanks!

Elaine Livingstone

have never thought to add the rhubarb uncooked to a cake, dont know why as I add blueberries to muffins. will need to give these a try they sound fab.


These look tres yummy. Major Rhubarb Fan.

Tash TheVelvetMoonBaker
Tash TheVelvetMoonBaker

Yummy, these look gorgeous!

Janice Pattie

Thank you all, you don't need much rhubarb in muffins, it's such a versatile fruit/vegetable!