Healthy Rhubarb Muffins with Strawberry Cream Cheese

Looking for the best homemade Healthy Rhubarb Muffins recipe?

You can prepare our easy Healthy Rhubarb Muffins at home in less than one hour.

Healthy Rhubarb Muffins are a perfect sweet breakfast or on the go snack. We’ve stuffed our muffins with a sweet surprise as they’re filled with strawberry cream cheese.

You can also serve them as a decadent dessert accompanied by scoops of vanilla ice cream, chopped nuts, berry sauce and sliced berries.

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Healthy Rhubarb Muffins stuffed with Strawberry Cream Cheese
Healthy Rhubarb Muffins stuffed with Strawberry Cream Cheese

History of Muffins

A muffin is an individual-sized, baked product most commonly associated with morning mealtime. It’s one of the most popular on-the-go breakfasts that can easily be made ahead and stored in the freezer to enjoy later.

Muffins can refer to two distinct baked goods, a part-raised unsweetened flatbread that is baked and then cooked on a griddle, and a cupcake-like sweet or savoury quickbread that is leavened with baking powder and baked in a mold.

While the most common quickbread muffins are sweetened (such as lemon blueberry muffins, mincemeat muffins and morning glory muffins), there are also savoury varieties such as jalapeno cheddar cornbread muffins and cheddar apple muffins.

The flatbread “English Muffin” variety is of British origin, and dates from at least the early 18th century, while the quickbread originated in Canada and America during the 19th century.

One 19th century source suggests that muffins may be related to the Greek bread maphula, a cake baked on a hearth or griddle. Culinary historians also look to the Old French mou-pain, meaning soft bread, which may have been corrupted into “mouffin.”

The word is first found in print in 1703, spelled moofin; it is of uncertain origin but possibly derived from the Low German Muffen, the plural of Muffe meaning a small cake. The expression muffin-man, meaning a street seller of muffins, is attested in a 1754 poem, which includes the line: “Hark! the shrill Muffin-Man his Carol plies…”

One of Canada’s top selling cookbooks of the 1980s was Muffin Mania, which helped popularize muffin making from Newfoundland to British Columbia. Homemade muffins were originally prepared as a healthy breakfast option, high-fibre mid-afternoon snack or low calorie dessert.

In 1997, muffins were popularized once again in Seinfeld’s now famous “The Muffin Tops,” episode. Like many muffin lovers, Elaine shared her love for only eating muffin tops. She hilariously talks about the fact that muffin stumps are not worthy of consumption as they don’t have the desirable crunchy texture. She shares the idea of opening a store that sells just muffin tops with her ex-boss and is outraged when he steals her idea.

When he offers her 30% of the profits to help his struggling business, they initially give the unused stumps to a homeless shelter. But after they get complaints about the missing muffin tops by a charity worker, they have to get rid of them elsewhere. Newman eventually takes the muffin stumps off their hands, smiling with glee!

Ingredients you'll need to make Healthy Rhubarb Muffins.
Ingredients you’ll need to make Healthy Rhubarb Muffins.

My Family Loves Healthy Rhubarb Muffins

One of my fondest memories growing up as a kid was waking up in the morning at our family cottage in Muskoka and smelling freshly baked muffins.

My family’s two favourite recipes were Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins and Lemon Blueberry Muffins. In the summer we’d forage for wild blueberries and incorporate them into out favourite baked goods. My sister was the family blueberry fan while I was mostly obsessed with the marriage of banana and chocolate.

Our mother has a famous rhubarb plant that has been passed down for generations through her family. Our families hearty rhubarb has been transplanted several times, bursting through the soil at our home in Markham, Oakville and Toronto.

We harvest our rhubarb plant at home and at the cottage throughout the Spring and Summer. Our favourite way to use the tart and fibrous stocks is to chop them up and transform them into Healthy Rhubarb Muffins stuffed with strawberry cream cheese.

Healthy Rhubarb Muffins: Mix dry ingredients and wet ingredients in separate bowls before combining.
Healthy Rhubarb Muffins: Mix dry ingredients and wet ingredients in separate bowls before combining.

Buying VS Making Homemade Muffins

Today, muffins are often sold at grocery stores, McDonald’s cafes and coffee shops like Starbucks and Tim Horton’s. Unfortunately most commercially prepared muffins are simply cupcakes without the icing.

Read the ingredients list and you’ll find store bought muffins are full of sugar, fat and “flavourings” rather than real fresh fruit, vegetables and herbs. The excessive sugar, salt, fat and additives in commercial muffin recipes allow the grocery stores and coffee shops to extend the shelf life so they don’t go stale as quickly as a homemade muffin would.

The best way to enjoy healthy muffins is by preparing them at home, allowing you to control the proportion of ingredients. We suggest eating muffins fresh the day they are prepared. If you have any leftovers muffins pack 3-4 in a ziplock bag in your fridge and simply warm them up the next day in the oven. You can use a microwave to reheat muffins but they won’t produce the desired crunchy texture.

Any remaining Healthy Rhubarb Muffins should be stored in the freezer and can keep for 2-3 months. We like to double our muffin recipes when we prepare them so we have a storage of yummy muffins in the freezer that we can easily enjoy several weeks later.

Fill healthy rhubarb muffins with strawberry cream cheese.
Fill healthy rhubarb muffins with strawberry cream cheese.

Best Healthy Rhubarb Muffins Recipe

There’s no better comfort food than a steaming, moist rhubarb cake cooling out of a hot oven.

We prefer to prepare healthy Rhubarb Muffins as they are small individual portions. Homemade muffins can be easily stored in the freezer to extend their shelf life and are a great on-the-go breakfast snack.

So what qualities make the best Healthy Rhubarb Muffins? The perfect muffin must be crunchy on the outside, well leavened so the muffin cap holds its shape and doesn’t shrink when cooled and feature a moist and light interior.

Looking to prepare easy homemade muffins? Baking is a science so you can’t just lower a muffin recipe’s fat and sugar content or you will bite into a chewy, hard and unappetizing product.

Our muffins are healthy because they feature nutritious ingredients such as rhubarb, cream cheese, oatmeal, milk, eggs and vegetable oil.

Healthy Rhubarb Muffins fresh out of the oven.
Healthy Rhubarb Muffins fresh out of the oven.

Healthy Rhubarb Muffins Tips

If you’re looking to prepare Healthy Rhubarb Muffins on a whim and are missing a few ingredients at home don’t worry!

You can easily substitute whole wheat flour if you don’t have All Purpose. Or use buttermilk if you don’t have regular milk in the fridge. You may even want to spoon a few tablespoons of yogurt into the batter too!

We’ve stuffed our muffins with strawberry cream cheese but you could also use plain cream cheese or another sweetly flavoured cream cheese spread.

We’ve topped our muffins with chopped rhubarb but you could substitute for freshly sliced strawberry. The sliced berry will give your guests a hint to the creamy cheese secret inside.

The one tip I give all muffin making beginners is to avoid over-mixing the batter. Light and fluffy muffins are made by reducing the amount of gluten in the batter. If you whip muffin batter with a beater the final product will be as hard as a hockey puck.

For best results, form a well in the dry ingredients and pour your wet ingredients inside. Using a spatula or wooden spoon, gently fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. The finished batter should be fully incorporated, so be sure to scrape the bottom of the bowl so you don’t find unmixed flour. The most important rule to muffin making: when mixing, less is more!


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Our Healthy Rhubarb Muffins feature a strawberry cream cheese surprise.
Our Healthy Rhubarb Muffins feature a strawberry cream cheese surprise.

Healthy Strawberry Rhubarb Muffins Recipe

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Healthy Rhubarb Oatmeal Muffins

Looking for the best Healthy Rhubarb Muffins? Our quick and easy recipe features chopped rhubarb and are filled with strawberry cream cheese.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: American, canadian
Keyword: Healthy Rhubarb Oatmeal Muffins, Oatmeal Muffins, Rhubarb Muffins, Rhubarb Oatmeal Muffins
Servings: 12
Calories: 169kcal

Equipment

  • oven
  • spatula
  • muffin tin
  • mixing bowl
  • measuring spoons
  • measuring cups

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 2 cups Rhubarb sliced
  • 1/2 cup Strawberry cream cheese

Instructions

  • Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  • Beat egg, milk, oil and almond flavouring in a separate bowl. Add oatmeal and let soak for 15-20 minutes.
  • Pour wet mixture over dry ingredients and stir to moisten. Fold in 1 1/2 cups diced rhubarb.
  • Scoop Healthy Rhubarb Muffins batter into greased muffin cups halfway. Spoon a dollop of strawberry cream cheese, approximately 1 teaspoon, into each muffin tin. Top with remaining batter and sprinkle with diced rhubarb.
  • Bake muffins at 375F for 20 minutes.

Nutrition

Calories: 169kcal | Carbohydrates: 19.4g | Protein: 3.3g | Fat: 8.9g | Saturated Fat: 3.4g | Cholesterol: 26mg | Sodium: 239mg | Potassium: 154mg | Fiber: 0.6g | Sugar: 8.3g | Calcium: 79mg | Iron: 1mg

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