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Rhubarb Muffins with Pecan Streusel

Published by Kate
These Rhubarb Muffins are SO tender despite being made with only ¼ cup of oil! Don't miss the crispy streusel on the top—a must for contrasting with the soft and tender interior of the muffin.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Brunch
Cuisine American
Servings 12 muffins
Calories 274 kcal


For the muffins:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons orange zest (from 1 large orange)
  • ¾ cup orange juice
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • cup chopped rhubarb
  • ½ cup chopped pecans

For the streusel:

  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 3 tablespoons cold butter
  • ¼ cup chopped pecans


For the muffins:

  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together 2 cups flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda.
  • In another large bowl, whisk together the egg, vegetable oil, orange zest, orange juice, and ¾ cup sugar. Gently stir in the flour mixture. Fold in the rhubarb and chopped pecans.

For the streusel:

  • In a medium bowl, whisk together ¼ cup sugar and 3 tablespoons flour. Slice the butter into small cubes and work it into the sugar/flour mixture with your fingertips until the butter is the size of peas. Fold in the chopped pecans.
  • Spray a nonstick 12-cup muffin pan with nonstick cooking spray. Divide the batter evenly among the muffin wells, until they are ¾ full. Sprinkle the batter with the streusel topping.
  • Bake for 20–25 minutes (I baked them for 23 minutes), or until lightly brown on top. Let sit in the pan for 5 minutes before removing the muffins from the pan.


Make sure the butter for the streusel is very cold (straight out of the refrigerator)—it creates the crunchiest streusel!


Serving: 1muffinCalories: 274kcalCarbohydrates: 37gProtein: 4gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 332mgPotassium: 123mgFiber: 2gSugar: 18gVitamin A: 189IUVitamin C: 9mgCalcium: 53mgIron: 1mg
Keyword muffins, Rhubarb
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