Rhubarb Banana Muffins or Loaf – Using Ripe Bananas

These rhubarb banana muffins are perfect for using up ripe bananas. The sweetness of the ripe bananas and little bits of tart from the rhubarb are a perfect combination. Add a little flax and a handful of walnuts and this muffin is an all around winner. And, if you prefer, you can easily turn this into a tasty loaf instead of muffins.

rhubarb banana muffins
Sweet banana, tart rhubarb, walnuts and flax seed for a great muffin to kick start the day or take to work or play.

Also read: How and When to Harvest RhubarbBanana Oat CookiesSeedy Rhubarb Muffins

rhubarb banana muffins or loaf
Do you prefer muffins or loaves? You can make either with this recipe.

These muffins freeze nicely and are perfect to take for road trips, work, after school activities or camping adventures.

rhubarb banana muffin tent
We froze these muffins and took them along for a camping weekend. They held out nicely and made a great snack while waiting for bacon and eggs over the fire.

Recipe for Rhubarb Banana Muffins

rhubarb banana muffin halves
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5 from 4 votes

Rhubarb Banana Muffins or Loaf

Sweet with a touch of tart, these muffins are a tasty treat. This recipe makes 12 muffins or 1 loaf and can be doubled. Both the loaf and muffins can be frozen.
Prep : 20 mins
Cook : 18 mins
Servings: 12 muffins


  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup mashed ripe bananas (2 medium)
  • 3/4 cup chopped fresh or frozen rhubarb (1/4-1/2" pieces)
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 Tbsp ground flax seed
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon


  • Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). Lightly grease muffin pan (for 12) or line with papers. Or line one loaf pan with parchment paper.
  • In large bowl, beat canola oil, sugar and eggs until smooth.
  • Beat in mashed bananas.
  • Stir in rhubarb and walnuts. Set aside.
  • In separate, medium bowl, mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, flax seed, salt and cinnamon.
  • Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients stirring until just combined. Spoon into 12 muffin tins.
  • Bake muffins for 18-20 minutes (loaf for 1 hour) until wooden skewer coms out clean.
  • Remove from oven, place on cooling rack and let cool for 5 minutes then remove from pan to cool completely.


Doubling the Recipe:
Use big bowls to allow for extra ingredients and mixing without spills.
Double everything except the following:
Baking powder - 2 tsp
Baking soda -1/2 tsp
Salt - 1/2 tsp
Use frozen cranberries instead of rhubarb.
Use chocolate chips instead of fruit for a truly sweet treat.
Use sunflower or pumpkin seeds instead of walnuts for a nut free alternative.
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Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: banana, muffins, rhubarb
rhubarb banana muffin halves
I love the little bits of rhubarb and walnuts.


  • Use very ripe bananas for the best results. They’re the sweetest and softest at this stage.
  • Treat bananas like a liquid ingredient, not like added pieces of fruit. The bananas should be mashed very well so that they are goopy and mix in with eggs and oil.
  • Treat rhubarb like added pieces of fruit. Add them just before adding other dry ingredients.
  • If using frozen rhubarb, do not thaw. Shake or brush off any ice crystals and add frozen pieces to the recipe.
  • Like any muffin batter, do not overmix or your muffins will become tough. Just mix to moisten the ingredients. The batter may be a little lumpy.
  • Let muffins cool in the pan on a wire rack for 5 minutes before removing. Let loaves cool for up to 15 minutes. This will prevent them from falling apart.
  • Remove muffins or loaf from the pan after 5 minutes of cooling so they don’t turn soggy.
  • Store muffins in a sealed container or bag in a single layer with paper towel. The paper towel will help prevent them from turning soggy. Store container on the counter for 2 days.
  • For longer storage, place in a sealed container and freeze. They’ll keep really well in the freezer and keep that fresh baked taste.
chocolate chip banana loaf
If you run out of rhubarb, you can use frozen cranberries if you like the tart or you can use chocolate chips.

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rhubarb muffins by lakeshore
Rhubarb banana muffins for a lakeside snack.

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