April 5, 2022

Rhubarb oatmeal bread

Loaf of rhubarb oatmeal bread being sliced on a cutting board.

A light and crumbly oatmeal quick bread full of rhubarb chunks is lovely for breakfast, brunches, or a mid-morning snack with coffee or tea.

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Rhubarb season will be winding down in our region soon, but it's not too late to enjoy it! This quick bread has just a hint of spice which combines nicely with all the tangy rhubarb. 

This recipe is a spin-off of my blueberry oatmeal muffins, but this time baked into loaf form (to allow the rhubarb a bit more time to break down). It is loaded with rhubarb, and it's crumbly, moist, and best eaten within a couple of days of baking (which is never an issue in our house). 

Rhubarb is a delicious tart and sour seasonal vegetable. Rhubarb plants were always abundant where I grew up. Almost everyone had a large rhubarb plant growing in their yards, so we ate it frequently during its season in early summer.

When you grow rhubarb or get it right from the plant, always remember that only the stalks are edible. Be sure to cut off and discard all of the leaves which are toxic for humans to eat.

This quick bread is pretty easy to make. It's a nice bread to have with a breakfast of scrambled eggs. Pack it up in lunchboxes or have it for a mid-morning or afternoon snack with hot tea or coffee. 

If you prefer, you can bake this bread as muffins. Grease or line a muffin baking tin with liners and cut the baking time to about 17-20 minutes (when an inserted toothpick comes out clean). Let cool fully before serving.

Check out this round-up of rhubarb recipes: Beyond Strawberry Rhubarb Pie: A Round-up of 25 Rhubarb Recipes.

Top of a loaf of rhubarb oatmeal bread.

Yield: 1 loaf
Author: Amy (Savory Moments)
Rhubarb Oatmeal Bread

Rhubarb Oatmeal Bread

A light and crumbly oatmeal bread full of rhubarb chunks is lovely for breakfast, brunches, or a mid-morning snack with coffee or tea.


  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats, plus more for garnish
  • 1 cup buttermilk (see notes)
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup olive oil, plus more for greasing
  • 1-1/4 cups rhubarb, cut into about 1/4" pieces


  1. Lightly grease a 9"x5" loaf pan. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a medium bowl or glass measuring cup, stir together the oats and buttermilk and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour through sugar.
  4. Stir the vanilla, egg, and oil into the oat mixture until well-combined. The stir the mixture into the dry ingredients until just combined. Fold in the rhubarb.
  5. Pour the batter into the loaf pan and spread it evenly. Sprinkle the top with more oats. Bake for about 55-65 minutes, until the sides and top are golden and an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  6. Let cool in the pan for about 30 minutes and then remove and finish cooling before slicing. Bread will be crumbly.
  7. Store in an airtight container for 1-2 days, but the bread is best eaten the day it is made as it is very moist.


If you don't have buttermilk, simply put one tablespoon of lemon juice in the one cup measuring cup, then fill with milk and let sit for about 5 minutes.

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Slices of rhubarb oatmeal bread. 
This post was originally published in 2018 and has been updated in 2022 with a recipe card, new text, and more to improve reader experience. 

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  1. That's a very moist and delicious quick bread!

  2. I love how the chunks of rhubarb have come out in the finished bread, it looks so good. Would love to have a slice for breakfast!

  3. I was at the supermarket yesterday and was looking at the rhubarb. Didn't buy any, but now I wish I did. This looks terrific! Thanks.

  4. I need to look for rhubarb, this sounds excellent! Thanks.

  5. This bread looks delicious! I'm buying rhubarb next time I'm out! :)

  6. yum! the texture of your bread looks so appealing--pillow soft and full of good stuff!

  7. The bread is excellent although I have a number of questions. I followed the recipe and found the batter to be on the liquid side. Since I had not made the recipe before, I decided to leave the batter, although I considered adding more flour. I baked the bread in an oiled pan for 65 minutes. The instructions did not say how long to keep the bread in the pan before removing. After 10 minutes, I turned the bread out and could see it would fall apart. At that point decided to keep the bread in the pan. I want to make this again - Wondering what I did wrong.

    1. I'm sorry you had some bread problems. It is definitely a very crumbly bread. No doubt about it! I leave it in the pan to cool as I do with almost all quick breads. Make sure the pan is spray or oiled all around to help get it out. You can try to add a touch more flour if it's not cooking through/too runny. The rhubarb can release different amounts of moisture and oats do make it more prone to falling apart.

    2. Thank you - trying again today as I have a bumper crop of rhubarb.

  8. Our rhubarb season is just beginning. Can't wait to pick and make this bread. A great use of rhubarb.


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