June 12, 2018

Rhubarb oatmeal bread

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). One of my kids absolutely goes wild for muffins/quick breads. But, thankfully, he's also been gobbling up asparagus spears, too. So far he seem to have inherited his parents' love of food!

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Rhubarb oatmeal bread
1 cup old-fashioned oats, plus more for garnish
1 cup buttermilk*
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
1-1/2 cups rhubarb, cut into about 1/4" pieces

Lightly grease a 9"x5" loaf pan. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

In a medium bowl or glass measuring cup, stir together the oats and buttermilk and set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour through sugar.

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.

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.

Let cool in the pan for about 30 minutes and then remove before slicing. Store in an airtight container for 1-2 days.

*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 5-10 minutes.

What was I cooking one year ago?: skillet peaches & cream pork chops
Two years ago?: rocky road brownies
Three years ago?: creamy poppy seed dressing
Four years ago?: rhubarb lemonade
Five?: hot & sour rhubarb pork & noodles
Six?: strawberry spoon bread w/ vanilla cream
Seven?: potato & Swiss chard hash w/ eggs
8?: cheese & onion salad w/ creamy chive dressing


  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.


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