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Rhubarb Bread

May 27, 2019 (Last Updated: July 8, 2019)

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Delicious homemade rhubarb bread!

A loaf of rhubarb bread in a glass loaf pan.

Have you ever had rhubarb bread? I just started making this delicious quick bread and it’s a new favorite in my house! I’ve made rhubarb muffins before, but never rhubarb bread. 

What is rhubarb?

Rhubarb is a perennial plant that is one of the first plants to grow right after the snow melts. Technically rhubarb is a vegetable, but for culinary purposes it is treated more like a fruit. 

The stalks of the rhubarb plant are edible. The leaves are not! Rhubarb is very tart and is usually mixed with sugar to offset the tartness. 

What color is rhubarb?

Rhubarb can vary in color from bright red to a light green. Many stalks are a combination of reds and greens. The color does not change the taste of the rhubarb.

Rhubarb stalks being cut into small pieces on a wooden cutting board.

What ingredients do I need to make rhubarb bread?

  • flour
  • sugar
  • baking powder
  • cinnamon
  • salt
  • rhubarb
  • orange peel
  • fresh squeezed orange juice
  • oil
  • eggs

Can I use frozen rhubarb?

Yes, you can use fresh or frozen rhubarb when making this bread. When I freeze rhubarb, I cut it into small chunks. Add the chunks of frozen rhubarb directly to the dough. You may need to increase baking time by 5 minutes.

quick bread dough with chunks of rhubarb in a glass loaf pan.

Can I freeze a loaf rhubarb bread?

Yes, you can freeze this bread. Allow bread to fully cool and then slice. Place sliced bread in its original loaf shape into a freezer safe bag. You could also wrap the sliced loaf with plastic wrap and then wrap in foil. Bread is best if used between 2-3 months. It’s okay if it’s frozen longer, but the bread may dry out a bit. 

You can also freeze the bread without pre-slicing. I like the ease of pulling a loaf out of the freezer and already having it sliced. 

A slice of bread made with chunks of rhubarb on a white plate.

If you are looking for other rhubarb recipes you might want to try Rhubarb Sauce, Rhubarb Upside Down Cake, Spiced Rhubarb Collins and Rhubarb Crisp. Some other delicious quick bread recipes include Banana Muffins, Blueberry Lemon Bread and Cranberry Apple Bread

Slices of bread on a white platter with a white coffee cup in the background.


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5 from 8 votes
Slices of homemade rhubarb bread.
Rhubarb Bread
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
55 mins

Quick bread with small bits of rhubarb

Course: Baking, Bread
Cuisine: American
Keyword: quick bread recipe, Rhubarb Bread
Servings: 10 slices
Calories: 235 kcal
Author: Kathy
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1/2 cup orange juice fresh squeezed
  • 1 Tablespoon orange zest
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 2 cups chopped rhubarb
  1. In a large bowl, combine sugar, eggs, oil, orange juice and orange zest.

  2. Combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt together. Add to wet mixture and combine.

  3. Stir in chopped rhubarb.

  4. Place mixture in a greased loaf pan and bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 55-60 minutes.

  5. Allow bread to cool for 10-15 minutes on a baking rack and then remove from pan and let bread cool completely before slicing.

Recipe Notes

Can use fresh or frozen rhubarb.

Nutrition Facts
Rhubarb Bread
Amount Per Serving (1 slice)
Calories 235 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 33mg11%
Sodium 73mg3%
Potassium 218mg6%
Carbohydrates 40g13%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 16g18%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 95IU2%
Vitamin C 9mg11%
Calcium 68mg7%
Iron 1.6mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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  • Reply
    Anna Wilson
    June 8, 2019 at 2:41 pm

    5 stars
    I just made my first rhubarb bread using your recipe! It turned out beautifully! I picked the rest of my rhubarb so I can chop it up and freeze it. So excited since I’ve never done anything with my rhubarb before!

    • Reply
      June 8, 2019 at 3:04 pm

      That’s wonderful! I’m so glad you loved it. Now that you have a freezer full of rhubarb, you can make this all year long!

  • Reply
    Fred G
    May 30, 2019 at 6:38 pm

    5 stars
    Great idea for the rhubarb we’re picking.

  • Reply
    Kelly | Foodtasia
    May 30, 2019 at 5:09 am

    5 stars
    Kathy, can you believe I’ve never had rhubarb? I was always afraid to try it because it looks like celery. This would be the perfect recipe to try it in. It really does look delicious with all the little specks of rhubarb throughout the tender crumb!

    • Reply
      May 31, 2019 at 4:52 am

      It does look like celery, but the taste is nothing like it at all!

  • Reply
    May 29, 2019 at 11:20 am

    5 stars
    I’m a huge fan of quick breads. I don’t always have the patience for yeast breads. πŸ˜‰ This one sound delicious and I love that the rhubarb is paired with all of that citrus. I’m used to seeing it with strawberries, so this is a fun deviation. On my “to try” list. πŸ™‚ ~Valentina

    • Reply
      May 31, 2019 at 4:54 am

      I hope you do try it! It really is a delicious bread.

  • Reply
    May 28, 2019 at 7:08 am

    5 stars
    I have never had rhubarb bread but I see that I am totally missing out! This sounds fabulous!

    • Reply
      May 29, 2019 at 5:55 am

      Yep, you’re missing out! You’d better bake a loaf!!!

  • Reply
    Stacey @ The Sugar Coated Cottage
    May 28, 2019 at 6:03 am

    What a great way to use rhubarb! Mine is in full bloom right now and I am always trying to think of unique ways to use it, this bread is a keeper! Take care πŸ™‚

    • Reply
      May 29, 2019 at 5:55 am

      Rhubarb can be used in so many different ways!

  • Reply
    David @ Spiced
    May 28, 2019 at 4:51 am

    5 stars
    Fun! I must admit that I’ve never made rhubarb bread. I’m a huge fan of fruit (even if it’s a veggie like in this case) in quick breads, though, so I totally want to try this. I bet a slice would be pretty darned amazing with my cup of morning coffee right now! πŸ™‚

    • Reply
      May 29, 2019 at 5:54 am

      Time to get baking! πŸ™‚

  • Reply
    Alexandra @ It's Not Complicated Recipes
    May 27, 2019 at 9:42 pm

    5 stars
    Oh I love rhubarb, so this recipe makes me very happy to see!

    • Reply
      May 29, 2019 at 5:54 am

      I love the tartness of rhubarb!

  • Reply
    Dawn - Girl Heart Food
    May 27, 2019 at 6:16 am

    5 stars
    My rhubarb has *just* started to grow and this bread would be such a yummy use for it! Never thought of using rhubarb in bread before. Slathered in butter and with a cuppa coffee, that would make one delicious breakfast!

    • Reply
      May 29, 2019 at 5:54 am

      Our rhubarb is just ready for harvesting. I have a long list of baking to do!

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