strawberry rhubarb muffins.

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My neighbor dropped off a whole bunch of rhubarb she grew in her garden at my back door a few weeks ago – so that left me searching for things to do with it. I’ve never actually used rhubarb before! It seems the most common use for rhubarb is pie….but I wasn’t really in the market for a pie, so I made these strawberry rhubarb muffins, from bittersweet’s blog.

Bittersweet’s recipes rarely let me down. I try to find muffins lower in fat and sugar – and these sort of fit that bill. They turned out very muffin like – nice and tall, with a crumbly topping. They didn’t turn out too dense – be careful not to overmix….They were a great breakfast treat. I made a double batch another day – trying to use the rest of this rhubarb up, and they freeze well too!  Dj said they were the best muffins I have made yet! They were a hit with the little guy too, who was super upset this morning when he found out his dad ate the last one.

1 cup non-dairy milk
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups finely diced fresh rhubarb
1 cup chopped strawberries
1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour ( I used spelt flour actually, its my favorite for making muffins!)
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/2 teaspoon salt

for the oat topping:
3 tablespoons rolled oats
3 tablespoons brown or white sugar

Preheat oven to 400°. Grease muffin tins or line with cupcake liners, then set aside. In a medium bowl, combine the non-dairy milk, vinegar, sugars, oil and vanilla, stirring until homogenous.

In another bowl, mix together the flours, baking powder, baking soda, cardamom and salt. Mix in the rhubarb and strawberries into this dry mixture, tossing to coat the produce with a light dusting of flour mixture. This helps the fruit stay at the center of the muffin, instead of sinking to the bottom (it really works!).

Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and stir until just combined. Distribute the batter evenly into the muffin tins and top them with a sprinkle of sugar and oats. Bake for 20-25 minutes (depending on the size of muffin pan you use), until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool in the pan for about 10 minutes, then turn the muffins out onto a wire rack.