The Best Rhubarb Bread Recipe, Quick and Easy Bread

If you have rhubarb from your garden or the store and want to make something delicious with it. This rhubarb bread recipe is quick, easy, and quite possibly the best rhubarb bread recipe too. 

A loaf of rhubarb bread sliced

We grow rhubarb every year. We have two plants and this year they were producing like crazy. So I knew I had to come up with a new recipe to use it in. 

And this recipe for rhubarb bread was voted by my family to be the best. They might be a little biased though. 

I adapted my great grandma’s banana bread recipe to make this yummy quick bread recipe and it’s delicious.

Now if you’ve never eaten rhubarb, you might have been curious about this recipe. And it’s the perfect recipe to use to introduce yourself to rhubarb. 

But you might have a few questions first…

Rhubarb can be a wonderful addition to your backyard garden. It's fairly easy to grow especially in the cooler climates. Here're all the tips you need to know to help your rhubarb plant thrive in your backyard garden.

Can Rhubarb Make You Sick?

You might have heard that rhubarb can make you sick. The stalks are safe to eat but you don’t eat the leaves, you want to remove them and get rid of them. Eating them can or will make you sick. 

The red or green and red stalks, that is what you use.

It’s kinda like a huge celery stalk. It’s stringy and tart. But use it in ice cream, in rhubarb custard crisp, in a jam or in this recipe and it’s delightful.

Is Rhubarb a Fruit or Vegetable?

Rhubarb is technically a vegetable. But it is used as a fruit in quick bread and desserts. Alone it is quite tart, but roasting it mellows the tartness of it a bit. 

And now you know a little more about rhubarb, let’s see how to make the best rhubarb bread.

More Rhubarb Recipes You Have to Try: Rhubarb Custard Crisp | Rhubarb Ice Cream | Roasted Rhubarb Jam

Rhubarb Bread Ingredients

These are the ingredients you’ll need to make your own homemade rhubarb bread. You can get the full printable recipe below.

Ingredients for rhubarb bread

Flour, we use unbleached all purpose flour

Baking Powder, we like the aluminum free type



Oil, Canola, Olive Oil use whatever oil you prefer

Egg or a tablespoon of soy flour with a tablespoon of water

Milk, or you can use soy milk or almond milk if you need to eat dairy free


Rhubarb, you can use fresh rhubarb or thawed and drained frozen rhubarb

How to Make Rhubarb Bread

I made a quick recipe video to show you how to make your own loaf of rhubarb bread. But you can also scroll down to see the recipe steps in photos and get more recipe tips too. Just in case watching a video isn’t for you. Hey, I get it, videos aren’t for everyone.

Homemade Rhubarb Bread, Step By Step

the dry ingredients mixed

Step 1 The Dry Ingredients

Gather your dry ingredients (not the sugar) and measure them into a bowl. Then mix with a whisk. Set aside.

the wet ingredients for the bread.

Step 2 The Wet Ingredients

To a large bowl, you’ll want to add the sugar with the wet ingredients and mix well. 

Step 3 Combined the Dry and Wet Ingredients

Next, you’ll want to add your dry ingredients to the wet. Then mix, but don’t over mix. Just mix until almost all the flour is mixed in. 

Recipe Tip: Just mix until the dry ingredients are moistened. Over mixing the batter will cause tough bread. You don’t want that. 

Add the rhubarb to the batter

Step 4 Fold in the Rhubarb

Take the rhubarb you diced and fold it into the batter. And finishing moistening the dry ingredients too. 

Recipe Tip: If you like big pieces of rhubarb in your bread, dice the rhubarb into bigger pieces. If you like little bits of rhubarb throughout the bread, dice it smaller.  

Step 5 Get Ready to Bake

Scoop the batter into a greased loaf pan and bake until golden and a toothpick comes out clean when stuck in the middle. It will take about an hour to bake.

Cooling the loaf of quick rhubarb bread on rack

Step 6 Cool the Bread

Once your loaf of rhubarb bread is done. Let it cool in the pan on a wire rack for 5 minutes. This will make it easier to remove from the pan. 

After 5 minutes remove from the pan, then let cool completely on a wire rack. 

Now onto a few rhubarb bread tips…

How to Serve Rhubarb Bread

We like to serve our rhubarb bread warm with a little butter on it. Or just warm is good too. It really needs nothing else. 

How to Store Your Rhubarb Bread

It’s best to store your rhubarb bread wrapped in plastic or foil. I prefer foil. You can store it at room temperature for 2-3 days. It will keep 3-4 days in the refrigerator. 

3 slices of homemade rhubarb bread on a plate

Can you Freeze Rhubarb Bread?

If you need or want to store your bread longer. Wrap it tightly and freeze. When ready to eat it, thaw and then serve. 

What if I only have frozen rhubarb, can I use frozen rhubarb in this recipe?

Yes, you can. Be sure to thaw it first and remove any excess moisture from the rhubarb. 

I freeze part of my rhubarb harvest each year. I dice the rhubarb and then freeze it in 2 cup portions. 

Frozen rhubarb works great in this recipe and in my grandma’s rhubarb custard crisp or this rhubarb crumble coffee cake or caramel rhubarb upside down cake

4 steps in photos for making rhubarb bread

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You can grab the printable recipe before you go to make your own loaf of rhubarb bread…

3 slices of homemade rhubarb bread on a plate

Quick and Easy Rhubarb Bread

This quick bread is a perfect balance of sweet tender bread with a little tartness from the rhubarb. And it’s so easy to make too.
4.43 from 7 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Course Bread
Cuisine American
Servings 16 slices
Calories 180 kcal


  • 2 cups Flour
  • 2 teaspoons of Baking Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Oil Canola, Olive Oil
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/2 cup Milk
  • 2 tablespoons Vanilla
  • 2 cups Rhubarb diced


  • In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Whisk to mix and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine the sugar, oil, egg, milk, and vanilla. Stir to mix well.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the wet. Stir to just combine, don’t over mix, it will cause tough bread.
  • Fold in the diced rhubarb.
  • Spoon into a greased loaf pan.
  • Bake 350 degrees for about 60 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the center.
  • Cool in the pan for 5 minutes and then remove from pan and cool completely on a wire rack.



If you need to eat dairy free, you can use soy milk or almond milk in this recipe instead of regular milk.
If you need to avoid eggs, you can use 1 tablespoon of soy flour with 1 tablespoon of water instead of an egg. 


Serving: 1sliceCalories: 180kcalCarbohydrates: 26gProtein: 2gFat: 7g
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4 thoughts on “The Best Rhubarb Bread Recipe, Quick and Easy Bread”

  1. What do you do with frozen rhubarb, do you drain it first because it’s very juicy when it comes out of the freezer not like fresh?

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