This Vegan Rhubarb Bread has the delicate flavor of rhubarb, of course, and it's tender and moist and absolutely delicious. You can also bake this recipe into rhubarb muffins. A vegan, soy-free recipe, can be nut-free and wholegrain.
I never let Spring go by without grabbing up some delicious, ruby-red stalks of rhubarb. There are so many possibilities for what you can do with this veggie, from savory to sweet, but without a doubt rhubarb's popularity and firm standing as one of America's favorite Spring ingredients has been forged by the unique flavor it adds to desserts.
I've baked up many rhubarb recipes for you over the years, from a Rhubarb Pie to a Rhubarb Mousse and a Rhubarb Upside-Down Cake. They're all wonderful, but this vegan Rhubarb Bread is to die for.
The recipe itself is easy and quick and you can put it all together in 15 minutes. You need a few minutes to cook the rhubarb before it goes into the batter.
I adapted this recipe from one at the King Arthur site, and my vegan substitutions worked beautifully. The bread was moist and tender, with rhubarb flavor infused throughout and pockets of crunchy walnuts.
I used unbleached all purpose flour but you can use whole wheat pastry flour without any loss of flavor or deliciousness. Just substitute an equal quantity as the all purpose flour, or use half and half.
I had about five stalks of rhubarb, which was perfect for this recipe: it gave me the 2 ½ cups of chopped rhubarb I needed to add to the batter, and I had half a stalk left over to decorate the top of the bread and add a pretty look. You can completely skip the decorative bit, but why would you when it looks so good?
More rhubarb recipes to try:
More coffee bread recipes to try:
- Vegan Zucchini Bread
- Vegan Cranberry Breakfast Bread
- Vegan Strawberry Bread
- Vegan Chocolate Bread
- Vegan Mango Bread
Vegan Rhubarb Bread
- 1 ½ cups unbleached all purpose flour or use whole wheat pastry flour, or a combination
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup sugar
- ½ cup walnuts (finely chopped). Leave out if you want to make this nut-free.
- 2 ½ cups rhubarb, finely chopped (reserve about ½ a stalk for the top)
- ½ cup vegetable oil
- 2 flax eggs (2 tablespoon flaxmeal + 6 tablespoon water, whisked together)
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Place the 2 ½ cups of chopped rhubarb in a small saucepan and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 15 minutes or until most of the water (but not all) has evaporated and the rhubarb is really soft. Set aside.
- Prepare a standard loaf pan (8 ½ inches by 4 ½ inches) by spraying with cooking spray and coating with flour.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and sugar. Add the walnuts, stir in and set aside.
- In a smaller bowl, mix together the oil, cooked rhubarb and flax eggs.
- Add the rhubarb-oil mixture to the dry ingredients and mix until combined.
- Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan. Cut the reserved stalk of rhubarb into slivers long enough to lay horizontally or vertically in the pan. Arrange them on top of the batter. Sprinkle on some sugar on the top.
- Bake the bread in the preheated oven for 50-60 minutes with a toothpick. If the toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the center, your bread is ready.
- Cool on a rack for 30 minutes, unmold from the pan and continue to cool.
I wish I could post a picture of the bread I made. Super easy and so delicious. Sharing with my neighbors.
Yay, so happy you loved it!
Thank you! This is a regular recipe in our house because we have rhubarb growing in the garden and this bread is so easy to make + delicious!
One of my favorites too! So happy you have enjoyed it. ❤️
Hi there! Have made your Rhubarb Bread twice now. Both times I have used regular eggs but otherwise followed your recipe except for the Sugar which I did replace with 3/4 C. Maple Syrup. Additionally, I added my 2 favorites, a tsp. of Cinnamon and a tsp. of Vanilla. Wow, love this recipe!!! It is a keeper in my Favorite's Box. Thank You so Much!!!
So happy to hear Cheryl!
I have just made this rhubarb bread and it’s so delicious so much better than crumble etc. So easy to follow I used chia seeds instead of flaxseed as I didn’t have any in but still lovely. How long will it keep?
Thank you Jo
Hi Jo, it will keep in the fridge for 4 to 5 days. You can also freeze it for a few months.
Hello Vaishali. I tried the muffins and they were delicious; I added blueberries with the rhubarb and used wheat pastry flour and I used 1/2 cup of maple syrup instead of sugar. the texture was different but good, not at all what I was expecting. will make them again, hopefully I can find more rhubarb.
Sounds really good - so I'm going to try it out 🙂
I just have a couple of questions:
Can I bake it the day before, it is eaten or is it best eaten the same day?
Can I use something else than flaxmeal?
It would be great the next day. And you can try substituting 2 tsp of cornstarch and 6 tbsp of water for the flax eggs. Whisk the two together, then add.
Just wondering if I need to add water to the pot when cooking the rhubarb. I have all the ingredients ready to go but was unsure of this so thought I would double-check with you first....can't wait to make it!!! 🙂
No water! The rhubarb will express its juices.
Hi Vaishali, this looks so delish...I am going to make it asap and have the rhubarb already but am just wondering about 1 step in the recipe. When you say put the rhubarb in the saucepan and cook until water is almost evaporated, do I need to put water in with it? or does it make it's own juice while cooking. If I do need to put water in just wondering how much? Can't wait to make this as I adore rhubarb and it looks so yum! Ta heaps 🙂
Sorry I didn't see this earlier in the day and it's prob too late for you -- it's been a busy day. You don't need any water, just let the rhubarb express its juices.
I want to make this but can't find some ingredients in my town. Thinking to order online. I just loved the color mam. BTW I love this bread a big thumb up giving the 5-star rating.
This was the best rhubarb recipe I've made in a long time. It was gone in minutes! I made it with whole wheat pastry flour, so even healthier. Thank you so much!!
Any ideas about how to make this gluten free?
I am going to make this. I just bottled up some rhubarb marmalade. Do you think I could use a 1/2 c of that in lieu of the cooked rhubarb and reduce the sugar a little? Thanks
Yes! I think that would work.