Rhubarb Lavender Streusel Muffins

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Author Notes: I have made several iterations of muffins containing rhubarb and rhubarb-other fruit combos, and wanted to stretch the flavor profile a bit. I typically use warm spices like cinnamon and cardamom, but I wanted to play around with lavender. These muffins are just sweet enough, with a deliciously firm outside and tender inside. The lavender adds just a hint of intrigue. Hope you enjoy!xuedanw

Food52 Review: WHO: Xuedanw is a user who loves baking with cinnamon and cardamom.
WHAT: A muffin that's made for spring.
HOW: Pulse together the lavender and sugar; make your muffin batter; fold in rhubarb; top with streusel. Bake.
WHY WE LOVE IT: With the pink rhubarb and the purple lavender -- along with the tangy, floral flavors they carry, repsectively -- these muffins are a true celebration of the season. We love how the exterior is firm, almost crunchy -- and how it gives way to such a tender crumb. Slather them in butter, or just eat them plain.
The Editors

Makes 12


  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted


  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 5 teaspoons dried lavender
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 ounces plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1-1 1/2 cups diced rhubarb
  1. In a small bowl, stir together flour, sugar, zest, and salt. Stir in butter until crumbly. Set aside.
  2. Preheat oven to 400° F.
  3. Place sugar and lavender in food processor; pulse 30 to 60 seconds (pulse longer for a more intense lavender flavor). Sift through strainer into medium bowl to remove any large pieces of lavender.
  4. Add flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt until well-combined.
  5. In a small, whisk together melted and slightly cooled butter, yogurt, zest, egg and vanilla. Make well in center of dry mixture; pour in wet mixture. Stir until just combined. Fold in diced rhubarb. Divide evenly between muffin cups and sprinkle with streusel.
  6. Bake 20 to 25 minutes until golden brown or toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
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2 months ago Anna

Is it possible to use coconut sugar in this recipe? I'm really curious to make these!


about 1 year ago Claudia

when you say dried lavender could I use the culinary lavender?


over 1 year ago Juliebell

I've bought dried lavender for cooking/baking at Dean & Deluca or you might check ordering from Penzeys.


over 1 year ago susan chilton

You can purchase culinary lavender in the gift shop at Filoli in Woodside, CA. Don't know where you live--if that's doable or not.


over 1 year ago Katie

Where does one find dried lavender? I've seen it in several Food52 recipes I would love to try, but haven't seen dried lavender anywhere


over 1 year ago xuedanw

Hi Katie, you can find dried culinary lavender at health food stores, co-ops and spice shops. Depending on where you live, World Market also sells it in their spice section. I have not seen it in any Whole Foods locations that I've been in, however. Good luck!