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Blueberry Rhubarb Yogurt Muffins with Spelt Flour

Nicoletta July 27, 2020

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Blueberry Rhubarb Yogurt Muffins with Spelt Flour. Summer is in full swing and this means plenty of berries to bake with. Our garden is still producing rhubarb, so I decided to mix blueberries and rhubarb to make these delectable spelt flour muffins. The choice was spot-on! Blueberries and rhubarb are a match made to impress. These muffins are light and tender, mildly sweet and lovely tart with a hint of nuttiness from the flour. Breakfast or snack just got better!

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Blueberry Rhubarb Yogurt Muffins with Spelt Flour-in the basket-hand

So many berries on the market stalls! I love this time of the year for the abundance of fruit and vegetables and when we go to our usual farmer’s markets, we always come back home with plenty of berries. Blueberries are a great choice these days, they are sweet and plump and perfect to eat by the handful, add to smoothies, salads, yogurt, and of course, exceptional to bake with.

 

 

Blueberry Rhubarb what a great combination!

Have you tried the blueberry/rhubarb combo? If you did, you already know how delicious it is. They go perfectly together since the sweetness of the blueberries mitigates the tartness of the rhubarb and vice versa. If you haven’t, I hope I am inspiring you to try. 

Moreover, in these muffins, I used spelt flour and added lemon zest, cinnamon, and a touch of nutmeg, all flavors that compliment the duo bringing it to new heights.

blueberry rhubarb yogurt muffins

Two bowls and a muffin pan

  • In a large bowl, combine spelt flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and a pinch of grated nutmeg. In a medium bowl, whisk together the oil, egg, honey, and yogurt. 
  • Add the blueberries, chopped rhubarb, and lemon zest to the dry ingredients and fold gently.
  • Fold the wet ingredients into the flour mixture just until combined.
  • Using a tablespoon, fill the muffin cups.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for about 20 minutes or until golden brown and a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Let the muffins cool in the pan on a rack for 5 minutes, then remove from the pan and let cool completely on the rack.

 Blueberry Rhubarb Yogurt Muffins with Spelt Flour-on the rack

Blue and red speckles in these golden muffins

Don’t you love the hues of these muffins? The golden color is accentuated by the use of spelt flour and it is speckled with blue and red.  At this point, I am eager to break one open and check the texture. Plus, I really want to taste one. The smell is lovely and just sparks my hunger. 

Blueberry Rhubarb Yogurt Muffins with Spelt Flour-in the basket

All in all, these Blueberry Rhubarb Yogurt Muffins are my kind of muffins. They are soft and light and most important, they are not too sweet. The use of spelt flour, yogurt, and honey together with the berries and rhubarb, makes them a wholesome choice for breakfast or afternoon snack, for kids and grown-ups alike.

Enjoy a taste of summer!

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Blueberry Rhubarb Yogurt Muffins with Spelt Flour-in the basket-hand

Blueberry Rhubarb Yogurt Muffins with Spelt Flour

  • Author: Nicoletta
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 12 muffins 1x
  • Category: Breakfast, brunch
  • Method: Baking

Description

Blueberries and rhubarb are a match made to impress. These muffins are light and tender, mildly sweet and lovely tart with a hint of nuttiness from the spelt flour. Breakfast or snack just got better!


Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cups light spelt flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of grated nutmeg
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1/4 cup rhubarb
  • 1 lemon, the grated zest
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil (I used peanut oil)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 cup plain yogurt

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375° F (190° C) and line a 12-cup muffin pan with muffin liners.
  2. In a large bowl, combine spelt flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and a pinch of grated nutmeg.
  3. Add the blueberries, chopped rhubarb, lemon zest, and fold gently.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together the oil, egg, honey, yogurt.
  5. Fold the wet ingredients into the flour mixture just until combined.
  6. Using a tablespoon, fill the muffin cups.
  7. Bake in the preheated oven for about 20 minutes or until golden brown and a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean.
  8. Let the muffins cool in the pan on a rack for 5 minutes, then remove from the pan and let cool completely on the rack.

Notes

The muffins stay soft for a couple of days if you wrap them in plastic. I usually freeze some, individually wrapped in plastic and then placed in a ziplock bag. Let defrost overnight and warm up in the oven in the morning. Just as good as freshly baked.

Once I ran out of yogurt so I used 3/4 cup yogurt and 1/4 cup sour cream and it was perfect. Plain Greek yogurt, if it’s not too thick, works fine too.

Cooking times may vary depending on your oven.

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7 Comments

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    Reply Shailaja Desai August 1, 2020 at 9:23 am

    These muffins look delicious… great that you have used spelt flour too ..the blueberries and rhubarb make an interesting combination of flavours.

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta August 2, 2020 at 7:49 am

      Thank you for your lovely comment. I love spelt flour and I use very often. These muffins have an amzing texture and a wonderful flavor.

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    Reply Sean August 1, 2020 at 11:16 am

    Fantastic idea, and beautiful execution! I’ve always loved rhubarb mixed with other fruits, and I find it odd that you don’t see more combinations. As you say, rhubarb plants often produce well past spring, so the options are pretty diverse, all in all. Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful recipe!

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta August 2, 2020 at 7:51 am

      Thanks, Sean! Blueberry and rhubarb must be my favorite combination lately! We still have rhubarb in our backyard, so I guess more of these muffins are in order 😉 .

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    Reply Kristen August 2, 2020 at 12:15 pm

    Amazing, I would never have thought to put blueberry and rhubarb together, but wow, what a great combination!

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    Reply Terri August 2, 2020 at 9:34 pm

    What a great combo! I’m rhubarb and blueberry crazy so I know I’ll be enjoying these muffins the next time I have them both on hand!

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    Reply Bernice M Hill August 3, 2020 at 10:28 pm

    I’ve never tried rhubarb with blueberry before but I’m down for any kind of freshly baked muffins. I’ll have to try baking with spelt sometime soon.

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