Overhead shot of slices of rhubarb nut bread, on a wire rack over a white background.

Norma Jean's Rhubarb Nut Bread

Rhubarb Nut Bread uses tart rhubarb and nuts to make the most delicious quick bread of all times. Straight from Norma Jean's Kitchen, this recipe will surprise you, and you'll soon be baking all the rhubarb sweets and treats!
Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword rhubarb nut bread
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 16 slices (two loafs)
Calories 314 kcal
Author Sue Ringsdorf


For the bread:

  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup canola oil
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cups rhubarb - diced
  • 1 cup pecans (or walnuts) (optional) - diced

For the streusel topping: (optional)

  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon unsalted butter


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare two loaf pans with baking spray.

  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the egg, oil, buttermilk, and vanilla.

  3. Add brown sugar, flour, salt, and baking soda, and stir to combine. Don't over-mix.

  4. Next, add the diced rhubarb and pecans (optional), and gently stir in.

  5. Pour batter evenly into two prepared loaf pans.

  6. Mix the streusel topping by combining the sugar and butter until crumbly. Sprinkle over both loafs.

  7. Bake for approximately 40 - 45 minutes, or until a toothpick, when inserted, comes out clean.

Nutrition Facts
Norma Jean's Rhubarb Nut Bread
Amount Per Serving
Calories 314 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 16mg5%
Sodium 241mg10%
Potassium 134mg4%
Carbohydrates 40g13%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 24g27%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 80IU2%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 54mg5%
Iron 1.3mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.