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Rhubarb Coffee Cake


The warm weather has arrived, everyone is getting into summer mode now and I can’t complain! Although I can’t say my hair likes it…humidity + curly hair = some interesting hair days.

Our moving date is now just over a month away, and I have been on a mission to eat things lurking in the back of the freezer to reduce the amount of food we have to transport to the new casa. A few weeks ago, I was successful on using up a lonely pie crust, and this week my mission involved some frozen rhubarb. Rhubarb recipes are rampant this time of year and despite the fact that my rhubarb was not fresh, I was still determined to use it up!

I spotted this recipe and already had the majority of the ingredients on hand, so it was a winner. I took the rhubarb out of the freezer one day ahead of when I was planning to make the cake. I put it all into a colander over a large bIMG_1642owl to catch the water that would drain off as it defrosted. I also squeezed as much water as I could out of it once it was fully defrosted. I don’t know if this was necessary, but I was afraid of excess liquid because it had been frozen. If you use fresh rhubarb, this shouldn’t be an issue.

This cake was honestly so so sooooo easy to whip up and in the end was a crowd pleaser. I had to scramble to take a picture of the last piece before it got devoured. The crumble topping is definitely the star in my opinion. The cake itself is light and not overly sweet due to the tartness of the rhubarb. Combined with the sweet buttery, cinnamon sugar topping, it’s perfect.

When I was a kid, I would eat a piece of rhubarb like celery, but dipping the end in brown sugar before each bite. While this was delicious, I see this cake as the grown up evolution of that snack. If you aren’t sure about rhubarb, give this cake a try, and then wait for the fight over the last piece! After all, rhubarb is technically a vegetable, and we’re all looking for ways to eat more veggies…riiiiight?

Rhubarb Coffee Cake

From Canadian Living


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla 
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 cups chopped rhubarb (I probably used close to 2 1/2 cups)


  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds (or any other nut)
  • 1 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp butter, melted

Grease a 9 inch spring form pan, set aside. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine first four ingredients of topping in a small bowl and stir to combine. Pour in melted butter and mix with a fork until crumbly. Set aside.

In a large bowl, beat butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, 1 at a time until fully incorporated. Beat in vanilla.

In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.

Add flour mixture to butter mixture alternately with buttermilk, making 3 additions of flour, and 2 of buttermilk. Fold in rhubarb just until combined.

Scrape into prepared pan. Sprinkle topping over batter.

Bake for 1 hour – 1 1/4 hours or until a toothpick comes out clean. Mine was done around 1 hour, so keep your eye out around that mark.

Let cool in pan on cooling rack for 5 minutes. Remove sides of pan and cool completely.


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Baked Oatmeal


There’s something so comforting about waking up on the weekend, and being able to relax, enjoy a cup of coffee, and actually take a little time to prepare a delicious breakfast. During the week, breakfast is always an afterthought through the hustle and bustle of getting ready and getting out the door on time for work. I never skip breakfast, but it usually consists of something quick and cold like a bowl of cereal. Don’t get me wrong, I looooove my cereal, but a warm breakfast is always welcome every now and then. Usually on the weekends I will make some oatmeal, or pancakes, but I have been meaning to try baked oatmeal for a while now as I have seen it popping up all over the blogosphere lately.

Baked oatmeal is somewhere between regular oatmeal and a muffin. It’s denser than a muffin, but it does have that ‘cakey’ texture to it. Basically, it is AMAZING! I was able to throw this together pretty quickly and we enjoyed ourIMG_1546 coffee while it was baking away in the oven. I improvised a little to use what I had on hand, and I can see so many ways to customize and change this base recipe in the future by adding different fruits or nuts.

If you’re looking for something warm, comforting and FILLING for a lazy weekend morning, give this a try. It’s healthy too so you can feel good about starting your day right, and it will keep you full for hours on end!

There is no sugar added, so if you favour a sweeter oatmeal, you can add a little brown sugar or honey, but we found it delicious as is. The banana and apple add a natural sweetness, and you can  serve it with fresh fruit or a drizzle of maple syrup as well. 

This makes enough to serve 6, but you can always keep leftovers in the fridge to reheat during the week!

Baked Oatmeal

Slightly Adapted from Peanut Butter Fingers

  • 2 1/2 cups rolled oatsIMG_1538
  • 1/2 cup steel cut oats
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 cups  milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup applesauce*
  • 1/3 cup yogourt
  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/2 cup coconut, shredded

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

In a large bowl, combine rolled oats, steel cut oats, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Stir to combine and set aside.

In a separate bowl combine milk,egg, applesauce and yogourt and mix to fully combine.

Add milk mixture to oat mixture and stir to combine. Stir in bananas, almonds and coconut.

Pour into a 2 quart casserole dish (mine was a square dish, but as long as it holds 8 cups of liquid, it should be big enough no matter what shape it is)

Sprinkle cinnamon on top and bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven, stir and bake for an additional 20-25 minutes until top is golden brown.

Serve with fresh fruit, milk, yogourt, maple syrup or to your liking!

*I didn’t have any applesauce but I did have a lonely granny smith apple hanging out in the fridge. I peeled and chopped it into small pieces, and microwaved, covered, with a bit of water for 2 minutes. Mash it up and you have makeshift applesauce!



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