Chocolate rhubarb brownies are a rich and decadent treat that has the best slightly tart flavor of rhubarb which cuts through the sweetness like magic. They're moist, fudgy, and sweet with chocolate chips and walnuts and just the right amount of rhubarb flavor. You'll love them!

If you love rhubarb as much as we do, also try our strawberry rhubarb cobbler, rhubarb strawberry chia jam, and Strawberry Rhubarb Pie with Extra Flaky Pie Crust.

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This recipe was originally published back in 2014. We've updated the post with some new photos and more information but the recipe remains exactly the same.

Rhubarb brownies

This is the brownie recipe we make every spring. The best part of these brownies is the little bits of moist rhubarb. They're not overly tart like you're probably thinking. It's the texture that I really amazing. Rhubarb does for these brownies what carrots do for carrot cake. Trust us, it just works.

But the rhubarb flavor is in every bite, too. And again, it just works. The tartness of the rhubarb marries perfectly with the sweet brownies. Don't expect these brownies to last long; they're delicious!

How to make rhubarb brownies

Most brownie recipes are pretty straightforward, and this one is no exception. In fact, it's one of the easier ones. Here's what you're going to do:

  1. Whisk the wet ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Now whisk the dry ingredients in another bowl.
  3. Then combine them together and stir in the rhubarb, chocolate chips, and walnuts.
  4. Scrape the batter into a parchment paper-lined baking dish then put the brownies into your oven.

The hardest part of making this recipe is waiting for the brownies to cool before you cut into them!

Full recipe instructions in the recipe card below.

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How to make extra thick brownies

Sometimes nothing but extra thick brownies will do. If that's what you're craving, increase the recipe by half. Here are the measurements:

1 ½ cups sugar, ¾ cups vegetable oil, 3 eggs, 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla, ¾ cup flour, 1/3 cup + 3 tablespoons cocoa powder, ¾ teaspoon baking powder, ¾ teaspoon salt, 1 ½ cups rhubarb, ¾ cup chocolate chips, ¾ cups chopped walnuts.

For extra thick rhubarb brownies, you'll want to bake them for an extra five minutes.

Can I make these gluten-free?

Yes! Several readers have commented that they've had success with using both gluten-free flour mix and almond flour.

How long do rhubarb brownies last?

Not long around here! Ha! In the unlikely event that you have any left an hour after they come out of the oven, know that they will keep well in a covered container at room temperature for 3-4 days.

Can rhubarb brownies be frozen?

Yes! These brownies freeze very well. Cool them completely before you put them into your freezer. We like to freeze them wrapped individually so we can take out a few at a time. Let them thaw at room temperature before eating them.

A close up of chocolate rhubarb brownies.
A close up of warm chocolate rhubarb brownies..

Chocolate Rhubarb Brownies

Chocolate rhubarb brownies are a rich and decadent treat that stays super moist from the rhubarb. They're fudgy and sweet with chocolate chips and walnuts and just the right amount of rhubarb flavor. You'll love them! 

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  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour, can sub gluten-free or almond flour
  • cup cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup rhubarb, diced small
  • ½ cup dark chocolate chips
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts or pecans


  • Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Line an 8×8 inch baking pan with parchment paper and lightly butter the top.
  • In a medium-sized bowl, whisk the sugar, vegetable oil, eggs, and vanilla.
    1 cup granulated sugar, ½ cup vegetable oil, 2 large eggs, 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • In a large bowl, whisk the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and sea salt.
    ½ cup all-purpose flour, ⅓ cup cocoa powder, ½ teaspoon baking powder, ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix them until they are just incorporated. Add the rhubarb, chocolate chips, and nuts and mix until they are combined. The batter will be quite thick.
    1 cup rhubarb, ½ cup dark chocolate chips, ½ cup chopped walnuts or pecans
  • Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish and spread it out so that it is even. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or just until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. Make sure not to overcook the brownies so they don't dry out.
  • Remove the brownies from the oven and let them cool for at least 10 minutes. Cut them into 9 squares and … try not to eat them all at once!
Serving: 1 brownie, Calories: 338kcal, Carbohydrates: 37g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 21g, Saturated Fat: 14g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 36mg, Sodium: 179mg, Potassium: 202mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 26g, Vitamin A: 69IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 72mg, Iron: 1mg
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