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How To Make Crumble Topping With Oats

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Our easy crumble topping with oats is the perfect way to top autumn fruit puddings. Just serve with rivers of warm, creamy custard!

Fruit crumble puddings are even nicer topped with crumble topping with oats.

It’s the perfect way to finish a your totally delicious puddings or pie, it adds an extra tasty crunch to the crumble.

You can also use this oatmeal crumble topping on top of muffins or to add a crumb topping to apple pie.

And adding oats increases the fibre content and of course oats are packed with vitamins and minerals so they’re a great addition to any recipe!

Crumble Topping With Oats Recipe 

Serves  – 6 people

Prep Time – 10 mins 

Cooking Time – when used on a fruit crumble, this will cook through with the fruit in around 30-40 minutes.

Total Time – around 50 minutes (but only 10 minutes hands-on work)

Our Most Popular Alternative – Apple Crumble

easy apple and blackberry crumble served with ice cream

Equipment Needed

  • Weighing Scales
  • Mixing bowl
  • Spoon

Ingredients For Making Crumble Topping With Oats

You’ll just need a handful of basic baking ingredients to make a batch of oat crumble topping

ingredients for crumble topping with oats - butter, flour, oats, sugar
  • 180g plain flour (all purpose flour)
  • 100g unsalted butter – at room temperature 
  • 50g steel cut oats (rolled oats not quick oats)
  • 50g caster sugar – you can swap this for brown sugar if you prefer a crunchier crumble topping.

Optional Spices – you can add a touch of warming scented spice and extra flavor to your crumble topping, try adding a teaspoon ground cinnamon or a pinch of nutmeg.

For nutritional information, protein, calories, fiber and more see recipe card below

How To Make Crumble Topping With Oats

Our quick crumble topping is super easy to make and will only take a few minutes

Step One – mix the butter and flour

  • Add the butter to the flour in a mixing bowl. (if you’re adding a teaspoon cinnamon, do this at this stage)
butter being tipped into flour in a mixing bowl
  • Rub the butter into the flour using your fingertips until the crumble mix resembles fine breadcrumbs.
crumble topping mixed in a bowl

Step Two – mix in the sugar and oats

  • Next tip in the oats and sugar and stir them through the crumble mixture.

Cooks Note! If I’m making this simple crumble topping for an apple crumble then I always add a tsp of ground cinnamon to the flour too for extra deliciousness!

How To Use Oat Crumble Topping

The homemade crumble topping can be used to top any fruit crumble you’re making – our total favourites are below!

crumble topping being scattered on top of fresh strawberries in an oven proof dish

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How Long Does Crumble Topping Keep In The Fridge?

You can store the quick crumble topping with oats in an air tight container or freezer bag for up to 24 hours in the fridge.

Can I Freeze Crumble Topping?

Yes – just put the simple crumble topping into an air tight container or freezer bag and pop in the freezer for up to 3 months.

To use the crumble topping just take it out of the freezer and defrost in the fridge overnight – then add to your crumble and bake as usual.

Cooks Tip! Double or triple the quantities and keep in the freezer for using over the next few weeks.

How To Make Gluten Free Oat Crumble Topping

Fruit crumble is one of those desserts that converts to gluten-free deliciously. I often make a mini gluten free crumble for my gluten-free child, Just alongside the regular one. Just be sure to use gluten free ingredients. And for the gluten free flour I tend to use Doves Farm plain flour for this recipe.

How To make Crumble Crunchy

You can make a crunchy crumble topping by adding in some nuts. Crumble topping with nuts is super tasty – you can try adding in flaked almonds, walnut pieces, or crunched up hazelnuts. Crunchy crumble topping recipe with nuts is especially nice on autumn apple crumble.

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