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Oatmeal Crunch

Oatmeal Ideas with Oatmeal Crunch

Need some oatmeal ideas?

I love this caramel coated baked oatmeal topping. 

Crunchy and sweet, this oatmeal idea is great sprinkled on a bowl of oatmeal or perfect in a yogurt parfait.

For that matter, sprinkle this crunchy oatmeal topping over ice cream and it quickly becomes addicting!

Friday is upon us. So let’s make this fast. I need to finish cleaning my house and  run to the grocery and buy some ingredients for my Vietnamese chicken salad dinner.  I’ve been on a Vietnamese kick this week probably because of my visit to the Asian grocery.

Visiting there means I get to buy such wonderful produce at such inexpensive prices. OK-cheap. I wish it was closer. All this so I can be ready for the exciting weekend activities. NOT! But maybe I will see my yard get back in shape or is that just wishful thinking?

Last weekend we gave a bridal shower. You already know this if you read my blog and don’t just look at the recipes. But, that’s OK if you do.

I sometimes do the same. In any case for the shower I made some oatmeal scones that I really liked. The topping was this oatmeal crunch. Truthfully, I liked it better than the scones. Just sayin’.

This is a quick topping that is perfect in these yogurt parfaits that I gave the rabbit catcher for breakfast. (Aren’t I nice?)

Oatmeal Ideas:

It would also be great sprinkled into pancake batter or as part of a streusel topping on muffins or scones.

And last but not least, it is killer on top of ice cream. Don’t ask how I know.

All right, one more last but not least… Don’t stir it to much after you take it out of the oven.

Let it dry in one big sheet and then you will be able to break off big, giant pieces of buttery,caramel, oatmeal crunch and eat them whole. So much better than a granola bar. I promise!

Let me know if you have any other ideas for the stuff. I love it!

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Oatmeal Crunch Topping

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Caramel Coated Oatmeal Crunch

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  • Author: Abbe Odenwalder
  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 Minutes
  • Total Time: 30 Minutes
  • Yield: 2.5 cups 1x
  • Category: Snack
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


This may look like granola but it is really oatmeal coated with caramel and then baked to a satisfying crunch. You will find lots of uses for this, even you don’t eat it off the cookie sheet first!



8 T butter

1 c dark brown sugar

1 t vanilla

1/4 t salt

2 c uncooked oatmeal


Preheat oven to 325.

Mix butter, brown sugar, vanilla and salt in a small saucepan over low heat stirring constantly until the sugar has dissolved. (This doesn’t take long.)

Put the oatmeal in a bowl, pour the melted caramel sauce over and toss the mixture until the oatmeal is coated with sauce.

On a parchment lined baking sheet, spread the oatmeal in a thin layer. Bake for about 20 minutes, stirring once or twice. Remove from oven and cool. Store in an airtight container.

Other things to try for the weekend:
Breakfast Burritos
Belgian Liege Waffles
Mexican Quinoa
Magic Cookie Bars


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Laura Dembowski

Monday 10th of June 2013

This oatmeal crunch sounds insane! But then combining just about anything with sugar and butter is pretty tasty :)

I try to actually read blog posts instead of just looking at the recipes, but there are those days when it's just not gonna happen.

Abbe Odenwalder

Monday 10th of June 2013

You are right Laura. Butter and sugar make most anything good.I like to read blog posts, too, but sometimes I can tell those close to me don't read at all! And that's OK, too!

Denise Browning@From Brazil To You

Monday 10th of June 2013

I love the photos!!!And yes, the crunch by itself looks delish, delish -- but like you I would be tempted to eat it in a parfait. Have a great week, Abbe!!!

Abbe Odenwalder

Monday 10th of June 2013

Thanks Denise. Photos are very hard for me, but I do think I'm getting a bit better-so thank you! And you have a great week, too!


Sunday 9th of June 2013

This is a great recipe, Abbe. I like a good crunch for a topping and those parfaits do look good. As for the breakfast or dessert question, I say why not both? I'll have a breakfast parfait today and one for dessert tomorrow. :)

Abbe Odenwalder

Monday 10th of June 2013

Oh John. Great minds think alike...


Sunday 9th of June 2013

This is such a healthful treat. I love the way you present them, so pretty and elegant.

Abbe Odenwalder

Monday 10th of June 2013

Amy, except for the butter and sugar, i guess it's it pretty healthy. But it doesn't take much of the crunch to give it a lot of flavor! And pretty and elegant-you are the queen of that!

Kim Bee

Sunday 9th of June 2013

These are so adorable. I love anything parfait like.

Abbe Odenwalder

Monday 10th of June 2013

Thanks Kim! I tend to agree!