This crunchy oat topping only takes 3 ingredients and 15 minutes to make! It’s perfect on top of ice cream.

3 ingredient crunchy oat topping - perfect on ice cream and yogurt! Get the easy recipe on
Crunchy oat topping – kind of random, right?

It will all be clear on Monday when I post the perrrrrfect thing to throw these crunchy oats on. (Update: It’s live now! Check out this delicious yogurt tart!) But in them meantime, I highly, highly, highly suggest putting them on a big bowl of ice cream. Or a yogurt parfait if you want to eat them for breakfast. I was going to say “If you don’t want to eat ice cream,” but that sentence made me sad so I deleted it.

This crunchy oat topping sort of reminds me of granola except it’s not nearly as good for you, ha! It’s super simple to make – oats, butter and brown sugar. Bake this mixture for a bit, just like you would with granola – on a sheet pan, tossing about halfway through the cooking time. Let cool completely before storing in an airtight container.

3 ingredient crunchy oat topping - perfect on ice cream and yogurt! Get the easy recipe on

I was kind of joking earlier about the ice cream vs. yogurt thing but it is really fun and great for yogurt parfaits if you don’t have the time or ingredients to make granola. This would be really fun if you were having a brunch or a morning birthday party and you wanted to have a yogurt parfait bar. This is not only easier to make than granola but it’s also way cheaper — AND it’s nut-free. Parents who have kiddos with allergies will thank you. I never knew birthday parties, potlucks, etc. could be so stressful. When you have a kid with an allergy, these events are stress-filled nightmares. I know that sounds completely dramatic but it’s true.

Nut-free, 3 ingredients, and under 15 minutes to make it? Seems like a win-win-win to me. Plus…ice cream.


Crunchy Oat Topping

4.46 from 24 votes
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 15 minutes
Servings: 1 cup
This crunchy oat topping only takes 3 ingredients and 15 minutes to make! It’s perfect on top of ice cream.
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  • 1 cup quick or any uncooked oatmeal
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Mix all together until well combined. Place in baking pan loosely. Bake for about 10 minutes, stirring halfway through cooking time. Stir lightly and let cool completely.


Note: This makes a fairly small batch but can easily be multiplied for bigger batches. If you multiply, make sure you can still spread it in a fairly thin layer on your baking sheet.


Serving: 2tablespoons, Calories: 134kcal, Carbohydrates: 19g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 11mg, Sodium: 33mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 7g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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Verdict: Loved how this turned out. I’ll definitely be turning to this recipe many times in the future.

Husband’s take: He loved these on the yogurt tart with oat crust and might have snuck a few bites of this crunchy oat topping all on its own.

Changes I would make: None are necessary but a touch of vanilla beans or cinnamon would be wonderful!

Difficulty: Easy.

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  1. happy wheels now says:

    Thank you!!! I am going to have to try this out!!

  2. Allie says:

    I didn’t have brown sugar so i used white sugar with a tabelspoon of maple syrup amd it turnd out just as good and a few calories lighter!!

    1. Rachel Gurk says:

      Perfect! Thanks so much for sharing your adaptations! I’m glad you liked this recipe!

  3. Kate says:

    Can u use rolled oats as i have a whole container to trt and find some use for. Thus would be perfect as i donr like rhe nuts in granola.

    1. Rachel Gurk says:

      Yes, absolutely!

  4. Francine says:

    So you could easily put this on top of a pie etc?

    1. Rachel Gurk says:

      Absolutely! I love it on my yogurt tart but it would be great on any pie, or on ice cream or a yogurt parfait.

  5. Lindsey says:

    can you substitute the brown sugar for white?

    1. Rachel Gurk says:

      I haven’t tested that but I think it should work!

  6. Carol at Wild Goose Tea says:

    Gad, I am so into easy lately—–I mean more than usual. This works for me.

  7. Medha @ Whisk & Shout says:

    Yum! This looks delicious :)

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  9. Aggie says:

    I love this! I actually loooove granola as an ice cream (or fro yo) topping. It’s perfect.

  10. Meg @ The Housewife in Training Files says:

    Who wouldn’t want to eat ice cream?! That is a sad comment and should never exist. And I love this oat topping! I would just use the whole hand to face method and forgo the utensils ;)