Oat Crumble Crust Recipe


I often use this recipe as an alternative to a graham cracker crust. It's very crumbly, tastes like a buttery oatmeal cookie, and has a nice salty and sweet thing going on which is a great contrast to most sweet fillings. Use it whenever recipes call for a graham cracker crust.

Recipe Facts



Active: 15 mins
Total: 60 mins
Serves: 8 servings

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  • 3 cups rolled oats

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour

  • 8 ounces butter, softened

  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar

  • 3 tablespoons melted butter


  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F. Combine rolled oats, salt, and flour in the bowl of a food processor. Grind the mixture until the oats are broken into small pieces, about 20 seconds. Set aside.

  2. Cream 8 ounces butter and brown sugar in a stand mixer with a paddle attachment or with an electric beater until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes. Add the dry ingredients and mix on low until blended.

  3. Spread the mixture in an even layer over a parchment lined sheet tray, stopping 1 inch before the edges. Bake for 10 minutes, rotating halfway through.

  4. After 10 minutes, remove the pan from the oven. Break up the mixture using a spatula, stirring it up so the golden brown exterior and the lighter interior are mixed. Re-spread the mixture evenly over the sheet tray, and return to the oven for an additional 10 minutes, rotating halfway through, until the top is golden brown.

  5. Allow the pan to cool. Break up the crust into pieces and place them in the bowl of a food processor and process until homogeneous and mealy. Slowly pour 3 tablespoons of melted butter into the food processor through the top feeder tube as it's running. The mixture will feel slightly damp.

  6. Pour the mixture into a pie plate and press the crust into shape on the edges and bottom. Chill for 20 minutes before filling.

Special equipment

pie plate, food processor

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
472 Calories
29g Fat
49g Carbs
5g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8
Amount per serving
Calories 472
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 29g 38%
Saturated Fat 18g 88%
Cholesterol 72mg 24%
Sodium 489mg 21%
Total Carbohydrate 49g 18%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Total Sugars 22g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 44mg 3%
Iron 2mg 10%
Potassium 157mg 3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)