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Oat Streusel Topping Recipe: Your New Favorite [UPDATED May 2023]

Difficulty Easy

This super easy streusel topping recipe has the perfect ratio of dry ingredients and butter. Streusel is a blend of oat, flour, sugar, and butter. It is used for toppings, or crusts, for quick breads, pies, and tarts. Trust me – the crumbly, buttery, streusel recipe will be your favorite.

Oat Streusel Topping Recipe


What can I use streusel for?

Normally, you make streusel in conjunction with another recipe. You’re baking banana bread and want to top it with streusel. Or you want to make a berry crisp, so you make a berry filling, top with streusel, and bake. My fave: topping it on chocolate peanut butter banana bread.

Other uses: top it for pies, galettes, and any type of crisp.

Need a vegan streusel recipe? Here is a tasty one from Ela Vegan.

What do I make first? The streusel or the first recipe?

Make the streusel first. Leave it aside then make your other recipe. Or, you make it a day ahead, keep it in an airtight container in the fridge.

What other variations?

Add 1 tsp cinnamon, substitute walnuts for another nut (pecans, peanuts, etc), or use all brown sugar.

When I mix it, how do I know it is done?

It will look like pea-size clumps. Stop the mixer once you see it form clumps. If it is mixed too much, it will start to look cookie dough. If this happens, just break it into chunks with your hands .

Can I use my forks to pastry cutter if I don’t have a standing kitchen mixer?

Yes! It will take longer to mix versus a mixer. Still, blend it together until pea-size clumps form.

Why so much? The recipe makes enough for 2 recipes!
Oat streusel shrinks down A LOT when baking. I always like to put in a little extra.

BUT, if you have extra, put in a freezer bag or plastic container and freeze it.

Finished streusel

This oat streusel topping recipe has the basic baking ingredients found in your pantry:

  • Flour: To help bind all the ingredients together
  • Oats: For flavor and also help bind ingredients together
  • Butter: Flavor and crumb-ly texture
  • Sugar: Sweetness (of course!) and golden color
  • Walnuts: Flavor and texture

Oat Streusel Topping Recipe: Your New Favorite

Recipe by Kimm Moore Course: DessertCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy


Prep time




  • 1 cup all purpose flour

  • 1 1/2 cup quick oats

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar

  • 2 tablespoon white sugar

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 2 sticks (16 tablespoons) unsalted, chilled, cubed butter

  • 1 1/2 cup chopped walnuts


  • Combine all ingredients in a standing kitchen mixer bowl
  • Place on standing kitchen mixer with the paddle attachment
  • Mix on low speed until crumbly and combined, about 2-3 minutes
  • Once finished, it’ll look like large chunks
  • Use as needed


  • Add 1 tsp ground cinnamon, if you feel like
  • Makes enough for 2 loaf / 2 pies / 2 tart topping


  1. I looked, and looked where does it say temperature and cooking time?

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