Oaty Ginger Crunch

Susan, AKA Kiwicook

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This is a perennial favorite Down Under; go to any New Zealand cafe and you’re sure to find it there!

The key ingredient, other than the obvious ginger, is golden syrup (an inverted sugar syrup made from sugar cane) which has been a New Zealand staple since the late 19th century, but I gather it’s not readily available everywhere. If that’s the case, perhaps look in the international section at your supermarket, check online for specialty food stores (such as British food importers), or at a pinch choose honey or light treacle instead (apparently molasses and dark treacle are too strong).

The classic ginger crunch (or ginger slice) has a shortbread type base and a straight ginger icing. This beauty is a lot more substantial, with almonds, coconut and rolled oats in the base which makes it lovely and chewy (and quasi-healthy!) and over the icing, roasted pistachios and chopped crystallized ginger. In a word.. ‘scrumptious’. Thanks to Kate of Fisher & Paykel for this recipe which I’ve just slightly adapted.



Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Dessert
Servings 22 Squares



  • 125 g sugar
  • 1 Tbsp finely chopped crystallized ginger
  • 50 g golden syrup
  • 150 g butter
  • 70 g slivered almonds roasted
  • 110 g rolled oats
  • 75 g desiccated coconut
  • 140 g self-raising flour


  • 110 g golden syrup
  • 100 g butter
  • 1.5 Tbsp ground ginger
  • 225 g icing sugar
  • 1/4 cup chopped pistachios roasted
  • 2 Tbsp finely chopped crystallized ginger


  • Preheat oven to 160°C (320°F).


  • Grease and line a 20 x 30cm slice tin.
  • Melt butter, sugar, golden syrup and ginger in a medium saucepan over a gentle heat. Remove from heat and add almonds, oats, coconut and flour, mix well.Press firmly into tin.
  • Bake for 15-20 min, or until golden. Allow base to cool in the tin.


  • In a small saucepan mix together the golden syrup, butter, ground ginger and icing sugar over a low heat till smooth.
  • Pour icing over the base and spread out with a spatula.
  • Sprinkle over the chopped pistachios and crystallized ginger.
  • Allow to set then cut.
Keyword Oats, Oaty Ginger
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Susan, AKA Kiwicook
About The Author
Susan, also known as the Kiwi Cook, hails from Levin, New Zealand, and has a unique Kiwi-Dutch-British heritage that influenced her culinary upbringing. As an artist, tutor, writer, and editor, Susan dedicates her weekends to creating delectable dishes. Her food philosophy embraces moderation and listening to her body's needs.


  1. This is the best slice!! I make it almost every week and everyone who tries it loves it! Thank you for the recipe! 🙂

  2. This slice is to die for! I was lucky enough to try yours!! I will have to see how it goes for me now. Thank you!


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