Takaka Ginger Crunch

Four ginger crunch stack on a plate
Wholemeal Cafe in Takaka near Nelson make the most gorgeous ginger crunch. Being such lovely, clever people, they were more than happy to share their Ginger Crunch recipe. This is delectably chewy and crunchy all at the same time.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Dessert, Snack
Servings 24 slices


Ginger Crunch

  • 150 g butter
  • 2 tbsp golden syrup
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ¾ cup desiccated coconut
  • 1 ½ cups rolled oats
  • ¾ cup plain flour
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 ½ tsp ground ginger

Ginger Crunch Icing

  • 75 g softened butter
  • ¾ cup icing sugar
  • 2 tbsp golden syrup
  • 3 tsp ground ginger


  • Preheat the oven to 180°C. (160°C fanbake).
  • To make the Base, put the butter, golden syrup and brown sugar into a medium-large saucepan and stir over a low heat until melted.
  • Remove from the heat and add all the dry ingredients to the saucepan.
  • Mix thoroughly. Press into a greased or non-stick 20x30cm slice tin. Bake for 15-20 minutes. Longer means crunchier!
  • Mark into squares while still warm.
  • Make the icing by mixing the softened butter with the sugar, syrup and ginger.
  • Stir until very smooth.
  • Spread the icing over the cooled base and swizzle or decorate with a fork.
  • When completely cold, cut through the icing and separate the squares.


Leigh Elder, founder of Eat For Keeps, says: "Takaka Ginger Crunch – Looks like a taste sensation. Sugar, flour and icing sugar quite a load of simple carbs. Reduce this and add more protein, healthy fat and fibre by replacing flour with almond flour and/or soy flour."  www.eatforkeeps.com
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!


  1. Sue Mckenzie on 13/08/2022 at 12:37 pm

    Yum my favourite ginger slice.

  2. Ishani Noble on 24/07/2022 at 7:42 am

    5 stars
    Devine! And so easy as it is all made in 1 pot. I usually double the recipe as it fits well into my tin when doubled. But I don’t double the sugar or icing instead I add sliced almonds onto.

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