Things I have been cooking lately #164: Crunchies

Crunchies are kind of like the South African equivalent of a flapjack although crunchier (hence the name) and less sweet and sticky. I grew up eating loads of these since they’re eggless and my brother was allergic to eggs as a child so baked treats he could eat were quite limited. I recently found this recipe on Pinterest and decided to make these as a snack since oats is supposed to aid breast milk production. Also they are just yummy!


Adapted from Drizzle and Dip

2 cups oats

1 cup flour

1 cup dessicated  coconut

230g butter

1 tablespoon golden syrup

1 cup brown sugar

1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

Preheat your oven to 180 C and line a 20cm x 30cm baking tray with greaseproof paper.

Stir together the oats, flour and coconut in a large bowl.

Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over a medium heat. Stir in the golden syrup and sugar and continue to heat. When the butter is bubbling add the bicarbonate of soda a stir through. It will bubble up.

Stir the butter mixture into the oats mixture until well mixed. Use a metal spoon to press the mixture into the prepared baking tray.

Bake in the middle of the oven for 15 minutes, then turn down the oven to 160 C and bake for 10 more minutes. Keep an eye on it because it can burn fast!

Allow to cool in the tin before cutting.

Makes 24 squares 


  1. That sounds and looks delicious. Back on ketogenic diet right now but I might have to save this for a high carb day.

    1. They’re a great energising snack 😊

  2. They look tasty, Abbi. Just what you need to renew your energy, once the baby is asleep!
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. I am forever eating over his sleeping body. He has a dusting of crumbs.

  3. This looks ace Abbi and couldn’t have come at a better time, I’m off to visit my friend (originally from South Africa) who has just had a baby so k may just have to make her some. Thanks lovely!

    1. Let me know how the gluten free version goes.

      1. Total hit with my SA friend and her GF husband, the smile on her face when she recalled them from childhood was priceless! Thank you

        1. Oh that’s wonderful! You are so welcome!

  4. Sounds good! Luckily I already knew that flapjacks are not just pancakes as I was always taught.

    1. In South Africa we also call small pancakes flapjacks!

  5. These look extremely tasty.

    1. I am a big fan. I really like the coconut and oats together.

      1. I’m getting hungry just thinking about it.

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