Old Fashioned Crunchies


South Africans are big into their oats. We eat them cooked and we eat them raw. Any way serves its purpose and is one of our heritage foods so to say.

My girls grew up with the scent of crunchies baking in our kitchen. They had them in their lunch boxes (if there were any left over) and as a snack with chocolate drizzled over the golden beauties. How ever you eat them, one is never enough! Oh, and they make wonderful Christmas gifts…..


2 cups oats

1 cup desiccated coconut

1 cup all purpose flour

½ cup mixed seeds

1 cup raisins

1 tsp cinnamon

pinch of salt

1 cup butter

2 tbs golden syrup

¾ cup brown sugar

2 tbs milk

1 tsp bicarb of soda


Preheat the oven to 180°. Line a medium baking try with baking paper.

Mix together the dry ingredients including the sugar, seeds, coconut and raisins. In a small saucepan, melt the butter and add the syrup. Allow to cool for a minute.

Add the bicarb of soda to the milk and mix well.

Add the butter and milk mixture to the dry ingredients and blend well.

Press into the baking tray and bake for 25 – 30 minutes or till golden brown.

Remove from the oven and immediately cut into squares. Leave to cool and remove.



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