Oat Crunchies Recipe

Rich and Buttery Oat Crunchies in a Jar

The perfect treat: Classic oat crunchies

These buttery, sugary oat biscuits have been a South Africa favourite for years. They remind us of our childhood and going for tea at Gran’s house.

Oat Crunchies Recipe

Rich and Buttery Oat Crunchies in a Jar

Legend has it that these biscuits were made by the wives of soldiers in the 1800’s. They use to send them to their husbands in saddle bags. Apparently, the ingredients kept well and they would stay fresh whilst travelling.

What makes these crunchies so popular today is that they don’t require a lot of ingredients and are quick and easy to make.

If you want them extra crunchie, make the bars thinner and bake until golden brown.

This recipe can be adapted to make it more healthy- you can add seeds, nuts, raisins or cranberries. You can also make a gluten free version by substituting the flour with a gluten free version such as rice, almond or coconut flour.

Crunchies Recipe

3 from 54 votes
Recipe by Jessica Alberts Course: Treats, DessertCuisine: GlobalDifficulty: Easy
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  • 200 grams butter

  • 1 tablespoon golden syrup (or honey)

  • 2 cups oats

  • 1 cup coconut

  • 1 cup flour

  • 3/4 cup brown sugar

  • 1 teaspoon bicarb


  • Pre heat the oven to 180 degrees.
  • Mix the flour, oats and coconut in a bowl.
  • Melt the butter, syrup and sugar in a small pot.
  • When the butter starts to bubble add the bicarb and stir. Remove from the heat immediately.
  • Pour the butter mixture into the dry ingredients and mix with a spatula.
  • Using the back of a metal spoon, gently press the mixture into a greased baking tray (30cm x 20cm or similar depending on how thick you like the crunchies).
  • Bake for 15 minutes at 180 C, then turn the oven down to 160 C and bake for a further 10 minutes until golden brown.

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