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A South African heartwarming golden crunchie recipe


What’s better than smelling freshly baked crunchies come out of the oven? Classic golden crunchies are a favourite for many families in South Africa. We can dip them in our coffee, take them as a snack-to-go, pack a few in our kids’ lunch boxes and even eat them with ice-cream for dessert – yum!

The recipe below is the classic crunchie recipe that has stood the test of time. The best thing about this recipe is that you can add anything you want, including more nuts, seeds and chocolate chips, and you can even drizzle chocolate on top – your kids will LOVE this.

Golden Crunchies


  • 180 ml butter
  • 1 ½ tablespoon honey or maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ½  teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup dry shredded coconut (optional)
  • ⅓ cup sliced almonds (or any nuts)
  • ½ cup raisins (optional)
  • 1½ cups of oats
  • 1¼ cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon spice
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg spice


  1. Grease or spray a 28 x 18cm baking pan with cooking oil. Set aside.
  2. Heat butter, honey, brown sugar, white sugar and salt in a saucepan until completely melted. Add baking soda and mix.
  3. Combine oatmeal, flour, coconut, raisins, nuts and spices in a large bowl. Mix.
  4. Mix butter oatmeal mixture together.
  5. Press mixture into the greased baking pan.
  6. Bake at 160 degrees C for about 10-15 minutes, then continue baking at 150 degrees C for another 10 minutes or until the crunchies are golden brown. If you want them a little crunchier, you can keep them in the oven for another 10 minutes.
  7. Remove the baking pan from the oven and let it cool down.
  8. Cut into squares and munch!

Enjoy your nutritious snack

Oat crunchies are very nutritious as opposed to most other biscuits. The recipe contains the following healthy ingredients:

  • Honey or maple syrup is used instead of other syrups, like golden syrup, which are higher in sugar content and calories.
  • Nuts, which contain “good fats”, omega-3 fatty acids, fibre, Vitamin E and other vitamins and minerals that your body needs.
  • Oats, which prevents cardiovascular disease, reduces hypertension, is rich in magnesium, supports weight loss, prevents constipation, controls blood sugar levels, improves the immune system and protects skin.
  • Cinnamon, which is a powerful powder. It lowers blood sugar levels, treating type 2 diabetes, contains antioxidants, has anti-inflammatory properties, reduces cholesterol, treats cardiovascular disease, fights against cancer and improves blood circulation. So, don’t be shy to sprinkle a little extra cinnamon into the crunchie mixture.
  • Nutmeg, which boosts the immune system, aids in digestion, protects teeth and gums, reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s, aids in blood circulation, treats kidney infections, improves sleep and prevents diarrhoea.
  • Raisins, which aids digestion, reduces acidity, is high in iron, treats infections and is good for eyes and bones.

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