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Three crunchies stacked on each other.

Crunchies (South African Oat and Coconut Bars)

Crunchies are a delicious, easy, traybake filled with oats, coconut and flavoured with golden syrup. This recipe whips up in a few minutes. If you love Anzac biscuits you will love these.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings20 crunchies


  • 9x9 Inch (23x23cm) Square Cake Pan


  • 150 grams rolled oats
  • 150 grams desiccated coconut
  • 150 grams plain flour (all-purpose/standard grade)
  • 100 grams white granulated sugar (caster/granulated)
  • 55 grams light brown sugar
  • teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)
  • ½ teaspoon table salt
  • 125 grams butter (1 stick plus 1tbsp)
  • 90 grams golden syrup (maple syrup/honey)
  • 4 tablespoon milk or water
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda (bicarb/bread soda)


  • Preheat the oven to 200°C/390F. Grease and line a baking sheet, slice tray or cake tin (about 23x23cm or 9"x9").
  • Combine the flour, oats, coconut, sugars, cinnamon and salt in a mixing bowl.
    150 grams rolled oats, 150 grams desiccated coconut, 150 grams plain flour, 100 grams white granulated sugar, 55 grams light brown sugar, 1½ teaspoon ground cinnamon, ½ teaspoon table salt
  • Melt the butter and golden syrup together either in the microwave or on the stovetop.
    125 grams butter, 90 grams golden syrup
  • Combine the baking soda and milk or water. Stir the baking soda mixture into the butter mixture.
    4 tablespoon milk or water, ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • Pour the wet ingredient into the dry ingredients and stir well until combined. Press the biscuit mixture into the bottom of the prepared tin and bake for 25 to 30 minutes. Or until they have nice deep golden brown colour. Rotate the tin halfway through the bake needed.
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool for 10 to 15 minutes before slicing into 20 equal slices.

All temperatures stated are for conventional ovens. Decrease the temperature by 20°C/25°F or gas mark 1 for "fan" or air-fryers.



Butter can be substituted with baking margarine or vegan alternatives.
Golden syrup can be substituted with honey or maple syrup.
Rolled oats can be substituted with steel-cut oats.
Baking soda can be replaced with an equal amount of baking powder.
White or brown sugar can be substituted for either in this recipe.
For fan-forced or fan-assisted ovens decrease the temperature by 20°C/25F.


Serving: 1crunchie | Calories: 180kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 8g | Sodium: 158mg