Golden Oat Crunchies – Classic teatime snacks
A must-try if you have never tasted oat crunchies before. Or if you remember them from your childhood, rekindle some fond memories by whipping up a batch.
If you are a South African, it is likely that you grew up with a jar of oat crunchies in the kitchen. These tasty bites are so versatile and can be prepared in the traditional way most of us know or you can make them really healthy for a wholesome bite.
The best part is that these buttery, nutty and sweet treats are super easy and quick to prepare. Mix the dough in less than 10 minutes and pop into the oven for 25 minutes and you have freshly baked oat crunchies. Perfect for moms with “always hungry” kids, especially over the holiday season.
It’s interesting to know that these cookies date back to the 1800s when soldiers’ wives used to bake them and send them to their husbands in saddlebags. The oat crunchies preserved well and stayed fresh for an extended time and provided some energy to tired soldiers on the battlefield.
If you prefer a healthier version of these classic bites, add some seeds, nuts, raisins or cranberries. You can also substitute the flour with a gluten-free option such as rice, almond or coconut flour.
Definitely, a must-try if you have never tasted oat crunchies before. Or if you remember them from your childhood, rekindle some fond memories by whipping up a batch.
Oat Crunchies RecipeCourse: SnacksCuisine: South AfricanDifficulty: Easy
200 g butter
1 tablespoon golden syrup (or honey)
2 cups oats
1 cup coconut
1 cup flour
¾ cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
- Pre heat the oven to 180°C.
- 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 bicarbonate of soda 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 (30 cm x 20 cm 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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