I've been thinking about making crunches for a little while now. They are a really great snack or lunchbox treat! They're also so easy and quick to make and can be kept fresh for up to a week, though I don't think ours lasted two days.
I haven't had a crunchie since I left South Africa and thought they were pretty much the same as flapjacks in the UK, but noooo... I think these are so much better! They are not quite as sweet or chewy as flapjacks... they are more like a healthier substantial biscuit (they're not savoury, South African's just call cookies biscuits) full of oats and coconut and living up to their name they have a lovely crunchy texture on the outside.
They are also really adaptable. I have just made plain crunches using oats and coconut which were good on their own, but you could definitely add in seeds, raisins, nuts, cinnamon, nutmeg... or melt some chocolate and pour it over the top when they are cooling!
Crunchies (Makes 16)
1 Cup Flour
1 Cup Oats
1 Cup Desiccated Coconut
1/2 Cup Sugar
1/2 Cup Butter
1 Tbsp Golden Syrup
1 tsp Bicarb
2 Tbsp Boiling Water
Preheat your oven to 180 deg celsius.
Mix together the flour, oats, coconut and sugar.
Melt the butter and syrup and mix into the flour mixture.
Mix the bicarb with the boiling water and add to the mixture.
Mix it all together very well ensuring there are no dry bits - it will be quite a thick mixture.
Press into a greased flat biscuit tin and bake for 20 minutes.
Cut into squares while still hot and then leave to cool completely before removing from the tin.
Store in an airtight container for up to a week.
Have you tried them before? Please let me know if you make some and try any different ingredients!