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In previous posts, I’ve stated that we’re really trying to eat healthier this year. One of our weaknesses is having a cup of tea and biscuits before bed (we aspire to be an old married couple). Of course, this is not a great habit, but at the same time, it’s not something we want to give up – altogether.

I decided to try my hand at making a healthier alternative to the traditional cookie…

Oat crunchies are my answer to our little weakness. Any South African reading will know exactly what I’m talking about. For everyone else, the best way to describe an Oat Crunchie is if a granola bar and an oatmeal cookie had a baby.

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While this is traditionally not the healthiest thing to have, I managed to recreate the recipe into a healthier version, while not giving up on flavour. Like most of my other recipes, I try to share ones that are quick and simple to make – this one does not disappoint.

Healthy Apple Oat Crunchies

Makes 30 squares

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups Rolled Oats
  • 2 cups Shredded Coconut (unsweetened)
  • 2 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 cup Dried Apple Slices (cut into bits)
  • 1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 185g Coconut Oil
  • 120g Butter
  • 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 3/4 Cup Honey
  • 1 tsp (heaped) Baking Soda

 

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Method:

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350°F and grease a baking tray.
  2. In a food processor, quickly blitz your dried apple slices into little chunks.
  3. Then add your oats, shredded coconut, flour, cinnamon and dried apple chunks into one big bowl. Mix thoroughly until ingredients are evenly dispersed.
  4. In a medium-sized pot, slowly melt your butter and coconut oil.
  5. Once melted, add your sugar and honey to the pot. Stir continuously over a medium-high heat until it’s bubbling.
  6. Switch the heat off and add the baking soda. Stir well.The mixture will become “frothy” and start rising rapidly.
  7. Pour it in with the dry ingredients. Stir thoroughly until all the dry ingredients are fully combined.
  8. Empty the mixture out onto the greased baking tray and press it all down until it fills the entire tray. Make sure that it is tightly compacted (especially on the sides and the corners).
  9. Bake for 15 minutes. Once done, it’ll be a golden colour.
  10. Let it cool.
  11. Cut into squares and serve.

Have fun baking! Please let me know how you like them in the comments below.

Stay Foxxy

xo

Gia



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Healthy Apple Oat Crunchies
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

A twist on a traditional South African Recipe

Course: Tea-Time Sack
Cuisine: South African
Servings: 30 squares
Calories: 194 kcal
Ingredients
  • 4 cups Rolled Oats
  • 2 cups Shredded Coconut unsweetened
  • 2 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 cup Dried Apple Slices cut into bits
  • 1 tsp  Ground Cinnamon
  • 185 g Coconut Oil
  • 120 g Butter
  • 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 3/4 Cup Honey
  • 1 tsp (heaped) Baking Soda
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350°F and grease a baking tray.
  2. In a food processor, quickly blitz your dried apple slices into little chunks.
  3. Then add your oats, shredded coconut, flour, cinnamon and dried apple chunks into one big bowl. Mix thoroughly until ingredients are evenly dispersed.
  4. In a medium-sized pot, slowly melt your butter and coconut oil.
  5. Once melted, add your sugar and honey to the pot. Stir continuously over a medium-high heat until it's bubbling.
  6. Switch the heat off and add the baking soda. Stir well.The mixture will become "frothy" and start rising rapidly.
  7. Pour it in with the dry ingredients. Stir thoroughly until all the dry ingredients are fully combined.
  8. Empty the mixture out onto the greased baking tray and press it all down until it fills the entire tray. Make sure that it is tightly compacted (especially on the sides and the corners).
  9. Bake for 15 minutes. Once done, it'll be a golden colour.
  10. Let it cool.
  11. Cut into squares and serve.

 

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2 Comments on Healthy Apple Oat Crunchies: My Take on a Classic South African Recipe

    • Hi Faith!
      I haven’t used fresh apples in this recipe yet, but I really don’t see why it wouldn’t work – I only use the dried apple pieces to give it a chewier texture. I would suggest cutting the fresh apple into small pieces though. If you try it, please let me know how it turns out 🙂

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