Makweti Crunchies – a Decadent Daybreak

If there’s one thing that we do particularly well in South Africa, it’s creating “padkos” which, literally translated from Afrikaans, means “way food”, or “food for the road”. A local favourite snack and traditionally South African, the oat crunchie is a way of life and travel in South Africa – easy to pack into a lunch box, travel hamper and even a handbag, they’re healthier than highly-preserved, commercial snacks and even more delicious.

At Makweti, we greet the rising sun with steaming, aromatic coffee – or tea, if you prefer – and a plate of pre- game drive padkos, comprising our home-baked oat and coconut crunchies.


Makweti crunchies are the perfect way to wake your tastebuds for the day, and a delicious low-GI snack to carry guests over to breakfast. Why not make these a part of your morning, with our very own recipe below!

Makweti Crunchies


  • 1 cup of Desiccated Coconut
  • 1 cup of Flour
  • 1 cup of Brown Sugar
  • 2 cups Oats
  • 250g Butter
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 4 tbs Golden Syrup


  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
  2. Mix the flour, coconut, oats and baking powder together in a bowl.
  3. Melt the butter and sugar together, and then add the golden syrup. Mix these thoroughly.
  4. Stir the wet mixture into the dry ingredients until combined.
  5. Press the mixture down onto a baking tray, keeping the mixture about 1.5cm thick. Make sure it is even and pressed into the corners and sides of the tray.
  6. Place the tray into the pre-heated oven and bake for about 30 minutes, or until golden brown.
  7. Cut into squares while still warm, and then leave to cool.

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