Baking seems to be the thing to do on lockdown. Everyone is doing it, and I’ve been swept up in this wave too.

It seems like there are lockdown levels associated with cooking and baking.

First level has to be… drumroll… banana bread. Everyone is baking it and sharing their spoils on social media. And yes, I’ve made a loaf. Hey, I had bananas that were going off and in fact, I have more so it’s time to make another loaf. I’ve discovered that the whole family now likes banana loaf so it’ll be eaten!

Now if you know me, you’d know that baking is exceptionally unusual in this household. I only ever bake at Christmas time, when I make shortbread and mince pies. But look at me, I can now add baker man to my repertoire of skills after these lockdown endeavours.

So, are crunchies a level too? I’m making them a level!

Crunchies just bring back so many childhood memories and make me feel all warm and fuzzy. So I asked my mom for her recipe (my mom is the best baker ever), and I’ve made a few batches which have been wolfed down by everyone. In fact, I took a few to work the other day and my team said they were amazing and they’d buy them from the shops… so there’s that 😉

I thought I’d share the recipe for all of you too because there’s literally nothing better than a family recipe!

Crunchie recipe


  • 2 cups oats
  • 1 cup coconut
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 8oz margarine or butter (works out to about half a brick of butter)
  • 1/2 to 1 tablespoon syrup (I think 1T works better)
  • 1/2 tsp bi-carb


Put marg, syrup and bi-carb into saucepan.
Boil until foamy.
Mix dry ingredients very well.
Add foamy mixture
Grease pan and spread mixture over and press down.
Bake at 180 deg for 20-30 minutes.
Cut into squares while hot.
Cool before moving.

Let me know if you make them!