I first heard of Aussie Bites from a patient asking me if they were a good snack choice from Costco. I had personally never tried them but I looked into them up to give her feedback. They sounded delicious and I was intrigued to find out how they tasted!
Fast forward a couple of weeks, my family and I are at Costco and guess what they are taste testing? Aussie Bites! Naturally I tired one and loved it! My toddler loved them too and he ended up having more than one sample 😉
You now me, I always encourage making food at home vs. buying it, so I decided to make some. I Googled homemade Aussie Bites and came across a recipe from thestayathomechef.com that looked most similar to the ones at Costco. I printed it off and headed to the store to grab some of the ingredients that I didn’t have at home. After we got home, I went straight to work. Here is the recipe I used:
1 ¾ cup rolled oats
¼ cup sugar
½ cup raisins**
¼ cup ground flaxseed
¼ cup unsalted sunflower seeds
¼ cup unsweetened coconut
¼ cup cooked quinoa
2 tbsp chia seeds
¼ tsp baking powder
¼ cup honey
¼ cup unsalted butter, melted
¼ cup canola oil
½ tsp vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease 24 mini muffin tin.
- Using a food processor, pulverize 1 cup of rolled oats for about 1 minute.
- Add in the remaining rolled oats, sugar, raisins, ground flaxseed, sunflower seeds, coconut, quinoa, chia seeds and baking soda. Pulse until raisins are in small bits.
- Add honey, melted butter, canola oil and vanilla extract. Pulse until just combined.
- Add batter to muffin tin. Press down lightly to compact the ingredients.
- Bake in oven for 12-20 minutes until lightly browned. ***Note the original recipe stated 10-12 minutes but I had to bake mine for an additional 10 minutes so they would be cooked enough to not crumble.
- Remove muffin tin from oven and let cool for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes remove from tin and let cool completely on wire rack.
These turned out delicious and I plan on making them again!
** the original recipe called for ¼ cup raisins and ¼ cup dried apricots. I only had raisins in my pantry to I doubled up on the raisins. Next time I am going to make sure to use apricots as I feel they will help bind the bites a little more.
Usually when you make a recipe at home you save yourself a bunch of added sugar and salt. Upon analysis of the Costco Aussie bites vs. the homemade ones comes up exactly the same! The ingredients on the Costco ones are exactly the same as well and there is no extra preservatives in them.
So what do you gain making them at home? A cost saving. The bites are priced around $10 at Costco and making them at home would cost much less!