I had been intrigued by the Aussie Bites at our local Grocery Outlet
PRO TIP: Check to see if you have a discount grocery store nearby. You'd be amazed at the variety of products, quality of produce, and the prices!!! The one local to us is run by two young 30-somethings who are work incredibly hard to stock gluten-free, plant-based, vegan, and natural products!
The bag of Aussie Bites at our Grocery Outlet store was $7.99/20 bites. My understanding is shelf price at the warehouse stores is about $11.99. The packaged bites are good, a tid bit crumbly for my liking. Rather than purchase another bag, I decided to search the web for a copycat recipe. I found one that I tweaked a bit and am sharing it below.
Aussie BitesA copycat recipe
- 1 3/4 cup oats (1 cup of the oats will be ground into flour)
- 1/4 cup dried apricots (substitute for prunes, dates, or figs) (Mango, Pineapples, Cherries would also be an amazing substitution)
- 1/4 cup Craisins
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup of unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1/4 cup of gluten-free brown rice Krispies (original recipe called for raw quinoa or amaranth - puffed/cooked)
- 1/4 cup of sunflower seeds
- 2 tablespoons of chia seeds
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon of salt
- 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
The copycat recipe called for 1/3 cup of melted coconut oil and 1/4 cup of maple syrup. How I didn't have either of these items in my pantry is beyond me?!
- 1/3 cup of melted vegan butter
- 6 -7 dates blended with warm water to become a paste
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Place parchment paper onto a baking sheet
- Blitz 1 cup of oatmeal in your blender or food processer until oats are in a fine powder form.
Combine the following:
- Remaining 3/4 cup of oats with all of the dry ingredients. You may want to dice up the apricots into smaller pieces. Add the wet ingredients (melted coconut oil/butter, maple syrup, and vanilla extract and mix together until your ingredients are well coated and moistened. Option: You can use a food processor to combine all of your ingredients.
- Using a 1/3 or 1/4 cup scooper - scoop mixture onto a parchment-lined baking sheet and place into the oven for 10 - 12 minutes. Once golden remove from the oven and allow to cool.
Bites should last about 1 week in an airtight container set out at room temperature.
My first batch of bites yielded about 10 - 12 bites. I was completely happy with the quantity and size of each bite as I would be the one primarily eating these.
Original Recipe Sourced from: Regina of Leelalicious