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 Bites

A copycat recipe

The INGREDIENTS:


  • 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


Modifications:

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?!

My Substitutions:

  • 1/3 cup of melted vegan butter
  • 6 -7 dates blended with warm water to become a paste

Assembly:


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Place parchment paper onto a baking sheet
  3. Blitz 1 cup of oatmeal in your blender or food processer until oats are in a fine powder form.


Combine the following:

  1. 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.
  2. 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