Aussie Bites, sold at Costco, are convenient little oatmeal cookie snacks that are very popular. They are lightly sweet and full of oats, quinoa, dried fruit, and sunflower, chia and flax seeds. “They seem healthy already… why make a “healthier” version?” you may ask.
The only issue with these little morsels is they have loads of oil in them (that’s what makes them good!). They have butter and canola oil, neither of which is a good way to get your fats. It took LOTS of trial runs, but I have finally created a whole-food, plant-based recipe for Aussie Bites!
I made countless revisions to this recipe, and have some options for you! As a whole-food blogger, I try to not to use oil in my recipes, since that it is not a whole food. It is best to get fats from whole foods, like avocados, coconut, or nuts. If you do cook oil-free, you’re likely used to the taste of low-fat baked goods, and you’ll enjoy these without the oil. In fact, the Aussie bites in these photos have no oil. However, if you’re going for a crowd-pleaser and not a 100% compliant recipe, use the oil. Thankfully coconut oil develops no trans fats when heated, unlike most oils. Almond butter is also a delicious alternative–using whole food fat but not overpowering in flavor. I haven’t tried peanut butter, so if you try it, let me know in the comments!
I also tested versions using garbanzo beans or quinoa. I prefer the nutty, toasty taste of quinoa, but they are also a little more crumbly. When using garbanzo beans, there is absolutely no bean taste whatsoever–it’s a great substitute for butter!
These are not light and fluffy like muffins, or super sweet like desserts, but rather little mini granola bars that are healthy enough that I eat them for breakfast or a snack. They are delicious soaked in a cup of almond milk! My 11-month-old baby has yummed up every test batch I’ve made, and they’re soft enough for her to eat even without many teeth.
Aussie Bites are so fun to make and even more fun to eat! Please let me know how they turn out for you in the comments!
These delicious morsels taste best when made with quinoa--but you can use beans and skip the oil/almond butter, if desired for a more low-fat version. They are delicious snacks or for breakfast on the run!
- 1/2 cup packed cooked quinoa, OR garbanzo or white beans (see blog post for notes)
- 1/4 cup ground flax seed
- 1/4 cup honey or maple syrup
- 1/4 cup milk of choice
- 1/4 cup nut butter OR melted coconut oil*
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup raisins
- 1/4 cup chopped dried apricot
- 1/4 cup shredded coconut
- 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 3/4 cup rolled oats
- 3/4 cup oat flour**
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a mini muffin pan with coconut oil.
In a mixing bowl, combine quinoa or beans, flax seed, honey, milk and melted coconut oil. If using quinoa, you can just stir with a spoon.
If using beans, beat with an electric mixer using the highest setting for at least 2 minutes, to ensure beans are thoroughly broken down and smooth. (If using beans, you could also mix this in a blender or food processor to get them very smooth.)
Add all remaining ingredients. Using a large spoon, stir until mixed well.
Press mixture into mini muffin tins. It should fill roughly 20 muffin holes.
Bake for 13 minutes, until edges are golden brown. Fresh out of the oven, press them into the pan (this helps them not be too crumbly) and let cool completely before loosening with a butter knife and removing. Devour a few, and store any leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature. These freeze well.
- *If you don't mind the taste of low-fat baking and want to make these oil-free, simply omit the coconut oil or replace with 1/4 cup nut butter or applesauce.
- ** To make oat flour, simply put 3/4 cup rolled oats into a blender and blend until fine!
- Any dried fruit or nuts would be tasty! Walnuts, craisins, dried cherries, pecans--use your favorites!
Original Aussie Bites have 130 calories each, 7 grams of fat and 8 grams of sugar.
These bites have roughly 100 calories each, 5 grams of fat and 5 grams of sugar (when using coconut oil).