I don't know about you, but one of my favourite things about Costco is their samples they give out. You could honestly go their for lunch and not have to actually buy lunch...I mean you usually drop $300 easily while your there, but hey snacks! What sample and snack I love to get when handing out are the Aussie Bites. I just love all the grains and seeds in it and I find it is the perfect bite to curve your hunger craving.
Now this recipe I did not come up with myself, full credit goes to The Stay At Home Chef. She is brilliant for coming up with it. I have a few suggestions on how to make it Vegan or refined sugar free, it might not be "spot on" in flavour compared to the store bought ones, but it will still taste great. Swap the sugar with coconut sugar or maple syrup, swap the honey with maple syrup, and swap the butter out with coconut oil. If you also don't like canola oil you could use coconut oil or avocado oil. Originally the recipe says you can used cooked quinoa, but I prefer them with uncooked quinoa, the quinoa softens up with the liquids anyways so I prefer with dried quinoa. I also suggest using Turkish dried apricots, they are a bit softer then other dried apricots.
I can get all my ingredients from the Bulk Barn, I usually have coconut oil and oats in my pantry. But all the seeds and fruit you can buy the amount you need at the Bulk Barn. It helps cut the cost down to make these, when you only buy what you need.
Copycat Aussie Bites
1 3/4 cup of rolled oats
1/4 cup of sugar
1/4 cup of dried Turkish apricots
1/4 cup of raisins
1/4 cup of ground flaxseed
1/4 cup of hulled raw sunflower seeds
1/4 cup of unsweetened shredded coconut
1/4 cup of uncooked quinoa
2 tablespoons of chia seeds
1/4 teaspoon of baking soda
1/4 cup of melted salted butter
1/4 cup of canola oil
1/2 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
Preheat your oven to 350F. Grab 2 mini muffin tins, and spray with a cooking spray, set aside.
In a large food processor add 1 cup of oats. Process the oats until they resemble a flour, takes about 1 to 2 minutes.
Add all the rest of the dry ingredients to the food processor. Pulse the ingredients until the apricots and raisins have broken down into small pieces.
Pour all the wet ingredients into the food processor, and pulse until everything is wet and evenly incorporated.
Evenly divide the batter into the mini muffin tins, gently press the batter down. Bake in the oven for 10 to 12 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and place on a wire rack and allow to cool completely before removing.
Can be stored in an air tight container for 5 days in the pantry, or you can freeze them and store for 1 month.
There you have it! A great snack that you can now make at home. Here is the original link to Homemade Aussie Bites I strongly suggest getting comfy and exploring her blog. She has some really wonderful recipes!
These little bites are perfect to pack up for lunches and snacks, to take on picnics, or even a great road trip snack. I do love the originals, but I don't always have an extra 16$ to pay for a snack. When I buy exactly what I need these cost me around 9$ to make. I am a firm believer of keeping a stocked pantry with staples, then we I need extra things like Turkish apricots I visit the bulk barn and pay 2$ for what I need. How many of you believe in keeping your pantry stocked?
Happy Weekend everyone!!
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