These are the Best Homemade Aussie bites which are made to copycat Costco aussie bites– the good ole tub of Aussie bites that seem to call out to me as I walk by. Gluten Free Aussie bites are easy to make at home!
How do I make a copycat Aussie bite recipe?
Sometimes when you find a food that you love at a restaurant or particular store, it is fun to recreate that recipe at home. The beauty of baking at home means that you can add or take out ingredients as you wish.
How should you start? Begin a copycat recipe with a quick bit of research. It’s simple: look at the ingredient list on the store-bought product you love.
Notice what your favorite aspect is and build upon that– more raisins? Fewer nuts?
My affection with the Costco version waned when I took gluten out of my diet. Their product isn’t certified gluten free so I set out to make a version at home. Loaded with dried fruit and nuts, these homemade Aussie bites will be a favorite!
What ingredients are in loaded homemade aussie bites?
- dried cherries
- coconut flakes
- baking soda
How can I make gluten free aussie bites?
My trouble with the Costco aussie bites is a personal one– their product isn’t certified as gluten free. Oats are a sneaky ingredient in a gluten free diet. They are naturally gluten free but often in the processing of oats, gluten is added or sneaks in as a contamination.
Oats technically “should” be gluten free but often are contaminated with gluten unless otherwise noted that they are tested and certified as gluten free. Bob’s Red Mill is the brand used here (although they sell oats that are NOT gluten free as well so check and double check your labels).
Best solution– make these gluten free aussie bites by checking and double-checking your ingredients at home. Make sure that your oats are certified gluten free.
The same advice holds true for each ingredient. Check and double check.
How can I make paleo aussie bites?
Making paleo aussie bites follows the same train of thought as the above advice for making gluten free aussie bites. Carefully look through the ingredient list and find any item that does not fit in a paleo diet.
Oats and quinoa are not considered acceptable on the paleo diet.
Substitute ingredients that fit within your paleo guidelines so that you can enjoy paleo aussie bites.
Can I make vegan aussie bites?
Sure! Again, figure out what specific ingredients fit and do not fit within a vegan diet. Honey and butter do not fit within the guidelines of a vegan diet. Make the appropriate substitutions such as maple syrup and coconut oil and enjoy your vegan energy bites.
Are aussie bites healthy?
Healthy is a relative term. I’ll leave the final decision up to you but here are a few points to consider.
Quinoa is an ancient grain from South America that is gluten free and a complete protein. Added to these whole grains is a list of energy-packed ingredients that you can customize as you wish.
Apricots, dates, raisins, dried cherries, pistachios, and coconut flakes rounded out these loaded homemade Aussie bites.
Breakfast, snack, dessert, these Aussie bites check off all of the boxes.
Can I freeze homemade aussie bites?
Yes, freezing homemade aussie bites is a great option. Make a double batch and freeze the aussie bites in an airtight container or freezer ziploc bag.
Pack these energy bites in your lunch or let them come to room temperature at home before you enjoy them.
Gluten free aussie bites are a super option to take hiking or skiing for a midday snack and burst of energy!
What kitchen tools do I need to make the best homemade aussie bites?
What are the steps to make Aussie Bites?
- Use a food processor to process the oats into a flour consistency. Add to the quinoa. Set aside.
- Make a paste with the apricots, dried cherries, dates and raisins.
- Add the quinoa &oats back into the food processor as well as the honey, coconut flakes, pistachios, butter and baking soda. Pulse to combine.
- Spray the mini muffin pan with baking spray. Press 1 tablespoon of the mixture into each mini muffin space.
- Bake for 20-24 minutes.
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The #CreativeCookieExchange decided to bake with whole grains this month, and these loaded homemade aussie bites are perfect! Gluten free oats and quinoa are my pantry staples.
Here are other cookies I’ve shared with the group:
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Loaded Homemade Aussie bites are a copycat recipe that take the Costco favorite and makes a gluten free version filled with your favorite dried fruits and nuts. Whole grains of oats and quinoa are the base of these energy bites. Apricots, dried cherries, raisins and pistachios add to the flavor.
2 cups gluten free oats (separated into 1 cup portions)
1 cup cooked quinoa (gluten free)
1/4 cup dried apricots
1/4 cup dried cherries
1/2 cup pitted dates
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup pistachios
1/2 cup coconut flakes
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 teaspoon baking soda
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a mini muffin tin with baking spray.
Use a food processor to process 1 cup of the oats until consistency is like flour. Pour into a medium size bowl. Add the remaining cup of oats and the quinoa. Stir to combine.
No need to clean the food processor. Add the apricots, dried cherries, dates, and raisins. Process until a smooth paste. Add the oats and quinoa and back into the food processor. Add the honey, coconut flakes, pistachios, melted butter, and baking soda. Pulse until the mixture comes together. It will likely form a ball.
Place about 1 tablespoon of the mixture into each mini muffin space. Press down to fill the muffin cavity. Bake for 12-14 minutes or until the edges start to brown. Let cool in the muffin tin completely before removing.
Customize the ingredients to make these fit your preferences and diet requirements.
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The #CreativeCookieExchange is baking with WHOLE GRAINS in April and we’d love for you to join us! The possibilities begin with whole wheat and oats, but maybe you’ll find a new grain to bake with in your kitchen such as quinoa, amaranth, or buckwheat! Check out with the #CreativeCookieExchange bakers shared this month:
Amaranth Lemon Cookies from A Shaggy Dough Story
Buckwheat Toffee Cookies from Food Lust People Love
Loaded Homemade Aussie Bites from A Baker’s House
Only Oats Cookies from What Smells So Good?
Rye Chocolate Chip Cookies from Karen’s Kitchen Stories
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