This homemade Aussie bites recipe is a copycat of the Aussie bites you can purchase at Costco. They are a lovely breakfast-type snack with dried fruit, shredded coconut, oats, puffed amaranth or quinoa, chia seeds, cinnamon, vanilla, and more. Moreover, they are gluten-free, vegan, and dairy-free making them suitable for a variety of diets.
Preheat your oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 24-count mini muffin pan or line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Add 1 cup of the rolled oats to your food processor. Let it run until the oats are turned into a fine flour.
To that add the remaining 3/4 cup of rolled oats, 1/4 cup dried apricots, 1/4 cup raisins, 1/4 cup coconut sugar, 1/4 cup shredded coconut, 1/4 cup puffed amaranth, 1/4 cup sunflower seeds, 1/4 cup flax meal, 2 tbsp chia seeds, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp salt, and 1/4 tsp baking soda.
Close the lid and pulse the food processor repeatedly until the dried fruit is cut up into small bits.
To the dry mix add 1/3 cup melted coconut oil, 1/4 cup maple syrup, and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract. Pulse again until everything is evenly moistened and combined.
Divide the mixture into the prepared mini muffin cavities and press down to compress the Aussie bites. Alternatively, use a small cookie scoop (1 tbsp size) and form 24 mounds on a lined baking sheet.
Bake the Aussie bites for 10-12 minutes until golden. Let them cool in the pan (or on it) before removing and storing.
Keep the Aussie bites in an airtight container at room temperature for about 1 week.
*be sure to use certified gluten free oats if required