Monday, May 9, 2016

Aussie Bites

I was doing fine without a Costco membership (nothing against them, but I tend to overspend when I go there) until I visited my parents recently and tried Aussie Bites.  They're kind of like muffins, but much more nutrient-dense.  They're about $10 for a box of 32, so I asked Google if mere mortals could make these at home.  The first recipe I tried turned out great, but after reading comments I did soak the chia seeds in water before adding them to the bowl. They took a bit longer to bake but held together well.  I also substituted sweetened flaked coconut and salted sunflower seeds, and added kosher salt because of how it makes these oatmeal cookies amazing.  Most of the ingredients I had on hand and I found the rest at Aldi, so now we can make them whenever we want.  Also my kids like them and they don't contain nuts, so that's two additional points. (Gluten free, too, and can be dairy free if you sub coconut oil for butter). DIY Aussie Bites for the win!  Thank you, Rachel Farnsworth, for working out the original recipe.  Here is my version...

Aussie Bites

Yield: 24

Ingredients
1¾ cup rolled oats
¼ cup granulated sugar
¼ cup dried apricots
¼ cup raisins
¼ cup ground flaxseed
¼ cup sunflower seeds
¼ cup shredded coconut
¼ cup quinoa
2 tablespoons chia seeds
1 tsp kosher salt
¼ tsp baking soda
¼ cup honey
¼ cup unsalted butter, melted
¼ cup canola oil
½ tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 24-count mini-muffin pan.
  2. In a small bowl combine chia seeds and 1/4 cup water while chanting "Cha-cha-cha-chia" with your 4-year-old. Set seeds aside. Chia seeds will absorb water to make a gel-like exterior with super powers.
  3. Pour 1 cup of rolled oats into a food processor. Process for about 1 minute until oats are pulverized.
  4. Add in the remaining ¾ cup rolled oats, sugar, dried apricots, raisins, flax seed, sunflower seeds, coconut, quinoa, chia seeds (minus any excess water), and baking soda. Pulse until apricots and raisins are in small bits.
  5. Pour in honey, melted butter, canola oil, and vanilla extract. Pulse just until combined.
  6. Divide batter among the prepared muffin cups.
  7. Bake in the preheated oven for 15-18 minutes until golden brown.
  8. Remove pan from oven and let cool in pan on a wire cooling rack for 10 minutes. Remove muffins from tin and let cool completely on the wire rack.
  9. Once completely cooled, store in an airtight container for 4 to 5 days.

1 comment:

Irina Jusca said...

Thanks for sharing this food recipes with us.