I am always on the lookout for new adventure fuel. To fit the bill, foods have to be healthy, tasty, and hold up well during travel. Recently, I fell in love with the Aussie Bites from Costco. The originals are great but they are a bit over processed and full of sugar for my taste. I like to be able to see and taste all the ingredients in my food. Plus, they aren’t vegan. That’s a bit of a problem is vegan roomie is coming on the trip. As with every new food I find, I figured there must be a way to make them myself.
Over the weekend, a group of my friends were running a relay race along the narrow, twisting road to Hana. I came along to serve as the driver for the group during the race. In addition to the race, we had tons of adventures planned. We needed some serious snacks for the trip. A perfect opportunity to test recipes for Aussie bites! After a few test batches that were quickly munched up by the roomies, I settled on this as my final recipe. There are a few tweaks to the original (dried figs instead of apricots and raisins and coconut oil and applesauce instead of butter) which I think make for an even tastier bite.
Just toss the ingredients in the food processor and then bake for 12 minutes and you have an energy packed snack that you can take pretty much anywhere. These are still a bit sweet but you can lessen the sugar and replace it with a bit more applesauce if you prefer. We decided that the sugar would be a good little extra boost for the race and the hiking we did over the weekend. Feel free to use different kinds of dried fruit or nuts. I made lots of variations before landing on this one so get creative to make this match your tastes perfectly.
- 1 ¾ cup rolled oats
- ¼ cup sugar
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- ¼ cup applesauce
- ¼ cup flax seeds
- ¼ cup quinoa
- ¼ cup sunflower seeds
- ¼ cup unsweetened flaked coconut
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- ½ cup dried figs
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- Preheat oven to 350* F
- Add 1 cup of oats and the flax seeds to the food processor; run for 1 minute until oats are powdered
- Add remaining dry ingredients; chop until figs are in small pieces
- Add wet ingredient; pulse until combined
- Spoon mixture into mini-muffin tins; press firmly with shot glass or the back of a spoon
- Bake 12 minutes, until the bites are just beginning to color
- Allow to cool in the pan on a rack for 10 minutes before removing from the pan to cool completely