With an undeniably crispy, chewy texture, these Aussie Bites are the perfect homemade replica of the original Costco classic.
This homemade Aussie Bite copycat recipe features a yummy cornucopia of flavors, including sweet, dried fruit, crunchy seeds, and warm toasty oats. It is an ideal choice for meal prepping, creating twenty-four delicious bites.
Why You Will Love These Aussie Bites
Sweet and Chewy: The flavor and texture are perfectly balanced. It is not too sweet, crispy, chewy, and satisfying when you want a treat or a quick snack on the go.
Portable: This homemade version of Aussie Bites is easy to pack in lunches for school or work. They hold together well, keep their shape, and aren’t crumbly. They are a 2-bite treasure and won’t take up a lot of space in your bag. We use a reusable zip-top bag or small glass airtight container to tote them.
Fresh Wholesome Ingredients: And there are a lot of them! We mostly followed along with the ingredients of the Costco version of Aussie Bites, which has a long list. It is impressively healthy. However, homemade is always much fresher in flavor and has that added love stirred in.
Simple and Quick to Make: Yes, there are a lot of ingredients, but all you have to do is measure and pour them into a food processor. No chopping or peeling and less than 15 minutes of prep time. Let the appliances do the work for you.
Ideal Meal Prep: This recipe makes a generous number of bites, which is excellent for meal prepping. Having these wholesome snacks on hand is a great time-saving technique. We are all about efficient and healthy meal prep ideas.
Family Friendly: Everyone loves this Costco Aussie bites recipe. Even though it carries the ‘healthy snack’ label, it tastes like a yummy treat. It is also gluten-free and peanut-free, making it safer and more accommodating for kids and special diets.
Rolled Oats: We recommend using rolled oats for these oven-baked bites to add structure.
Dried Fruit: In this recipe, we chose dates, dried cranberries, and dried apricots. They add a sweet chewiness. See below for more dried fruit options.
Unsweetened Coconut: Choosing unsweetened coconut allows you to avoid added sugar and enjoy the natural flavor. Use either coconut flakes or unsweetened shredded coconut.
Puffed Rice Cereal: The store-bought version of Aussie Bites lists quinoa on the label. However, it doesn’t specify whether it is cooked, puffed, or uncooked. We find it easy to use puffed rice instead. It is easy to find, and for many, it is a pantry staple. It also brings some added crunch.
Ground Flaxseed: These are flax seeds that are ground into a fine flax meal. It boasts a ton of fiber and omega-3 fatty acids.
Coconut Sugar: This is a natural granulated sweetener with a caramel taste.
Pepitas: Also known as pumpkin seeds, pepitas are a typical addition to healthy baked goods like these copycat Aussie bites or granola bars.
Fine Sea Salt: A pinch of salt is essential to bring out the flavors of the ingredients.
Baking Soda: This is used as a leavening agent to help the bites rise and add firmness.
Melted Butter: Butter adds flavor and moisture. It adds a rich, toasty taste and keeps the bites from being crumbly.
Brown Rice Syrup: Brown rice syrup is thick and sticky and works well to hold these bites together. It also adds a lot of sweet, chewy texture.
Vanilla Extract: Vanilla adds that classic warm flavor we all love. It makes this homemade Aussie bite a warm oatmeal cookie experience.
Food Processor: A food processor is a worthwhile investment for making healthy snacks in a snap. They chop and pulse ingredients together with ease.
Small Cookie Scoop: A scoop is another essential kitchen tool for precise measuring and portioning.
Mini Muffin Pan: A 24-well mini muffin pan is perfect for bite-sized treats like these copycat Aussie bites.
Start by preheating the oven to 350°F. Next, grease a 24-well mini muffin pan. Use butter or a non-stick spray.
Add 1 cup of the rolled oats to a food processor. Process on high until the flour turns into a fine oat flour, which takes approximately 3 minutes.
Add the rest of the dry ingredients – the remaining oats, dried fruit, sugar, shredded coconut, puffed rice cereal, ground flax, pumpkin seeds, salt, and baking soda – to the food processor with the oat flour. Process until the fruit and seeds have broken down into small pieces.
Add in the wet ingredients – melted butter, brown rice syrup, and vanilla extract. Pulse until everything is combined. This only takes 4-5 pulses.
Portion the oat mixture into the prepared pan using a tablespoon-sized cookie scoop. There should be the exact amount to fill all 24 wells. Press firmly down on the oat mixture in the wells. This will ensure they are compact and won’t crumble after baking.
Pop the muffin tin into the oven and bake for 10-12 minutes. Check after 10 minutes for the tops to start to turn golden brown.
Remove the pan from the oven and let the bites cool in the pan. This takes 10-15 minutes. Once cooled, pop the bites out of the wells.
Easily convert this recipe to a vegan one by substituting the melted butter. The Costco Aussie Bites lists canola oil. You could also use coconut oil instead. If you don’t want a strong coconut flavor, use refined coconut oil for a more neutral taste.
If you have difficulty finding brown rice syrup, agave nectar, honey, and maple syrup are good swaps.
Use any combination of dried fruit you like! More options include raisins, dried currants, cherries, and blueberries.
Swap out the pumpkin seeds for sunflower seeds or chia seeds.
Press the mixture into a rimmed baking sheet and make bars instead of bites.
Add a chocolate twist by stirring in a handful of mini chocolate chips.
Want more crunch? Incorporate your favorite roasted nuts to amp up the crunch factor. We love toasted pecans and almonds.
Warm up the flavor with a few pinches of spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, or ginger.
Boost the energy up a notch by sprinkling in a few scoops of your favorite protein powder.
Are you looking for a no-bake option? Try these chewy no bake granola bars.
To Store: Keep these bites at room temperature in a cool, dry place in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks or in the fridge for up to 3 weeks
To Freeze: Place them in a freezer-safe airtight container or an airtight freezer-safe zip-top bag and freeze for up to 2 months. Thaw them out on a counter at room temperature or in the fridge.
These homemade Aussie Bites are so lunch box friendly and are perfect for packing with you for school or work. They are a healthy boost of energy for that afternoon slump.
Create a delicious parfait by layering yogurt and fresh berries and incorporating cut-up Aussie bite for a sweet crunch instead of granola.
These wholesome treats blend in perfectly on either a dessert platter or cheese board for entertaining. We love them as an addition to this fruit charcuterie board.
Are Aussie Bites Actually Healthy?
Aussie bites are packed with wholesome ingredients. They are a fantastic source of fiber, healthy fats, complex carbs, and other micronutrients. Each bite is under 100 calories. With any kind of snack, portion control and moderation are key, especially if weight loss is your goal.
Why Are They Called Aussie Bites?
This product originated in Australia, where the nickname “Aussie” is common. The snack gained popularity in Canada and the United States, being sold at Costco and Sam’s Clubs for being a wholesome and satisfying snack offering quality organic ingredients.
Are Aussie Bites Gluten Free?
An Aussie bite is a gluten-free snack; however, it is oat-based. Sometimes, oats can be cross-contaminated with gluten where they are processed, so if gluten allergies or celiac disease is a concern, look for a label that reads “certified gluten-free” to be safe.
Are you looking for more delicious yet wholesome snack ideas with hearty oats? We love the simplicity of this 3 ingredient oatmeal cookie recipe as an afternoon boost.
Try a yummy parfait or just a handful of peanut butter granola. Both recipes are super easy to make and are always popular snack choices.
Enjoy whipping up this tasty Aussie bites recipe! Save yourself from the Costco line and make your own homemade version.
Aussie Bites – Copycat Recipe
- 1 Food Processor
- 1 Small Cookie Scoop
- 1 Mini Muffin Tin
- 1-¾ Cups rolled oats
- ¾ Cup dried fruit ¼ Cup each – dates, dried cranberries, and dried apricots
- ¼ Cup coconut sugar
- ¼ Cup unsweetened coconut use flaked or shredded unsweetened coconut
- ¼ Cup puffed rice cereal
- ¼ Cup ground flaxseed
- ¼ Cup pepitas
- ¼ Teaspoon fine sea salt
- ¼ Teaspoon baking soda
- ⅓ Cup melted butter
- ¼ Cup brown rice syrup
- 1 Teaspoon vanilla extract
- Start by preheating the oven to 350°F. Next, grease a 24-well mini muffin pan. Use butter or a non-stick spray.
- Add 1 cup of the rolled oats to a food processor. Process on high until the flour turns into a fine oat flour, which takes approximately 3 minutes.
- Add the rest of the dry ingredients – the remaining oats, dried fruit, sugar, shredded coconut, puffed rice cereal, ground flax, pumpkin seeds, salt, and baking soda – to the food processor with the oat flour. Process until the fruit and seeds have broken down into small pieces.
- Add in the wet ingredients – melted butter, brown rice syrup, and vanilla extract. Pulse until everything is combined. This only takes 4-5 pulses.
- Portion the oat mixture into the prepared pan using a tablespoon-sized cookie scoop. There should be the exact amount to fill all 24 wells. Press firmly down on the oat mixture in the wells. This will ensure they are compact and won’t crumble after baking.
- Pop the muffin tin into the oven and bake for 10-12 minutes. Check after 10 minutes for the tops to start to turn golden brown.
- Remove the pan from the oven and let the bites cool in the pan. This takes 10-15 minutes. Once cooled, pop the bites out of the wells.
*Nutritional information is a calculated guesstimate. Please note that this can change with different brands and modifications you may make to the recipe. For the most accurate information, use a nutritional calculator with the exact brands and measurements you’re using with each recipe.
Sharon Rhodes is the creative force behind the food blog The Honour System. With a passion for all things homemade, Sharon is a seasoned recipe curator, on a mission to make healthier cooking and baking accessible to all. Her recipes have been featured on Buzzfeed, MSN, MyFitnessPal, Shape and more.