Best High Energy Snacks – Aussie Bites Copycat Recipe

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We’ve got a lot of growing bodies to feed in this house so we’re always on the hunt for the best high energy snacks.

Costco carries one of our favorites and we decided to see if we could make them ourselves.

I’m so excited to give you our recently perfected Aussie Bites copycat recipe.

Copycat Aussie bites stacked on a table.

Aussie Bites Copycat Recipe

If you’ve never tried Aussie Bites, they’re quite amazing. They are surprisingly sweet, buttery, and very satisfying. They are the ultimate pre- or post-workout snack; but my family loves snacking on them pretty much all the time.

You see, my 14 year old son is a bottomless pit, my daughter can’t seem to keep any weight on her, and Evan (my SO) has the highest metabolism I’ve ever witnessed.

These little snacks pack quite a nutritious punch so they’re perfect for school lunches and just grabbing throughout the day.

Two Aussie bites next to each other.

We can’t seem to get enough of them at Costco so we got to work in the kitchen coming up with Aussie Bites copycat recipe:

Aussie Bites Ingredients:

Here’s what you need to make this copycat recipe. The measurements are in the printable recipe card below.

  • Dried apricots
  • Golden raisins
  • Butter
  • Vanilla extract
  • Rolled oats
  • Oat flour
  • Quinoa
  • Chia seeds
  • Flax seeds
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Coconut sugar
  • Honey
  • Coconut flakes
  • Canola oil
  • Coconut oil
  • Baking soda
  • Sea salt
  • Sugar (optional) — this was an update because the original recipe wasn’t sweet enough for our taste

Instructions:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.

Precook the quinoa as per the instructions on the package.

Soften the dried fruits by heating in a pan. Place the butter, apricots, raisins, vanilla, and water in a pot and heat over medium until the butter is melted.

Dried fruit mixture in a sauce pan.

Add the mixture to a blender. I highly recommend the Blendtec blender if you can splurge for one!

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Blend on low for about 8 seconds or until the fruits are about the size of grains of rice.

Fruit mixture in a Blendtec blender.

Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl and stir until fully mixed.

Place tablespoon sized scoops into a silicone mini muffin pan. Press down to flatten them into the pan. This is important so they stick together while baking.

Bake for 10 minutes.

Let the bites cool for at least five minutes before removing from the pan.

Gently pop them out of your muffin pan.

Make sure they completely cool before storing them in a sealed container. Ours lasted about a month in a sealed, plastic container.

Aussie bites in a tupperware bowl.

If your family has a need for grab and go snacks, I highly suggest getting Aussie Bites at Costco or making this Aussie Bites recipe. Everyone loves them!

If you love homemade snacks and energy bites, here’s a list of several recipes for energy balls.

Yield: 24

Copycat Aussie Bites Recipe

Aussie Bites Copycat Recipe - the best high energy snacks!

If you love Costco's Aussie Bites, give this recipe a try. Packed with nutritious ingredients, this is the perfect high-energy snack for your family.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup dried apricots, chopped
  • 1/3 cup golden raisins, chopped
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 3/4 cup rolled oats
  • 2 cups oat flour
  • 1/3 cup quinoa (precooked)
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup flax seeds
  • 2 tbsp sunflower seeds
  • 2 tbsp coconut sugar
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp coconut flakes
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • pinch sea salt
  • 1/4 cup sugar (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Precook the quinoa.
  3. Combine the butter, apricots, raisins, vanilla, and water in a pot. Heat over medium until the butter is melted. (This softens and moistens the dried fruits so they're easier to blend.)
  4. Put this mixture into your Blendtec. If you don't have one, you should 😉
  5. Blend on low for about 8 seconds or until the dried fruits are about the size of grains of rice.
  6. In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients and stir until fully mixed. (UPDATE: we added an additional 1/4 cup of regular white sugar because these weren't quite sweet enough for our taste.)
  7. Put tablespoon size scoops into a silicone mini muffin pan. Flatten down the mixture into the muffin pan (important).
  8. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.
  9. Let cool for 5 minutes before removing.
  10. Cool completely before storing in a sealed container. (Ours lasted about a month in a sealed plastic container.)

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

24

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 188Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 159mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 2gSugar: 9gProtein: 3g

Nutrition facts are an estimate only.

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Holding an Aussie bite with more of them in the background.

Can you tell which one was made using the Aussie Bites copycat recipe?

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34 Comments

  1. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle says:

    Those look so good. These would be perfect for those days when I’m too rushed to make breakfast for me and the kids. Which is almost every day…

  2. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says:

    Those sound like an awesome breakfast. Awesome way to start the day 🙂

  3. Crissy Page says:

    Wow, looks SO nutritious and yummy!

  4. My hubby would love these and since they are healthy I would be happy to feed them to him!

  5. Jenna Wood says:

    I’ve never heard of Aussie bites but I am always game for any energy or high protein snacks! I bet the texture of these really helps fill you up and keep you fueled with all those energy packed ingredients backing them!

  6. Aimee Smith says:

    I have never tried Aussie Bites, these looks so good! Healthy is the best part!

  7. These look amazing! I love that they’re healthy too. I’m always looking for some great healthy snacks. I can’t wait to try them out.

  8. Ann Bacciaglia says:

    This looks like a must try recipe for me. They look so delicious and easy to make.

  9. gingermommyrants says:

    I can not tell the difference. I will have to get the ingredients i need to make these on the weekend. I love trying copy cat recipes.

  10. Sabrina @ Dinner, then Dessert says:

    That looks awesome!! Great job on the perfect copycat!

  11. These look yummy. I can’t even see the difference.

  12. OurFamilyWorld says:

    I never had this snack before. They look yummy and easy to make.

  13. Amy Desrosiers says:

    These are my kind of high energy snack! I love using wholesome ingredients and cant wait to try these.

  14. these sound absolutely amazing. I think the one on the right is the copycat since you can actually see the whole oats in it!

  15. Wow, I never tries Aussie Bites but these ones look delicious and full of energy!
    Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  16. I’ve never had Aussie bites, but it looks delicious. Great for an after school snack. Thanks for sharing on Merry Monday.

  17. Wendy McBride says:

    I will have to try these…….look good to provide energy!

    1. Hi Kim!

      Yes we did. 🙂

      1. Did you brown them in a skillet or cook them with water per package directions?

  18. Mine have turned out a bit crumbly. Maybe I need to bake them longer?

    1. Hi Val,
      Did you really smash them into the muffin tin or whatever mold you were using. I found it helpful to make sure they were really compressed before baking. Otherwise, I wouldn’t bake too long or they may dry out. You could add a bit more of the sticky ingredients and decrease the butter.

      I hope that helps! 🙂

  19. I had Aussie Bites from Costco a few weeks ago and almost cried when I found your copy cat recipe on Pinterest! I was SO happy! That’s how good they are! I’ve made this recipe twice – one following the recipe fully and once with half the butter it calls for and the other half applesauce as a substitute. Both ways came out great! Next time I’ll try using all applesauce and no butter.
    Thank you!

  20. Can this recipe be made as bar treats, using a rectangle or square sheet pan?

    1. Shelley VanWitzenburg says:

      Hi Mary,

      I don’t see why not, they just might crumble a little easier in that shape. Maybe add something sticky like applesauce or more honey to help hold them together?

  21. While I appreciate the recipe, it may actually be a little flawed in the directions. You must precook the quinoa and you must flatten down the mixture into the mini muffin sheet. Two very important things not shared. I came out with a crumbly expensive and time consuming mess! I hope you all are reading reviews!!

    1. I wish I had read your comment before I made these! The same happened to me.
      Good flavor, but just crumbs. Though, I still want to make them.

    2. I’m very sorry about this. I hate to hear you wasted expensive ingredients. I’ve update the instructions to precook the quinoa and flatten into the pan. Please know that I appreciate your comment and feedback, and again, apologies for your experience.

      1. Dear Jennifer.
        Thank you for the update! I’m going to try the recipe again & let you & others know how it goes.

  22. Tiffiny Nguyen says:

    Do you know macros for these? Any nutrition facts?

    1. This post needs to be updated and put into a recipe card! I will do that ASAP and that will calculate the macros. Apologies and thank you for bringing it to my attention. 🙂

  23. These are delightful! I actually like the flavor better than Costco. They do fall apart easily so i think i will add an egg or two next time i make it.
    These really are fabulous!
    Thanks so much for posting!

    1. So glad to hear that! Thanks for letting us know!

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