Vegan Aussie Bites

Vegan Aussie Bites

Vegan Aussie Bites
Have you heard of Aussie Bites? They’re sort of a cross between a mini muffin and a cookie. With a serious dose of granola bar thrown into the mix. They’re a bit sweet, a tad salty, a little crunchy, and oh-so very delicious. They boast a nice, healthy dose of Omega-3s and fiber, and they also make an incredible grab-and-go breakfast or snack. Basically, they rock.

I’ve only ever seen them on the shelves at Costco, but after becoming a bit addicted to the store-bought version, I set out to make my own. I checked the list of ingredients: Rolled oats. Butter. Flaxseeds. Coconut. Dried apricots. Raisins, honey, sunflower seeds… I could do this.

I wanted my version to be as healthy as possible, so I swapped the butter for coconut oil. And to keep them vegan, I opted for maple syrup instead of honey.

Vegan Aussie Bites
It took a handful of tries to get these right, but the recipe I settled upon has been a hit among my official taste panel (that would be, um, my toddler, my husband, my sister, my friend, and myself).

Vegan Aussie Bites
These homemade vegan Aussie bites taste a lot like the original, though texture-wise, they’re less like muffins and more like granola bars in mini-muffin form. The store-bought version is more cakey and buttery. This homemade version is crunchier, heartier, and more densely packed with seeds and dried fruit.

Vegan Aussie Bites
My taste-testers unanimously stated that they prefer the homemade vegan version over store-bought. Well, the two-year-old munched a bit on hers and then murmured something about Red Car and Mater (her latest obsession is watching Disney’s “Cars mooobie!”); but I’m pretty sure that was code for “I find these vegan Aussie bites to be particularly delectable. Well done!” That’s not too much of a stretch, is it?!

This recipe results in about four dozen Aussie bites, so if that’s a bit much at one time, just freeze the extras. Seal them in a zipper bag, put ’em in the freezer, and then pull a couple out and set them on the counter while you’re starting your morning coffee. They’ll be pretty well thawed and ready to go after just a few minutes.

This post was originally published on January 23, 2014.

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Vegan Aussie Bites

Prep Time

10 minutes

Cook Time

12 minutes

Total Time

22 minutes




  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 cups oat flour*
  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup unsalted roasted sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/3 cup flaxseed meal
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup dried apricots


  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Spray the cups of a mini-muffin pan with non-stick spray or rub with a little coconut oil**.
  2. Heat the coconut oil and maple syrup in a small saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until coconut oil has melted. Set aside.
  3. To the bowl of an 8-cup or larger food processor, add oat flour, oats, and sunflower seeds. Pulse a couple of times until the seeds and oats begin to break up. Add the coconut, flaxseed meal, baking powder, and salt. Pulse to mix.
  4. Add the raisins and dried apricots and pulse until the apricots are approximately the size of peas.
  5. Pour the melted coconut oil and maple syrup over the dry ingredients, then pulse just until combined. Transfer to a large bowl and stir well to make sure all ingredients are well-combined. If any of the apricots and raisins stick together in clumps, use your fingers to separate and distribute them throughout the mix.
  6. Scoop by the heaping tablespoonful into the cups of the mini muffin pan (I use a cookie scoop). With your fingers, press each gently but firmly to pack and flatten.
  7. Bake for about 12 minutes until set and edges are golden.
  8. Remove from oven, allowing to cool for about 10 minutes. Use a butter knife to help pop each bite out of its respective tin; carefully remove from tin and place on a wire rack until completely cool and set. They may be fragile until completely cooled.
  9. Keep at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 3-4 days, or freeze in a zipper bag.


* To make oat flour using rolled oats, just pulverize approximately 2 cups of oats in a food processor until it reaches the consistency of flour, and then measure 1 1/2 cups of the flour for the recipe.
** This recipe yields about 48, and I only have a 24-cup mini-muffin pan, so I bake in two separate batches with no issues.

I have also made this recipe using a 4-cup mini food processor instead of a large food processor. I just pulse the items that need chopping or pulverizing as I go, mixing ingredients together in one large bowl.


I am glad I found these – I haven’t had time to look for organic dried apricots so I have substituted from the beginning. I tried raisins and dates and it was missing the flavor so I have always used raisins or dates and then craisins as my flavor!. I also have substituted almond flour for the oat flour and they are great. I always use GF Oats as I am GF!

What a great recipe. I’m on a vegan cleanse right now for 21 days. The only thing I’m missing is my post dinner something sweet. This could be just the thing!
Thanks for your lovely blog.

I just made these this afternoon. Oh my, soooooo tasty! Going to see in the morning if these will actually get my teenage son to eat in the morning. I used paper liners for easy cleanup. I have this thing about cleaning up my mini muffin tin. It is always so difficult. Would they have turned out any different without them? I’m just wondering. Thank you for the awesome recipe!!

These are beyond!! I never post comments and I just had to say that these are great. Somewhere between a muffin and the texture of a cookie. Not too sweet, easy to make and great for on the go. I added some homemade nut butter on top and it was great. 2nd time I made these I added hemp seeds and it turned out well.

First thing I need to say that I love the Aussie Bites and I have lost weight and it regulate you to go to the restroom!! Since then people have came to me and ask me what am I doing and I told them I eat 5 to 6 Aussie bites a day! Every morning for Breakfast I eat oatmeal and I put raisins & 1 Aussie Bite! (Awesome) The problem that we are having is that in the ingredients it has wheat! I’m asking do you have the bites w/o wheat! Thank you for your time!
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