Aussie Bites: Your Recipe, My Kitchen

Costco Aussie Bites copycat recipes: these are like little balls of oatmeal cookie with seeds, nuts and fruit.

Because I am not on my laptop, I don’t have the regular title photo to add to the weekly Your Recipe, My Kitchen.  That has not stopped me, though, from making a wonderful new-to-me recipe: Aussie Bites, from The Bad Girl’s Kitchen.  These little mini muffins are a homemade version of a treat that Costco used to sell years ago. (if they still sell them, they don’t sell them in Arizona!).  They are filled with coconut, dried fruit and sunflower seeds.

Costco Aussie Bites copycat recipes: these are like little balls of oatmeal cookie with seeds, nuts and fruit.
For the little photo with the blue background (above), I substituted spelt and dark rye flours for the all-purpose flour.  Other than making the muffins browner and more fiber-y, I don’t think there was any flavor change.  Rye flour tastes much like wheat flour.  Rye bread, however, with all of those strong tasting caraway seeds, is a different kettle of fish.  Please don’t discount all rye products if you hate rye bread. That recipe is the first one down below.
Costco Aussie Bites copycat recipes: these are like little balls of oatmeal cookie with seeds, nuts and fruit.
I also used agave instead of sugar, cutting the amount down a bit, too.  For the dried fruit, I used cherries.  I used coconut oil in place of the butter.  For all of the other brown background photos, I made the bites gluten free.  The original package ingredients on Costco’s Aussie Bites is gluten free, but the product is made in a facility that handles wheat, so they are not officially gluten free.  I should have pressed the batter down in the mini muffin tin and they’d have looked more like the actual Aussie Bites.

Costco Aussie Bites copycat recipes: these are like little balls of oatmeal cookie with seeds, nuts and fruit.

(adapted from the Bad Girls Kitchen )(and then adapted again)

4.0 from 2 reviews
Aussie Bites: Your Recipe, My Kitchen
Serves: 48 mini muffins
  • 2 cups instant oats
  • 1 cup spelt flour
  • 1 cup dark rye flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ + ⅓ cup agave nectar
  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • ½ cup applesauce
  • 3 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1 cup flaked coconut
  • ½ cup sunflower kernels
  • 1 cup chopped dried cherries
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 Tbsp warm water
  1. Combine the agave, oil, applesauce and eggs in a large bowl.
  2. Mix in the oats, flours and salt.
  3. Combine the baking soda and warm water and add.
  4. Fold in the coconut, sunflower kernels and cherries.
  5. Spoon into greased mini muffin pans.
  6. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 10 minutes.
  7. Let cool for 2-3 minutes in the pan and then dump out onto a wire rack or counter to cool.

4.0 from 2 reviews
Gluten Free Aussie Bites
  • 2 cups gluten free oatmeal
  • 1 cup chestnut flour
  • ⅔ cup tapioca flour
  • ⅓ arrowroot powder
  • 1½ tsp xanthan gum
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ⅔ cup agave nectar
  • ½ cup coconut oil, warmed to liquid state
  • ½ cup unsweetened applesauce (I actually used unsweetened apple butter)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut shreds
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts
  • ½ cup chopped prunes
  1. Whisk the dry ingredients.
  2. Combine the agave, oil, applesauce, vanilla and eggs.
  3. Add egg mixture to the oat mixture.
  4. Stir in the coconut, walnuts and prunes.
  5. Scoop into greased mini muffin tins (this made 6 dozen mini muffins, and I only have three pans, so I filled them twice)
  6. Bake 350 degrees for 10 minutes.



10 thoughts on “Aussie Bites: Your Recipe, My Kitchen

    1. Hi Ed, thanks for your comment. This recipe was an adaptation of another blogger’s homemade interpretation of Aussie bites. At the time, I could not find Aussie bites in my local Costco, had not ever tried the real thing and was not living gluten free. Now that you have told me they are a gluten free treat, I may have to revisit this recipe and see if I can make it gf and a more accurate copy. I appreciate your enlightening me!

      1. I’m going to modify that. They do not contain products that normally have gluten in them, but are stored in a facility that has wheat, and if oat flour is ground in the same machines that grind wheat, it cannot be guaranteed to be gluten free. So the Costco product can not be guaranteed to be gluten free. Bob’s red mill sells a guaranteed and tested gluten free oat flower, so the ingredients can be gluten free.

        From the Costco Label:

        Rolled Oats, oat flour, unsalted butter, non-hydrogenated canola oil, sugar, honey, raisins, dried apricots, sunflower kernels, flax seeds, shredded coconut, baking soda, salt.

        Allergy Information: This product contains milk and coconut,. also stored in a facility that contains wheat, soy, eggs, milk, coconut, peanuts, and tree nuts.


  1. Thanks for your interpretation of Aussie Bites! People really like them.
    The Costco ones were definitely the inspiration, but even they change their own recipe now and again. I’ve had all kinds of people tell me all kinds of things that either are or aren’t “supposed to be in them!” lol. I don’t believe “gluten free” was as big of an issue back in 2008 either, when I created this recipe, or maybe just not in my teeny tiny town. I love to see all these variations! Thanks again.
    The Bad Girl’s Kitchen

  2. I’m completely addicted to Ausiebites and can’t live without one with my coffee every morning. The Costco in Denver has always had these in stock, except a couple weeks ago, so I panicked. It never occurred to me to try these on my own untill I saw this recipe. It has been a huge success. Let me share what I substituted: 3 tablspoon moistened, finely ground chia seeds in place of three eggs eggs. Almond flour in place of spelt/rye flour. Black strap molasses with the agave nectar. I also added a couple tablespoons of pb2 (powdered peanut butter) , a couple tablespoons of cocoa, and cinnamon and nutmeg to taste. I actually like these better than the original version , thanks again!!

  3. thanks for your recipes. They do have them in the Costco in Phoenix now. They contain chia seeds, as well as flax seeds.

  4. What is spelt (or however it is spelled) flour? Can you just substitute regular unbleached flour for the spelt and rye flour? What can you substitute for the agave? Read where molasses is much better for you (the agave goes through an extensive filteration or pressing process).

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