Energy bites aka healthized Aussie bites [GF]

We are Costco fiends! Ever tried their Aussie bites? A sinful dessert disguised as a healthy snack… But you didn’t fool us, M. Jelinek, ha! Ha! Ha! Here’s a really simple, edited version – more energy, less fat and (way) less  sugar.

10 min to prepare, 12 to bake – All done in less than half an hour.


  • 1.5c rolled oats
  • 2 TBSP sugar
  • 2 TBSP chia seeds
  • 1/4c ground flax
  • 1/4c sunflower seeds
  • pinch salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2c apple sauce
  • 2 TBSP each coconut oil + coconut butter (or just oil)
  • dash vanilla extract
  • 1/2c cooked quinoa (works well with millet, too)
  • 1/2c unsweetened, shredded coconut
  • 1/4c dried apricots, chopped
  • 1/4c raisins (Works well with any dried fruits blend, really – today I used cranberries and blueberries)

Simple directions:

  • pre-heat oven at 350F
  • process one cup of oats until pulverized
  • add to a large bowl with all the other ingredients
  • mix well – by hand is the best
  • roll 1 TBSP worth of small balls, or stick that amount of dough in a mini muffin pan (x24, they fit 1 TBSP exactly!)
  • Bake for 12 minutes
  • Let cool for a few minutes
  • Voila! About 26 pefectly sized little snacks, at 90 cal a pop.


How about my awesome Goodwill $2.99 serving plate – made of (ahem) a plate glued to a candle holder? I can’t get enough of it 🙂 I just need to keep making muffins… DARN!

One Comment

  1. Aunt Annie says:

    Your serving plate is quite elegant!

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