Aussie Bites

One of my sisters introduced me to a store bought version of Aussie Bites and they were WONDERFUL!!  I found a recipe online and have finally gotten around to making them (seriously, it’s been years since I had them) and they are SO good!!  Seriously worth the effort of gathering together all the good stuff!

2 cups oats

2 cups whole wheat flour (yes, seriously, no white flour)

2/3 c brown sugar

1 (3 1/2 oz ) can unsweetened coconut (I only had a bag of sweetened, so I just threw in a huge handful of that)

1/2 cup sunflower seeds

1 cup dried fruit (raisins, dates, figs, cranberries, etc) (I used chopped dates)

1/4 cup honey

1 cup unsalted butter (I used salted, it’s not that important to me)

1 tsp baking soda

2 Tbs hot water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine first 6 ingredients in a large bowl.

Melt honey and butter together in microwave; set aside.

Mix baking soda with hot water and add to butter mixture.

Pour butter mixture into dry ingredients and mix well (will be kind of dry and crumbly).

Place tablespoons of mixture into non-stick mini-muffin cups (no need to grease) and flatten mixture slightly.  Bake 10 min. or until golden.  Cool on wire racks.

Okay, and here’s the Amy-tweaks….I couldn’t find my mini-muffin pan (which I hate anyway, so no real loss there) so I decided to make “mookies”….what’s mookies, you ask?  Mookies are muffins that you make like cookies!  So I scooped up some dough, shaped it into a ball and flattened it slightly and put it on a large cookie sheet.  Worked GREAT and so much nicer than a mini-muffin pan (unless you’ve got mini elves who don’t mind cleaning all those mini holes!)  I also added a handful of mini-chocolate chips, to entice the children, but really they didn’t need them at all…these things are GOOD!!  Be careful you don’t eat to many at a time though, they are very filling!!

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