Thursday, March 17, 2011

Who Loves Aussie Bites?

Vander is kind of a picky eater and I try really hard to find nutritious snacks for him to munch on, one of his favorites is Aussie Bites. They have been described as granola muffins, made with whole wheat flour, rolled oats, flax seed, coconut and dried fruit. You can get them at Costco, but now that we live in Cedar City there is not a Costco down the street so our Aussie bite supply has run dry. However there is light at the end of the tunnel a quick google search recovered several recipes for Aussie bites- so I decided to make some. They turned out great, possibly better than the ones from Costco (because we got to eat them warm). Anyways here is the recipe and in true food blog style some photos. Enjoy.


Adapted from Costco

Makes 50 mini muffins


2 cups rolled oats

2 cups whole wheat pastry flour

2/3 cup brown sugar

1 1/4 cups shredded coconut

1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds

1/4 cup flaxseeds

1/4 cup toasted wheat germ

1 cup finely chopped dried fruit (apricots, raisins, dates, figs, cranberries, etc.)

1/4 cup honey

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons hot water

3 eggs, beaten


1. Preheat oven to 350F.

2. Stir dry ingredients together in a bowl.

3. Melt honey and butter together. Mix baking soda and salt with hot water and add to butter mixture. Stir in vanilla. Combine butter mixture with dry ingredients, add eggs, and mix well.

4. Use a tablespoon to drop the batter into lined or lightly-greased mini muffin tins. Flatten the tops. Bake for 10-12 minutes at 350F or until golden. Remove from oven and let cool in pan for 5 minutes; finish cooling on wire racks.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011


It has been awhile since we updated our blog. A lot has happened Christmas,a surprise visit, 2011, moved back to cedar city and spring fever. Here are some picture to catch you up

Temple Square at Christmas- we walked down around 5 and had to wait for the lights to come on by the time they came we were cold and ready to go home.
now on to the Allan family Christmas party Vander was not so sure about Santa but he warmed up after he got a present
On Christmas our family that is living Wisconsin surprised us with a unexpected visit everyone was so excited to see them!!

Vander got busted eating a fudge oreo
Bed head
Adventures in the back yard with Ayla

Vander learned to open the door only to find the screen door locked
And last but not least-- Vander DANCING!!