Chocolate & Hazelnut Granola Bites

Chocolate and Hazelnut Granola Bites
From the kitchen of Chez Tse

Makes 30 bites

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup rolled oats (not instant)
  • 1/2 cup wheat germ
  • 1/4 cup raw, unsalted pumpkin seeds
  • 1/4 cup raw, unsalted sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup chopped raw, unsalted hazelnuts
  • 1.5 ounces 72% dark chocolate, chopped fine
  • 1/2 cup light colored honey, such as clover
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 6 tablespoons sesame seeds

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a medium bowl, toss together oats, wheat germ, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and hazelnuts.
  • Spread mixture on a baking sheet and toast in oven 15 minutes, tossing once.
  • While mixture is toasting, heat together honey, brown sugar and butter in a small saucepan until sugar and butter have melted.
  • Let cool 10 minutes.
  • In a medium bowl, mix together oat mixture and chocolate.
  • Add honey mixture and mix until well combined with a wooden spoon. Chocolate will melt slightly.
  • Place sesame seeds in a shallow dish and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Put on gloves and spray hands with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Pinch off a walnut-size ball of mixture and roll into a ball between palms.
  • Roll ball in sesame seeds and set on parchment.
  • Repeat with remaining mixture until you have about 30 bites.
  • Let stand at room temperature one hour until bites are set.

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