Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola Bites


This past Saturday was my birthday and Joel had a surprise up his sleeve for me.  He told me to pack an overnight bag, took me to lunch at a restaurant close to our house, and gave me 3 envelopes that would tell me where we were going, what we were doing on Saturday, and what we were doing on Sunday.  Envelope #1 was hotel reservations, which told me we were going to Toronto.  Envelope #2 had a piece of paper and another, smaller envelope.  Upon closer inspection, I saw that it contained the confirmation sheet for dinner reservations, along with tickets of some sort.  On Saturday night, we had a fabulous dinner at Mercatto, followed by a trip to Massey Hall to see Lowest of the Low!  What an awesome evening!  On Sunday morning, we grabbed a quick breakfast and headed up to the CN Tower.  It was such a clear, beautiful day that we were able to see all the way across the lake.  I even walked across the glass floor, though it took me quite a bit of time to gather up enough courage!  The trip ended with a stop (my first) at Ikea on the way back home, where we bought a pretty (and very cheap) duvet cover for our bed.  The only down-side to this whole trip was that the hotel bed was uncomfortable, plus we never sleep well when we are not at home, so needless to say, we were both exhausted when we got home.  However, it was Mother's Day, so our day was far from over!  We did a quick load of laundry and stopped by my mom's to see her for a little bit.  We are taking her out for dinner tomorrow, so after about an hour, Joel started getting crabby and we came home to rest before going out for dinner with his parents.  While he laid down for a bit, I decided to make this granola, which I found on What's Cookin, Chicago?, which she adapted from How Sweet It Is.  Good stuff, I tell you!  How can you go wrong with chocolate and peanut butter?!  I did make a few slight changes, based on what kind of nuts I had on hand in the freezer, so my version is below.  I can't wait to have this tomorrow morning for breakfast!

2 cups Dry Rolled Oats
1/4 teaspoon Salt
1/2 cup Chopped Hazelnuts
1/2 cup Slivered Almonds
1 tablespoon Cocoa Powder
1/2 cup Dark Chocolate Chips
1/2 cup Creamy Peanut Butter
1/4 cup Honey
1 teaspoon Brown Sugar

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.  Using your hands, roll into bite sized pieces and place on parchment/foil lined sheet.  Bake at 325 degrees for 25 minutes.  Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely.