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Chef Jonathan’s Super Healthy Energy Bars

Culinary Capers is committed to involvement in many community outreach and fundraising initiatives.   One particular non-profit group our Chef de Cuisine Jonathan Chovancek volunteers with in Vancouver is called Growing Chefs!  Growing Chefs! runs a classroom gardening program in elementary schools to get kids excited about growing, cooking and eating fresh, healthy food.  Chef volunteers like Jonathan are paired with classrooms (grades 1-3) to give students hands-on gardening and cooking experience.

Here’s a recipe with kids in mind – or for the kid in you!  It’s from Chef Jonathan’s visit to Taylor Elementary School’s grade 3-4 class on the recent CBC series Village on a Diet.  He was teaching the class about snack treats that were healthy and also delicious.

Healthy Awesome Energy Bars
makes 8-10 bars

½ cup dried apricots
½ cup dates
½ cup prunes
¼ cup cooked quinoa
¼ cup wheat germ
¼ cup orange juice
¼ cup raw pumpkin seeds
¼ cup raw sunflower seeds
¼ cup sesame seeds
1 tsp maple syrup
Zest of 1 orange
Pinch sea salt

Preheat oven to 300° F.  Line an 8 x 8 inch square pan with foil.

Place apricots, dates and prunes in a food processor; pulse a few times until coarsely chopped.

Add orange juice and salt; pulse until mixture starts to stick together.

Add remaining ingredients, pulsing a few times just to incorporate.  Do not make a purée!

Bake for 15-20 minutes.  Remove from the oven and cool completely.

Remove from pan and cut into 8-10 bars.

Wrap in plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator.

Eat with a healthy smile!




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