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!