Cooking Camp

I recently held a Healthy Hands Cooking camp with two students.  Over the four days, we made several healthy recipes, had nutrition lessons and decorated aprons.  They were excited to be able to wear their decorated aprons after the first day.


Some of the recipes we made were homemade pizza, homemade granola bars, muffins, baked chicken strips and sweet potato fries, yogurt and fruit popsicles and ham and egg cups. One of their favorite things was adding seltzer water to Cranberry raspberry juice instead of drinking pop.  When one tasted it, he said “Now I can tell my dad we can have pop again, like this”.

One of the recipes we made was Chickpea Blondie Brownies.  Yes, beans in brownies.  We also have recipes for black bean brownies and chocolate zucchini cake.  The leftover blondies were a big hit at my office.  One lady didn’t know what was in them before she tried them.  She said she could tell there was something different but wasn’t sure what. She loves chickpeas and said she would have had more if she had known they were healthy.

Chickpea Blondie Brownies  (From Healthy Hands Cooking)

You will not convince your family that these are healthy, vegan, gluten-free, blondies! So good!!

Makes: 12-15 Blondies servings

Time: 30-45 Minutes

  • 1 15 Oz. Can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 Cup all natural almond butter (or sun butter or peanut butter)
  • 1/3 Cup honey or pure maple syrup or agave nectar
  • 2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Sea Salt
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 Egg, (if vegan, do not add the egg)
  • 1/3 Cup vegan (or regular) chocolate chips plus 2 tablespoons
  •   Sea salt, for sprinkling


Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray 8×8 inch pan with nonstick cooking spray.

In a food processor, add all ingredients except chocolate chips and process until batter is smooth.

Fold in 1/3 cup of chocolate chips.

Spread batter evenly in prepared pan then sprinkle 2 tablespoons of chocolate chips on top.

Bake for 20-25 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean and edges are a tiny bit brown.

Cool pan for 20 minutes on rack.

Sprinkle with small amount of sea salt then cut into squares.

Makes 12-15 blondies.

You can add nuts, dried fruit, or other types of chocolate. ENOY!!


Besides learning recipes, some of the other things they learned were:

Using fractions to use different sized measuring spoons and cups

How yeast works

How to use a roux to make sauces

In addition to the students enjoying what they made, their families including their younger siblings enjoyed having leftovers from each class. I feel it is important to teach kids how to cook and show them it doesn’t have to be difficult to make their own meals and to make healthier options of their favorite foods.