Kid-friendly foods: Make summer rolls, healthy bars

Looking for healthy school lunch and snack ideas? Reed Alexander, author of the new cookbook 'Kewl Bites,' is serving up Vietnamese summer rolls with pan-Asian dipping sauce, peanut butter-chocolate chip bars and kewl krunch bars.

Kewl krunch bars
Servings:

Makes 20 bars

Ingredients

    • 2 cups instant or quick-cooking oatmeal
    • 1 cup whole wheat flour
    • 3/4 cup raw sugar
    • 1/2 cup wheat germ
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
    • 1/2 cup honey
    • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
    • 1/4 cup canola oil
    • 2 large egg whites
    • 3/4 cup coarsely chopped dried cherries
    • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped dried apricots
    • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped almonds
    • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped walnuts

Preparation

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Peanut butter-chocolate chip bars
Servings:

Makes 16 bars

Ingredients

    • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
    • 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 1 teaspoon espresso powder
    • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
    • 1 cup raw sugar
    • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
    • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
    • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
    • 1 large egg
    • 1 large egg white
    • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
    • 1/2 cup peanut butter chips

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Vietnamese summer rolls with pan-Asian dipping sauce
Servings:

Makes 4 servings (8 rolls)

Ingredients

    • 8 individual rice paper wrappers
    • 3 carrots, peeled and cut into matchsticks
    • 1 avocado, thinly sliced
    • 1 English cucumber, peeled and cut into matchsticks
    • 24 medium shrimp, shelled, deveined, cooked,* and halved lengthwise
    • 1/2 cup cilantro leaves
    • 2 teaspoons sesame seeds
  • For the dipping sauce:

    • 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
    • 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
    • 1 1/2 tablespoons coarsely-chopped fresh lemongrass
    • 1 tablespoon coarsely-chopped peeled fresh ginger
    • 1 teaspoon coarsely-chopped garlic
    • 1 teaspoon canola oil

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