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Oakwood Elementary Student Wins Best Recipe

May 01, 2015 11:29AM ● By Bridget James
Ava Cowen holding a district calendar with her recipe in it. Also pictured is Holly Dim ond, Oakwood Elementary lunch secretary and September Hogan, Oakwood’s lunch lady.

On February 20, 22 fourth graders across the Granite School District competed for a place in the Future Chefs National Challenge. Beginning in December, 2014, 375 students submitted recipes for the contest. Of those 375, 25 finalists were chosen to continue on in the competition. 

Ava Cowen, a fourth grader at Oakwood Elementary, was one of the finalists chosen to continue on in hopes her recipe was not only a hit with the judges, but enjoyed by everyone.

This year’s competition theme was “healthy snacks,” where competitors created their own original recipe using healthy ingredients. They were then asked to present their original recipes to a panel of judges where their snacks were sampled. Ava’s recipe created fans immediately.

The recipe Ava created was:

Ava’s Pleasurable Pumpkin Granola

4 cups Nature’s Path Flax 
plus Pumpkin Granola
1 cup halved cashews
1 cup dried cranberries
¾ cup toasted pumpkin seeds

Mix all ingredients together for a healthy, after school snack!