Apricot Ginger Chia Chews + $50 Upaya Naturals Giveaway

Apricot Ginger Chia Chews #vibrantlifecleanse #vegan #snack

Cleanse day 5. Oh heck ya.

We’ve done a full day of liquids, ate more veggies than we ever thought possible, and resisted cravings left, right and sideways. Nicely done!

Make sure to check back over the weekend to view the meal plan for week two of our cleanse.

Cravings got you down? You’re not alone. Just yesterday I wanted to sink my teeth into a juicy burger with bacon… and cheese… and a fried egg.

I haven’t had a bacon and cheese burger for like, 10 years? But that’s all I wanted yesterday. Instead of getting angry and frustrated, I sat with the craving for a long while, asking myself why it was popping up. When I was able to tap into my intuition it was easy to see that my body was just craving more protein. I prepared a huge plate of sauteed kale with hemp seeds and the craving went away in a matter of minutes.

Here are some tricks I’ve been using to help beat my cravings:

  • Go for a walk. I know I have a tendency to snack after lunch so that’s when I take the dogs for a nice 15 minute walk. By the time I get back I no longer want that nibble of something sweet.
  • Remind yourself why you’re doing this. I’m cleansing because I want my insides to feel good. I want to feel radiant. So, when I’m tempted by something that’s not on my cleanse program, I just remind myself why what I’m doing is important to me and that’s usually enough to set me straight. I’ve found that if you have a purpose and are emotionally connected to something, anything’s possible.
  • Drink lemon water. 1000mL of water mixed with some fresh lemon juice always does the trick when I’m feeling a bit peckish.
  • Make a healthy treat. These chews are great as a little snack to hold you over until dinner, to satisfy your sweet tooth and give you a bit more energy to your day. Portion them out into snack bags and when you’re done the bag, you’re done snacking.
  • Check yourself. Ask yourself, ‘Am I really hungry, or am I reaching for XYZ for emotional satisfaction? Why do I constantly crave this? How does it make me feel? What other things (non-food related) make me feel this same way?

Do you have ways to combat cravings that I didn’t list? Please share by leaving a comment!

Apricot Ginger Chia Chews #vibrantlifecleanse #vegan #snack

This snack was inspired by Navitas Naturals Power Snacks. I’d picked up a bag when I went to visit Ange last month and fell in love with the little bite-sizes morsels of superfood goodness. Of course as luck would have it, I haven’t been able to find them at home so I just decided to make my own!

I would show you a picture of the actual power snack… but I gobbled up the bag in a week flat.

Apricot Ginger Chia Chews #vibrantlifecleanse #vegan #snack

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Apricot Ginger Chia Chews
Recipe type: Vegan, Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Sugar-free, Yeast-free, Corn-free, Grain-free
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 8
Jacked-up homemade dried fruit and nut squares with superfood power and loads of chia seeds. Made bite-sized to enjoy on the go.
  • 3 tablespoons chia seed
  • Juice from ½ lemon (approximately 3 tablespoons)
Nuts and seeds:
  • ½ cup raw walnuts
  • 3 tablespoons raw, hulled sunflower seeds
  • 2 tablespoons hemp hearts
Dried fruit mix:
  • 200 grams pitted medjool dates (approximately 13)
  • 100 grams dried apricots (approximately 20)
  • 3 tablespoons lucuma powder
  • 1 tablespoon maca powder
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • Pinch sea salt
  1. Combine chia seed and lemon juice in a small bowl. Stir to combine and leave to sit for 5 minutes.
  2. Add nuts and seed ingredients to the bowl of your food processor and pulse until broken down. Remove mixture from your processor and place in a large bowl. Set aside.
  3. Place dried fruit mix along with soaked chia (it will be a hard mass at this point, just scoop out with a spoon) in the bowl of your processor and process until smooth, about 3 minutes. It will form into a ball. This is good.
  4. Once smooth, add the nut mixture to dried fruit mixture and process just until combined.
  5. Line an 8x8 pan with parchment paper draping over both sides for easy lifting and drop the mixture into the prepared pan. Press and smooth out with a spatula.
  6. Fridge version: Place pan in the fridge for a couple of hours to harden. Remove, cut into cubes and store in the fridge or freezer until ready to consume.
  7. Dehydrator version: Place pan in the fridge for a couple of hours to harden. Remove, cut into cubes and place in your dehydrator. Dehydrate at 105F for 4 hours.

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You could be really creative with this recipe, too. There are so many potential flavor combinations to be had. I chose to go with ginger because well, it’s cleanse supporting and it goes fabulously with apricots. (I’m not sure what I was thinking when I bought a huge Costco-sized bag of dried apricots last week).

Adding the lemon juice to the chia will help to soften it up a bit. Make sure that you don’t skip this step.

You want the nuts and seeds to be broken down, but still have a bit of texture.

I’m slowly starting to measure the ingredients for the recipes here on the blog starting with dried fruit! I was amazed at how many large, juicy dates I needed to get up to 200 grams.

Process the dried fruit until it forms a large ball like this one:

Add the nuts and seeds and process a bit more.

Then press into the prepared pan and place in the fridge or freezer to harden up. They’ll be much easier to cut like this, believe me.

If you have a dehydrator, it’s great to dehydrate the cubes for a bit just so that they’re a bit more portable and don’t stick together as much.

And there you have it, a cleanse-worthy snack that tastes good and will make you feel fantastic!

$50 Upaya Naturals Giveaway

Whether you’re on the cleanse or on a mission to eat well, share images of your healthy eats and recipes on Pinterest, Instagram or Twitter and tag them with the hashtag, #twoweekcleanse and you’ll be entered to win a $50 gift card to Upaya Naturals!

A winner will be selected on Monday November 19th.

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  1. The snack recipe looks delicious–I love ginger! To deal with cravings, I have a piece of fruit if I want sweet or munch on some crudités if I want a savory crunch. I also will sometimes have a lemon/lime water sweetened with a touch of stevia. Because sometimes I’m really just thirsty, nut plain water doesn’t sound appealing when you “think” you’re hungry. :)

  2. These look great! Thought I’d check the list of ingredients to see if I can make them. Aiyiyiyiyi… Just when I thought I was collecting about all the ingredients a person needed to cook/bake vegan gluten-free, up pops lucuma powder (out of stock, btw on Amazon) and maca powder. Sigh… I can’t keep up. Am I really going to need these to use in a lot of things? Or can I make them without it? I know that will cut down on the nutrition… but I’m still having trouble finding the coconut nectar to make your Linzer cookie recipe.

    • I am certain this recipe works without the maca or lucuma- just leave out. And instead of coconut nectar you can sub agave

  3. It’s totally interesting to sit and think about your cravings and needs instead of animalistically (did I make that word up? It worked, so…) reacting to them. Sometimes I’ll have an urge to eat certain foods like you described, but by patiently thinking about it you can find more meaning. One summer I worked in a kitchen and the entire summer all I wanted was peanut butter. My friend who worked there as well said she was experiencing the same thing. We figured it was because it was fast paced, hard work with hours on our feet so it was probably our bodies saying we needed more protein and fat.

  4. I have all of these ingredients and I so want some snacks to bring to school. These are definitely being made today while I stay inside hiding from all the snow.
    I wish I went on some of those sites, a $50 gift card would be so lovely. I would probably take a picture of my current obsession apple frittatas: my paleo/whole30 replacement for pancakes.

    • Wow, those frittatas sound pretty amazing… would love to see them! Hope you enjoyed making the bites today :)

  5. OK… these are like the yummiest looking chewy bites ever. You can’t even begin to imagine how badly I want one in my mouth NOW. I can almost taste them… I think I’ll whip up a batch tonight, when I get home from work. I have everything I need except for the lucuma powder. Guess I will have to do without!

    Kudos to you for sticking with the cleanse program. I know my body would probably benefit from doing that too, but I can’t work up the courage… I think I would go insane in a matter of hours!

    • It’s so funny you say that because I was totally thinking of you while I made them! I could have sworn you made something similar a couple of months ago but couldn’t find it on your blog… how’d they go?

      • Wow… they so had my name on ‘em! So that’s why I was immediately drawn to them…

        Believe it or not, they’re still in the fridge. I haven’t had time for a photo shoot today, so I have to wait until tomorrow. It’s just killing me. I so can’t wait to taste one. Oh, and I didn’t have enough apricots after all, I ended up using figs instead. My god do they look good. I have to stop thinking about them, else I’ll run to the fridge and cut out a square right now.

        Guess what I’m having for breakfast tomorrow? ;)

        Oh, and you were probably looking for my little energy bombs It the only thing I could think of that is remotely close to this!

        • YES! That’s what I was looking for. Fail on me, I’ve even made that recipe before! So… how’d you like the chews? Figs are ridiculously amazing. They had a bunch at Costco yesterday so I grabbed 2 packages!

          • OMG! LOVE the chews! These things are amazing. Good thing I didn’t have enough apricots too! Love the little seeds in ‘em. And I get the feeling that they’re even better when they’re frozen. I’ll definitely have to give that a try. Thanks so much for this inspiration. I think when you see my post, you’ll find that you inspired much more than the recipe! :)

            Oh, and I totally hear you about the figs at Costco. Huge bag for a handful of dollars. They also had dates at my Costco when I went yesterday. 2 kilos for like $5.39, or something like that. A steal, I tell you!

  6. These apricot bites look delicious. I love dried apricots and dates. One thing I do when a craving hits before bedtime is go brush and floss my teeth. By the time I finish, the craving is usually gone and I don’t want to ruin my clean teeth. ;)

    • That’s an awesome strategy, Kim! I’m a late-night mindless snacker so I’ll definitely be trying this.

  7. I love this recipe to curb my cravings. I love that it’s easy, I have almost all the ingredients all the time, and it’s good for you :) Sugar like cravings are what I get the most so this hits the spot.

  8. These look so good I so badly want to make this but I haven’t heard of 3 of the ingredients, I guess I’ll have to find out what they are!

    As for your giveaway: do gluten-free vegan mint chocolate girl guide cookies count as a healthy eat?

    • Hey Cassandra – I’m guessing the ingredients you aren’t familiar with are lucuma and maca? If so, you can leave them out without it affecting too much of the flavor.

      For sure, add the tag to the image and I’ll check it out!

      • Oh yay! I was planning on leaving them out, too – I didn’t care for maca the last time I tried it, though I maybe didn’t really totally completely give it a fair shot. I have the rest of the ingredients, though, so I’m going to give them a go this week. Thank you!!

  9. I have been trying to incorporate the reasons why I am choosing foods and what my goals are, it is working well. I having been enjoying the natural sweetness of fruit too when I need a little sweetness in my life. Thanks for focusing on cravings for todays post!

  10. Those look delicious! I love making energy bites for on the go. I never thought about cooking them though. This is a must try now! I would adore that gift card for the christmas season.
    My recipe that isn’t exactly on a cleanse diet would be my acorn squash. Here’s my pin of it. http://pinterest.com/pin/191051209163871409/

  11. I was just racking my brain for a new mid day snack that would curb my craving for sweets. Dang Halloween! Thanks, as soon as I figure out what hemp hearts and lucuma are I will make these. I have hemp seed, can I sub that?

  12. Wow! Those look heavenly!

    Quick question about Chia Seeds: I recently ran into milled/ground chia seeds. How are these different from the whole Chia seeds we’ve been using?

    • Hi Krystle – they’re just ground chia seeds so pretty much the same but they get really, really gel-like. Best to use them in place of eggs in recipes (called a chia egg) or in smoothies, etc. If you use it in a recipe like this, you’ll have a large mass in your processor that wont budge. I burnt out a processor with ground chia once! Ugh.

  13. I made these yesterday. They are so good! I couldn’t find lucuma powder at my nearest health food store, but another website said to replace it with brown sugar. However, I thought these would be sweet enough, so I left it out. My husband (who is suspicious of anything gluten-free and/or vegan) even asked for seconds. Soaking the dates also helped with processing them. I didn’t break my blade with the dates or apricots this time!

  14. I’m delighted with these, Leanne!!! Thank you!!
    • I swapped out the chia for flax because I forgot that my chia was at work
    • I let the flax sit in the lemon juice for about 30 minutes or so – it seems to absorb slower than chia
    • I soaked the dried fruit, nuts and seeds (separately) in hot water for about 30 minutes then drained and rinsed them before processing
    • I blended the nuts and seeds up more finely because of my kids’ preferences
    • I used minced ginger instead of fresh because it’s what I had
    • I omitted the Lucuma and Maca powders because 1.) I don’t like Maca and 2.) I didn’t have Lucuma
    • I left the pan uncovered in the fridge for about 24 hours before I dehydrated them in the oven at about 175-190 (my oven doesn’t register below 200) for about 3-3.5 hours then let them cool uncovered in the fridge overnight

    I tested them out on my co-workers and a couple of them were also raving fans! Next time I make them (because I know you are onto something great here), I think I’ll use unsulphured apricots, add some dried cherries, switch from walnuts to cashews and make sure I have some chia at home. Which reminds me, I used up the last of my hemp seed making these – need more!!

    • Wow, great additions and adjustments, Michelle! I’m glad that your co-workers enjoyed them. Can’t wait to hear about what other flavor combos you try :)

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