superfoodchia1Raw Vegan Gluten-Free Energy Snack

These might not be the prettiest recipe I’ve every made, but these have become one of my favorite and most versatile snacks.  Everyone who has tried them loves them.  They are essentially fruit roll-ups with chia seeds, but so, so much better for you!

Also very simple to make but you do need a dehydrator that has either the special trays to make crackers or teflex sheets.

Multiple choices for the fruit

The choices are endless for the dried fruit and berries you can use in these crisps.  I haven’t tried yet with fresh fruit but I am thinking of doing a batch with watermelon and mango.  Dried fruit is nutritious, but also has a lot of sugar and calories, so having the protein- and omega-rich chia seeds, helps slow down sugar absorption and keep your blood sugar even.  That’s why these are fantastic energy snacks – so portable!

Here are some fruit and berry options:

(Make sure to buy only those that are dried without sulfites.  For berries and applies, I recommend only organic)

Dried mangoes, apricots, figs, persimmons, apples, sour cherries, currants, raisins

Goldenberries (I love their tart flavor!), mulberries (high in resveratrol) dried blueberries, cranberries, schizandra or seabuckthorn berries (both of these are very high in antioxidants)

 Storage Solution

I store all of my dehydrated crackers, kale chips and treats in the freezer.  They DO NOT freeze!  They don’t even get very cold – you can eat them right from the freezer.  They DO stay very crisp and fresh.  If I am traveling or out for the day I take a baggie of the chia crisps.  Once they get to room temperature they soften and become more the texture of a fruit roll up but still very delicious.

Breakfast Option

Sometimes I spread some almond or cashew butter on one or two squares and roll them up for a delightful high energy breakfast roll.

Superfood Chia Crisps

Ingredients:
2 cups of a combination of dried fruit and berries (use 3-5 for variety)
4 cups whole chia seeds
3 tsp. cinnamon
4-6 cups filtered water

Directions:  Cut the fruit into bite-sized pieces using a kitchen shears.  Place all of the dried fruit pieces and berries in a large bowl and pour 2-3 cups of water and let sit for 30-60 minutes to soften.  Add cinnamon and stir well.  Pour in chia seeds and stir, adding the rest of the water.  The chia seeds will absorb the water and if the batter seems too dry and unmalleable, add some more water.  Place in food processor bowl with S blade and blend for a few minutes, adding more water if necessary.

Note:  You can bypass the food processor BUT the squares will be much thicker and not as sweet.  I have made them both ways but prefer the thinner, sweeter ones.

superfoodchiaprep

Spread over teflex sheets (you will need 3-5 trays) filling in any open areas and squaring off the edges with a spatula.  Dehydrate on 105 degrees for a couple of hours until dry enough to score with spatula.  You make 2 ‘cuts) lengthwise and 2 crosswise to make 9 squares per tray.  Continue drying until you can easily peel the squares off and turn them over onto the mesh trays.  Dry the other side until they are dry to touch.  About 4-6 hours total.  They will be soft and malleable but when you store in freezer they get crisp.

Fan us on Facebook for Daily Recipes for Life.

LindaJoy Rose (Academy Founder and Natural Wellness Expert)

LindaJoy Rose, PhD is a therapist, author, professional speaker, international trainer, and healthy living expert with over 25 years of experience. As the former Director of International Development for the American Board of Hypnotherapy, she is a pioneer in the field of subconscious dynamics and clinical hypnotherapy, implementing training and certification in many countries across Europe, Latin America and Asia.

Dr. LJ has appeared numerous times as the Healthy Living expert with the Tampa NBC affiliate and syndicated Daytime TV show, local media coverage, and over 100 videos on the super-information site, eHow.com.

She is the author of eight books, including Your Mind: The Owner’s Manual and Raw Fusion Living: Recipes for Health Eating, Natural Weight Loss and Anti-Aging, and contributes regularly to the popular worldwide news service, The Huffington Post.

With a grant from the Astra-Zeneca Foundation, Rose successfully launched a healthy lifestyle retraining program at one of the nation’s largest and most respected clinics. Having overcome a debilitating auto-immune disorder through lifestyle changes and self-care, she subsequently developed a practical and delicious eating philosophy and teaches popular classes with food demonstrations, world-wide.

In 2013, she launched the online and onsite Natural Wellness Academy with certifications in Holistic Health and Life Coaching and Clinical Hypnotherapy and with students and graduates in almost 20 countries.

The daughter of two Holocaust survivors, Dr. Rose is also a volunteer docent at the Florida Holocaust Museum and resides in Tampa, Florida with her husband and 4 furry companions.

"From training therapists internationally in the fields of psychology and hypnotherapy to being an online mentor for two West Coast Universities, to founding the Natural Wellness Academy, teaching has always been my passion, I enjoy nothing more than informing and inspiring prospective coaches and therapists."

View All Post

Leave A Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *