This superfood snack contains some of my favourite healthy ingredients.
Goji berries have been a part of Asian cuisine and medicine for along time but have in more recent times been adopted as a ‘superfood’. These tiny red berries are packed with nutrients including essential fatty acids, protein, fibre, vitamin C,and a bunch of minerals including iron and calcium. Goji berries can be eaten raw or soaked and blended into smoothies, made into tea, added to soups and other meals or in snacks like trail mix or the recipe below.
Goji berries should not be consumed if you are on diabetic or blood thinning medication.
Cacao is the other superfood ingredient. This is the raw form of chocolate. It is the bean of the tropical tree with all its goodness still inside. Cacao can be found crushed into a powder or as nibs. It’s useful for all things chocolate and is packed with antioxidants, minerals, vitamins and helps stimulate focus and enhances mood.
Chocolate Goji Balls
1 cup oats or quinoa flakes
½ cup Dates (chopped)
2 tsp cacao powder
3 tbs honey or agave syrup
½ cup goji berries (dried)
1/3 cup tahini (sesame paste)
¼ cup sunflower seeds
Soak the goji berries in some water for 30 minutes. (You can soak these overnight if you like)
Put cacao, oats and sunflower seeds in a bowl.
Put dates in a saucepan with 1/3 cup water and cook until softened and water has evaporated.
Add tahini and honey to dates and mix through. Add date mix to dry ingredients and mix well.
Drain the goji berries and add to the mixing bowl. Combine well.
Take teaspoons of mix and form into balls and place on a lined baking sheet and refrigerate to set.
Store in the fridge for a few days.