Goji-Filled Chocolate Candies
While playing around in the kitchen, I created this recipe on a whim. I decided to blend 3 cups of goji berries in my Vitamix with the intention of making a powder-like substance. But instead, it turned into a pliable-dough-like treat. So I rolled them into little balls, and refrigerated them. That’s when I got the idea to coat them with chocolate! This raw dessert recipe very much reminds me of cherry-filled chocolate candies. Only unlike those cherry treats, goji berries have anti-aging properties, detoxify the body, they protect your adrenal organs, and balance the immune system.
Blend the currants, cacao nibs, ground vanilla powder, and vanilla agave nectar in a high powdered blender. Pour contents in a bowl, and dip the entire goji berry ball in the sauce. Place the chocolate covered goji ball on a flat plate or pan, ready to refrigerate once they are all dipped. After 3 hours, the balls should be ready to roll in coconut flakes. Enjoy right away, or refrigerate longer. Happy Uncooking!
oatmeal goji cacao nib cookies
My friend Lisa passed on this recipe for raw Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, and I played with it to make it even easier and more upgraded with superfoods.
Here’s my version of the recipe … let me know what alterations you come up with that delight you
4 Cups Oat Flour*
1 Cup Palm Sugar (or other dried, crystallized sweetener like succanat or maple syrup powder)
1/2 tsp Sun Fire Salt
1 tsp Cinnamon
1/2 Cup Coconut Oil (softened OK – does not have to be so warm that it’s an oil)
1/2 Cup Dates
2 Tbsp Ground Vanilla (or vanilla extract)
3 Tbsp pure water
1/2 Cup Goji Berries (soaked and rinsed)
1/4 Cup Cacao Nibs (soaked and rinsed and marinated in 1 Tbsp Vanilla Agave Nectar)
Optional: 1/2 Cup Walnuts (soaked, rinsed and chopped)
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If you like lemon bars, or you like Goji Lemonade, I think you’ll really like these Goji Lemon Bars. This is an adaptation of Ani Phyos Lemon Coconut Bars recipe.
I’ve clarified some of her recipe and added in goji berries. It’s pretty darn yummy. Try it and taste for yourself!
This recipe makes about 12 bars in a 9×9 inch pan.
1 Cup Almonds (soaked 8 hours and rinsed is best)
1 tsp Sun Fire Salt
1.5 Cups Dates
1 Tbsp Vanilla (or 1 vanilla bean – scrape the insides)
Zest of 1 Lemon or 2-4 drops Lemon Essential Oil (optional)
2-3 Tbsp Lemon Juice (juice one lemon or use juice from a jar which is way easier)
1 Cup Finely Shredded Coconut
2 Tbsp Goji Berries
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Here’s Part 3 of our introductory session on Raw Superfoods. This one is all about Goji Berries, their superfood properties, how to identify good quality goji berries, and how to use goji berries in raw food recipes.
If you’d like a demo of our favorite goji berry recipe, Goji Lemonade, check out this video:
This lemonade is super satisfying, perhaps because it is very hydrating. It’s thicker and orangier than lemonade, and its delightful!
½ Cup lemon juice (Fresh squeezed from 3 lemons or try Santa Cruz Organic Lemon Juice. You might also try this with limes or grapefruit.)
3 Tbsp Goji Berries
½ tsp Sun Fire Salt
1 Tbsp Tocotrienols
6 Tbsp Vanilla Agave Nectar
2 Tbsp Coconut Oil
Add all ingredients to a Vita-Mix or other high-powered blender, then fill the blender to the 6 cup mark with pure water. Blend on high until smooth, pour into a container, and chill.
The combination of the Citrus juice, Salt and Agave creates great hydration properties, and adding Gojis, Coconut and Tocos rounds out the nutrient spectrum creating a very satisfying beverage. Enjoy!