Goji Berry Balls
Goji berries are native to the Himalayan Mountains of Tibet and Mongolia, and is now grown in many other countries as well. Although they have only been introduced in Western countries in recent years, gojis have been used for thousands of years in Tibet and China, both as a culinary ingredient and medicinally.
Gojis are the most nutritionally dense fruit on Earth. They contain all essential amino acids, and have the highest concentration of protein of any fruit. They are also loaded with vitamin C, contain more carotenoids than any other food, have twenty-one trace minerals, and are high in fiber. Boasting 15 times the amount of iron found in spinach, as well as calcium, zinc, selenium and many other important trace minerals, there is no doubt that the humble goji berry is a nutritional powerhouse.
And the best part…they are delicious! You can whip up these delicious nutrient laden balls in minutes. They make a great school snack. You can also wrap them up beautifully as a gift for friends.
- 1 cup activated cashews
- 1/2 cup goji berries
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 8 dates (or 4 large Medjool dates)
- 3 tbsp desiccated coconut (2 tbsp for coating the balls- optional)
- In a food processor, grind the cashews to a fine meal.
- Add gojis and vanilla and mix until well combined.
- Add 1 tablespoon of coconut and dates and mix until a sticky dough forms.
- Check the consistency of the dough and add 1 tablespoon of water if not sticky enough to form balls.
- Form balls and roll in the coconut.