Want to stuff your kids with a new superfood? Nutrient-packed goji berries are the new raisins
Pah! You know that mini box of raisins stuck at the bottom of your bag for emergency snacks? Well, it’s about to be usurped by the goji berry. “What’s a goji berry?” we hear you cry! Well, goji berries are mild, tangy red fruits that are bursting with various antioxidants and nutrients. Also known as ‘happy berries’, they’ve been used for centuries in East Asian food and medicine but have only recently made headlines as a superfood. Extremely nutritious, goji berries can help improve eyesight, boost the immune system and aid in the development and strengthening of young bones. And, wait for it, apparently kids who eat goji berries on a regular basis have higher levels of energy during the day and fall asleep quicker at night. Sounds good to us. We’ll be trying out these goji recipe suggestions, courtesy of Organic Foods & Café on our
nippers. Goody goji gum drops!
Goji berries Muffins
• 1 cup self-raising flour (or use plain, adding 1½ tsp baking powder and 1½ tsp bicarb powder)
• 2/3 cup brown sugar
• 1 tsp ground cinnamon
• ½ tsp salt
• 1 cup buttermilk
• 2 large eggs
• 3 tbsp sunflower oil
• ½ cup dried goji Berries (soaked in warm water)
• 1 cup cooked and cooled quinoa
1 Preheat the oven to 180 degrees.
2 Combine the flour, sugar, salt and cinnamon in a bowl.
3 In another bowl, whisk the eggs, oil and buttermilk together. Add the quinoa and berries.
4 Stir the wet ingredients into the dry until combined.
5 Bake for 20-35 minutes, until the tops feel springy when lightly pressed.
Makes six large or 10 small muffins.
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