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.
These muffins will pack a super-human punch because they also contain quinoa – yet another superfood! Similar to a grain of rice, quinoa has a subtle sweet and nutty taste. Soak it in water to remove its bitter coating, then simmer for 15 minutes before using it in salads, soups or as an accompaniment to meat and fish dishes, as well as in baking. A complete protein containing all eight of the essential amino acids, quinoa is high in Vitamin B, iron, zinc, potassium, calcium and Vitamin E.
Goji trail mix
Add dried goji berries with some chopped nuts, seeds and dark chocolate chips to make a healthy nutritious snack.
Just soak a handful of dried berries in water for 10 minutes until they turn plump and juicy and then blend with fresh fruit (strawberries and banana are ideal) and yoghurt to make a delicious healthy smoothie.
Goji cereal boost
Just like raisins, you can also add dried goji berries to your cereal in the morning.