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Chocolate orange goji bites


One for the chocolate lovers! These little bites pack a punch with nutrient dense super-foods combined with a chocolatey fruity kick. 

Taking the well known 'bliss ball' concept of smooshed up dates, cocoa and other goodies, these bites are a spin off from my Wholeplus classic range of  Squares flavours but here i have used ground almonds instead of coconut.

Every so often whilst I'm playing in the kitchen whipping up another batch of Squares or Toppers for a new order... I get a little side tracked and carried away and start creating new flavours and combinations. This was one such experiment in making a chocolate-orange base and pressing Toppers into the top. This then became a special commission for a friend since they were so good.

If you love chocolate-orange then you must make these!

The orange extract gives a wonderful flavour compliment to the chocolate and super foods but feel free to change it up any way you please…this recipe is calling out for your own inventive ingredient twist- just keep to the same ratios of ingredient types.  I used my own Toppers range for the top along with beautiful bright ground goji berries, but you can just use gojis and maybe cacao nibs or whatever you prefer. This recipe uses very firm dates so if yours are very soft and sticky you may need to increase the dry ingredients slightly to get a firm mixture to press into the pan.

 Recipe: Chocolate orange goji bites… your healthy chocolate kick!

Makes 16-20 squares

Ingredients:

  •  2 cups dried dates (approx. 250g)
  • 1/2 cup ground almonds (or other mild flavoured nuts/seeds ground finely)
  • 1/4 cup raw cacoa powder
  • 2 tbs maca powder (or other superfood powders of choice) omit if preferred
  • 1 tsp orange extract (or other flavour of choice) 
  • 1/4 cup coarsely ground goji berries- for topping
  • 1/4 cup other topping of choice i.e crushed nuts, seeds or cacao nibs (optional).

Method:

Blend all ingredients together in food processor (other than toppings) until you have a slightly sticky well blended mix.

Press mix firmly into a small (approx 8” square) pan lined with parchment for easy removal. Press the toppings into the mix and chill for min. 1 hour to firm up before slicing into squares.  Alternatively you could roll these into balls and roll in goji’s last.

The squares also freeze well… so why not make a big batch and they’ll keep you going for weeks!

I think this recipe has to be one my favourite ways to use goji berries.... what's you favourite way use them?

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Goji coconut balls

I've never been particularly big on goji's. Of course I was aware of their 'superfood' acclaim but I was always a bit 'meh about including them in my diet .  However I've been superfooding it up much more of late, with the introduction of pretty much daily green smoothies, my course lectures at IIN and also the fact the the Real Food Source have added them to their shop gave me the obvious means to begin adding them more frequently in to my meals and snacks.

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A few key findings about goji's:

  • They are high in antioxidants, specifically the carotenoids (like beta-carotene) and zeaxanthin (compound that absorbs blue light and helps protect the eyes).
  • The antioxidants in the berries are thought to help fight off free radicals in the body.
  • Goji Berries have about 20 different vitamins and minerals, making it one of the most nutritionally beneficial foods available.
  • They have 18 different amino acids.
  • They have been used for many years in teas, juices and tinctures to treat ailments naturally.

My Wholeplus food range features 'Toppers' created as a natural sweet sprinkle topping for breakfasts, desserts and snacks of all sorts. One of the flavours is Vanilla Goji Spice, and when blending up a big batch one day, I had the urge to smoosh some of the sprinkles together into a ball as a little afternoon treat, and voila... a gorgeous goji berry ball. I rolled in a few extra whole goji's for good measure. You could also roll in some extra coconut if you fancy too.

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Recipe: Goji coconut balls

  • 250g dates
  • 2 tsp vanilla powder
  • 1/2 tsp mixed spice
  • 1 tbs maca
  • 80-100g coconut
  • 50g goji berries (plus extra to roll in if desired)

Method:

Grind dates with spices and half coconut until sticky and coarse. Add remaining coconut and gojis and pulse until coasre and chunky.  

The mixture should still be sticky enough to roll into balls (stickiness will depend onto moisture content of the dates to start with). Roll the balls in extra coconut or gojis if desired. 

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