01 July, 2010

Goji Power Balls

These balls are so full of goodness, I refuse to call them sweets. They surely satisfy a sweet tooth, but that's just a nice side effect of this otherwise super healthy and nutritious power package.
I am not a big fan of Goji berries eaten just by themselves. There is a funny aftertaste that I don't like. In these balls, however, they taste fantastic. Combined with seeds, nuts, honey, dark chocolate and other dried fruit you'll get a whole variety of crunches and flavors. Depending on your preferences you can omit or add one or the other ingredient.
Goji Berries have a long list of health benefits, like all berries. Goji berries in particular, however, are age-defying due to their unique combination of their minerals and vitamins. In fact, that was the reason why I was trying so hard to find a recipe with Goji berries that I would like.
These ball are a perfect snack for mid-morning munchies, and a great treat after a workout. To me, they served pretty well as after-dinner pralines on the sofa.
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GOJI POWER BALLS

3 tablespoons dried Goji berries
3 tablespoons mixed seeds (pumpkin, sunflower, buckwheat, sesame, etc.)
2 tablespoon dried cherries (or other dried fruit of your choice)
3 pitted dried dates, roughly chopped
3 tablespoons almonds
1 teaspoon honey
2 squares of dark chocolate, chopped

Optional
dried coconut flakes
cocoa powder

Yields 12-15
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Combine all ingredients in a food processor and process until combined and sticky. Form balls of the size of a walnut out of the batter. Roll in cocoa powder or coconut flakes.

10 comments:

  1. These look wonderful, Anja! :)

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  2. ooo these look yummy, ive never tried goji berries but have always wanted to!

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  3. I've never heard of goji berries. WHat do they taste like? These look like chocolate truffles!! YUM!
    Would you mind checking out my blog? :D http://ajscookingsecrets.blogspot.com/

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  4. Hello ,
    I wonder if anybody could recommend a good mini food processor that chops nuts well - there is so many recipes that I miss so I'm not able to do a paste from nuts etc.

    Ola

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  5. This sounds super good. I think I am going to make this ones very soon. Thanks for the recipe, I love Goji berries since they are extremely good for you :-)

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  6. That is great. I forwarded to my aunt who would love this recipe.

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  7. Health benefits attributed to Goji Berry include :

    * Liver protection.
    * Improved sexual function and fertility.
    * Boosts immune system.
    * Promotes longevity.
    * Helps eyesight.
    * Strengthens Legs.

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  8. Mmm, I just used the base of this recipe and conjured a version for myself, absolutely delicious. I've had goji berries sitting around for quite sometime now and they definitely add a beautiful sweetness to these truffles. Can't wait to have some more for some snacks, next time I think I'm going to try adding some citrus zest or possibly even some candied zest, yum!

    - Samantha
    http://flavorator.blogspot.com/

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  9. I had about a tablespoon of goji berries stashed away in the depths of my pantry, so a few of these babies together...about to head out the door as we speak to get more...these are divine with all the flavor combinations and make for the perfect popper when hunger hits. I think they are great without the coating, as well, and might just add the coconut to the mix.

    Oooh, citrus zest sounds great for these, Samantha :)

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  10. @ Samantha
    I am glad you are liking them. Haven't had them for a while. I am out of After-Dinner-On-The-Sofa snacks. Should give these ones a go again. I've got everything here, except the Goji berries :-(

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