Goji berries may very well be the healthiest fruit on Earth. They are native to the Himalayan Mountains of Tibet and Mongolia and have been used for thousands of years in China and Tibet for both culinary and medicinal purposes. Part of the nightshade family, along with eggplant, potatoes, peppers and tomatoes, goji berries contain all the essential amino acids. They have more protein than any other fruit, more carotenoids than any other food and are also packed with vitamin C, fiber, iron, calcium, zinc, and selenium. These tiny berries have been found to contain anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antifungal properties as well as antioxidants that help boost our immune systems. Read more about the health benefits in 5 Reasons You Should Eat Goji Berries Every Day.
Goji berries, also called wolfberries, are bright reddish-orange berries that can be eaten raw, cooked or dried. They are the size of raisins and are chewy, tasting like a cross between cranberries and cherries. If you’ve never tried goji berries, it’s the perfect time to change that. Here are 15 yummy recipes that can introduce you to goji berries, the tiniest superfruit in the world.
1. Raw Goji Maca Cake
This Raw Goji Maca Cake has goji berries as one of the main ingredients. As if that didn’t make this cake healthy enough, it also has maca powder, walnuts, cashews and raw cacao. Since it’s so good for you, you can add a chocolate drizzle on top just for a bit of decadence.
2. Skillet Rock Cakes With Goji Berries
These delicious Skillet Rock Cakes were the result of a batter that was intended to be baked only to discover that the oven was broken. Talk about a lucky break! These are perfect any time of the day with jam, vegan custard or all by themselves.
3. Coffee Cake Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies With Goji Berries
These Coffee Cake Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies taste like oatmeal cookies with a coffee cake crumble. Since these have nuts, which are high in fats and protein, and oats, which are high in fiber and protein, you’ll feel full after just one cookie. The goji berries make them even healthier.
4. Goji Berry and Hazelnut Cacao Truffles
These Goji Berry and Hazelnut Cacao Truffles are so delicious, you just might forget how healthy they are. Made with dates, raw cacao, hazelnuts and maca powder, these truffles have a double dose of goji berries inside and out.
5. Superfood Packed Trail Mix
The crunchy almonds and walnuts in this Superfood Packed Trail Mix are complemented by chewy goji berries, mulberries and golden berries. Raw cacao nibs make it feel like an indulgent snack rather than just a highly nourishing combo of nuts and superfoods that will boost your energy.
6. Raw Vegan Goji Snack Chunks
These raw treats, filled with nuts, seeds and whole grains, will give you the nutrients and energy your body needs to function. The Goji Snack Chunks are ideal before and after workouts because they will provide you with the carbohydrates and protein necessary to build muscle. The fact that they’re delicious is just bonus.
7. Eat Chocolate for Breakfast! Try This Yummy Chocolate Granola
This Chocolate Granola is a yummy way to eat chocolate for breakfast! It turns your milk into chocolate milk and is naturally sweetened with a small amount maple syrup. It is high in fiber and protein from almonds, walnuts, sunflower seeds and chia seeds and it has lots of super-healthy goji berries too.
8. Cacao Maca Energizing Smoothie
This Cacao Maca Energizing Smoothie is a great way to start the day. It only takes minutes to prepare and will boost your mood and energy levels all day long. It has healthy maca, cacao and chia seeds as well as goji berries and mulberries.
9. The Easiest and Healthiest Breakfast Bowl, When You Don’t Have the Time, or are Just Feeling Lazy
This Healthy Breakfast Bowl may have a long name but it doesn’t take long to make it at all. Non-dairy yogurt is packed with blueberries, strawberries, mulberries, goji berries, coconut, avocado and cacao nibs for a delicious breakfast that’s fast and easy to make.
10. Energy Boosting Vegan Superfood Protein Shake
This Superfood Protein Shake is packed with essential vitamins and minerals thanks to the addition of several superfoods including goji berries, chia seeds and hemp seeds. You can enjoy it as a quick healthy breakfast, have it as a mid-morning snack or use it to fuel your workouts.
11. Mindblowing Banana Chocolate Caramel Vegan Ice Cream Cake
This Banana Chocolate Caramel Ice Cream Cake will blow your mind. It has banana vanilla ice cream, date caramel and avocado chocolate pudding. Bananas and a goji berry coulis decorate this amazing dessert that’s actually healthy to indulge in.
12. Super-Healthy Vegan Berry Fruit Tarts with Chia Seeds
These Vegan Berry Fruit Tarts are bursting with color, flavor and life. The tarts including the crust are made entirely from fruit. The filling is banana cream with sliced strawberries and kiwi on top. Topped with goji berries and chia seeds, these tarts are delicious and super-healthy.
13. Clean and Colorful Cacao and Walnut Truffles
These Clean and Colorful Cacao and Walnut Truffles are simple and delicious. Made with just dates, walnuts and cacao, these luxurious and decadent treats are rolled in crushed pistachio and goji berries for a clean and colorful treat.
14. The Perfect Whole Grain Protein Bowl for Your Post-Workout Appetite
This Whole Grain Protein Bowl is packed full of protein for your muscles! It has banana, nut butter, goji berries, coconut, and cacao nibs. It’s terrific for after a workout, or whenever you want a filling, super healthy snack or meal. You might even say it’s perfect.
15. Raw Peppermint Truffle Bark
This Raw Peppermint Truffle Bark is the perfect snack. They are rich in omegas and antioxidants from all the healthy ingredients including goji berries and they are also a guilt-free way to satisfy your chocolate craving. They’re also quick to make, as if you needed another reason.
Goji berries are amazing. For such a tiny berry, they are a powerhouse of nutrients. For even more recipes with these superfruits, see 8 Amazing Recipes Made With The Power of Goji Berries.
Lead Image Photo: Super-Healthy Vegan Berry Fruit Tarts with Chia Seeds