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A surprising goji berry recipe

It’s been some time since I was here… I’ll start putting up the usual excuses like “lots of work”, “very busy” and the lot that all happy Londoners know how to use with pride! Truth is in this case I was quite busy and busy means stress and stress opens my appetite… for sugar and chocolate!

What I was doing in my precious spare time? Looking for healthy chocolate recipes and making vegan desserts that I ate literally by myself. No one else had the chance to touch them but at least they were guilt free! However, because I am not that selfish, I would like to share with you my knowledge and a recipe that will make happy both your sweet tooth and your silhouette!

While I was looking for healthy ingredients and recipes, I was sent some goji berries by NU3 to try. I hadn’t had the chance to try them before and I had no idea what so ever how to eat them. Certainly, not raw! So, as I always I turned to my best friend Google! I found out to my surprise that this tiny little fruit is the most nutritionally dense fruit on Earth. Goji berries have the highest concentration in protein than any other fruit, they’re loaded with vitamin C, iron, calcium, minerals and the list goes on! So, goji berries are good for our health and if you want to be 100% sure about it, have a look yourself here. It only remains to see how tasty they can be. They’re quite subtle but they leave a bitter taste at the end. I can’t eat them raw but they could work really well with chocolate.

I made butternut squash chocolate brownies with prunes and goji berries (twice) and it was absolutely perfect for my afternoon cravings! Therefore, I am sharing the recipe and I hope that you will love it too!

brownies

Your shopping list

80 gr rice flour

300gr sweet potatoes

4 tbsp cocoa powder

4 tbsp maple syrup

100 gr ground almond

pinch of salt

8 pitted prunes

75 gr goji berries

2 tbsp orange juice (fresh if possible)

Soak the goji berries in the orange juice for about 20 minutes. Meantime peel and cut the butternut squash into pieces and boil till tender. Place the gojis with the orange juice and prunes in a blender and pulse until they become an almost smooth paste. Mash the butternut squash and add the goji mixture. Combine all the dry ingredients and maple syrup in a large bowl and add the butternut squash with the berries and prunes. Line a medium size tray with baking parchment and spread the mixture equally. Bake for 20 minutes in preheated oven at 175 C.