Goji berries have a fun sounding name, doesn’t it? These berries even go by the name of “wolfberries” or “happy berries”. Goji berries are have a mild and tangy taste to them. They are usually compared to cranberries because of they have a raisiny taste also.
Goji berries are a great fruit to add to your diet. They are packed with antioxidants and vitamin C, have 21 trace minerals and 18 amino acids. These berries are considered to be the most nutritionally rich fruit available on the market. They have been around for centuries and the Chinese herbalists have used them to help boost immune function, help with eyesight and promote longevity.
Goji berries can be added into trail mix or in cereal for a quick breakfast. So, other than eating the berries in raw form, how can they be cooked? A great way to use them is to put them in muffins which can make a healthy breakfast or lunch.
Whole Wheat Granola Goji Muffins
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup honey
1 cup goji berries
1 cup whole wheat flour
1-2 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup granola, homemade or store bought
1 cup apples, grated and drizzled with 1 teaspoon lemon juice
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line the muffin pan with baking paper.
In a large bowl, whisk together the soften butter and honey until creamy. Add the eggs one at a time.
Mix the goji berries, flour, granola and baking powder together and then add this to the egg mixture. Fold in the dry ingredients with a spatula.
Add the grated apples and then pour the batter into the baking paper. Make sure to gently push any goji berries back into the batter if they are sticking out.
Bake the muffins for 30-35 minutes until they are golden or until a toothpick poked in the middle comes clean.
Serve the muffins warm with some butter or just plain.
When storing goji berries, keep them in a dry, cool place such as an airtight tin.
Recipe adapted via What’s For Lunch Honey?
Would you add goji berries to your diet?