Goji Berries

Raw Goji Berry Bites

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These Goji Berry Bites are an energizing raw snack full of superfoods that are super easy to make and even easier to eat!  When I first think of superfoods I think of cacao.  Most people know this superfood and remind themselves just how good chocolate is for them as they devour a bar,(myself included.)  I know the truth about my sugar filled bar of chocolate though.  It may be good for my soul it is not really good for my body.  When you hear of chocolate being good for you, this is the kind…raw cacao.  Full of magnesium, calcium and iron and known for giving you a natural energy boost.  Lucuma is another superfood that is not so commonly know.  It is a peruvian grown fruit that was known as Gold of the Incas.  It resembles the size and shape of an avocado only more yellow in color.  It has a maple or caramel-like flavor to it and adds great flavor and nutrients in treats, smoothies and snacks like this.  Full of potassium, zinc and iron, this superfood tastes great and makes you feel just the same!  Goji Berries are one of the most nutrient dense fruits on the planet.  They are high in potassium and contain more iron than spinach, while also being full of antioxidants.  Hooray for a snack with not 1 but 3 superfoods!  The rest of the ingredients you probably know and they don’t need any explanation.  These bites are great for toddler snacks, breakfast on the go, post work outs, and even treats.  They resemble a larabar if you have had those but have a much more interesting and inviting flavor, in my opinion.  Larabars tend to get old half way through but these are something I could eat again and again and can’t stop at just one.

Raw Goji Berry Bites

Makes 18-20 Bites

2 cups raw cashews or almonds

2/3 cup goji berries

22 medjool dates

2 heaping tbsp. cacao

2 heaping tbsp. lucuma

1 tbsp. raw honey or agave

Pinch of sea salt

Splash of water, if necessary

In a food processor combine cashews and pitted dates and pulse for 15 seconds or until it starts to stick together.  Next add cacao, lucuma, honey and salt.  Blend until combined, about 10 seconds.  Last, add in goji berries and pulse only  a few times.  You want to leave the berries in bigger chunks so you can get a nice punch of flavor now and then.  Because the date sizes and freshness can vary slightly you may need to add a splash or two of water.  You will be able to tell when you go to roll the mixture between your hands.  It should not crumble.  Using a tablespoon, scoop out mixture and with your hands roll into a smooth bite size balls.  Repeat until all bites are formed and keep in an air tight container in the fridge or freezer.

* Our natural foods store did not carry some of these ingredients so I ordered them online from Sunfood.