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Goji Berry Energy Ball Recipe

A sweet, sticky and satisfying snack you can make in under 15 minutes using just 5 ingredients.

Those mid-morning and mid-afternoon snack attacks. We all get them. They take us by surprise and then it’s all too easy to reach for that convenient snack bar. Which may well taste good, but you know deep down it’s doing nothing for your health.

Well, this recipe remedies that. It says a big YES to snacking, and offers you a sweet, satisfying treat that’s actually good for you.

Gone are the days when fat was a demon to be avoided at all costs. We now know that the saturated fat in coconut contains medium chain fatty acids that have a protective action on the body. One of these is lauric acid, which is a powerful anti-viral and anti-bacterial, so it helps your immune system fight pathogens. It’s even shown promise in the fight against cancer.

Goji berries also deserve a mention, because they are packed with antioxidants which help your body neutralize free radicals from the environment and protect your cells from damage. Surprisingly, gojis also contain protein: 8 essential amino acids, needed for muscle repair and mood. They’re also high in fiber, which keeps your digestion regular and reduce cravings.

And another bonus: they are super quick to create. Make them on a Sunday night and you’ll have your snacks for the week sorted. But you might have to make another batch, because anyone who tastes these goji coconut balls is going to ask for more!


One Thing to Note Before You Dive In:

Goji berries don’t suit everyone. If you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, are sensitive to nightshades (like tomatoes and peppers), have an autoimmune condition, high or low blood pressure or use blood thinners like Warfarin, you might want to avoid goji berries, as some experts believe they can interact with medications and induce labor.

If you’re worried, speak to your doctor. Alternatively you can substitute the goji berries for dried cranberries or blueberries, or freeze-dried fruit – just make sure you choose brands without added sugar or sulphur.

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Goji Berry Coconut Energy Balls
Healthy snack that's quick and easy to make.
Goji Berry Energy Ball Recipe
Prep Time 15 - 20 minutes
Passive Time 30 minutes
Servings
balls
Ingredients
Prep Time 15 - 20 minutes
Passive Time 30 minutes
Servings
balls
Ingredients
Goji Berry Energy Ball Recipe
Instructions
  1. Place the coconut and goji berries in your food processor and process until the goji berries are broken up.
  2. Add the dates, coconut oil and vanilla, and process until the mixture sticks together easily. If it isn’t sticky enough, add another date or two. If the mixture is too sticky, add a dash of desiccated coconut to get the right consistency - but not too much, or the balls will be hard to roll.
  3. Spoon a bit of the mixture into your hand and shape into a ball. Roll in the desiccated coconut and place on baking sheet or plate. Your other option, if you want to go even quicker, is to press all the mixture into a cake or loaf tin lined with (pvc-free) cling film - you’ll end up with a goji coconut slab you can slice into squares once it sets.
  4. Put in the fridge for 30 minutes to set.
  5. Store in an airtight container and eat within a week (mine were gone within 2 days!).



Disclaimer: For informational and educational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. If you have a health concern, a medical condition, are pregnant or breastfeeding, or are taking any medication please consult your healthcare provider.