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GOJI BERRY BLISS BALLS

So happy to share this amazing energy ball recipe by my friend Lindsey.  Lindsey is a holistic nutritionist and personal trainer in Toronto.  She believes eating whole foods and moving every day are keys to vibrant health (and I could not agree more)!

Goji Berry Bliss Balls are super easy to make in the blender and great for snacks or breakfast on-the-go.  They are free of grains and processed sugar and absolutely loaded with fibre, minerals, protein, and healthy fats.

Goji berries may be relatively new to North America, but they have been used in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years.  Like other berries, they are rich in fibre and disease-fighting antioxidants.  One particular antioxidant, zeaxanthin, gives goji berries their beautiful red colour and is believed to be especially important for eye health.  It may also have anti-cancer benefits.

Dates provide quick energy along with fiber and minerals, including iron and magnesium.  Hemp protein is easy to digest and the healthy fats from the nuts and coconut will help keep your body happy and satisfied.  Raw cacao is high in antioxidants while cinnamon helps stabilize blood sugar.

Ingredients for 8-10 balls:

  • 1/4 cup dried goji berries and 1 cup water
  • 6 pitted Medjool dates
  • 1/4 cup shelled hemp seeds (gluten-free if needed)
  • 1/4 cup raw walnuts (omit for nut-free)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup raw cacao nibs 
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 to 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • optional: extra coconut flakes and/or sesame seeds for rolling

Directions:

  1. Place goji berries in a small bowl and cover with water to rehydrate (approximately 5 minutes).
  2. Put all other ingredients in blender or mini food processor container and pulse a few times to combine.  
  3. Drain the goji berries, then add to processor and blend again until desired consistency achieved, scraping the sides and bottom with a rubber spatula as needed.
  4. Scrape mixture onto a plate or parchment paper.  Roll into balls.  
  5. Roll formed balls in coconut or sesame seeds as desired.

Enjoy as-is or store in an air-tight container in the fridge for a week, or the freezer for up to 2 months.