Goji berries are a small dried berry with an abundance of superfood benefits, ranging from improved immune system function to healthier skin. The majority of these benefits stem from the high amount of antioxidants found in the tiny berries, which help to fight off and prevent inflammation and the diseases that come along with it. According to the ORAC scale, the scale that measures antioxidant activity in food, goji berries rank close to the antioxidant superstars blueberries and pomegranates.
What goji berries have that both blueberries and pomegranates lack however, is protein content. A quarter cup of goji berries provides four grams of protein along with 18 amino acids, 11 of which are essential for health. It is incredibly rare for a fruit to provide amino acids, making goji berries that much more special!
With over 20 trace minerals such as zinc, iron and vitamin B2, goji berries also provide more beta-carotene than carrots, more iron than spinach and more vitamin C per ounce than oranges. Talk about a superfood!
Oatmeal Goji Berry Cookies
Makes 2 Dozen Cookies
1 cup white whole wheat flour
1 cup rolled oats
1/3 cup coconut sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
pinch sea salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/3 cup coconut oil, softened
¼ cup applesauce
1 egg, whisked
2 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup goji berries
¼ cup mini chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, whisk together the coconut oil, applesauce, egg, honey and vanilla extract.
Mix in the flour, oats, coconut sugar, baking soda, sea salt and cinnamon until combined. Gently stir in the goji berries and chocolate chips.
Scoop cookies onto baking sheet, pressing each down slightly to flatten. These cookies will not rise or spread. Bake for 10 minutes.
Allow cookies to cool for 10 minutes on a cooling rack.