Five ingredients.  Sweet, but refined-sugar free.  Autumn flavors.  Chewy and delicious, like a cookie bar.  Sold yet???

These bars are a great option to bring to your holiday festivities next week.

Now…what the heck is a goji berry, you might be asking?  Goji berries, a beautiful orange-red berry, comes from a shrub native to China.  These tiny berries, are a SUPERFOOD and have been eaten for generations in the hopes of living longer.  They have been used for thousands of years in Chinese medicine to support sleep, energy, aging, vision, liver and kidney function. They are packed with powerful antioxidants that rival the well-known acai berry of Brazil.  Goji berries have a higher antioxidant score than broccoli, grapes and strawberries. They also contain trace minerals, carotenoids and other health-promoting phytonutrients.
When consumed, these berries have shown an increase in energy, regularity of gastrointestinal function and mental acuity. They also increase the body’s blood flow aiding in the circulation of oxygen allowing for the growth of cells and tissue. These berries also amplify the body’s natural ability to handle stress.
Most goji berries sold around the world are packaged as dried berries. Think of them as superfood raisins, but slightly less moist. They have somewhat of a sweet taste, but their taste is actually far more complex due to the symphony of nutrients and minerals they deliver.
I normally find some great organic berries at stores like TJ Maxx and Homegoods.
A few ideas on how to use them:
#1) Blend into your smoothies
#2) Sprinkle onto granola or cereal
Goji berries make any granola better! Just take a spoon or two and sprinkle them over any cereal. It instantly increases the nutritional density of the cereal while delivering minerals like zinc and phosphorus. Plus, it’s rich in vitamins C and E in their natural plant forms, not synthetic vitamin forms.
#3) Add to trail mixes and nut mixes
This is a no-brainer: Any trail mix, nut mix or travel snack mix can be instantly improved with superior nutrition by adding goji berries to the mix. This not only adds great taste to the mixes, it also adds visible natural color that makes it look more delicious without using any artificial colors.
#4) Soak in water to create “goji tea”
When soaked in water — either cold or hot — goji berries swell and release nutrients into the water. They’ve been used for thousands of years in China to make a nutrition-rich “fruity” tea. You can do this at home in mere minutes, and you can also mix goji berries with other teas you might already enjoy.
#5) Bake into muffins and breads
Although goji berries are more nutrient dense when consumed raw, they still pack an impressive nutritional profile when baked. This means you can mix them into recipes for breads, energy bars, muffins and more… and you’ll instantly enhance their nutritional density with a superfood powerhouse!
I like them as a topping as well — kale salad, chopped apples with almond butter, roasted vegetables, oatmeal/porridge, smoothie bowl…
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Goji Pecan Bars
The perfect fall treat!
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  1. Preheat oven to 350. Line a large loaf pan with parchment paper. Process all ingredients in a food processor until a fine sticky crumble. Transfer mixture to prepared pan and press down very firmly into an even, flat layer. Bake in the oven for 20-25 mintes. Remove and cool on a rack. Cut into pieces and ENJOY!
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