Dried Fruit Revival
Goji berries, one of the most popular superfoods to grace the western world! This Asian berry is one of the best food sources of antioxidants, and specific for eye protection. It also contains an excellent amount of fibre and protein to balance blood sugar levels- ain’t that sweet!
Due to its growing popularity, it can be found in specialty produce marts and health food stores. Whichever way you buy it (fresh or dried), this versatile berry can be added to smoothies, cereals, baked goods, and much more, to enhance everyone’s* life!
Here is a simple recipe for delicious goji berry jam.
- Mason jar 250ml size
- Small pot
- Fork or whisk
- Measuring utensils
- 1 cup Goji berries, dried
- 1 tsp ground chia seeds
- 1 tsp honey
- 1-2 tsp lemon juice
Overnight prep: In a mason jar, cover 1 cup of goji berries in water and refrigerate. This can stay in the fridge for up to two weeks- if life gets too busy!
Jam making: Pour contents of mason jar into a small pot. Turn element on to a medium to low heat and bring to a simmer. Add honey and lemon juice to the pot. Use the whisk to mash the goji berries- I find the best way to do it is to squish them on the sides and twist it around. Once the water has evaporated, turn off the stove and remove the pot from the element. Mix in the ground chia seeds. Stand to cool for 30 minutes. Transfer the contents back into the mason jar. Refrigerate until ready to use.
Yields: Approximately a half cup of jam.
Finish within 3 months to ensure freshness.
Want to amp it up? Add ground chia seeds with probiotics (I used the Pranin brand for this recipe). This will improve the texture of the jam and make the gut happy! Use Manuka honey for added immune benefits (add it in after the jam is removed from the heat so the raw properties stay intact).
How to incorporate it into everyday meals? Include a spoonful in hot oatmeal or a yogurt parfait, spread in a turkey wrap, or add it to an evening treat (such as Chocolate Chia pudding- stay tuned for that one 😉).
Hope you all enjoy this healthy add on!
*Please be cautious when using this berry if you are on any medication that affects blood sugar or blood pressure. Consult your doctor or pharmacist to ensure this is safe for you.