Today I am getting involved with the goji berry! This is a wonderfully nutrient dense fruit that is actually a member of the nightshade family, along with the potato and tomato surprisingly. They are an incredibly unique fruit because they contain all essential amino acids, meaning they have the highest protein concentration of any fruit…. and protein is another one of my obsessions as we need this to have sustained energy levels throughout the day. I also love goji berries because they are super versatile and have a really unique taste that is a bit of a cross between a cherry and raisin, both sweet and savoury at the same time. You can eat them on their own as a snack, they are great when combined with a handful of nuts, or add them as a topping to porridge to give a little bit of natural sweetness. However, my new favourite thing to do with them is to make a sweet tahini paste, which is super simple to do. Plus, the addition of sesame seeds drives up the protein content even more! Just soak some goji berries & sesame seeds in water overnight and then blitz in a food processor, with a little oil, until you get a paste (can take quite a few mins so keep going!) This paste is absolutely delicious when added to smoothies, such as with the recipe below. I hope you enjoy!
Goji Berry Tahini
- 1 cup sesame seeds
- 1/4 cup goji berries
- Filtered water
- Soak the sesame seeds & goji berries overnight in filtered water, in separate bowls, make sure they are well covered.
- Next morning, drain both and throw away the water.
- Put sesame seeds in high powered blender and blitz until creamy. You can add a little oil if desired. Once you have a creamy consistency, add in the goji berries and blitz until well mixed in.
- Store in a jar in the fridge, will keep for about 3 days.
Goji Berry Tahini Smoothie
- 1/2 banana
- 1/2 avocado
- 1/2 cup berries (e.g. blueberries, raspberries)
- 250ml of dairy free milk or coconut water (e.g. nut or coconut)
- 2 tbsp. of goji berry tahini
- 1 tbsp. flaxseed (optional)
- Throw everything in to the food processor/blender and blitz! You can add a little more milk/coconut water if you prefer a thinner consistency