Sunday, January 6, 2013

Goji Berry Breakfast Bars


Goji berries have been eaten and used in medicines by the Chinese for thousands of years. Goji berries have the highest concentration of protein of any fruit. They have 15 times the iron of spinach! They are anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and anti-fungal. They are known to increase strength and longevity - how much more do you want? Google it, because there's lots more benefits to the mighty goji berry!

I order my goji berries from nuts.com. Besides having the best goji berries around, this company has the CUTEST packaging.

First, I lined a 9 x 12 pan with aluminum foil and rubbed it with coconut oil.

Then, in a large bowl, I stirred up:
3/4 cup old-fashioned oats. (We like McCann's Quick Cooking Irish Oatmeal from amazon.com when we have a little oats)
3/4 cup almond flour
2 scoops Cinnamon Roll protein, or Vanilla or whatever your favorite is.
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp sea salt

Next, in a small bowl, I stirred up:
2 eggs
1 cup pumpkin
1/4 cup raw honey
2 TBSP almond butter

Then I stirred the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients.

Then I folded into the mixture:
1 cup walnut pieces
1 1/2 cup goji berries


I spread the mixture out in my prepared pan and patted it down. I cooked it in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes. I cooled them on a rack, lifted them out of the pan byt the aluminum foil and cut them into bars.
Goji berries and walnuts go very well together in this great, mostly paleo (a little old-fashioned oats - they don't spike your insulin levels...) grab-and-go food.