I was sent some goji berries by Nu3 to create a recipe. I had heard a lot about Goji berries recently as one of the “super foods” but never cooked with them so it was a bit of a challenge coming up with a recipe my family would enjoy. I likes the taste of the goji berries sent to me and would have happily used them to eat raw or to add them to my cereal but also wanted to create a cookie like bar I could give as healthy Easter presents to my kids and also eat on the days I skipped breakfast.
I made these bars for Easter which I would call high energy bars or protein bars as they were full of goji berries, nuts and oats but am refraining from calling them that as it also contains jaggery ( a kind of a brown sugar), butter and Olive oil so I will leave to you to decide whether you would call them high energy bars or protein bars. I just call them yummy nuts and goji berry bars. The kids loved them and they got eaten in no time.
- 1 cup strong wheat flour (I used chappati flour)
- 3 tbls melted butter
- 1 tbls Olive oil
- ½ cup goji berries
- ¼ cup jaggery (You can add more if you have a sweet tooth)
- ½ cup Nutty cereal
- 2-3 tbls milk
- ½ bar (75gms) cooking chocolate for the topping (You can use more if you like)
- 5-6 Chopped almonds for garnishing
1. Into a microwave proof dish, transfer the flour, melted butter, olive oil, jaggery, cereal and gojiberries. Stir well and cook for 2 minutes (at 750 watts). Add the milk and stir. Cook again for 2 minutes.
2. After 4 minutes, it should start to feel moist enough to cookie bar. If it feels dry, add another spoonful of milk and cook for a minute. 3. Transfer the mixture to a tray and press it down flat using the back of a spoon. Keep this mixture in the fridge for 30 minutes to cool.
4. Melt the cooking chocolate as per the instructions on the packet and layer it over the mixture. Top the chocolate with some finely chopped almonds and allow the chocolate to cool in the fridge for 30-40 minutes.
5. Cut the bars into squares and enjoy the Nuts and goji bars.