Ditch the 3pm snack run and keep a few of these blissful Goji Berry Cookie Dough Truffles in your office drawer or your bag. They are simple to make and take only a few minutes – you probably already have all the ingredients in your kitchen. They are great for a summer party or just to satisfy a sweet craving.

 

Benefits

Goji berries are high in a number of antioxidants, including Vitamin A, which supports eye and skin health.

Cashews support bone health and your immune system, and are great for boosting energy. They contain a variety of minerals that help you de-stress and keep you at an ideal weight.

Maple syrup is a good alternative to refined sugar. Choose 100% pure maple syrup, either dark or very dark in color (as opposed to amber) for the most antioxidants.

Here’s the recipe:

Goji Berry Cookie Dough Truffles

Ingredients:

COOKIE DOUGH

2 cups cashews

4 Tbsp. Grade B maple syrup

3 Tbsp. Goji Berries

3/4 tsp. vanilla extract

pinch of salt

COATING

7 ounces of chocolate chips (or chocolate bar)

1 Tbsp. Goji Berries, minced

 

Instructions:

  1. Combine all of the cookie dough ingredients in a blender until a dough forms, about 45 seconds.
  2. Lay out a piece of parchment or wax paper on a baking sheet, and then use a teaspoon to scoop out about 1 ½ or 2 teaspoons of dough, use your hands to roll it in a ball, and then place on the sheet. Repeat until all dough is used up. Place the sheet in the freezer for 30 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, a few minutes before you plan to take the cookie dough out of the freezer, heat a double boiler and add the chocolate chips, stirring until melted completely.
  4. Remove the cookie dough balls from the freezer. Using two forks, dip each ball in one at a time, coat thoroughly, then remove to the same (frozen) baking sheet. Sprinkle with a few pieces of chopped goji berries. The chocolate should harden in a minute or two.
  5. Repeat with remaining balls. Then, put the sheet back in the freezer for another 20-30 minutes to harden completely. Keep them in the freezer, and remove just before serving.

 

Get the printable recipe here.

Author: Maria Marlowe is an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach who has helped thousands of people improve their health by optimizing their diet. She has created meal plans and programs to help you lose weight, clear up acne, and spend less time in the kitchen yet still eat healthy.  

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