Vegan goji berry brownie bites

Sharing a sweet and delicious healthy treat recipe: vegan goji berry brownie bites! These are lower in sugar, gluten-free, and make an awesome healthy dessert. 

Hi friends! How’s the morning treating you? I hope you’re having a lovely day so far. Thank you so much for all of your wonderful comments on my last blog post and to those who answered yesterday’s IG polls. I loved reading about what you learned this past year.

Today, I’m getting more details together for Summer Shape Up (sign up here!) and going to walk around Hobby Lobby and Home Goods by myself. (<– it’s the little things haha)

I made this little snack recipe yesterday and thought I’d share the recipe on the blog today if you’re looking for a tasty sweet treat! We’re a big fan of bites in our house: energy bites, protein balls, anything that’s easy to grab and eat. These brownie bites are chocolatey and SO delicious, they’re not loaded with sugar and have a little antioxidant boost from the goji berries.

Here’s the recipe if you’d like to give them a try!

Vegan goji berry brownie bites

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Vegan goji berry brownie bites

Sharing a sweet and delicious healthy treat recipe: vegan goji berry brownie bites! These are lower in sugar, gluten-free, and make an awesome healthy dessert. You can make them in less than 10 minutes. 

  • Author: Gina Harney // The Fitnessista
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: N/A
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 8-10 balls 1x

Ingredients

Scale

1 1/2 cups almond flour

23 tablespoons cocoa powder

2 tablespoons coconut oil

2 tablespoons almond butter

pinch of sea salt

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Small splash of vanilla (about 1/4 teaspoon)

1/4 cup maple syrup

1/4 cup mini chocolate chips

1/4 cup dried goji berries

Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl until a dough forms.
  2. Using a melon ball scooper and your hands, make 8-10 balls and place on a plate.
  3. Put in the fridge to harden slightly.
  4. Store covered in the fridge and enjoy for a sweet and healthy bite!

Notes

To lower the sugar content, feel free to use less maple syrup and a bit of water to hold them together. They won’t taste quite as good, though 😉
Feel free to add in any other mix-ins you like! Hemp seeds, chia seeds, cacao nibs, and crushed walnuts are all good options.

Goji berries health benefits

Goji berries are antioxidant-packed little gems, which means that they can protect us from free radicals in the environment. They’re also called wolf berries and are native to Asia. They’re packed with vitamin C, iron, provide a good source of fiber, and they taste great. They may help boost your immune system (vitamin C!) and protect eye health (they contain zeaxanthin, which can potentially help prevent damage to the lenses and retina). They can also help to protect our skin, since they contain beta-carotene. One study found that mice who drank 5 percent goji juice had enough antioxidants to protect against UV light damage and skin disorders.

What do goji berries taste like?

Goji berries have a unique taste! I feel like they almost taste like a dried strawberry, but a little more tart.

What can you substitute for goji berries?

You can use any dried fruit you like! Dried cranberries are usually an ideal substitute. I also feel like you can skip them in many recipes if you’re not a fan. 

Where can I buy goji berries?

Goji berries aren’t typically purchased or consumed in their fresh form. Usually they’re dried or in a powder. I prefer the dried goji berries and while they used to be very expensive and hard to find, they’re much easier to find now! I like to pick mine up at Whole Foods or any health food store, or order through Thrive Market.

Are you a goji berry fan or not so much? Let me know if you give this recipe a try!

xo

Gina

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  1. Michelle Hastie Thompson on May 18, 2021 at 6:30 pm

    I cannot wait to give this a try! I love how you suggest substitutions like cranberries if you can’t find goji berries. This would make a great snack for my son before his baseball games and for us parents watching!

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