Strawberry Goji Muffins with Mini-Chocolate Chips {vegan}

I love muffins! But unfortunately most of the muffins that call my name at the bakery are not so healthy or good for me. Imagine my delight when I bought Let Them Eat Vegan by Dreena Burton and discovered that she had 7 muffin recipes, all vegan and all packed full of nutritious goodness.

Strawberry-Goji Muffins with Mini-Chocolate Chips // Herbivore Triathlete

As I was browsing the muffin recipes, the Strawberry Goji muffins caught my eye. I recently bought a bag of goji berries and had been tossing them on my salad. Using them in muffins seemed ingenious. Did you know that goji berries are the most nutritionally dense fruit on Earth? It’s true!

They are a member of the nightshade family (Solonaceae), which contains many other common vegetables such as potato, sweet potato, tomato, eggplant, and pepper, as well as some poisonous plants like belladonna and deadly nightshade. Native to the Himalayan Mountains of Tibet and Mongolia, the goji berry is now grown in many other countries as well.

Although they have only been introduced in Western countries in recent years, gojis have been used for thousands of years in Tibet and China, both as a culinary ingredient and medicinally.

Unique among fruits because they contain all essential amino acids, goji berries also have the highest concentration of protein of any fruit. They are also loaded with vitamin C, contain more carotenoids than any other food, have twenty-one trace minerals, and are high in fiber. Boasting 15 times the amount of iron found in spinach, as well as calcium, zinc, selenium and many other important trace minerals, there is no doubt that the humble goji berry is a nutritional powerhouse.

This amazing little superfruit also contains natural anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal compounds. Their powerful antioxidant properties and polysaccharides help to boost the immune system.

Source: The Heatlhy Eating Site

Looking over the ingredient list I realized I had every item already at home. Dreena suggested adding dark chocolate chips to the muffins, so of course I did Winking smile

Strawberry-Goji Muffins with Mini-Chocolate Chips // Herbivore Triathlete

Strawberry Goji Muffins with Mini-Chocolate Chips
Makes 12 Muffins
Recipe Source: Let Them Eat Vegan by Dreena Burton

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup oat flour
  • 1 cup sifted spelt flour
  • 1/3 cup unrefined sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cardamom (or cinnamon)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 cup + 1 to 2 tablespoons plain unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 cup dried goji berries
  • 1/4 pure maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon arrowroot powder (I used cornstarch)
  • 2 tablespoons neutral-flavored oil, such as grapeseed oil
  • 1/4 cup mini-chocolate chips, optional (I used Enjoy Life Brand)

Strawberry-Goji Muffins with Mini-Chocolate Chips // Herbivore Triathlete

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 425º F, you will lower the temperature to 375º F after the muffins have baked for 5 minutes. I learned this trick from Sally, she calls it her sky-high muffin trick. I highly suggest you try it.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the flours, sugar, salt, and cardamom, sifting in the baking powder and baking soda. Stir to mix well.
  3. In a blender, combine the strawberries, milk, goji berries, maple syrup, lemon juice, and arrowroot powder (you may want to let these ingredients sit for a few minutes to help soften the goji berries). Puree until fully smooth.
  4. Add the blended mixture, as well as the oil, to the dry ingredients. Mix until well combined. Fold in the mini-chocolate chips.
  5. Spoon the batter into lined muffin tins, you want to fill them all the way to the top in order to achieve your high-domed muffin tops.
  6. If desired, sprinkle some whole goji berries, sugar, or mini-chocolate chips on top of the muffins.
  7. Bake at 425º F for 5 minutes then lower the temperature to 375º F and bake for 14 to 19 minutes, until the muffins are set in the center.
  8. Remove from oven, let cool for a few minutes in the muffin tins, and then transfer the muffins to cool on a cooling rack.

Strawberry-Goji Muffins with Mini-Chocolate Chips // Herbivore Triathlete

Have you ever tried goji berries?

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17 thoughts on “Strawberry Goji Muffins with Mini-Chocolate Chips {vegan}

    1. Herbivore Triathlete Post author

      Yes! This recipe is perfect for goji berries, especially if you’ve never had them before. I like to add goji berries to pretty much anything however. Let me know if you try them!

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  1. Sally

    strawberry and chocolate – what a combination. 🙂 I love the two together. I need to replenish my goji berry supply. I love those things!

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  2. Hannah (BitterSweet)

    Dreena’s recipes never disappoint! This muffin sounds so unique, since there are very few recipes using goji berries in the first place. They’re usually a savory addition to Chinese cooking, so I love your sweet approach by pairing them with strawberries.

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  3. Luv What You Do

    I want to try goji berries but they are so expensive at the store. Is it worth it?
    I too am in love with muffins but when I bake them I can’t eat just one. I tend to go with bread because I can freeze it and bring it into work to share!

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    1. Herbivore Triathlete Post author

      Whenever I make muffins I always freeze about half the batch, then I can just grab one at a time when I want one. As far as goji berries, in my opinion, yes they are worth it! The health benefits alone are spectacular but I also really enjoy the taste.

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    1. Herbivore Triathlete Post author

      I will be honest, these muffins are not the sweet muffins you buy at the local bakery. They are delicious, but they definitely are more on the “healthy” tasting side if you know what I mean. I haven’t tried making them with any other berries so could not say if cranberries would work, they are also juicier than goji berries so you want to take that into account when making the muffins. Let me know if you try it and how the omnis like them!

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