Chocolate Goji Berry Stars
Makes 20-25 stars depending on the size of each star
Everyone deserves a little decadence now and then, especially as a post-meal treat. My dad has always instilled in me the importance of consuming plenty of nutrient rich vegetables and beans in a meal and then I can treat myself to a few of these amazing little guys. And boy are they tasty! It certainly does feel wonderful to get my greens and then as a beautiful end to treating my body right, have one or two of these melt-in-your-mouth Chocolate Goji Berry Stars to finish off one heck of a satisfying meal.
Today it was raining and gloomy where I live and most of my friends have been stressed out studying for final exams (I’m in my last semester in college). I got lucky and finished my last exam early, so I knew today was the perfect time to head to the kitchen and whip up something special for me and my over-worked friends. I had a blast making these stars, which contain just four ingredients and are raw and gluten-free. They came out so divine considering the few ingredients and I knew I had to share the recipe with all of you. They are a fantastic dessert and quite rich, just like dark chocolate, so it only takes one or two to feel oh so satisfied. I say share them with your friends like I did or refrigerate them and you have a stash that can last for a few weeks. I hope your mouth loves them just as much as mine did!
1 and ½ cups walnuts
8 medjool dates (the medjool variety are soft, perfect for this recipe)
1/3 cup cocoa powder
handful goji berries
Grind walnuts in a blender until they turn into a fine powder. Pour the walnuts into a big bowl. Pit the medjool dates and add them to the bowl with the walnuts. Using freshly washed hands, knead the walnuts and the dates together with your hands, molding the date/walnut mixture into one evenly mixed ball. The dates will add stickiness and the walnuts and dates should combine together well. Add the cocoa powder and continue to knead the ingredients until thoroughly mixed into a chocolaty ball. You can then use this ball to create mini discs, as pictured below. Place the goji berries into the shape of a star on top of the chocolate discs! And voila! Now you’ve got these mini chocolate treats to relish be it rain or shine.