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!

Chocolate Star

Ingredients:

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

Directions:

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. 

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Denise D'Agostino - May 10, 2012 3:34 PM

FAB!! yums

al - May 10, 2012 7:52 PM

I say get out of the habit of eating desserts, treats, Fill up on the main meal.

Liane Waselus - May 10, 2012 8:03 PM

Thank you for this recipe, Talia! It looks great! I have been on the Dr. Fuhrman eating plan for almost three months and have lost 10 PERMANENTLY GONE pounds! I am an avowed chocoholic and am looking forward to making these to soothe any after-dinner chocolate cravings! Give your dad a huge hug for me for opening my vegetarian eyes to the importance of eating lots of fruits and vegetables and eliminating dairy products!

Karen Harris - May 10, 2012 8:51 PM

These sound delightful! I wonder if they could be mixed in a food processor till the end, and then formed? I am not a student - but I am a tutor and tutoring clients through their finals. Hopefully I have earned a couple good-for-me- treats, too! :)

Caroline Israel - May 10, 2012 10:37 PM

These look delish. I'm gonna take some to a vegan potluck this weekend. Thanks!

Jennifer Siskind - May 11, 2012 10:53 AM

GOGI BERRIES ARE PART OF THE NIGHTSHADE FAMILY OR SOLANACEA GENUS OF PLANTS. People who are sensitive to nightshades and react with arthritic pain, migraines or stomach/intestinal issues need to be aware of this.

Isa - June 7, 2012 7:53 AM

these look lovely...perfect if you're entertaining and want something special to eat while everyone else is eating SAD sweets

richnatureA - July 9, 2012 12:31 PM

Goji berries are also naturally sweet but low on the glycemic index. The polysaccharides (sugars) can help satisfy that sweet tooth without having your blood sugar spike. Plus, they're chewy, so it takes you a little longer to eat them, helping you with moderation. Talia, they look so beautiful!

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