Dark chocolate and goji berry bars
These thick, chewy bars are an explosion of flavor and antioxidants from dark chocolate and goji berries.
I’ve been enjoying goji berries in my oatmeal for months now, and decided to play around with them to create a satisfying mid-day snack. First goal – give ‘em back some of the moisture they deserve, as the dryness of goji berries is a turn-off to some. Second goal – add chocolate. Third goal – it’s gotta be easy and quick, and yield a mouth-watering treat.
- 3/4 cup dried goji berries*
- 1 cup coconut oil or unsalted butter
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 tablespoons coconut milk
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups white whole wheat flour
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 1/4 cup raw oats (quick or old-fashioned)
- 1 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips or chunks
- 1/2 cup coconut flakes, optional
Place goji berries in a cup, and cover with boiling water to plump. This takes 15-20 minutes.
Preheat oven to 350. Spray a 9x13 pan with non-stick spray and set aside.
Beat coconut oil or butter with sugars until smooth.
Add eggs, milk, and vanilla and beat well.
Add flour, baking soda, salt, oats and cinnamon and mix.
Drain goji berries, and add to batter. Add chocolate chunks (and coconut flakes, if using) and mix until incorporated throughout.
Transfer to baking pan and bake for 35-40 minutes. Cool, and slice into bars.
*Dried goji berries can be found in health food stores and online at Amazon and other retailers.