Chocolate Goji Berry Truffle

This recipe is the ultimate guilt-free dessert! Completely sugar-free, it still packs a sweet punch with its various superfood ingredients. Bite sized and perfect for any time of the day.

Prep: 20 mins | Serves: Approx 16-20 truffles

  • 2 tbsp goji berries
  • 4 tbsp pumpkin seeds
  • 3 tbsp chia seeds
  • 6 tbsp almonds
  • 1 tbsp cacao nibs
  • 2 tbsp raw cacao powder
  • 8 pitted Medjool dates
  • 2 tbsp almond butter
  • Pinch of salt
  • Optional: desiccated coconut, melted dark chocolate

Grind the goji berries, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds and almonds in a food processor until you have a coarse mixture. The coarseness depends on the texture you want your truffles to be.

Add the remaining ingredients – cacao nibs, cacao powder, dates, almond butter and salt to the grinder. Pulse again till the mixture comes together. It should stick together easily when you squeeze it in your hand. Add a spoon or two of water, only if necessary (is contingent on the moisture in the dates).

Take dollops of the mixture and roll into balls. Store in the refrigerator for upto two weeks in an airtight container.

Optional: You can roll your truffles in dessicated coconut, or dip them in melted chocolate (or dip and roll!) before refrigerating.  More flavour the better!

Spicy Goji Berry Soup

A healthy twist on your regular tomato soup. The addition of goji berries brings out the sweetness of the tomatoes and adds a tart kick to the spice in this soup. An invigorating and healthy addition to any meal.

Prep Time: 15 mins | Cooking Time: 15 mins | Serves: 2-4

  • 1 cup dried goji berries
  • 1 cup chopped tomatoes (230g approx.)
  • 450ml vegetable stock
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small chili, chopped finely
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tbsp fresh coriander leaves, torn

Wash and soak the goji berries for a few minutes to rehydrate them. You can let them soak overnight as well.

Heat the olive oil in a medium saucepan and sauté the onion and chili for few minutes. Add the tomatoes, goji berries and cumin seeds. Stir for another couple of minutes.

Add the stock, bring to a boil. Then reduce to a simmer for 10 minutes. Stir in the fresh coriander and blend the soup until smooth.

When serving, decorate with a few fresh coriander leaves, cumin seeds or even an artsy swirl of yoghurt!

Quinoa, Herb & Goji Berry Salad

It’s blazing hot this summer, and nothing is as refreshing as a salad. This one is choc-a-bloc filled with protein, vitamins and all things essential. A light dressing and plenty of grain make it a complete meal in itself!

Prep Time: 15 mins | Serves: 1-2

For the dressing:

Mix all the salad ingredients in a bowl.

Combine the dressing ingredients in a separate bowl. Mix well.

Toss the two together.

It’s as simple as that!

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Mac ‘n’ Cheese Burger Bun

What could be better than biting into two of your favourite foods at the same time?

Imagine this – gooey, melt-y mac n’cheesiness with crunchy exterior,  a delicious patty, fresh tomatoes, crunchy lettuce, some more cheese (is enough ever enough?), a touch of Sriracha or Peri-Peri ketchup… You get our drift. A spin-off of the ramen burger trend, this bun seems like a match made in heaven. Without further ado, let’s get down into the nitty-gritties. You will need –

For the Mac’n’Cheese:

  • ⅔ cup Parmesan, grated
  • 1 cup cheddar Jack cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup medium cheddar cheese, shredded
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 box macaroni, boiled
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream

For making the bun:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup coarse panko bread crumbs
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 eggs, whisked
  • Oil for frying

 

In a saucepan over low heat, simmer the heavy cream until reduced by a third (the cream should lightly coat the back of a spoon). Add in the three cheeses and whisk thoroughly. Remove from heat. Place the cooked pasta in a large mixing bowl and pour the cheese sauce over the pasta. Season with salt and pepper, mix until well combined, and let it cool to room temperature.

Line baking tray with buttered parchment paper. Pour the prepared mac ‘n’ cheese onto the lined tray and spread out evenly; cover with another piece of buttered parchment paper. Place flat inside freezer for approximately 1-2 hours or until hard.

In 3 bowls make the following mixtures: Bowl 1 – whisked eggs; Bowl 2 – flour, half of the salt & pepper; Bowl 3 – breadcrumbs and the remaining salt and pepper. Remove the frozen mac’n’cheese as either use a cutter/katori to cut out buns of the required size, or use your hands to break and form the buns as per your requirements. Dip the formed discs in the 3 bowls in order – 1,2 and then 3.

In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Once the oil is hot, fry the discs in batches, cooking them for approximately 2 minutes on each side until they become golden brown. Remove and set on a paper towel-lined plate to let the oil drain out.

Foodstree Pro Tip:

You can add a little extra to your mac’n’cheese mixture to take your bun to a new level. We’re thinking some spices – paprika, oregano or parsley? Or if you have a favourite cheese (that melts well) substitute one of the three recommended here!

Waffle Pops – Recipe & Exciting Toppings

If you’re anything like us, and can never decide whether to go for the Nutella, strawberries, maple syrup or ice-cream (or all of them) with your waffles, this is the ultimate solution. 

Waffles have been a brunch staple for ages, and every household has their go to recipe. The beauty of these waffle pops lies in their presentation not composition! By making regular waffles bite-sized and portable, the scope for variation in toppings is endless. Here’s our favourite recipe to get the crispiest waffles known to mankind before we get our creative juices flowing with the toppings.

via delsih.com

You will need:

  • 3/4  cups flour
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1+1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Combine the dry ingredients – flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, salt and sugar – in a bowl and mix well. In a separate bowl, beat the egg yolk with a fork and add the milk, oil and vanilla. Add this mixture to the dry ingredients and let the mixture sit for 20-30 minutes. In the meanwhile, whip the egg white still stiff peaks form and gently fold into the mixture right before spooning onto waffle iron. Cook until golden brown and crisp on the outside.

Once waffles are taken out and cooled enough to handle, take a biscuit cutter/katori/bowl or anything else and press them into the waffle to cut out even shapes. You can use your hands to break them into uneven shapes too, for a more rustic look. For the last step, gently slide in a lollipop stick or ice-cream stick (depending in the size of your cut-outs) and voila!

Foodstree Pro Tip:

Cornstarch in waffles? Yes! That’s one way to make them super crispy. The second is whipping the egg whites into stiff peaks. This helps to incorporate air into the batter, so that the waffle is light and fluffy from inside and crunchy on the outside.

Toppings:

Let’s get to the fun part! Once your basic pops are ready you can go wild with the toppings. After a lot of brainstorming, here are the Foodstree team’s favourite suggestions:

  • Spicy Honey – Add some Siracha, Tabasco or Peri-Peri to honey in a 1:3 ratio and drizzle all over
  • Vanilla Marshmallow – Melt vanilla flavoured Marshmelts and dip the pops into it. For some colour, use rainbow sprinkles on top.
  • Oreo Cookie Mint – Slather in Oreo Cookie Butter, dip into crushed oreos and drizzle with mint chocolate sauce
  • Cranberry Almond – spread some almond butter, and then roll onto dried cranberries. Drizzle with chocolate to finish off.
  • Cereal Burst – Dip into honey, and cover in your favourite cereal – Frosties, Froot Loops, Chocos it’s up to you! Optional: Add nuts or chocolate drizzle

Remember – these pops are a blank slate! You can garnish, decorate them into whatever takes your fancy. Hint: these could be useful for theme-based occasions too as they’re so versatile. All ingredients can be found on Foodstree.