This is my hypothetical conversation with you after you’ve made these muffins and eaten them:
Me: My goodness, what glowing skin you have there!
You: Really? You think my skin is glowing?
Me: Of course! Have you even looked in the mirror? Reality check, your skin looks amazing.
You: Stop. Seriously? Well, thank you. I must admit I’ve been eating tons of green vegetables lately and I just made these muffins with chia seeds, heart-healthy almonds and antioxidant-rich goji berries. I’m not exactly sure where the recipe came from- it just came to me out of thin air when I stepped into my kitchen a few days ago, but man what a good idea they were! Maybe that’s why my skin is looking so groovy.
Me: Yes, that must be it. After all, chia seeds contain more omega-3 fatty acids than any other plant food and omega-3 fatty acids are essential for healthy skin and hair. Omega-3 fatty acids keep our skin hydrated and prevent skin cells from drying and flaking. You are like way beautiful on the inside and out.
You: Aw, thanks girl. And aren’t goji berries the healthiest dried fruit on the planet?
Me: Almost! With the exception of a few dried fruits, such as dried pomegranate seeds and dried whortleberries, goji berries are way up there on the dried fruit nutrient density scale. You should watch this video! (CLICK HERE to watch said video)
You: Whortleberries!!!!!! There’s a berry by the name of whortleberries?! For realz?
Me: Yes, however whortleberries have nothing to do with this blog post or this recipe.
You: Oh, right. I forgot we were having this conversation with the intent of a blog and recipe posting in mind.
Me: It’s okay. Let’s talk about whortleberries in another post very soon. That muffin recipe that came to you out of thin air sounds just delish and goji berries are a terrific food to eat for clearer skin! Did you know that goji berries not only help beautify the skin, but that they help to strengthen our immune systems, maintain a healthy blood pressure and help us reduce extra body fat? They are such a rad superfood (CLICK HERE for more goji berry deliciousness).
You: All of this talking about goji berries and muffins is making me hungry. Want a muffin?
Me: Thanks! (we both take a bite of our very own muffins) Mmmm.
Note: The picture you see here is of the recipe that came out of thin air prior to baking. The sad reality is that my parents ate the finished muffins and put the rest in the fridge before I had the opportunity to partake in post-baking photography. La sigh.
P.S. Do not put goji berries on top of your muffins prior to baking like I did. Goji berries burn baby burn and turn black when baked on top of muffins in the oven. When you mix them in your muffin batter and then bake the muffins, the goji berries will not burn and you will be a-okay for some goji berry lovin’.
Ingredients (makes about 8 muffins):
15 small or 12 large medjool dates, pitted
2 ripe, medium sized bananas
½ cup chia seeds
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
½ cup distilled water
1 cup almond flour
½ cup oat flour
1/2 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup goji berries
1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a high power blender or vitamix, combine distilled water, pitted dates, bananas, chia seeds, vanilla extract and cinnamon. Blend until smooth and creamy.
2) In a large bowl, combine almond flour, oat flour, and baking power. Mix thoroughly. Add the blended wet mixture to this dry mixture and stir repeatedly until flour is completely immersed in the wet mixture. Stir in goji berries.
3) Place paper muffin cups on a muffin/cupcake pan. With a large spoon, scoop batter onto cookie sheet with a spoon and bake for 20-25 minutes. The muffins will come out moist and chewy, as the best muffins should! Serve warm and enjoy this delicious healthy treat.
Me: Peace, love and goji berries <33
You: Mmm can’t talk. My mouth is full.