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4 Ways to Enjoy Goji Berries

In the vast, serene landscapes of the Himalayas, there lies a treasure not so hidden but immensely valuable. Goji berries have become a popular superfood in the Western world as their nutrition profile boasts a powerful punch. Let us embark on a journey to discover the essence of these mighty berries that are meticulously handpicked from the Himalayas and explore how they can be a flavorful addition to your diet.  

Here are 4 of our favorite ways to enjoy goji berries:


cookies with goji berries and seeds sprinkled on top

1. Bake 'em

Incorporating goji berries into your baked goods not only infuses your treats with a burst of tangy sweetness. From morning treats like breakfast cookies to wholesome granolas, goji berries offer a versatile ingredient that can transform your baking. Here’s how to make the most out of these vibrant superfoods in your kitchen.

The Perfect Addition to Breakfast Cookies

Imagine starting your day with a cookie that's delicious. That's exactly what you get when you add goji berries to your breakfast cookies. The key to perfecting these cookies is to balance the dry and wet ingredients to accommodate the chewiness of the goji berries without making the cookie too dense. A base of oats, mashed bananas, and a touch of honey or maple syrup can create a delightful texture that complements the unique taste of the goji berries.

Elevating Homemade Granola

Granola is another baked good that significantly benefits from the addition of goji berries. The chewy texture and sweet-tart flavor of the berries add a delightful contrast to the crunchy oats and nuts. However, the trick to keeping goji berries chewy in granola is to add them after baking. Once your granola has baked and cooled to preserve its crunch, stir in the goji berries. This method ensures that the berries retain their moisture and texture, providing a chewy treat that's a joy to eat. 

a mix of dried fruit on a heart shaped plate

2. Mix 'em

Mixing your trail mix with goji berries not only introduces a vibrant pop of color but also a delightful touch of sweetness, perfectly complementing the wholesome crunch of nuts and seeds. This makes for a superfood-enriched snack that’s satisfying. Whether you're crafting a trail mix for your next adventure or elevating your daily breakfast routine, here’s how to creatively incorporate goji berries into your mixes.

Crafting the Ultimate Trail Mix

Creating an at-home trail mix is an excellent way to enjoy goji berries. This no-cook method allows the berries to retain their chewy texture and tangy flavor, making every handful a deliciously balanced bite. Start with a base of goji berries, adding a variety of nuts like almonds, walnuts, or cashews for a satisfying crunch. Seeds such as pumpkin, sunflower, or chia bring in an extra layer of texture.

Don’t forget to toss in some coconut flakes for a tropical twist and dark chocolate chips for a bit of indulgence or cacao nibs if you want the chocolate taste with an added crunch. The bitterness of the dark chocolate pairs wonderfully with the sweetness of the goji berries. Enjoy!!!

a green smoothie with goji berries, sliced almonds and pepitas garnished on top

3. Blend 'em

Blending goji berries into your smoothies and homemade ice creams not only adds a vibrant hue but also introduces a sweet, tangy flavor that can beautifully mask the bitterness of greens like spinach or kale. Here’s how to make the most out of goji berries in your blended creations.

Creating Colorful Smoothies

Smoothies are a fantastic way to enjoy a variety of nutrients in one go, and goji berries can be the star ingredient that ties all other components together. Their unique flavor complements many traditional smoothie ingredients. For a nourishing blend, start with a liquid base like almond milk, coconut water, or yogurt for creaminess. Add in your goji berries for a tangy punch and a beautiful, rich color.

Incorporate fruits like bananas or mangoes for natural sweetness and creaminess, and don’t shy away from adding oats or almond butter for a smooth texture and some added protein. 

steeped goji berries in a clear tea cup

4. Steep 'em

Steeping goji berries to create a flavorful tea is a delightful way to enjoy this superfood. This simple preparation method transforms dried goji berries into a warm beverage, plus, you get the added bonus of enjoying the rehydrated, plump berries after you've finished your tea. Here’s how you can make the most out of steeping goji berries for a delightful tea experience.

Making Goji Berry Tea

To start, you don't need much—just a handful of goji berries and hot water are the essentials. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can elevate your tea by adding the berries to your favorite herbal tea blend. The subtle sweetness and tangy flavor of goji berries can enhance the herbal notes without overpowering them, making for a beautifully balanced cup.

Steps to Brew Goji Berry Tea:

Preparation: Begin by placing a tablespoon of goji berries in your cup or tea infuser. If you're using a tea blend, add it to the cup or infuser at this time.

Steeping: Pour hot water over the goji berries and let them steep for about 5 to 10 minutes. The time will allow the berries to rehydrate, releasing their flavors into the water.

Enjoying Your Tea: Once the berries have steeped, enjoy your tea as is, or add a touch of honey or lemon for extra flavor. Don’t forget to eat the hydrated goji berries at the bottom of your cup for an added treat!

We’re super picky about quality, which is why our goji berries are top-grade with superior flavor and vibrant color. Certified organic and Non-GMO, Viva Naturals Goji Berries are also sourced directly from farmers to give you the best quality. Try this superfood and delve into the taste that nature has to offer!

Updated April 11, 2024

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