Vegan Anti-Aging Goji Berry Muffins

By Rachel Venokur-Clark, Green Options

Going Meatless on Mondays doesn’t have to mean deprivation of all your favorite foods. By making some simple changes to recipes, you can easily swap out the animal products for vegan options. Here is a simple veganized muffin recipe, so you can start your Meatless Monday off with delicious, healthy, energizing and decadent baked good.

Tibetan Goji Berries are regarded in Tibet as the “Fruit of Longevity and Well Being.” Goji berries have been traditionally regarded as a food that offers your body longevity, strength-building, and sexual potency. Gojis are a complete protein source and a low calorie snack that strengthens your immune system, increases energy and helps to curb cravings. It has one of the highest antioxidant contents in all food, which helps to fight free radicals, keeping you young and vibrant. Gojis contain 18 amino acids, vitamin C, beta-carotene, 20 rare trace minerals, vitamin B1, B2 and B6 and vitamin E.

In honor of this Meatless Monday, let’s boost our energy, keep ourselves looking and feeling young and chow down on some delicious vegan, anti-aging muffins.

Goji Orange Muffins

Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 22 min
Yields: 12 muffins

1 3/4 cups Whole Wheat Flour
1/4 cup Sucanat or other natural dry sweetener
1 tablespoon Ener-G egg replacer (found at most health food stores)
2 teaspoons Baking Powder
1/4 teaspoon Sea Salt
1/2 cup Almonds-chopped
1/3 cup Safflower Oil
1 cup Goji Berries
1 1/4 cup Soy, Almond or Rice Milk
Zest of 1/2 an Orange

1) Pre-heat oven to 375 and prepare muffin tins with liners.
2) In a large bowl, combine the flour, sucanat, egg replacer, baking powder and salt.
3) In a medium bowl, whisk together the oil and milk.
4) Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until barely combined.
5) Gently stir in the gojis, almonds and orange zest.
6) Divide batter evenly into the prepared muffin tins.
7) Bake for 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the muffin comes out clean.

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18 comments

Sonya Armenia Redfield

I will give that a go thanks

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Sam M.
Sam E M5 years ago

Didn't realize you could cook Goji berries. Wouldn't they lose their properties (vitamins etc)?
Never thought of planting them either, so that's two new things I've learned today. :)

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Nimue Pendragon

Goji berries and acai berries work. They don't just make claims, they actually do what they say.

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aj E.
aj E5 years ago

thanks!

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Jennifer C.
Past Member 6 years ago

I love Goji Berry! Thanks for sharing this recipe.

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Mervi R.
Mervi R7 years ago

Great, thanks!

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Smith M.
.7 years ago

Been loving goji berries in my morning cereal. We get them at our local asian market for about 1/4 the whole foods' price.
english breakfast tee

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Marcla C.
Marcla G7 years ago

Like Kevin, I have planted goji berries also. Remember, we have relatives of them in the U.S. Research, research research. Me, I think gojis ROCK!!! BUT you do have to find the good ones, know the company you're buying them from. I've have the best and the worst. The best were maybe a dollar more than the worst. The main thing I'm saying here also is grow your own. If it provides you with seeds and is not cooked/irradiated, it will provide you with more food!!!! It's just that simple. And there is nothing more satisfying as enjoying something you have grown, both watching it grow, then provide you with nourishment, THEN more seeds to grow more! Wow, what a circle of life!

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Gina M.
G M7 years ago

Hi Jay..I too am from Michigan! Anyway, does anyone know what I can substitute for the egg-replacer in this recipe? Have tried Ener-G and find it gives baked goods a funny "off" taste. I'll also be substituting dried cherries or cranberries. Thanks! p.s. bought some blueberries yesterday and they were very bitter..must be end of season.

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Genevieve H.
Genevieve H7 years ago

If the photo that you posted is that of goji berries, we also have them in Japan, and they taste ..... so tart! They're quite awful!
I totally agree with Carol H., why buy exotic produce that have a large environmental footprint ? Is not this site about Saving the Planet and promoting eating and living habits that are more environmentally friendly ? Read Gandhi, he condemned the consumption of imported foods. Everything you consume should be produced locally.
To carry on living so mindlessly is a crime against future humanity, against all the children who will inherit this dump because you wanted to live your selfish, self indulgent American dream!

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