So lately I have been obsessing over Goji berries, or Gou Qi Zi as they are known in Chinese medicine. I have been using them in my oatmeal, yogurt and tea and today I made muffins with them! I love baking and I can’t say that there are too many resources for baking in Chinese medicine literature. Most recipes I come across are for soups and congees and while they are delicious, I just love baking more than I love cooking. So I often create my own little recipes for muffins and breads that incorporate foods that are known to assist with certain functions in the body in Chinese medicine. You can check out another muffin recipe geared towards blood deficiency here.
As I mentioned in my previous recipe post, I would never arbitrarily recommend a Chinese herbal formula to someone without first doing a thorough diagnosis, but with these muffins I feel pretty confident that any person can eat and enjoy them.
This recipe is filled with all sorts of nutritious yumminess. I will focus here on Goji berries (Gou Qi Zi) because they are the star of this recipe. In Chinese medicine they are said to enter to Kidney, Liver and Lung meridians. This means that they can help to tonify (or build up/supplement) the Kidney energy which aids in building up our Jing (a ‘Vital Substance’ related to growth, development, reproduction and memory). These berries can also nourish the liver and supplement the blood as well as moisten the lungs. One of Gou Qi Zi’s claims to fame is also their ability to help with vision problems. They are commonly used to make a tea with another Chinese herb, Chrysanthemum flower (Ju Hua), in order to improve the vision.
So here’s the recipe:
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1/4 cup coconut sugar
1/2 cup almond milk
1 teaspoon almond extract
2 tablespoon ground flax seeds
1 1/4 cup garbanzo bean flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 cup Goji berries (soaked for 5 minutes in warm water)
Yield: 6 muffins
Cook time: 13-15 minutes at 350º