The term ‘superfood’ makes me want to punch things.
It’s not that I’ve anything against the foods that are given this label (or am prone to violent outbursts) – far from it, they are all nutritional powerhouses – but it’s one of those trendy words that appears everywhere and yet means nothing.
The truth is that so-called ‘superfoods’ are just foods that happen to be very nutritious.
There’s lots of them and they won’t give you lazer eyes or incredible strength or adamantium claws a la Wolverine.
This weekend I made muffins (or cupcakes, still not clear on the difference. I suspect it’s a British vs American thing – we need one universal culinary language people!) and they incorporated two rising stars on the ‘superfood’ scene, maca and goji berries.
Maca is a plant grown in the Andes. It is reportedly able to boost energy, increase fertility and balance hormones. You can take it in capsule form or in a powder.
It’s got a really lovely nutty, sweet taste so perfect for baking.
Goji berries look a little like cranberries. They are very high in vitamin C, iron and amino acids. So basically like wonder juice for your immune system.
They are usually sold dried and can be eaten straight out of the packet or, if you’re a culinary wizard like me, stuffed into some delicious muffins.
I’m also considering making them into a sauce later in the week. Crazy I know. The fun just doesn’t stop in our house.
Goji and Maca Muffins (makes around 9)
- 1/2 cup dried goji berries
- 2 heaped tsps maca powder
- 1/4 cup coconut flour
- 3 large eggs
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
- Soak the goji berries in a cup of water for at least an hour ’til plump.
- Sieve the coconut flour and baking powder into a large mixing bowl. Add the maca and salt.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, honey and vanilla extract.
- Gradually add the wet ingredients to the dry, stirring into a runny batter.
- Fold in the goji berries and the walnuts.
- Transfer to a greased or lined muffin tray – using roughly one tsbp per muffin. It should make around nine.
- Bake at 375 for 10-12 minutes.