Raw Food Recipe: Cacao Oat Goji Balls

by Susan on September 9, 2010

School is back in session! A quick, healthy raw food recipe, that is easy to throw together, packs a big nutritional punch and requires no dehydrator provides quick after school snacks.

Goji berries are considered to be one of the most nutrient rich “super-foods” available. Goji berries have protein, healthy fat and fiber. They are also loaded with macro-nutrients and anti-oxidents! They contain 18 amino acids, 8 of which are essential aminos. They also have vitamin C (more than oranges), beta caroteen (more than carrots), and iron!

To read more about the nutritional value of oats, read here: Oats

No dehydrator needed! You can mix these up fast and have them ready. Keep them in the fridge or freeze for later.

Cacao Oat Goji Balls

  • 3 cups raw flaked oats*
  • 1/2 cup cacao
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 cup agave or 1/3 cup raw honey
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 cup almond butter
  • 1/2 cup goji berries

1. Mix oats, cacao and almond flour together in a large bowl. Set aside.

2. In separate bowl, whisk together agave, and melted coconut oil.

3. Pour wet ingredients into bowl with dry. Add almond butter. Mix well.

4. Mix in goji berries.

5. Form into 1″ balls, chill to set.

*Note: you can find raw flaked oats here: Sunrise Flour Mill

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{ 25 comments… read them below or add one }

Dr. Sue September 9, 2010 at 11:47 am

Hi Susan,

Wow, these look amazing! Can’t wait to try them. Would you be up for sharing a handful of your recipes on our website, nourishmd.com? We teach parents HOW to feed their children REAL food and encourage lots of raw food as well. We would provide links back to your website. If interested email me and we can go from there. Thank you for being out there doing what you’re doing…it is SO needed in this world!

Sue McCreadie, MD (Holistic Pediatrician)


Jen September 9, 2010 at 1:44 pm

Any suggestions for an ingredient to replace the oats?


Jennifer and Jaclyn September 9, 2010 at 2:57 pm

Wow these look so easy! It’s nice to have “baked” treats that you don’t have to dehydrate.


Brooke September 9, 2010 at 7:46 pm

These look good! I need to make them this weekend to help me with the raw food challenge that starts tomorrow. I’m pumping myself up for this and I’m ready 😉

Jen – maybe you could grind up some sprouted buckwheat in place of the oats?


Mike September 10, 2010 at 12:41 am

Wow, that looks really good… after the juice fast anyway! Peace!


Debbie September 10, 2010 at 9:10 am

Thought the raw food challenge started today? I have not done it before and was looking for some information posted on it today ? Thanks.


Susan September 10, 2010 at 9:11 am

It does start today. It will be up shortly.


mary September 10, 2010 at 3:30 pm

Hi Susan,
If is it possible to purchase oats online from Sunrise? I looked on the website and didn’t see that option.


Carol September 10, 2010 at 7:30 pm

Thanks for sharing your great raw ideas. I made these this afternoon, easy and awesome treat. Next time I might soak the Goji berries to soften them up a bit, as I like them a little softer.


Susan September 10, 2010 at 7:37 pm

Interesting…I guess mine were softer to begin with. Great idea if they are not.


Susan September 11, 2010 at 10:58 am

Jen: Since oats are one of the main ingredients of this recipe, it would be tough to make a substitution. Do you have an issue with oats?


Darla September 12, 2010 at 7:28 pm

Yum! I just made these but substituted the oats for equal parts finely shredded, unsweetened coconut and dehydrated buckwheat groats (both of which I had on hand). I also added more almond flour until it all binded pretty easily. The groats add a really satisfying crunch!



Susan September 12, 2010 at 7:32 pm

There you go…some great substitutions!


McKenna September 14, 2010 at 7:27 pm

Hi Susan,
I know you posted this a few days ago but I was wondering about the almonds in general….
I read your articles on soaking nuts and since I’m new to eating raw just had a question. Do you soak all of your nuts and then dehydrate them to use in recipes like almond butter, your cookies etc. Or do you only soak them when needed for milks? Pretty much soak everything and then dehydrate?
Also, for almond flour-do you just use the leftovers from making almond milk for the flour?
Thank you


Susan September 14, 2010 at 7:50 pm

I soak all of the nuts that have the enzyme inhibitors in them. Then they are ready to go when I want them. If a recipe calls for soaked nuts for a textural thing, then they would be re-soaked.


Susan September 14, 2010 at 7:51 pm

I use both soaked dehydrated almonds ground fine in the food processor and also the left overs from almond milk for flour.


McKenna September 15, 2010 at 9:51 am

Great thank you! How do you store the almond flour or do you have to use it right away?


Susan September 15, 2010 at 9:53 am

If I am not going to use it right away, I put it in the refrigerator.


Lisa Wiley March 14, 2012 at 7:54 pm

I made these for my family when they were in town…they were gone in 2 days! Absolutley delicious! I also make these when I crave some chocolate! I love that they are loaded with protien too and they look so cute on a little plate in a pile!


Catherine Foster April 25, 2013 at 5:45 pm

I know this is an old recipe, so I hope someone is looking at these. I just made these and they didn’t bind at all, just fell apart. I followed the directions exactly and don’t know what the problem was. Very disappointing to have a huge bowl of this. I did try to spread some on a cookie sheet and bake it like granola. It worked ok and will have to do, unless someone can help me figure out the non-binding problem. Thanks for your help.


Susan April 25, 2013 at 8:48 pm

Not sure why you had problems, I have made these many times without trouble. If your ingredients, such as the coconut oil cooled off too much that might be a bit of a problem but with these ingredients, they shouldn’t have trouble. Did you use raw oats or another type?


Catherine Foster April 26, 2013 at 10:56 pm

Hi, Susan,
The coconut oil was freshly melted, and it looked like raw oats. I got them out of a bulk-food bin at our local co-op, and I can go back and look at what the bin said. I’m thinking that it must have been the oats, because that’s the only ingredient that there’s any question about; the rest are pretty straightforward. Do you have any ideas about what else I can do with this? I hate to throw it all out. Thank you.


Susan April 26, 2013 at 11:22 pm

Add a little water, 1 tablespoon at a time, mix it in well by hand.


Catherine Foster April 29, 2013 at 9:47 am

I’ll try the water. Thank you.


Catherine Foster May 1, 2013 at 9:49 pm

I tried the water and, perhaps more importantly, because it still seemed to come apart in my hands, used two spoons to smush the balls together. It worked! Thanks very much.


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