An easy goji berry balls recipe for dried goji berries you can make in 10 minutes with just 4 simple ingredients.

A plate of goji berry energy balls.

What are goji berries?

Goji berries, also known as wolf berries, are small red or orange-red berries that come from the Lycium barbarum plant and have a slightly sweet and tart flavour.

Goji berries have been used for centuries in traditional Chinese medicine for their potential health benefits. They are prized for their nutritional content, being rich in various vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and other bioactive compounds.

Their potential health benefits include blood sugar regulation, digestive health, cognitive function, eye health, immune system support and energy, in most part due to antioxidants such as beta-carotene, zeaxanthin, and vitamin C.

How to Use Goji Berries

Goji berries are usually used in dried form, much like raisins or cranberries. They have a chewy texture when dried.

Goji berries can be eaten as a snack, or added to trail mix, smoothies, salad dressings, baking, cereal, tea and salads, or used in a variety of recipes like these energy balls.

They’re also perfect for sprinkling over yogurt, banana nice cream, blueberry banana smoothie bowls, mango chia pudding and banana oatmeal.

If you have extra goji berries, they’d make a great addition to this Freekeh Salad, Summer Quinoa Salad, Wild Rice Salad, Tuscan Kale Salad, or you could blend them into a smoothie like this Papaya Smoothie or Beet Orange Smoothie.

They can also be added to any of my energy bar, energy ball or baking recipes. They’d be yummy in these Blueberry Oatmeal Cups, Cherry Almond Bars, Apricot Granola Bars or Lime Coconut Energy Bites.


Labelled ingredients for making goji berry energy balls.

The full ingredient list with measurements is located in the recipe card below.

  • Dates: You can use any variety of dates are long as they’re soft and moist. If your dates are overly dry, soak them in hot water then drain well before using in the recipe.
  • Cashews: Use plain, raw cashews with no added oil or salt. You can substitute other nuts such as almonds, walnuts or pecans or use a mixture of nuts. For a nut-free option, you can use sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds.
  • Goji Berries: Look for dried goji berries. They’re readily available online, in well-stocked grocery stores or in health food stores.
  • Cacao Nibs: You can omit these if you prefer, or substitute chopped dark chocolate, chocolate chips or mini chocolate chips.
  • Vanilla: Vanilla adds a really nice flavour but is optional. A pinch of salt and cinnamon will also help enhance the flavour.

Variations & Additions

  • Coconut Goji Berry Balls: Reduce the cashews to 1/2 cup and add 1 cup fine or medium shredded coconut (desiccated coconut).
  • Chocolate-Coated Goji Balls: Dip the balls in melted dark chocolate or drizzle over top of them on a baking sheet and set in the fridge unit firm.
  • Spices: Incorporate warming spices like ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, or cardamom for an extra layer of flavor.
  • Ginger: Try adding 2-3 tbsp grated fresh ginger.
  • Matcha: Add 1-2 tbsp matcha powder for an earthy flavour and green colour.
  • Maca: Incorporate maca powder for its potential energy-boosting properties.
  • Citrus: Add 1-3 tbsp lemon juice and/or lemon zest, lime zest or orange zest for a refreshing flavour.
  • Seeds: Add up to 1/3 cup chia seeds or hemp seeds for more healthy fats and nutrition. If adding ground flax, use just 3-4 tbsp so the balls aren’t too dry.
  • Coating: Experiment with different coatings for your goji balls, such as shredded coconut, crushed nuts, cocoa powder, or even a dusting of matcha.
  • Oats: Add up to 1/2 cup rolled oats or substitute the cashews with 1 cup rolled oats.
  • Sweetening: Add 1-2 tbsp of pure maple syrup for a sweeter flavour.
  • Energy Bars: If you prefer to make energy bars, line an 8×8-inch baking sheet with parchment paper then firmly press the dough into the plan. Firm in the fridge for an hour or two, then lift out of the pan and slice into bars.
Goji berries, dates, cashews and cacao nibs in a blender.

Step-by-Step Guide

Step 1. Add all of the ingredients to a food processor and mix into a thick, sticky dough you can easily press together between your fingers.

Quick Tip: If it’s not sticking together, add 1 tsp of warm water and blend again. That should do the trick but if not, repeat as needed.

Raw goji berry energy ball dough in a bowl.

Step 2. Use your hands to roll the dough into balls. You should get 10-12 balls depending on the size.

If you’d like to coat them in something like coconut, go for it!

Orange energy balls rolled in coconut on a small plate with some goji berries in the foreground.

Recipe FAQs

What can I use instead of cacao nibs?

You can omit cacao nibs or substitute dark chocolate, chocolate chips or mini chocolate chips.

Do I have to soak the goji berries?

No, you don’t need to soak the goji berries before using them in energy balls. They can be added directly to the mixture.

Can I make them in advance?

For sure! These store well in the fridge for 2 weeks or freezer for up to 3 months.

Can I make them nut-free?

Yes. To make them nut-free, use sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds instead of cashews. You could also do a mix of rolled oats and seeds.

Can I use different nuts?

Yes, you can use a variety of nuts like almonds, walnuts, or pistachios in place of cashews. You can also use a mixture of nuts.

Close up of a goji berry ball with a bite out of it.

Expert Tips

  1. Softening Dates: If your dates are a bit dry, soak them in warm water for about 10-15 minutes before blending. This will help soften them, making them easier to blend and resulting in a smoother texture.
  2. Texture: The mixture should hold together when squeezed but not be too sticky. If it’s too sticky, add a few more cashews. If it’s too crumbly, add more softened dates or a bit of nut butter.
  3. Measuring: For best results, use a digital scale and follow the listed measurements in the recipe.

Storing Instructions

  • Store the finished bites in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks or freezer for up to 2 months.
  • They’re ok at room temperature if taking to-go but will get soft if it’s warm.

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Close up of goji berry balls on a plate.

Easy Goji Berry Balls Recipe

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  • Author: Deryn Macey
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 10-12 balls
  • Category: Snack
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan
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These delicious no-bake goji berry energy balls are packed with nutrients thank to superfoods like goji berries and cacao nibs and make a delicious sweet treat.



  1. Place all ingredients in a food processor and mix into a thick, sticky dough you can easily press together between your fingers. If it’s not sticking, add 1 tsp of warm water and process again. That should do the trick, but if not, repeat 1-2 times until it does.
  2. Roll into 10-12 balls depending on desired size and store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks or freezer for up to 2 months.


Cacao nibs can be substituted with chocolate chips or dark chocolate.

Be sure to use soft, moist dates as they bind the recipe together. If your dates are overly dry, pit them first then soak in hot water for 15 minutes. Drain well before using in the recipe.


  • Serving Size: 1 ball
  • Calories: 128
  • Sugar: 16 g
  • Sodium: 15 mg
  • Fat: 4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 21 g
  • Fiber: 2 g
  • Protein: 3 g

Originally published on September 15, 2016.