Banana Coconut Loaf With Tibetan Goji Berries
I've been hearing a lot about Tibetan goji berries, the new miracle ingredient; they apparently will help increase your immune system. I happened upon some while while shopping at my favourite "en vrac" store and curiosity got the better of me. Before I knew it, they were in my shopping basket on the way to my kitchen and God only knows which recipe. Exotic ingredients have always attracted me, and knowing little about there use has never deterred me from tackling a new one. Maybe it's a remnant of my childhood were my parents spared no expense when it came to food, introducing me to exotic ingredients, especially during the holidays. Pomegranates, persimmons, figs, Brazilian nuts, fennel to name a few, all found there way to the festive table way before such food items became mainstream. Tibetan goji berries were not about to stop me from attempting to incorporate them into" something or other".
You might ask why a banana loaf recipe? Unfortunately I don't have an interesting response other than my daughter off-loading her overripe bananas on me ( she didn't want to waste them). I tested some of the berries and was not impressed with their rather bitter taste. Well, the bananas weren't long for this world anyway so in a way, so they became my "guinea pig ingredient" to go with the lovely sounding Tibetan goji berries. I rehydrated the berries in some water and trying to improve the taste, soaked the drained berries in agave "maple flavoured" syrup. I figured I couldn't do any more damage to the taste than mother nature had already intended.The sweetness of the agave seemed to lessen some of the bitterness but little to improve the flavour of the berries themselves. At least the milder flavour of the berries did not overpower the banana and coconut in the recipe. All in all, the mini cakes were delicious and hopefully a bit more healthy with the addition of the " miracle" Tibetan berries which did add an interesting texture as you bite into one.