Clementine and Goji berry loaf (eggless)

by Sunita on April 3, 2009

I am a total snack person. Rather than a very heavy meal, I love to nibble, a little at a time. Fruits (fresh and dried), nuts and yogurt help me fill up the gaps. One of my favourite fruits also happen to be clementines. Apart from being loaded with Vitamin C, it is also believed that the sweet aroma of this fruit is very calming .

“Clementines are the tiniest of the mandarins. They are a cross between a sweet orange and a Chinese mandarin. clementines are small, very sweet, and usually seedless. Most people think of clementines as small tangerines, but they’re a different variety entirely, with a distinctive taste. The Clementine is an excellent eating orange. Its small size and lack of seeds make it particularly popular with kids.”(source)

As for Goji berries ( or Wolfberry), they are a relatively new addition. I have been on the look out for them, and found then recently in our local supermarket. Goji berries are hailed as a superfood.

In addition to being cultivated in China, Goji also grows on extensive vines in the sheltered valleys of the Himalayas in Tibet,and in Mongolia.The round, red Goji berries are very tender and must be shaken from the vine rather than picked in order to avoid spoiling. The Goji fruits are preserved by slowly drying them in the shade. The berry has been eaten locally in the Himalayan and Tibetan regions for centuries and is celebrated in festivals. The Goji fruit is nicknamed the “happy berry” because of the sense of well being it is said to induce.

Goji berries are powerful anti oxidants and contain a host of other health benefits…more here. They taste a little like raisins, though are much more drier. They can be eaten raw or cooked.

Apart from snacking on them in their raw form, I’ve been adding them to bakes as well…as in the following Clementine and Goji berry loaf. This loaf is best enjoyed after it has been allowed to rest for a while. I baked it at night, let it cool completely, wrapped it in foil and sliced in the morning.

What’s needed-

4 clementines
1 and 1/4 C oat flakes and a little extra for sprinkling on the top
1/2 C ground almonds
3/4 C whole wheat flour(atta)
2 tsp baking powder
1/3 tsp bicarbonate of soda
4 tblsp Goji berries, hydrated in a few tblsp of warm water
1/2 C oil
6-7 tblsp of honey
1/2 C of milk

How to-

  1. Scrub the clementines well, and place them on a pan of water over heat ( do not peel). Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium and simmer for 30 minutes. Drain the water and chop the celementines (with the peel) and remove any seeds. Blend in a food precessor till nearly smooth.
  2. Pre heat the oven at 180 deg C and line a loaf pan ( 8and 1/2 by 4 and 1/2 inch) with foil.
  3. In bowl, whisk together the oats, ground almonds, baking powder and soda. Mix in the goji berries.
  4. Add the oil and rub in with the fingertips.
  5. Mix the honey and milk with the blended clementines.
  6. Make a well in the centre of the oats mixture and tip in the clementine mixture. Fold in gently, preferably with a rubber spatula, til everything is moistened.
  7. Tip the mixture into the lined pan and smooth the top. Sprinkle the extra oat flakes on top.
  8. Place the pan in the centre of the pre heated oven and bake for about 40 minutes. Cover the pan loosely with a piece of foil and bake for another 15 minutes.
  9. Place the pan on a rack and let the loaf cool in it for 2 minutes. Lift the loaf out of the pan very carefully ( it wil be a bit soft at this stage) and after removing the foil, cool completely on the rack before slicing.

This loaf really needs to settle down. So, as I mentioned earlier, it is best to make it at night, cool completely, wrap in foil and slice in the morning.

And in the morning, butter it up, as we did, and enjoy for breakfast.

A slice of the loaf would also be a great accompaniment with your evening cuppa.

Have a great weekend!

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{ 53 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Asha April 3, 2009 at 11:15 am

I love Clementines, reminds me of my grandfather’s Orange grove and we used to pluck and eat a ton of those everyday!:D

Goji berries are very new to me, bread looks fab. Send me a slice without any topping. heHe.

Have a great weekend, lot of digging to do for us this warm rain free weekend, can plant some Tomato I guess.


2 Sunita April 5, 2009 at 2:36 pm

How exciting to have oranges in one’s backyard…enjoy the rest of your weekend :-)


3 sushma April 3, 2009 at 11:27 am

that looks so good :) drooling


4 Sunita April 5, 2009 at 2:36 pm

Thankd Sushma :-)


5 Soma April 3, 2009 at 11:58 am

yes these are all my flavors here. I just love love love orange flavor in my cake/bread. … with a cup of coffee. What an idea to use the goji berries in a loaf !! u really rock girl:-)


6 Sunita April 5, 2009 at 2:37 pm

Thanks Soma…yes, orange is one of my favourite flavours too :-)


7 sandeepa April 3, 2009 at 12:52 pm

Sunita, I don’t know how you do it, you always always bake such delicious stuff


8 Sunita April 5, 2009 at 2:39 pm

Thanks Sandeepa…just a passion, I guess :-)


9 Nirmala April 3, 2009 at 12:55 pm

Oh Sunita the loaf and pics are stunning! I have read a recipe from bakingbites on making cakes with boiled-ground oranges with peel ? Won’t they be bitter ? Are clementines so different from nagpur oranges which we get in India? If so what else could I substitute for the them here ? huh, too many questions ;) But I love this loaf !


10 Sunita April 3, 2009 at 1:44 pm

Thanks Nirmala. Yes, this is a very common method. I’m not sure if Nagpur oranges are the same, but you could use them. I’ve made cakes in a similar way with large oranges too, but I boil them for longer(about 2 hrs)…try it :-) …the clementines are really small, each sections is about an inch in height, so use it accordingly.


11 rachel April 3, 2009 at 2:11 pm

Wow a different kind of breakfast…


12 Sunita April 5, 2009 at 2:39 pm

Thankd Rachel :-)


13 Rina April 3, 2009 at 3:27 pm

Those slices look so moist and tempting…well balanced creation…


14 Sunita April 5, 2009 at 2:39 pm

Thanks Rina :-)


15 Rosa April 3, 2009 at 3:34 pm

What a wonderful loaf! So flavorful and deliciously smooth! I love your fruits shots!




16 Sunita April 5, 2009 at 2:40 pm

Glad you like it Rosa


17 Dragana April 3, 2009 at 3:44 pm

This recipe is a winner! I am not familiar with Gogi berries, but I will look for them in my specialty market. Clementines are always a favorite for their delicious flavor, nutritional value and ease in peeling! Thanks!


18 Sunita April 5, 2009 at 2:51 pm

Dragana, thanks…I found the berries in our local supermarket.


19 Dragana April 3, 2009 at 3:45 pm

Oops, misspelled your name! Sorry!


20 Sunita April 5, 2009 at 2:51 pm

Forgiven and forgoten :-)


21 Srimathi April 3, 2009 at 4:07 pm

Looks yummy. The photos look amazing. I wonder how the goji berries taste like. Are they sour or sweet raisins


22 Sunita April 3, 2009 at 5:34 pm

Very mildly sweet.


23 vineela April 3, 2009 at 4:15 pm

Hi Sunitha,
Love the pictures and delicios looking loaf too .
Have goji berries in my pantry
going to make it soon .
thanks for sharing.


24 Sunita April 5, 2009 at 2:52 pm

Thanks…do give it a try Vineela :-)


25 Hélène April 3, 2009 at 4:41 pm

I’ve never had Goji berries before but I love to snack on clementines. I love your loaf.


26 Sunita April 5, 2009 at 2:52 pm

Thanks helene :-)


27 Madhu April 3, 2009 at 4:57 pm

Orange cake,looks so moist and ful of flavor. Goji berries r very new to me nerver had them.
You too have a great weekend.


28 Sunita April 5, 2009 at 2:52 pm

Thanks Madhu :-)


29 helen April 3, 2009 at 5:15 pm

What an attractive loaf! It inspires me to seek out more ways of using Goji berries. Thanks for sharing the recipe!


30 Sunita April 5, 2009 at 2:56 pm

You’re welcome, Helen :-)


31 veggie wedgie April 3, 2009 at 6:14 pm

This looks delicious!


32 Sunita April 5, 2009 at 2:57 pm

Thanks :-)


33 varsha April 3, 2009 at 10:17 pm

They look gorgeous Sunita..tender n moist..WIll try it sometime..I have to find out the Goji berrie’s here..:)


34 Sunita April 5, 2009 at 2:57 pm

Thanks Varsha :-)


35 Susan from Food Blogga April 4, 2009 at 12:07 am

All of your photographs are stunning, Sunita, but I am simply smitten with that first shot. The contrast of colors and the various textures is just fabulous.


36 Sunita April 5, 2009 at 2:57 pm

Thanks Susan, glad you like it :-)


37 SuperChef April 4, 2009 at 12:09 am

loved the pics!!


38 Sunita April 5, 2009 at 2:58 pm

Thank you :-)


39 bee April 4, 2009 at 4:23 am

i’ve been meaning to try a similar recipe (minus the goji berries) that uses the whole fruit. i just ate a clementine. :D


40 Sunita April 5, 2009 at 2:59 pm

I love clementines too :-)


41 Madhumathi April 4, 2009 at 5:38 am

Perfect loaf! Nice info on clementines and goji berries.Thanks :)


42 Sunita April 5, 2009 at 2:59 pm

You’re welcome Madhu :-)


43 mini April 4, 2009 at 6:09 pm

Hi Sunita,
Always enjoy your blog. Fantastic recipes and pictures. Since baking is your specialty, I have a request. Will you work on a cake with as little sugar and fat as possible preferably using atta, a cake that will be suitable for diabetics?
Thanks and looking forward to the recipe,


44 Divya vikram April 4, 2009 at 9:18 pm

Sounds delicious with the clementines and berries. And check out the Think pepper roundup. Thanks for offering me to host!


45 Sunita April 5, 2009 at 3:03 pm

Checked it…thanks :-)


46 A&N April 5, 2009 at 8:48 pm

How do you come up with these things!!!


47 Sunita April 27, 2009 at 8:15 pm
48 Miri April 6, 2009 at 5:30 am

That is one beautiful loaf Sunita! What an interesting combination – the closest I could come to making this over here is my orange and date cake – have not seen either of these ingredients….It looks like it would be perfect to make for vegetarian MIL who is visiting – thanks!



49 Sunita April 27, 2009 at 8:16 pm

Thanks Miri….do give it a try :-)


50 Kevin April 8, 2009 at 11:00 am

That clementine bread looks really good. I have some goji berries that I had been wondering what to do with.


51 Sunita April 27, 2009 at 8:17 pm

Thanks kevin…do try it :-)


52 Zankhna April 29, 2009 at 6:34 pm

I tried this recipe yesterday and it turned out great. I substituted the goji berries with some raisins and cranberries but it worked just fine. I will try it with Goji berries again. It looked just like the pictures here and was eaten quickly by everyone at home. Thanks for the recipe!


53 Sunita April 29, 2009 at 10:06 pm

You’re most welcome…glad you liked the loaf :-)


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