Aronia Berry Health Benefits (aka Chokeberries), Plus 3 Tasty Recipes

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By: Jacqui Denker | Segun Oduolowu | Victor Padilla Posted: 11:37 AM, May 13, 2019 Updated: 4:25 PM, May 14, 2019

Time to eat healthy with Aronia berries – also known as chokeberries because of their super tart taste. We spoke with nutritional biochemist Dr. Shawn Talbott who explained all the Aronia berry health benefits. And to get this bitter berry in our system, we turned to intuitive cooking expert Melanie Albert for a menu that masks that pungent taste.

 

Aronia Berry Health Benefits

 

First, let’s delve into some of the Aronia berry health benefits. “Aronia berries are really good for us because they are so chock full of antioxidants,” says Dr. Talbott. “If we say something is an antioxidant, it’s going to protect us from oxidation. Things that can oxidize us are high-sugar diets, breathing in air pollution, [and] being exposed to sunlight. In addition to protecting your body with antioxidants, they can lower your inflammation and your pain.” Good to know, doc! Now read on for three tasty ways to enjoy the benefits of chokeberries.

 

1. Aronia Smoothie Bowl

 

We’re starting our list of Aronia berry recipes with a smoothie bowl. “How do we make it? Well, we always start with coconut water because it’s high in potassium,” says Melanie. Next, throw in some hemp seeds, chia seeds, banana and dates for natural sweetness. Then in goes the chokeberries followed by chokeberry powder, which packs a punch. You can find both items online. Get the full recipe below!

Ingredients

2 tsp. chia seeds, pre-soaked in ¼ cup coconut water for 20 minutes

1 cup coconut water

1/4 cup hemp seeds

1 tsp. chokeberry powder

¼ cup frozen chokeberries

1 Medjool dates, pitted and rough chopped

1 ripe banana

Garnish: edible flowers, fresh basil, frozen berries (such as wild blueberries, lingonberries, and sea buckthorn)

 

Directions

Blend all ingredients in food processor or blender.

 

Add additional dates for sweetness, if desired.

 

Pour smoothie into a bowl.

 

Garnish with frozen berries, fresh basil, and edible flowers.

 

2. Greens Salad with Aronia Berry Dressing

 

Next on our menu of Aronia berry recipes is a green salad with chokeberry dressing – which is made by whisking together olive oil, raw honey, mustard, garlic, salt and mashed up chokeberries.

Chokeberry Honey Mustard Garlic Dressing

 

Ingredients

2 tbsp stone ground mustard

¼ cup organic extra virgin olive oil

Pinch sea salt

1 ½ tsp local honey

1/8 cup frozen chokeberries, mashed with spoon

1-2 garlic cloves, minced

 

Directions

Pour mustard, organic extra virgin olive oil, and sea salt into a small bowl.

 

Whisk until well combined.

 

Add honey, chokeberries, and garlic to the bowl.

 

Whisk until well combined.

 

Taste and adjust flavor as needed for more sweetness or saltiness.

 

Save to toss with the salad.

 

Greens & Berry Salad

 

Ingredients

2 cups of greens, such as spinach, arugula, or shungiku (Chrysanthemum greens)

3-4 fresh herb stems: oregano, mint, or basil

¼ cup walnuts

3 dried figs sliced

¼ cup fresh or frozen berries (fresh mulberries or blueberries; frozen wild blueberries, lingonberries, and blackberries

Edible flowers for garnish

 

Directions

Place greens and fresh herbs into medium bowl.

 

Pour dressing over the greens and herbs.

 

Lightly toss to coat all greens and herbs with the dressing.

 

Add figs, walnuts, and berries to the greens.

 

Lightly toss.

 

Plate and garnish with extra berries and edible flowers.

 

3. Chokeberry Lemonade Pops

 

Let’s finish off with some refreshing chokeberry lemonade pops! Blend apples, dates, lemon juice, coconut water and chokeberry powder. Then in goes edible flowers for looks. Finally, pop them in freezer for six hours, and voila! This is one of those Aronia berry recipes that makes the perfect treat on a hot summer day.

Ingredients

1 cup coconut water

¼ cup fresh lemon juice

1 apple, sliced

1 tsp. chokeberry powder

1 date, rough chopped

Additional date(s), for desired sweetness

Edible flowers

¼ cup frozen berries (such as wild blueberries, lingonberries, and sea buckthorn)

¼ banana, sliced

 

Directions

Chokeberry Lemonade

 

Place coconut water, lemon juice, and apple in food processor or blender.

 

Add date and blend until smooth.

 

Taste and add lemon juice, apple, or date for desired sweetness.

 

Add chokeberry power and blend.

 

Place frozen berries, banana slices, and/or edible flowers into frozen pop molds.

 

Pour chokeberry lemonade into the molds.

 

Freeze for 6 hours.

 

Remove from mold.

 

Feeling hungry yet? Good – because now you’ve got three delicious ways to reap the benefits of Aronia berries.

 

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