Welcome to LifeWise Kitchen! We’ve teamed up with Bastyr University, Guckenheimer, and Northwest chefs and nutritionists to provide you with healthy and delicious recipes all year long. Check out our latest post — a healthy, chocolate-y treat from our friends at Guckenheimer — in the LifeWise Kitchen series below.
Go ahead. Reach for that bag of chocolate chips. We’re giving you the okay.
Because not only do these Fruit and Nut No-Bake Chocolate Bites have fewer calories than your usual batch of brownies, but these fudge-y treats are also packed with heart-healthy pecans. And on National Wear Red Day — a day devoted to raising awareness for the one in three women who die of heart disease annually — a little bit of heart-healthy snacking is the least you can do.
This National Wear Red Day (February 6), follow the delicious recipe below, add some red to your plate with some sliced strawberries and help the American Heart Association support the prevention of heart disease.
- 2 cups dates, pitted
- 1 tablespoons vanilla extract
- 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/3 cup cocoa powder, unsweetened
- 1/3 cup coconut, dried, sweetened
- 1 1/2 cups Pecans, pieces
- 1 cup semi-sweet baking chips
Place all ingredients except baking chips into blender. Blend until ingredients are mixed well. Remove from blender and shape into small balls – approximately 1 ounce. Place in refrigerator. Meanwhile, melt chocolate (in a double boiler, or in the microwave on low for 3 minutes). Remove balls from refrigerator and drizzle with chocolate.
Founded in the San Francisco Bay Area by two healthcare professionals, Guckenheimer is an on-site specialty food service company dedicated to the philosophy that health and productivity at work is achieved through exceptional food and dining experiences. With more than 2,470 employees serving accounts across 31 states, Guckenheimer is leading the industry with evolved employee health and wellness programs led by registered dieticians, customized menu creations and fresh meals-from-scratch prepared with sustainable and organic ingredients, locally sourced when available. All accounts are led by professional chefs trained in the culinary arts and fine-dining. Visit www.guckenheimer.com.