Recipes We Love: Yogi Date Balls

I find that having a quick snack about 30-60 minutes before a yoga class helps to boost my energy levels for a great class. Yogi Date Balls are one of my favorite snacks because they are easy to make ahead of time, store in the freezer, and then grab as I’m running out the door. They are naturally sweetened with dates and are packed with protein and fiber to give you fuel throughout your practice. The best part is that you can make them in less than ten minutes with ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry! Yogi Date Balls are raw so there is no baking required, and the nutrients in the ingredients will stay intact.


2 cups (roughly 250g) pitted dates 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp warm water 3/4 cup oats 1 cup coconut flakes 1/4 cup sesame seeds 1/4 cup sunflower seeds 1/4 cup + 1Tbsp chopped almonds


Place dates and warm water in a food processor and process until smooth.  Scoop the creamed dates into a bowl and fold in the remaining ingredients, with the exception of ½ cup coconut flakes. If the mixture is soggy then slowly add more oats, if the mixture is too dry slowly add warm water.  Shape balls between 3 to 4 cm in diameter and roll them in the reserved ½ cup coconut.  Enjoy right away or place on a baking sheet in the freezer for 30 minutes to set.  Enjoy Yogi Date Balls straight out of the freezer for a quick pre-yoga burst of energy!

Jesse Lane Schelew 550xJesse Lane Schelew, BSc, CNP is a cheerful Holistic Nutritionist, motivating speaker, cookbook author and wellness writer. She is the founder of, a web based holistic nutrition practice and holistic recipe resource. Jesse Lane is passionate about nutrition helps positive and vibrant individuals unlock the incredible healing power of food and reclaim their health. She works with clients via Skype and in person at Yellow Gazebo Natural Healthcare in Toronto, Ontario. Jesse Lane is a co-author of The Holistic In the City 21 Day Smoothie Guide, a fantastic eBook that will jump start your smoothie habit. She is also the co-founder of BhojanaYoga where she offers holistic nutrition and yoga programs.