Vanessa Vorbach is an inspirational Holistic Nutritionist and classically trained Chef based out of Vancouver, British Columbia. Though she’s logged some serious time cooking in Michelin starred restaurants throughout Europe, these days, Vanessa’s heart and soul goes into offering her clients vibrant, prana-packed, plant-based cuisine expertly and lovingly prepared with local/seasonal ingredients and presented with beautiful artistic flair.

I’m so excited to be entering into a new collaboration with Vanessa for a retreat that we’ll be doing together on Bowen Island in British Columbia next summer (more on that below)! For now though, I’m pleased to share with you, her recipe for what I consider to be the perfect autumnal treat- her Chai Spiced Pumpkin-Walnut Balls, which also happen to be a perfectly healthy and delicious way to soothe that vata sweet tooth. To learn more about Vanessa, visit her website, check out her gorgeous Instagram page and read on for the recipe!

This recipe hits all the right marks for both the fall season and balancing vata energy. It’s got the 3 tastes that vata favors- sweet (dates), sour (a little lemon) and salty (sea salt). There’s also seasonal + grounding produce (pumpkin, of course), clean protein and healthy fats (in the form of walnuts), digestive spices, healthy carbs (gf oats), a touch of superfood chia and some vanilla to top it all off! I invite you to indulge in the guiltless goodness of this perfect autumnal treat. Enjoy!


Makes about 10 balls … so if you are serious about this, then please double the recipe!


– 1 cup pitted Medjool dates (about 10 large dates)
– 1 cup gluten-free oats
– 1/4 cup toasted or raw walnuts (your preference)
– 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
– juice of 1/2 organic lemon
– 1 Tbsp chia seeds
– 2 Tsp Harmonic Art’s Pumpkin spice (blend of organic Cinnamon, organic Ginger, organic Nutmeg and organic Allspice)
– 1 Tsp Harmonic Art’s Chaga Vanilla cream syrup or organic vanilla extract
– pinch of sea salt


1. Place the dates into a food processor and pulse until they are in small pieces and form a sticky ball.

2. Then add the remaining ingredients and pulse to combine. The oats and nuts should be in small pieces, but not completely smooth. Taste and add either more pumpkin spice blend, cinnamon for more spice and/or coconut sugar or raw honey if you desire a sweeter taste.

3. Transfer the mixture to a bowl, then cover and place it in the fridge for about 45 minutes. Scoop the mixture then roll it into balls. Transfer to an airtight container.

4. You can store them up to 2 weeks in the fridge or in the freezer for a couple of months. If you decide to freeze them, just let them sit a few minutes before you enjoy them.

For 5 rituals that will help you to flow into fall with grace, ease and fluidity, read Kim’s article in Elephant Journal.