December 19, 2023 2 min read


Samantha Dawn Gutmanis is a culinary enthusiast navigating the intricacies of family life and the joy of cooking and the creative force behind My Kitchen Love. Originally establishing her blog as a creative outlet during her twin toddlers' nap times, Samantha's journey in the culinary world has paralleled the growth of her family.

Known as Samantha or Sam (but never Sammy), she brings a unique perspective to food, emphasizing the daily ritual of salads paired with indulgent treats. With nearly two decades of running in the scenic backdrop of Vancouver, BC, Samantha finds balance in her love for food and fitness.

As a resident of Vancouver, surrounded by both inspiring food culture and breathtaking scenery, Samantha draws inspiration for her culinary creations. Her taste-testing crew includes messy yet enthusiastic toddler twins Z & I, youngest L, and her protein-loving husband G. The diverse and sometimes challenging food preferences of her family have guided Samantha toward leading a simpler, more nutritious, and delightful food life.

In her imperfect yet joyous journey, Samantha shares recipes and moments that strike a chord with her. From grand celebrations to everyday joys, food remains a constant, bringing happiness to her family and friends. Whether covered in baby purée or enjoying a glass of wine (or both), Samantha invites you to join her exploration of the culinary world. Explore, savor, and share in the delightful moments she creates in the kitchen and beyond.


  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Total:  15 mins
  • Serves: 12 bites


  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup mini semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips (I use mini vegan chocolate chips, they taste less sweet to me)
  • 2 tbsp ground coffee beans or 2 tsp instant espresso
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds


    1. Place dates in a food processor and blend until a paste forms.

    2. Place date paste, oats, chocolate chipes, coffee, and chia seeds in a medium bowl. Mix by hand until all ingredients are well blended. Place bowl in refrigerator for 10-15 minutes to make mixture easier to handle.

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    3. Roll mixture into 9-11 balls. I found using 2 tablespoons of mixture made the right size of bite for my preference.

    4. Refrigerate for up to 1 week or freeze for up to 3-4 months.