Frosty No-Bake Glo Cakes


You may have heard the saying that goes something like, ‘Horses sweat, men perspire, but women merely glow.’  (or is it glisten?)

If this saying is true, I was surely glowing & glistening today!

Our crazy heat wave continues here in Ontario. With humidity, it felt like 41C today. I was thanking my lucky stars that I got my run in early this morning. I don’t even think an evening run after sunset would work in this crazy humid weather- it is now 7:30pm and still 31C outside.

When it is hot outside the only thing I want is cold, light, and healthy food, specifically cold treats (muhauha) and the only appliance I want to use is the freezer! :biggrin:

I have been thinking of a way I could make a healthy and tasty frozen treat that would be great for summer and before I knew it these Frosty No Bake Glo Cakes were born!


Mmmmmmm. Oh yes, I did!

This is only TRIAL 1, but I thought I would share it anyways because I know how much you guys love playing around with recipes just like I do. There will be many more versions of these Glo Cakes, I can assure you that!


Frosty No-Bake Glo Cakes (Trial 1: Chocolate peanut butter with cacao nibs)

Prep time is just 2-3 minutes for these healthy & addicting frozen treats. It doesn’t get much quicker than that! I would suggest making a batch before you start cooking dinner as they take over 1 hour to firm in the freezer. If you want to make a full dozen, just triple this recipe below.


  • 1 large banana
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/4 cup crisp rice cereal
  • 1 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1-2 tbsp cacao nibs (optional, but they give it a great crunch)
  • 1-2 tbsp dark chocolate chips (optional, See notes below)
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder
  • Shredded unsweet. coconut, for garnish


Directions: Mash banana in a medium sized bowl (I use a potato masher!). Add cocoa powder, peanut butter, and maple syrup and stir until fully mixed. Now stir in oats, cacao nibs, and rice crisp. Divide into 4 Glo Cakes by spooning the batter into a muffin liner or just in a muffin tin. I used an ungreased muffin tin and I had no problems getting them to come out. Sprinkle with coconut and place in the freezer for 60-80 minutes. Do not over-freeze them. You want them a bit chewy. They will however melt quite fast so please serve immediately.


These took much longer to freeze than I anticipated- just over 1 hour, but they were worth the wait! I really enjoyed them. Very fun. They do melt fast though! I estimated them to be around 100 calories each, but once I firm up the recipe a bit I will likely do the full nutritional info for those who are interested.


Changes I will make for Trial 2:

  • No chocolate chips next time: Trust me, I didn’t think I would ever say those words either! I am not a fan of frozen chunks of chocolate so next time I will leave out the chocolate chips. I prefer my chocolate to be melty and soft and feel that the taste is wasted when it is frozen! However if you enjoy frozen chocolate you might want to add some chips to yours. I found the cocoa powder was enough to give it a slight hint of chocolate flavour.
  • Muffin Liner instead of muffin tin: I used a muffin tin and while it worked great, I think next time I will try using my reusable muffin liners to save me washing a dish! Alternatively, you could take a plate, some parchment paper, and make frozen drop cookies! That would be fun.
  • Fun add ins: The options are endless with what goodies you could add to these! You could make peanut butter, jam, and banana, raisin spice, carob, maple butter, coconut butter, other nut butters, etc. The sky is the limit, have fun with the experimentation and let me know what you make!
  • Other options for rice crisp: I expected the rice crisp to be crispy, but I found that it actually got soft and didn’t provide any crunch. You might want to play around for other substitutions!



I will definitely be playing around with these fun Glo Cakes! I had three cakes and it took all of my will power to save one for Eric.  :tongue:



I’m shutting down the laptop for the night and disconnecting. This gal needs some down time!

I have some new Farmer’s Market goodies to show you tomorrow. Enjoy your evening!  :biggrin:

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Katie @ Healthy Heddleston July 8, 2010

They look delicious! I’ll have to try something similar! :) Very inspiring!


Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday July 9, 2010

Oooh I totally want to try making these! Bookmarked!


Jil @ Peace, Love & Munchies July 8, 2010

Oh – wow. Those look amazing!!


Jessica @ How Sweet It Is July 8, 2010

They look so good! And super cute, too. I’m up for anything peanut butter + chocolate. But I don’t like frozen chocolate chunks either!


Maria @ Oh Healthy Day July 8, 2010

These remind me of my favorite cookie: oatmeal no bake (or if you are in The South, Preacher cookies), except yours are healthy! I will definitely be trying these in the near future.


Kristina July 8, 2010

I agree = No Frozen Chocolate. but choc. powder would be a great remedy!!

these sound amazing. I am (not complaining!!) MELTING here. :) all we want is cold food too.


Mary @ ferventfoodie July 8, 2010

I’ll take two please!!! Those look amazing!


Lisa (bakebikeblog) July 8, 2010

oooh how delightful! I must try some this weekend :)


Hallie July 8, 2010

What a great idea! I love individually sized freezer treats! I’m right there with you… I would have had a hard time leaving one for the hubs too! Thanks for sharing!


Lauren @ Eater not a runner July 8, 2010

Those look so good, great idea!


Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter July 8, 2010

Those look fabulous! I wonder if you can super-charge them and put things like goji berries or pom berries in them.


Danielle (Runs on Green) July 8, 2010

I totally agree- frozen chocolate isn’t good! It’s too waxy and you can’t really taste it


katie July 8, 2010

GIRL that looks soooo good!! love those little no bake cookies! So perfect for on the go!


Pam July 8, 2010

Buckwheat crunchies (sprouted, dehydrated buckwheat) might be a great sub for the rice krispies. Ooh, then they’d be even closer to raw. I freeze my chocolate on purpose, so yum to the frozen choc chips :)


Bridget July 8, 2010

YUM :) No bake glo cakes sound perfect for a hot day! And super easy to make too!

Enjoy your computer break – you work hard, and it is well deserved :)


Alex July 8, 2010

Those do look delish.
You may want to dry some slightly softened vegan marshmellows (sp?) – that makes everything stick together well (and sweetens it like the maple syrup would). Or different dried fruit mixed in would be good and sticky too.
You have so many great ideas – such an inspiration!
I have been craving glo dough since I bought some a few weeks ago – will you have it at the Oakville market this weekend? I think they would be great frozen as well. Got a huge batch of glo bars in the mail today – such a great surprise from the bf.


Angela (Oh She Glows) July 8, 2010

Ohh I remember doing up that order! Very exciting :) I suspected it was a surprise!

yes I will have Glo Dough- and you are right they are AMAZING frozen. That is the only way I eat them lately! They are great in banana soft serve to make choc chip cookie dough ice cream. mmmm


Shanna @ Shanna Like Banana July 8, 2010

Your creations are such an inspiration! And I love thinking of my ‘mods’ for round 2 right off the bat, too ;)


Anya @ Fitness & Sunshine July 8, 2010

That looks so simple to make and so tasty. :) I might make them this weekend!


Heather July 8, 2010

these could be my favorite thing all summer long…your vegan recipes are always spot on! yum!


Stacey@ July 8, 2010

Those look yummy.


bitt July 8, 2010


i’ve been using the freezer a lot today too. making popsicles!


Exercise and Eat July 8, 2010

WOW. You are amazinnnnggggggggggggggggg!

Enjoy your night off:)


Jen July 8, 2010

Oh, those look so delicious! Much healthier than my post dinner freezer treat tonight…a scoop of Haagen Daaz rocky road ice cream :O It sure did hit the spot though. I hear relief is on they way for us tomorrow in the form of rain….finally! It will be nice to step out the door and not immediately feel like I need to shower again :)


Fueling for Fitness July 8, 2010

My jaw just hit the table when I saw that. And I was excited about frozen chocolate peanut butter bites. This is…. out of this world! I wonder what it would taste like using chocolate peanut butter (since I don’t have any regular peanut butter on hand at the moment). I imagine yummy!!



Michelle @ Turning Over a New Leaf July 8, 2010

Oh my gosh. It’s like Reese’s met the oatmeal cookie and they ran away together to the North Pole, got married, and their children showed up in your muffin tray…


Angela (Oh She Glows) July 9, 2010



Errign July 8, 2010

My grandmother used to always tell my mom that ladies don’t sweat, they glisten.

My mom would reply that she was glistening like a pig, then. :D


Courtney @ Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life July 8, 2010

Ahhh, I think I’ve been “glistening” pretty much since I woke up this morning. Geesh! :-0
I’m totally loving this recipe – I, too, really crave nothing but cool, light treats when it’s so hot. I may have to play around with these tomorrow! Thanks for sharing. :)


Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] July 8, 2010

Holy yum! When I make these… I will…I won’t leave out the chocolate. I eat frozen chippers by the handful =]


Mary @ Bites and Bliss July 8, 2010

I LOVE no bake choc/PB cookies (aka Cow Patties) so these look absolutely divine!! Must.Try.Now.


Alycia @ Fit n Fresh July 8, 2010

Those look so good!! I cannot wait to try them! Thanks for the awesome recipe (:


Monique@She's Going The Distance July 8, 2010

You seem to be having so much fun with all this glo dough :) those look yummy!


Vanessa July 8, 2010

I actually just whipped these up as I had a very, very ripe banana on the verge of going to waste. I pretty much followed the recipe – added a little more peanut butter, and chopped up the chocolate chips very fine as I did not have cacao nibs. Very, very good and satisfying!


Cara July 8, 2010

That’s a great treat!
I love anything sweet that does not involve baking (at the moment), as I am without an oven.
I wonder what I could use as a substitute for oatmeal? Oatmeal does not exist in Korea :(


Angela (Oh She Glows) July 9, 2010

Hmmmm…..not sure….a mix of cereal and flour?


Therese July 8, 2010

Just when I couldn’t love you any more… *sigh*


Michele July 8, 2010

Those look fantastic! One thing i’d suggest instead of rice crisp would be a crunchy granola, which might fare better in the freezer.


Chelsey July 8, 2010

Oh you make me chuckle sometimes Angela – I loved how you said “please” in your directions (“please serve immediately”) MaMa should be proud of you and your manners.

You made me giggle TWICE today. Man oh man, I want to laugh tomorrow. Feel the pressure.


Angela (Oh She Glows) July 9, 2010

Unfortunately I had ZERO humour in me in this AM’s post. I lost my mojo. Fridays are a bit lackluster with the market on Saturday!


Robin@ RawkinRobin July 8, 2010

OhMaGosh! Those look and sound so good! We are having the same HEAT wave and all I want is COLD foods!
It is midnight here and I when I read this post just now – I literally jumped off the couch, ran into the kitchen, and whipped some up and threw them in the freezer! They will definately be worth staying up till 1 for muahahaha ;) Super easy! I made a few changes to your recipe and I hope they turn out!


Jennifer July 8, 2010

This recipe looks like something that I have been craving! I agree with you that eating a cold treat is the only way to beat this heat. And living here in Florida makes me know that I still have many more months of it to come. Your cooking skills are such an inspiration to me!


Amber K July 8, 2010

They look so deliciously beautiful! I can’t wait to see other variations. =)


Marina July 9, 2010

Those look SOOO good!!! I definitely need to try these!!♥
If you keep them util it’s not so hot outside, you could even melt one of them slightly over a bowl of tasty oatmeal for an ultra gormet delicacy!!


Gypsy July 9, 2010

I can’t believe you can make so many yummy treats with limited healthy ingredients! It’s so exciting!!!!
Every night I check the blog for your new creation and show my fiance and we just stare at the picture for a while. “Angela Ohsheglows” is talked about a lot in this house :)
I would make these right now but I’ve been on a serious banana shortage the last few days and I’ve been dying!!
Is it possible to eat too many bananas????
Hope you had a great night


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