Frosty No-Bake Glo Cakes

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on July 8, 2010

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 at 7:08 pm

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


Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday July 9, 2010 at 8:20 am

Oooh I totally want to try making these! Bookmarked!


Jil @ Peace, Love & Munchies July 8, 2010 at 7:08 pm

Oh – wow. Those look amazing!!


Jessica @ How Sweet It Is July 8, 2010 at 7:08 pm

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 at 7:12 pm

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 at 7:13 pm

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 at 7:13 pm

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


Lisa (bakebikeblog) July 8, 2010 at 7:16 pm

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


Hallie July 8, 2010 at 7:17 pm

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 at 7:20 pm

Those look so good, great idea!


Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter July 8, 2010 at 7:22 pm

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 at 7:30 pm

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


katie July 8, 2010 at 7:37 pm

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


Pam July 8, 2010 at 7:38 pm

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 at 8:00 pm

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 at 8:06 pm

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 at 8:25 pm

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 at 8:07 pm

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 at 8:10 pm

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


Heather July 8, 2010 at 8:12 pm

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


[email protected]:// July 8, 2010 at 8:13 pm

Those look yummy.


bitt July 8, 2010 at 8:29 pm


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


Exercise and Eat July 8, 2010 at 8:35 pm

WOW. You are amazinnnnggggggggggggggggg!

Enjoy your night off:)


Jen July 8, 2010 at 8:47 pm

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 at 8:50 pm

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 at 9:04 pm

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 at 9:24 am



Errign July 8, 2010 at 9:08 pm

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 at 9:16 pm

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 at 9:19 pm

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 at 9:36 pm

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 at 9:40 pm

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


[email protected]'s Going The Distance July 8, 2010 at 9:43 pm

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


Vanessa July 8, 2010 at 10:09 pm

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 at 10:15 pm

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 at 9:23 am

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


Therese July 8, 2010 at 10:31 pm

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


Michele July 8, 2010 at 10:33 pm

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 at 10:56 pm

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 at 9:22 am

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!


[email protected] RawkinRobin July 8, 2010 at 11:04 pm

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 at 11:19 pm

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 at 11:19 pm

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


Marina July 9, 2010 at 12:58 am

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 at 1:18 am

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


Freya @ Brit Chick Runs July 9, 2010 at 2:22 am

Non, I say ‘horses glow’ – at least my girl does :P
LOVE the sound of those frozen Glo things! They sound wonderful :) (and a good way to use up the cacao nibs I have no use for :p)


Stacey @ Tipping the (Kitchen!) Scales July 9, 2010 at 3:16 am

I have been thinking of trying out some recipes over the weekend but I’m not much of a cook so I may have to give these ‘no bake’ treats a try!


Annie D @ Annie's Simple Life July 9, 2010 at 5:34 am

NICE! This reminds me of Gina’s Breakfast Cookie!!!


Nessy July 9, 2010 at 6:12 am

What a great idea! Those look like the perfect treat on a hot summer day! I’ll have to try these soon!


Lily @ Lily's Health Pad July 9, 2010 at 6:46 am

This is such a creative idea! It’s on my must try list!


Wei-Wei July 9, 2010 at 6:57 am

SO trying these. My sister bought Coco Crunch cereal when nobody else in the house eats it. I figured I might as well search up some recipes that would use them, and these sound perfect! Might make it a little less healthy though (and I might be able to leave out the maple syrup and cocoa powder?)



jenna July 9, 2010 at 6:59 am

these glo cakes look fabulous! what a perfect summer dessert!


Kristy July 9, 2010 at 7:17 am

I appreciate how simple your recipes are! Gotta try these – But I’m with you do not exactly LOVE FROZEN chocolate chips, they get so hard….


Emily July 9, 2010 at 7:32 am

it’s only 8:30am but i want one of those cakes!!!


Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin July 9, 2010 at 8:01 am

Girl I think you need to write your own cookbook or something. You are so creative with your ideas!


Robyn @ Frugal 'n' Fit! July 9, 2010 at 8:08 am

Those look delicious and I love the phrase “Glo Cake”. It sounds incredibly appetizing! Good luck with your experiments :)


Jocelyn @ Peace.Love.Nutrition July 9, 2010 at 8:14 am

Wow! These look amazing- thanks for another great recipe : )


Samantha @ Health, Happiness & Skinny Jeans July 9, 2010 at 8:21 am

Oh yum! I love all your creative ideas!


Sasha July 9, 2010 at 8:32 am

Thank you! This is so perfect!
Yum, but I’ll bet they’re more than 100 cals a piece :)

I tried them with a few variations…I used
1/2 large banana (70 gm)
1 scoop oats (30 gm)
1 tsp almond butter (15 gm)
about 60 gm coconut milk
1 tsp flax meal (10 gm)
1 scoop vanilla protein powder to up the protein (30 gm)
1 tsp raisins (10 gm)
cocoa (10 gm)
and ended up with size 1-cm-thick frozen cakes. YUM!
Looked up the nutritional profile on Vitabot.
Totals 569 cals, or 94 cals per piece for me…
Totally worth it, if you ask me! ;)

Thank you again…


Sasha July 9, 2010 at 8:33 am

Oops…I meant to say..
“ended up with six 1-cm-thick frozen cakes.”


Angela (Oh She Glows) July 9, 2010 at 9:20 am

Wow this sounds amazing! So creative. :)


[email protected] July 9, 2010 at 8:34 am

Those look awesome! I would definitely give them a try.


Camille July 9, 2010 at 8:36 am

These are the best looking Glo Goodie I have ever seen!


Jessica July 9, 2010 at 8:43 am

Oh wow! Those look fantastic. You are so creative, Angela.


Katie July 9, 2010 at 8:53 am

Angela !! First I want to say thank you so much for responding back to my comment on your pms monster post, I was so excited when I checked my email and got a response from you, it meant so much to me, becuase I know you get tons of comments daily, and you are a blog celebrity, so I was honored! : ) thank you !!!! Glad we both feel the same issues when it comes to pms monster, lol!

Love this recipe, and they look amazing!!!!! I will have to try this!!!

So excited for your new farmers market goodies you have to share too, and congrats on all the greatness coming from that! xoxo


Angela (Oh She Glows) July 9, 2010 at 9:19 am

haha you are too sweet. It is no problem. :) I enjoy talking about girly things! ;)


Nienke at Revel July 9, 2010 at 8:55 am

I’m so with you on the frozen chocolate thing! I think chocolate was made to melt in your mouth :)


Lauren @ Fun, Fit and Fabulous! July 9, 2010 at 8:58 am

My little sister is coming to stay with me this weekend and we are going to have soo much fun making these!! They sound so good I think my junk food addicted husband will even like them!


Angela (Oh She Glows) July 9, 2010 at 9:18 am

Enjoy! Let me know what modifications you make if you make any :) wheee


Lauren July 9, 2010 at 9:00 am

Yum! These look amazing. I’m going to try out this recipe this weekend!


Naomi(onefitfoodie) July 9, 2010 at 9:02 am

agreed about the frozen chocolate chips! sometimes they are just so hard tobite into too!!! I think cocoa powder would work beautifully! these look DELICIOUS!

lets be honest…id eat them anyway shape or form :)


Ashley M. [at] (never home)maker July 9, 2010 at 9:04 am

Angela — these look amazing! Can’t wait to try. Can’t go wrong with that flavor combination — and in this heat, who wants to bake?!


Angela (Oh She Glows) July 9, 2010 at 9:18 am

Not me! lol


Shayna July 9, 2010 at 9:53 am

Thank You! I’ve been looking for a healthy yummy dessert recipe to make for my cooking club this weekend and I think I just found it. One of the members is allergic to bananas though. Do you think I could leave it out and add more peanut butter to hers?


Angela (Oh She Glows) July 9, 2010 at 11:24 am

hmmm not sure…..


Anne @ Chute Assis July 9, 2010 at 9:59 am

Where do you buy your loose leaf sencha? I’ve been drinking icky (read: cheap) grocery store sencha green in a tea bag because the loose leaf at Teavana and Teaism are so darn expensive. Thanks!


Angela (Oh She Glows) July 9, 2010 at 11:24 am

I buy mine from a wholesaler that I use for the bakery. I use 4’oclock brand. Maybe u can find it cheaper online?


[email protected] July 9, 2010 at 10:43 am

I like how you think, chica! I’m thinking that a version with almond butter and raw cacao will be chillin in the freezer soon ;)


Jen July 9, 2010 at 11:04 am

YUMMY! I just got your GloBars that I ordered and cannot wait to dig in!


Gloria July 9, 2010 at 1:57 pm

Hmm, that sounds like the perfect breakfast to me =)


Emily July 9, 2010 at 3:00 pm

Maybe an alternative to the cold chocolate could be heating up a bit in the microwave and adding a little drizzle on top? A sort of “hot fudge sundae” effect, if you will. Could be good!


Angela July 9, 2010 at 6:49 pm

Its is really hot here today so I made these right before my run so I could have one after and they were soo good! Best running inspiration ever lol!


Amber July 10, 2010 at 11:12 am

I just made these this morning after being called in for a good portion of the night! I substituted the rice crisps for Grapenuts. Definitely had great crunch! Thanks for the recipe!


Marcy July 10, 2010 at 12:54 pm

I made these last night. Very tasty little snacks!! Thanks for sharing!


Lauren @ Fun, Fit and Fabulous! July 12, 2010 at 9:24 am

Angela, these were delicious!! My sister and I had so much fun making them. We actually ended up experimenting a little bit and came up with Apple Peanut Butter Glow cakes. Here is what we used:
1 large banana
½ cups oats
¼ cups crisp rice cereal (we used Kashi honey puff)
¼ cup all natural low fat granola
1 ½ tbsp peanut butter
¼ cup unsweet all natural apple sauce
**Afterward, we realized cinnamon would probably make these even more delicious!****

Thank you so much for the recipe! It is definitely something I will make again. I gave your recipe a shout out on my blog this morning!



Jordan July 12, 2010 at 1:21 pm

Yum! I’m going to make these this week!! Instead of crisp rice I’m going to try Nature’s Path Smart Bran Psyllium & Oat Bran nuggets. This cereal is super crunchy and tasty so I’m sure it’ll work great!


Lisa @ Early Morning Run July 19, 2010 at 11:51 am

these sound delicious! thanks for adding your thoughts about substitutions and changes, I will definitely leave out the chocolate chips because I feel the same way about them!


Steffi July 20, 2010 at 6:56 am

Wow those Frosty glo’s sound great. I am going to try them with Barbara’s Ultima cereal or peanut butter Puffins . Those have a lot of crunch, that bet it would work. I have Barbara’s Ultima on hand so maybe try it in next few days and let ya know. And try Barley flakes for oats.

I am sure you will see many ideas in next few days..and I found your recipe via another blogger so it is taking the blog world by storm!


Elizabeth August 4, 2010 at 12:24 pm

Just found your blog…looks wonderful. Have already been exploring the pages. Will try your raw stuff and also the vegan recipes that fall under the gluten free category for the rest of the family.
Thanks for all of your posts.
Peace and RAW Health,


Tara August 24, 2010 at 1:09 pm

These were perfect for my pre run snack! Infact, I ate half of the batch before my run and half after. Instead of crisp rice cereal I added 1/4 cup of tj’s peanut flour. I also left out the cocoa, chocolate chips, and cacao nibs. Instead I added cinnamon and raisins. The peanut flour brought out the peanut butter flavor and added protein! I also just left them in the freezer all day and then put them in the fridge to soften overnight. They were the perfect texture and firmness in the morning!


Cherrey October 8, 2010 at 3:28 am

Oh I think they’ve tasted great! But it would be better if we can come up with a solution on the rice crispies getting mushy… Maybe cooling the other mixture a little bit before mixing it with the crispies? what do you guys think?


nicole November 7, 2012 at 6:14 pm

Just made these!! doubled the recipe and used some very ripe bananas which worked perfectly. Glad I didn’t throw them away! Thanks for the recipe , can’t wait to try them


Emily June 25, 2013 at 6:07 pm

I tried making the frosty no-bake glo cakes today and they were delicious! I left out the rice crisps and still great. While they’re good, I didn’t want to eat all 4 at one shot by myself. Any suggestions for storage if you can’t eat all at once? I like when they are cold-right out of freezer (after 1 hour), but you said not to overfreeze and to eat immediately. thanks! Great recipe. :)


Angela (Oh She Glows) June 25, 2013 at 9:01 pm

Hey Emily, You can probably just keep them in the freezer and then let them thaw for 5 mins before enjoying. Hope this helps & enjoy!


Ingrid July 29, 2013 at 2:47 pm

Can you make them with almond butter instead of peanut butter – also can you leave them in the freezer or do they have to be eaten the same day?
Thanks so much!


Angela (Oh She Glows) July 31, 2013 at 7:18 pm

Yes you can swap almond butter for sure. They should stay fine in the freeze for a few days or so. enjoy!


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