With the temperatures heating up (or should I say, staying hot), putting on the oven and baking when you could be outside enjoying the beautiful weather or cooling off in some air conditioning isn’t always high on a summer to-do list. So when Visalus contacted me and asked if I’d be interested in trying their nutritional shake and creating a recipe with it, I figured this would be the perfect opportunity to create a no-bake treat.
I’ve made plenty of no-bake desserts before, but always gravitated towards some type of chocolate flavor. But since the ViSalus nutritional shake was sweet cream flavor, I figured I would embrace that flavor and work with it as-is. I decided the best course of action would be to sample the shake with some coconut almond milk to get the full effect of it’s flavor profile, and then decide on my no-bake flavors from there. The first thing I noticed when I opened the container was the smell of the powder… it smelled just like cake batter! I was shocked. I mean, most nutritional shakes and protein powders have a smell to them, but this truly smelled like cake mix. Keeping my fingers crossed I had the shake, and I’m happy to report the smell wasn’t misleading. It really did taste like a vanilla cake milkshake of sorts… with some impressive nutritional stats!
Since it’s summertime I thought it would be only appropriate to springboard off of the sweet cream flavor and go with a “tropical” no-bake bite. Conveniently I had all of the ingredients laying around that I figured would go well together, so this came together in a matter of minutes. I think these could easily be turned into cookies as well, but considering it was already 80 degrees when I made these at about 8:30am, I wasn’t about to turn on my oven and give it a try. I’ve been snacking on these little bites left and right, and they’re going to be gone before I know it!
Tropical No-Bake Bites
– makes 16 bites –
1/2 cup peanut butter (I used chunky, of course)
1/4 cup ViSalus sweet cream flavored nutritional shake mix
1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1/3 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup pineapple juice
1. Combine the peanut butter, protein, and coconut flakes in a medium bowl with a spoon. Add in the oats a juice, making sure everything is fully incorporated.
2. Shape into tablespoon sized balls onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Refrigerate for thirty minutes to an hour before serving.
Disclaimer: ViSalus provided me product and compensation in return for creating a recipe. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.