No Bake Tropical Bites

Too hot to bake??? You bet, so don’t! No Bake Tropical Bites are a tasty trip to the Islands without the heat.

No Bake Tropical Bites

Little pop in your mouth snack that are filled with almonds, coconut, and pineapple. And the best part is you don’t have to turn on the oven.

These little bites are good for you too. Almond butter, oatmeal, and flaxseed, make them a clean eating snack as well.

No Bake Tropical Bites

Over the summer our school has a summer crew that does all the work that can’t be done during the school year. For a little extra cash I worked this summer on the paint crew. So, for those who know we well, know I LOVE TO PAINT!!!!!

No Bake Tropical Bites

Perhaps I’m slightly obsessed with painting. So, the paint crew seemed like the right choice and it was……I truly enjoyed it.

No Bake Tropical Bites

But, I had to pack a lunch everyday and I really tried to pack items that did not need refrigeration. No Bake Tropical Bites were perfect. Just popped them into a ziplock bag, and off I went. Now, I usually ate them for breakfast, they have oatmeal and that’s breakfast.

No Bake Tropical Bites

They also would make a great snack, or a sweet treat after a big meal. You know, when you have eaten a really great meal, and are stuffed, but just want something a little sweet, No Bake Tropical Bites are just the ticket.

No Bake Tropical Bites

A small sweet tropical treat. Enjoy some today!

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No Bake Tropical Bites

  • Author: Marty Boyd
  • Yield: 20 1x

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Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup unsweetened coconut, shredded or flakes
  • 3/4 old fashioned oatmeal (not instant)
  • 1/8 cup ground flaxseed
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/4 cup dried pineapple, diced
  • 3/4 cup almond butter
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • Extra almonds and dried pineapple for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl mix together coconut, oats, flax, almonds, and dried pineapple, set aside.
  2. In a small bowl place almond butter,maple syrup, and almond extract. Mix well.
  3. Stir the wet ingredient into the dry and stir until throughly mixed.
  4. Using a small ice cream scoop portion mixture onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. You may roll them into balls if you like. I prefer to leave the bottom flat.
  5. Store in an airtight container.

Notes

Amount depends on the size of your scoop.

 

Chocolate Espresso Bean Popsicle

Chocolate Espresso Bean Popsicle

Espresso Bean Popsicles

Warm summer evenings…….you need something cool…….but you love coffee…….too hot for coffee……..think again! Chocolate Espresso Bean Popsicles are just the ticket.

The only popsicles I have ever made were the ones you made with Kool-Aide when you were a kid. Everyone had the Tupperware popsicle mold, and all we had to fill them was Kool-Aide or juice. Well, times they have a changed!

I have seen many recipes for popsicles on Pinterest, and thought I would give some a whirl.  Tim and I love coffee! In the summer we make iced coffee by the pitcher full. We discovered that a french press makes perfect iced coffee. So why not make popsicles?

First I needed the molds. And if all else fails check eBay. With the molds purchased and on the way I needed a recipe.

I wanted a creamy sort of latte taste, so I needed some type of milk. I tried sweetened condensed milk, its sweet and creamy so I hoped it would work. I blended it with hot coffee and poured it into the mold. I also wanted some visual interest, so I mixed the condensed milk I didn’t use in with some cream. That’s how you make ice cream, so why not.

We like a little crunch in things so, chocolate covered espresso beans. Besides being chocolate and all kinds of yummy, they make them look really pretty!

I would never have tried the espresso beans, but years ago one of my girlfriends Michelle, owned a cafe, deli, bakery, coffee shop……..The Herb Garden Deli,Cafe and Bakery. It was a great place, and in the coffee shop, we had chocolate covered espresso beans……..I was leery. But I tried them and all I can say is they are addicting. So, thank you to Michelle for broadening my horizon, so I could years later make this recipe.

Layers of espresso beans, creamy latte, and creamy cream…….like foam on a cappuccino, but all frozen makes a sweet cool coffee treat. Perfect for those warm summer nights when you really want a coffee………

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Espresso Bean Popsicles

Chocolate Espresso Bean Popsicle

  • Author: Marty Boyd
  • Prep Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 10 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Freeze
  • Cuisine: American

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups very strong coffee, hot
  • 114oz. can sweetened condensed milk, divided
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup crushed chocolate covered espresso beans, divided

Instructions

  1. Place 2/3 cup sweetened condensed milk in a bowl or measuring pitcher. Pour the hot coffee over the top and stir until blended. Allow the coffee to cool for a few minutes.
  2. Place 1 teaspoon of crushed espresso beans into each popsicle mold, then carefully pour the coffee mixture into the molds, until about 2/3 full. Place in the freezer and freeze until slushy, about 1- 2 hours.
  3. Mix the heavy cream with 3 Tb. sweetened condensed milk and vanilla. Pull the Popsicle out of the freezer.
  4. Pour 1-2 tablespoons of cream over the top of each pop and top with another teaspoon of espresso beans, add a popsicle stick to the middle.
  5. Return to the freezer and freeze until hard.
  6. To remove from the molds: Fill the sink with warm water and dip the bottoms of the molds in the warm water for 30seconds or so. If the popsicles do not come out re-dip them.Be careful not to let them in the warm water to long or they will melt.
  7. Eat immediately, or wrap in plastic wrap and place in freezer bags and return to the freezer.

Notes

Prep time does not include overnight freezing.

Keywords: coffee, sweetened condensed milk, heavy cream chocolate covered espresso beans, popsicle