I can’t even begin to tell you how happy I am that the weather is warming up. It seems like each time I walk outside and am greeted by the sun, it just boosts my spirits. Honestly, I feel like I’ve been looking forward to THIS summer more than any in my past because over the last few months I’ve been working hard to get healthy, exercise more and be prepared to chase my kiddos all summer long. I’ve totally rethought the way that I eat and have found that the key to my success is adding fruits and veggies to my daily routine in ways that feel like a total treat. And since it’s finally warm enough to be thinking about cool summer treats, I’ve been dreaming of an ice cream cake. Yes, I know that’s not exactly on my new and improved eating plan but guess what? I decided to do something about it! I decided to give my beloved layered ice cream cake a fruit filled twist and create a totally drool worthy layered frozen fruit bar cake!
Knowing that I wanted to keep all the flavor without all the fat in this fun summer recipe, I headed to Walmart to stock up on fresh fruit and Outshine® Bars to help make my dream of a better-for-me frozen treat a reality! Just like my eating plan, Outshine® Bars contain only simple honest ingredients that are easy to pronounce and boast the goodness of real fruits and fruit juices. And since they come in a variety of flavors that are available in the novelties section of the frozen food aisle, they are the perfect starting place for this summer time dish!
After locating my favorite variety of Strawberry Fruit Bars and picking up some Outshine® Simply Yogurt Bars in Strawberry as well, I headed home to turn the summer time treat I had been dreaming of into a reality. In my mind, I saw layers of the fat-free Outshine® fruit bars layered with their sister Simply Yogurt Bars, fresh strawberries and crisp wafers and I knew without a doubt that this was a summer treat that I could get excited about eating.
What You Will Need:
12 Outshine® Strawberry Fruit Bars
8 Outshine® Simply Yogurt Bars in Strawberry
1 Cup of Sliced Strawberries
10 Waffle Cone Wafers (Plus Additional to Sprinkle Over the Top)
1 Cup of Washed Strawberries
1/2 Cup of Water
Additional Fresh Strawberries for Garnish (Optional)
To start my layered frozen fruit bar cake, I pulled out my Outshine® bars and allowed them to soften a little bit (I didn’t want them to melt but just get soft enough where I could push them into the bottom of my pan).
Once my Outshine® Bars were soft enough to be able to pull them off of their sticks, I opened four Outshine® Simply Yogurt Strawberry Bars and pushed them into the bottom of a bread pan lined with wax paper.
Then I used my spoon to flatten the bars out and cover the entire bottom of my pan.
Into the freezer my first layer went for about fifteen minutes. I didn’t have to freeze it long because the Outshine® Bars had still been frozen when placed in the pan. Once the first layer was frozen, I repeated the process with four of my Outshine® Strawberry Fruit Bars.
Back into the freezer my frozen fruit bar cake went and fifteen minutes later, I was ready for the next layer. For my next layer, I wanted to add even more fruity goodness and was inspired by the fresh ingredients in the Outshine® Bars. So I sliced up my fresh strawberries and layered them on top of my Outshine® Fruit Bars layer.
I followed this layer with a layer of sugar free waffle cone crisps just to add a little crunch.
Then I repeated the entire process again, finishing off the bottom of my layered strawberry frozen fruit bar cake with a final layer of the Outshine® Strawberry Fruit Bars.
My entire frozen fruit bar cake went back into the freezer for about thirty minutes while I whipped up a simple strawberry topping to finish it with. To make it I added one cup of fresh strawberries and a half a cup of water to a pot and brought it to a boil.
After boiling it for ten minutes, I let it simmer for an additional ten minutes and then removed it from the heat, added it to my blender and pureed it.
Once my mixture had reached a sauce texture, I set it aside to cool completely while my frozen fruit bar cake was freezing.
Now, I have to admit, I had been drooling this whole time and knowing that I was creating a treat that fit right in with the way I’ve been trying to eat did nothing to help my patience! I just knew that with 20 years experience making delicious fruit bars out of ingredients like sweet strawberries, ripe mangoes and juicy peaches that all the flavors I was looking for were going to be right in this frozen fruit bar cake! Add to that the fact that I was able to keep my recipe very close to fat free by using the Outshine® Bars and I knew I had the recipe for summer treat that would be worth repeating. Once my layered frozen fruit bar cake was completely hardened, I removed it from the freezer and simply pulled up on the sides of my wax paper to remove it from my pan.
Then I placed it upside down on a serving dish and removed the wax paper from the top.
Next, I drizzled my cooled strawberry syrup over the top.
Finally, I sprinkled on a few pieces of my crushed waffle cone cookies and added more fresh strawberries and my summer time dessert was complete!
As I sliced into it and prepared to serve it to my family, I was thrilled knowing that my entire creation boasted simple, honest ingredients and by using the Outshine® Bars, it was so easy to create and amazingly delicious as well!
As we move forward with the summer months, I won’t feel like I’m depriving myself because I’ll make sure I always have a cool treat on hand that fits right in with my desire to add more fruits and veggies to my diet.
Whether it’s Outshine® Bars served just like they are or layered into my frozen fruit bar cake, I’ll feel great all summer long knowing that I can snack away, enjoy my day and shine on with the help of my favorite Outshine® Bars!
Are you ready to try Outshine® Bars for yourself? Available in a variety of options including Fruit & Veggie, Coconut Waters™, Simply Yogurt Bars and of course my beloved Fruit Bars, these fat-free, gluten-free frozen bars made with no artificial colors or flavors are the perfect summer snack for your simply amazing lifestyle!
Be sure to check them all out at your local Walmart and don’t forget to see if there is a demo near you where you can try them for yourself on July 14th!
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So what are you waiting for? Sweeten your summer the natural way with the delicious flavors of Outshine® Bars! Then tell me, which of the amazing Outshine® Bar flavors will you reach for first this summer?