Consider this: It’s warm outside, the birds are singing, and the sun is high in the sky. It’s summertime, and you have a serious sweet tooth craving to satisfy. But let’s be honest: Even if you’re a devoted fan of The Great British Bake Off and have perfected your go-to chocolate chip cookie recipe, no one wants to turn the oven on when it’s sweltering outside.
That’s why the best summer desserts are those that require no baking at all. Before you go and grab that pint of Ben and Jerry’s, hold on a second. Sure, ice cream is a simple, delicious no-bake dessert, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t more innovative options you can try. Consider whipping up a cheesecake or even a fresh fruit tart instead. When the time comes for your next barbecue, you’ll have plenty of dessert options to choose from that will impress even the most discerning taste buds. Go ahead—these 16 no-bake desserts are sure to please.
The crust of this healthy tart by Obsessive Cooking Disorder is adapted from a no-bake granola bar recipe (with delicious dates, of course). Greek yogurt and honey make a healthy, satisfying filling.
Calling all Baileys fans: One of these mousse cups by With Salt and Wit is under 150 calories, so feel free to enjoy a couple. If you’re a fan of cheesecake, you’ll love these, since cream cheese and Greek yogurt give this mousse its creaminess.
Whip up the cheesecake filling ahead of time, and then make an activity out of assembling The Merchant Baker’s mini icebox cheesecakes. The more layers, the better… right?
These mini fruit tarts from The Balanced Berry are both vegan and gluten-free, making them the perfect party treat for all your friends and family. Drop by your local farmers market to gather some in-season fruit to top them off.
Popsicles are back in a big way. The recipe for these mouthwatering fudge pops by The Pig and Quill calls for espresso, cinnamon, and chili powder, making for a unique, unexpected flavor. That’s good enough reason to skip the store-bought options.
It takes just 20 minutes out of your day to make this light and fresh fruit terrine by A Squirrel in the Kitchen. And yes, it involves Jell-O. What could be more delightful?
This is not your average ice cream sandwich: It’s cookie dough ice cream sandwiched between two layers of egg-free cookie dough. Mel’s Kitchen Cafe really understands that sometimes a pint of your average cookie dough ice cream simply isn’t enough cookie dough.
Don’t blame us if this crust by Food With Feeling inspires a chocolate graham cracker renaissance in your home. Spoiler alert: Your go-to graham crackers taste even better when paired with a simple pie filling made of whipped cream mixed with peanut butter.
Would you be surprised to know there is an entire jar of Nutella in this rich and creamy cheesecake? Because that is, in fact, the case. Trust Carrots & Spice on this one: It’s really worth it.
With a roasted cashew and coconut crust and a cocoa powder and date filling, this no-bake dessert by Half Baked Harvest is positively decadent. Coconut milk makes the filling extra creamy.
Featuring a Birthday Cake Oreo crumb crust, this colorful cheesecake is pretty much the ultimate crowd-pleaser. Life, Love and Sugar’s recipe is ideal for a summertime fete.
With layers of ice cream bars, Snickers, and sweet pudding, this no-bake creation isn’t for the faint of heart. Sugar Dish Me proves that ice cream bars are even better when they’re assembled into one giant ice cream cake.
Follow Minimalist Baker’s lead: Carve out the seeds from a papaya and use the tropical fruit as an edible dessert vessel. Ice cream sundaes will never be the same.
Featuring a sweet coconut filling, these chocolate-covered treats by Minimalist Baker are decadent and conveniently bite-size. Best of all: They don’t contain any processed sugar. So they’re definitely healthy, right?
As the weather gets warmer, we can’t help but indulge in some ice cream. This satsuma plum recipe by Brooklyn Supper is a step above your typical store-bought pint.
This decadent chocolate treat by Blissful Basil is not only vegan, but it’s also super easy to make. It features just five ingredients and can be made in under 30 minutes, start to finish.