I fell in love with no-bake desserts when I was living in a crappy apartment in my early 20s and could never rely on the temperature in my oven getting to what I actually set it! I had just started my career and was working in an office, and it seemed like there was always one potluck event or another at work. So, great no-bakes became my standby. Besides the fact that you don’t need an oven, most of them are very easy to make. Without giving away my age, the internet wasn’t as popular as it is today, and I doubt sites like Pinterest had even been a twinkle in anyone’s eye. You certainly don’t have to be young to enjoy the art of a great no-bake dessert, though, as I still enjoy them today. Hope you will enjoy this collection as well!
NO-BAKE BANANA CREAM LUSH
If you like banana cream pie, you’ll love this (much easier) lush dessert. It’s another one that takes just 20 minutes to make, but just make sure you have four hours to let it set in the fridge before you have to take it out for dessert. This one’s sure to be a crowd-pleaser. Or you can just keep it all for yourself.
NO-BAKE CHOCOLATE CHEESECAKE FOR ONE
With a prep time of just 20 minutes, you’ll be able to whip this up in no time! And while Gnom-Gnom says this is cheesecake for one, it makes two servings. Can you eat them both yourself (asking for a friend)? Let’s just say if you do that, I’m sure not going to tell.
25+ NO-BAKE DESSERTS
Thanks to tastesbetterfromscratch.com, here’s a very impressive collection of no-bakes. From Salted Chocolate and Caramel Pretzel Bars to Fudge Brownie No-Bake Cheesecake, there is sure to be something to please everyone. Not that you have to make all of them on one day, but hey, not that you can’t if you want to!
MONSTER COOKIE NO-BAKE BARS
I’m not sure if the name of these cookies originated from a desire to help small children not to be afraid of monsters, but I do remember these from my childhood. I grew up in the north but had a grandmother from Arkansas who would bake a huge batch of these every year at Christmas and mail them to us. I’ll always remember the excitement I had as a child when we got her Christmas package with these goodies in it. If Grandma had known there was a no-bake version, we might have gotten them more often. But then, if we got them all the time, we might not have looked forward to them as much. Also, I might have been a much pudgier child!
Thank you, Dinners, Dishes & Desserts for this wonderful recipe that brings back a little bit of my childhood!
BLACK FOREST CHEESECAKE PIE
I kind of can’t believe something that looks and tastes this decadent hasn’t even seen the inside of an oven. Plus, it’s VERY easy to make. The cheesecake portion does need to set overnight or at least for a couple of hours, but it’s definitely one of those recipes that you can make when, the night before an event, you think, “Oh, crap! I said I’d make something for this.” Well, thanks to this recipe from Together As A Family, you can now stroll into any food-based event and wow all of the other attendees with your culinary skills. You don’t have to tell anyone it was no bake and comes together in minutes. I promise I won’t mention it either!
Get the recipe here, spend 15 minutes preparing it to chill, and then take a nap, read a book, or whatever you want to do with your free time!
NO BAKE CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER DESSERT
Remember the days when, if you wanted chocolate and peanut butter, you had to go buy a Reese’s Cup? Or if you couldn’t manage that maybe you had some chocolate chips in the house and maybe you mixed them in a bowl with some peanut butter and ate that? I’m not saying I personally ever did that *cough* but, um, maybe someone out there did. Oh well, those are (hopefully) past me now. Did I mention this recipe also has Oreos in it? And the hardest part about making it is not eating the tiny little peanut butter cups while you’re preparing it!
Many thanks to CakesCottage.com for this deliciousness!
COLD BREW COFFEE PIE
If the line at my local Starbucks is anything to go by, we love our coffee! This recipe from TheDomesticRebel.com is another one that will have people talking about what a wonderful baker you are? Have you ever thought of opening your own shop, you genius? “Well, no,” you shyly say. “So much love and time go into every one of my creations it would feel like selling my children.” Meanwhile, you’re thinking about how the minimal prep gave you extra time to finish that book on theoretical physics. Or, you know, whatever you like to read.
Whip this up and then use your spare time to conquer the world!
NO-BAKE CHOCOLATE STRAWBERRY GANACHE TART WITH CHOCOLATE COOKIE CRUST
I don’t think any dessert collection would be complete without a death by chocolate type of dessert. But hey, it’s got fruit on top, so it’s good for you! This is another one that is easy to make but does require time to chill. And counting the fruit, it’s only FIVE ingredients.
You can thank HomeIsWhereTheBoatIs.net for this one (and actually a lot of other cool stuff, so check them out).