Ridiculously easy no-bake desserts

These 5 to-die-for dessert recipes do not require an oven, which suits us just fine on hot summer days.

By Today's Parent
Ridiculously easy no-bake desserts

No-bake desserts

Too hot to bake?

Just because your oven is on hiatus come summer doesn’t mean you have to desert dessert. These easy-to-make recipes—from cake to ice cream—will have you oohing and ahhing in delight!

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Banana soft serve

This dessert is like ice cream, but without the added cream and sugar. Add 4 frozen bananas, 1/2 cup Greek yogurt, 2 tablespoons maple syrup and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla to a food processor and pulse until smooth (scrape down the sides as you go).

Optional: add 1/4 cup sweetened shredded coconut, chocolate chips or peanut butter (or all three!) for extra flavor. Serve immediately.

Serves 4

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Easy peasy turtles

Three simple ingredients transform into a to-die-for morsel. Line a 24-cup mini muffin pan. Chop 12 pitted dates and 24 pecans and disperse evenly in muffin tins. Melt one bag chocolate chips (dark, semi-sweet or milk—your choice) on the stove or in the microwave until just smooth. Spoon chocolate evenly over date mixture (about 1 tablespoon each). Sprinkle with sea salt and refrigerate until cool. (Nut allergy? Substitute 1/2 cup sunflower seeds for pecans.)

Makes 24

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Rice crispy s'mores

This is a marriage made in dessert heaven. Grease a 9 x 9-inch pan. Coarsely chop 2 Hershey’s bars. In a large bowl, combine 4 cups rice cereal + 2 cups coarsely chopped graham crackers (or Golden Grahams cereal). In a large saucepan melt 2 tablespoons butter + 1 bag marshmallows over low heat. Stir until melted and pour over cereal. Add chocolate and stir to combine. Press into greased pan and let cool in the fridge.

Makes 9 squares

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Cookie dough

Cookie dough beats baked cookies any day! This version has no eggs so it’s OK to eat raw—and even better frozen! Plus it’s easy to make vegan. Mix together 1 cup spelt flour + 1/3 cup butter (or vegan margarine) + 1/2 cup brown sugar + 1 teaspoon vanilla + 1/3 cup mini chocolate chips (or vegan chocolate chips). Eat right out of the bowl or freeze a heaping tablespoon.

Makes 10 servings

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Chocolate Souffles

This single-serving cake is ridiculously easy to make—and includes icing! Whisk together 3 tablespoons cocoa powder + 2 tablespoons sugar + a pinch of baking soda with a fork. Add 1 egg + 2 tablespoons high heat safflower oil (or canola oil) and beat together. Spray a coffee mug with cooking spray. Add cake batter to mug, top with 10-15 chocolate chips. Microwave on high for 2 minutes, 20 seconds. Serve upside down!

Serves 1… or 2 if you feel like sharing

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Cookie recipes!

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This article was originally published on Jul 09, 2013

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