15 No-Bake Summer Dessert Recipes & Videos


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The best summer dessert can be debated (the ice cream must have a huge lead), but in general they tend to be lighter, easier and often without baking, because who wants to turn on their oven when it is already hot. or after releasing a billion loaves of banana bread in the past two months, as it is now?

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From classic creamy banana pudding and cooler cake to easy Rice Krispies treats and healthy fruit pizza, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite no-bake desserts to ensure a smooth, stress-free summer, at least when it comes to the kitchen (because there are a lot of other concerns at the moment).

I have to put this one first because it might be both the easiest and the most popular dessert I’ve ever made. It really couldn’t be easier to prepare, but literally everyone who tastes it will be asking for the recipe. Still, it’s just as important to choose perfectly ripe fruit (and I strongly suggest that you don’t forgo cookies).

Just mix the mascarpone with a few other ingredients (go gently over the almond extract to start and adjust to taste, or replace it with vanilla, and feel free to use whatever liquid sweetener you prefer), then put it in a bowl and surround it with the best of your farmers market fruit harvest, along with store bought shortbread cookies, and get ready for a flurry of compliments, recipe requests and zero remainder. And if you’re not hosting guests this year, don’t worry, you’ll have no trouble finishing the whole bowl on your own in a matter of days. Get the Cinnamon Fruit Dip Recipe.

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These individual desserts sport a patriotic color scheme but are also good with any ripe fruit you’ll find in the farmers market. Just cut the angel food cake into cubes, whip some cream (a breeze with a stand mixer) and mix them with fresh berries or stone fruit; you can take the components apart in advance, but wait to put them together until you are ready to use. And don’t hesitate to skip the strawberry stars, but they are a superb finishing touch. Get the Red, White, and Blue Trivia Recipe.

You can’t really go wrong with a frozen cake, but if you’re torn between that and lime pie, this dessert is the perfect option. It’s rich and creamy thanks to evaporated and condensed milk, but also brilliant with fresh lime juice. Use Maria cookies to make it look more like a Mexican carlota, or try graham crackers for a Florida pie vibe. Get the recipe for Lime Ice Cream Cake.

The s’mores themselves are a perfectly enjoyable no-bake dessert, but if you’re looking for something you can make ahead for a group that is cold and creamy, this terrine is layered with vanilla ice cream, fudge sauce, graham crackers and toast. marshmallows for a frozen version of a summer staple. Get the S’mores Frozen Cake recipe.

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No, we’re not done with ice cream yet. If you’re looking for the simplest option possible, this might be it: buy (or make) as many flavors of ice cream as you want and layer them with brownies, cakes, or cookies (depending on immortal words of Ina, bought is good!), as well as fresh berries, chocolate and caramel sauces and / or whipped cream. They will be too happy to realize that you are making them make their own dessert! Get our Brownie Ice Cream Parfait recipe.

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A semifreddo is something like a cross between ice cream and mousse, and if you have a stand mixer, it’s especially easy to do. You freeze the chocolate chip mixture in a loaf pan and you can scoop or slice it as you like once it’s baked. Tahini tastes fantastic (roasted and a bit bitter), but you can use peanut butter if that’s all you have (or prefer). Get Tahini Semifreddo’s recipe.

Who said this no-bake dynamite dessert was only for Passover? (Or that its Saltine-based “Christmas Crack” equivalent is only for Santa Claus?) Take it out again all summer, because it’s super easy and incredibly delicious, and you can change the toppings if you wish (different nuts, edible gold leaf, vermicelli…). Get our recipe from Matzo Brittle.

We also have a very Similar recipe from S’mores Bar, but since it’s roasted marshmallow it requires a brief cooking, which makes it technically ineligible for this roundup… but still worthy of any dessert table.

If you’ve got a more Martha Stewart vibe, this elegant English-inspired pudding is a worthy centerpiece, and not as intimidating as it sounds. Just soak the fresh summer fruits in sugar and Grand Marnier, and meanwhile, line a large bowl with store-bought brioche slices, then throw in the macerated fruits, seal them with softer bread and place them. weigh overnight before unmolding to ohsand ahhs the next day. The more red berries in your mixture, the brighter the bread will be thanks to the juices. Get our summer pudding recipe.

This foolproof fudge is for Nutella lovers, the lazy, those who refuse to use candy thermometers, and anyone who combines the above. It’s really just a chocolate ganache stabilized with 2 cups of Nutella and refrigerated until firm. Chopped roasted hazelnuts (salted, please) scattered on top give it a classy look and add extra flavor and texture. Get our Easy Truffle Hazelnut Fudge Recipe.

Banana pudding may be old-fashioned, but it was also all the rage on Pinterest last summer, and it’s no wonder – it’s creamy, comforting, no-fuss, and gives the illusion of tasting good. for you because it contains real fruit. We expect to see him top the charts again this year. Get our banana pudding recipe.

If you want to stack all the fruit you can, fruit pizza is a good option, but the crust requires baking, unless you’re using watermelon slices as a base. Bonus: No carbs, if you care about that sort of thing (depending on what else you add, though, it may or may not always be keto). For the sauce, you can opt for cream cheese frosting, cashew or coconut cream, Greek yogurt (or coconut yogurt, sweet or not), or even a simple chocolate or balsamic glaze. And for toppings, use whatever fruit works best for you at the moment. Get the recipe for watermelon pizza.


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