Dessert is a year-round necessity. But when the temperatures start climbing, the idea of turning on your oven to bake some of your favorite delicacies is enough to make you start sweating. Fortunately, there are plenty of no-bake options that are here to help cool you down, even on the hottest days.
Here are eight oven-free dessert recipes that are quick, easy to make and oh-so-delicious.
Brownie Ice Cream Bombes
Forget popsicles – these brownie ice cream bombes are going to turn your world upside down. They also make the perfect party dessert. You only need brownies, vanilla ice cream and Nutella for the body.
For the “magic” chocolate-hardened shell, you’ll need coconut oil and semi-sweet chocolate chips. The brownie sits inside a cozy ball of ice cream, and is then coated by dipping it into a bowl of melted chocolate, fondue style. You can even freeze them for up to six months.
Vegan Tiramisu Fudge Bars
If that last recipe was too thick for your blood, these vegan tiramisu fudge bars taste just as decadent, but are totally vegan. This is thanks to vegan mascarpone and cocoa coffee cream, which won’t have you missing the dairy at all.
This creamy cashew- and coffee-layered dessert tastes so close to the real thing. The addition of almond extract offers a gorgeous amaretto flavor that finishes it off perfectly. They retain their shape in the freezer, so keep them stored there.
Peanut Butter Pretzel Pie
Peanut butter fans, unite! This frozen peanut butter pretzel pie blends the creamy, luscious texture of peanut butter with a delicious chocolate pretzel crust.
It’s then topped with a luxurious ganache and a generous scattering of Reese’s peanut butter cups and pretzels. Lovers of sweet and salty desserts will have a hard time putting the fork down.
This recipe only requires two-and-a-half hours of prep time, which is pretty impressive given that it’s a freezer dessert, which can be time-consuming. Keep this tucked away in your freezer for the ultimate treat on a sweltering night.
Frozen Raspberry Cheesecake
Chocolate isn’t everyone’s thing and that’s absolutely fine. As an alternative, try this light and tasty frozen raspberry cheesecake. It consists of graham cracker crumbs, cream cheese, butter, heavy whipping cream, sugar, vanilla, lemon juice, and raspberries.
The fruitiness is just sweet enough but adds some much needed acidity to a rich dessert. With ripe berry season approaching, this will be a summer staple. The hardest part of this recipe will be waiting for it to freeze, and not reaching in to grab a handful prematurely.
Triple Chocolate Frozen Dessert
Chocoholics will be obsessed with this triple-layer, whipped chocolate ganache dessert that is a magnificently frosty piece of art. Its has the intense chocolate flavor of a flourless chocolate cake, but this remix has an additional creamy and smooth texture that makes it less overwhelming.
It sounds and look pretty fancy but is quite easy to accomplish. Freezing a whipped ganache is a silky, melt-in-your-mouth effect that is irresistible. The recipe utilizes three different chocolates: milk, white, and 70% dark. True chocolate connoisseurs will appreciate this three-hour recipe.
Frozen S’mores Cups
There’s nothing like fireside s’mores to really bring in the summer. But when its steamy and humid out, the last thing you want is the heat of a fire pressing against your face to achieve that marshmallow, graham cracker and chocolate goodness.
But this frozen version of s’mores is even better than the original. It layers chocolate ganache, a graham cracker crust, chocolate pudding, marshmallow creme and whipped cream in one sumptuous dessert.
These five-layer desserts provide a creamy surprise thanks to the marshmallow center. Plus, way less messy to make than the original gooey rendition of this classic dessert.
Frozen Lemonade Pie
Lemonade is that refreshing, tangy drink that we look forward to as a reprieve from the sun. Now, imagine if you could translate that into a no-bake, zesty pie that’s just as cooling?
It’s way better than a lemon bar, and is essentially a lemonade icebox cake. It’s fluffy, sweet and lip-puckering at the same time, so it won’t weigh you down like many chocolate desserts do.
All you need is a graham cracker crust, condensed milk, frozen Cool Whip and frozen lemon concentrate for 6-8 servings. It’s not hard to whip up, and the flavor is undeniably unique.
Frozen Mocha Oreo Bars
This dessert tastes like a mocha Frappuccino blended with Oreo cookies & cream ice cream. We’re going to have to push our diets aside for a bite of this heaven. It looks good enough to replace a birthday cake with, and it looks like the author of the recipe even opted to do that herself.
This treat is ultra creamy and features espresso mousse, topped with a dollop of hot fudge sauce. Whether you’re going through a serious Oreo phase, or you’re just a lover of anything coffee flavored, this dessert is a great no-bake option for a celebration of any sort.