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14 Best No-Bake Dessert Recipes You Should Try

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Updated on January 25, 2024

Reviewed by Marise

Baking should be considered a form of self-care. It fills your home with this soothing aroma that adds a sense of warmth to the freezing days of winter. There is something special about taking the time to bake a mouthwatering dessert for your loved ones. Since Christmas is around the corner, you probably want to make a delicious dessert to munch on with your family. We can tell that you are not interested in turning your oven on; that is why we’re introducing a long list of no-bake desserts!

The reasons why you wouldn’t want to use your oven can be plentiful. For one thing, it takes some time and requires your attention to avoid burning your lovely delicacy. Having a huge Christmas dinner already baking in the oven or having kids that run around a little too much is another reason. No matter what your reason is, we’ve got your back! 

This kind of dessert is easy and quick to make and also great for every occasion. Whether it is Halloween, Christmas, or St. Patrick’s Day, there is always a suitable no-bake dessert recipe to save your little party. 

1. Bourbon Balls

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Bourbon balls are suitable to serve during a small gathering with your family and friends at home. This no-bake recipe is a crowd-pleaser and doesn’t take time to make. You will need corn syrup, semi-sweet chocolate pieces, powdered sugar, vanilla wafers, pecans, and a bourbon bottle. 

Melt the chocolate in the microwave for a couple of minutes. Meanwhile, put the bourbon and corn syrup in a bowl and stir together. Add the rest of the ingredients in a different bowl and mix them together. Now mix the two bowls together and pour the melted chocolate onto them. Let the mixture hold up for 30 minutes before rolling them into small balls and covering them in the fridge.

2. No-Bake Banana Pudding Cheesecake

Bananas are always suitable ingredients for no-bake recipes. And, yes, you can have a delicious cheesecake without needing to use the oven. This recipe takes only 15 minutes to make, but it may need over a couple of hours in the fridge. So, here’s what you need for this no-bake recipe, heavy cream, sugar, cream cheese, graham cracker crust, vanilla extract, vanilla pudding, milk, vanilla wafers, and bananas. 

The first step is to beat the cream cheese in a bowl until it smoothens up, then add the sugar and blend them together. Now that the mixture is smooth add vanilla ingredients and the heavy cream and beat them together. In a different bowl, whisk the pudding with the milk together, then leave it in the refrigerator for a few minutes to cool.

Now slice bananas and add them over the graham cracker crust filling along with vanilla wafers. The remaining graham cracker crust goes on top of the bananas for a double crunch feel. Leave it in the fridge for less than three hours before serving it. 

3. Frozen Cappuccino Cups

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Having your caffeine fix in a quick no-bake dessert is an underrated indulgence that we need to pay more attention to. Frozen cappuccino cups are easy to make and quite enjoyable. The ingredients you need to make this delicacy are sandwich cookies, coffee ice cream, ground cinnamon, and semi-sweet chocolate chips.

Take out your muffin cups to use them for your coffee-based dessert. Get your sandwich cookies and crush them into crumbs, then mix them with the melted butter until they form a thick paste. Press the paste into the cupcake liners and let them sit for a while. Now mix all of the other ingredients together and scoop them over the crumbs base. Let them freeze for a bit, then add toppings of your preference, either whipped cream, chocolate sauce, or whatever you prefer.

4. No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake

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Making cheesecake without eggs is a magic trick. That is what a no-bake dessert sounds like; it is magic, for it is easy to make and still doesn’t compromise the sweet taste of a dessert. Pumpkin is a delicious ingredient to flavour up your no-bake cake and spend the best autumn/winter times. After all, it is the best flavour for the end of the year. 

Get some graham cracker crust, whipped cream, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, cream cheese, and brown sugar. Start by pressing the graham cracker crust to form a sturdy base, then mix all of the ingredients together. Use a spatula to scoop the mixture over the crust, and make sure to be gentle. Now let the mixture chill for several hours until it is firm. 

5. Concession Stand Crackers

Concession Stand Crackers are the easiest no-bake munch-on to make for a holiday or even a small gathering with your loved ones. You will need Nutella spread, crackers, chocolate melting wafers, sprinkles, and any chopped candy like Reese’s pieces or M&M’s. Now that you have all the needed ingredients, you are four steps away from the best concession stand crackers.

Grab a microwave bowl and add the Nutella spread along with the chocolate melting wafers and let them melt together. Dip half of the crackers into the melted chocolate and place them on parchment paper. Spread your sprinkles and chopped candy over the melted chocolate and let them sit for a while. Now place your crackers in the refrigerator for a few hours before serving.

6. Banana Split

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Banana split is a classic that has been serving happiness on a silver platter to many dessert lovers, or on any platter for that matter. It is one of the easiest no-bake recipes to satisfy your cravings and still take in your daily serving of vitamins and minerals. Besides, it is perfect for presenting to your little gathering, not to mention each layer of this mouthwatering delicacy takes you on a culinary trip to happiness.

Well, now that you won’t have to turn your oven on, it is time to up your dessert game, and it gives this easy recipe a go. It is made of several layers, with the one on top being a delicate mouse of cream cheese followed by a crunchy crust of graham crackers. The layers below are a pool of nutritious and delicious fruits, bananas, strawberries, and pineapple slices. Feel free to add chocolate, nuts, or whipped cream on top to sweeten it up even more.

7. Fantasy Fudge

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Imagine making a succulent dessert in just a few minutes yet getting to gift lots of people and have them in awe. That is when the Fantasy fudge comes in handy, making itself the queen of no-bake desserts. Besides, it is a lot easier and faster to make than the ordinary classic fudge and even more fun. 

Ingredients you will need include white sugar, evaporated milk, margarine, marshmallow cream, chocolate chips, vanilla extract, and walnuts. Start by mixing the first three ingredients together over medium heat until it gets thoroughly boiled. Now add the chips and stir until they blend with the mixture, and then start adding the marshmallow, walnuts, and vanilla. Let it cool for a few minutes, then cut it into small squares and let it chill for a few hours before serving.

8. No-Bake S’mores Bars

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S’mores is a typical Scout girl dessert that never fails to put a smile on everyone’s face. Well, the best part about them is that they are all no-bake and never require using the oven, but we’re bringing you a recipe that doesn’t require any source of heat for the marshmallows. So, bear with us and prepare for the most delectable s’mores bars ever.

You will need no more than the essential ingredients that make this sweet delicacy, only little drops of oil to melt the chocolate. So, bring your graham crackers, mini marshmallows, and chocolate chips, and let’s get started. Heat the oil for a few minutes before adding the chips and let them melt. Now mix the melted chocolate with the crackers and marshmallows. Press the mixture into a pan and put it in the fridge until it gets harder, then enjoy.

9. Oreo Cookie Balls

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Oreo has always been there for us, being the perfect chocolate candy that it is. The good news is that you can turn this cookie into a far more exciting dessert that requires minimum effort, is made in a snap, and is also a no-bake delicacy. So, here are the ingredients you are going to need: Oreo cookies, of course, cream cheese, white chocolate chips along with regular chocolate chips.

Turn your hard Oreo cookies into crumbs by crushing them. We recommend you keep some of the crumbs on the side to sprinkle on top of your balls and add some sweet crunch. Now mix the cream cheese with Oreo crumbs and scoop out small balls. Place them on parchment paper and let them freeze for about 20 minutes. Meanwhile, melt the chips so you can dip the balls into the mixture. Sprinkle some crumbs and leave them in the refrigerator for some time before serving.

10. Reese’s Peanut Butter Bars

If you are a peanut butter lover, then you have probably indulged in Reese’s cups and binged eaten them. Using them as an inspiration to create a succulent no-bake dessert is an offer that is too good to turn down. The Reese’s peanut butter bar is a sweet delicacy that has been trending on the internet for quite some time, and now is when you give it a try.

These bars are perfect to munch on at pretty much any time of the year. They are deliciously sweet and crowd-pleasing. You will need melted butter, graham cracker crumbs, peanut butter, confectioners, sugar, and chocolate chips. Put the chips aside, mix all ingredients together, and then spread the mixture in a large pan. Now melt the chips and add more peanut butter to them. Spread this mixture over the other one and let it set in the fridge for a couple of hours.

11. Chocolate Coconut Balls

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Chocolate coconut balls are a sweet indulgence suitable for the holidays. They are glacé desserts to have on your side table and reach for whenever you are up for something sweet. We have this no-bake recipe that will make your day a lot easier and more fun. Take the time to make these delicious snowballs and invite your friends and family over to enjoy them with you. 

You will need shredded coconut, unsalted butter, milk, granulated sugar, rolled oats, vanilla extract, salt, and unsweetened cocoa powder. Add the oats and coconut to a bowl together. Now mix the butter, salt, sugar, milk, and cocoa in a heated saucepan. After boiling for one minute, take the pan off the heat and add the vanilla extract. 

Combine the oat and coconut with the mixture, then let it sit for an hour at least. Once your mixture is cool, roll it into small balls, then drench them into some more coconut. Leave your delicious snowballs in to refrigerate for some time before you start munching on them.

12. No-Bake Mint Chip Lasagna

If you are looking for a no-bake dessert recipe that fits into the ceremonial theme of St. Patrick’s Day, then you should try this succulent mint chip lasagna. Besides its perfect green shade, it has a smooth texture that effortlessly melts in your mouth, which is the best attribute of an ideal dessert. Get ready to lose your mind over this easy no-bake and no-cook recipe. 

You will need a handful of ingredients since there are different layers for this lasagna-like delicacy. Make sure you have mint Oreos, melted butter, cream cheese, powdered sugar, mint extract, whipped cream, green food colouring, instant chocolate pudding, milk, chocolate chips, and chocolate shavings. 

Start off by finely crushing the mint Oreos into crumbs, then mix it with melted butter. Press your mixture into a baking dish and let it sit aside for now. To make the cheesecake layer, you will need to thoroughly beat the powdered sugar and cream cheese until they’re lump-free and smooth, then add the mint extract and beat it with them. Incorporate the whipped cream with the mixture and add the green food colouring. Pour this mixture over the crust and let it chill for a while.

Now make the pudding layer by whisking the milk with the pudding mix until they reach a thick texture, then add the chocolate chips. Pour the pudding mixture over the cheesecake layer, then spread more whipped cream on top, along with more chips and chocolate chips. Leave your dessert to chill overnight, then serve and enjoy every bite of it.

13. No-Bake Oat Energy Bites

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Having the needed energy to start the day is quite essential to ensure productivity. Sometimes, we don’t have enough time to cook a protein-based meal, and we just settle for a morning cup of coffee. Say no more. We have this feel-good recipe for you that is full of oats and sufficient to kickstart your day, not to mention that it is pretty easy to grab and eat on the go. 

These oat energy bites are no-bake and require essential ingredients to get them done. All you’re going to are old-fashioned oats, shredded coconut, vanilla extract, ground flaxseed, chocolate chips, creamy peanut butter, chia seeds, and honey. In three steps, these irresistibly delicious bites will be ready to devour. 

Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl until they are well combined. Cover the bowl and let it sit in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours before you take it out again. Once it is chilled, take the mixture with a tablespoon and roll it into 1-inch balls until it is over. You can enjoy these energetic bites immediately, or you can let them chill for some time.

14. Fried Ice Cream

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Yes, this is something that actually exists. Frying the ice cream is the trendiest method of having a no-bake dessert and an innovative way to enjoy your ice cream. If this sounds a little too much for you, you can have your perfectly golden ice cream dessert without actually placing the ice cream in a frying pan. You will need ice cream of any flavour you prefer, cornflakes, cinnamon, and sugar. 

Take a couple of scoops from the ice cream and let it freeze in a ball form. Toast the cornflakes separately so you can get the same effect of frying without actually doing it. Add the cornflakes along with the cinnamon and sugar in a bowl, and place three large egg whites in another. Now take your ice cream out and roll in the egg white first, then roll them in the other bowl to add the crunchy coat. Let it freeze for a few hours until it becomes completely solid, then enjoy.

The internet is full of no-bake recipes that will let you enjoy a delectable delicacy without having to turn your oven on. Give those recipes a try every now and then when you have the time and energy, and, most importantly, the need to satisfy your cravings. They are perfect for small gatherings and even alone movie nights at home.

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