7 No-Bake Sweet Treats That Are Truly No Sweat


The AC is cranked up, shorts are on and whatever you’re drinking is filled to the brim with ice cubes. And you know what’s not happening this far into July? The oven — and it’s staying off all summer long. Keep your kitchen cool with these sweet treats that don’t require the oven, which are all about bringing on sweetness, not sweat.

When a hankering for Key lime pie strikes, you don’t have to go big. Simply layer individual portions of all the elements — buttery graham cracker crumbs, rich and creamy lime curd and a dollop of homemade whipped cream — for Individual Key Lime Pies (pictured above) and you’ll have a pie-ish treat you can eat up with a spoon.

Round out a summer cookout with Tyler Florence’s Banana Cream Pudding, spiked with vanilla, bourbon and creme de banane. Topping the decadent treat with a crown of fluffy whipped cream makes for a striking dessert centerpiece.

A slice of Sandra Lee’s no-bake, ice-cold Peanut Butter Pie has it all: a graham cracker crust, a creamy peanut butter filling, a chocolate topping and a sprinkle of crunchy peanuts.

Before the mere mention of cake has you preheating the oven, back away from that dial. Ina Garten’s towering, caffeine-spiked Mocha Chocolate Icebox Cake cake never sees the inside of an oven. With a little beauty sleep overnight, the layers of mocha whipped cream and chocolate cookies get a chance to merge and soften together.

A banana split may be the ultimate diner-style indulgence, but these no-cook, no-bake Healthy Banana Split Parfaits keep things light.

Your typical cookie recipe may be slid into the oven on a sheet tray, but not these Peanut Butter-Chocolate No-Bake Cookies. Instead, each morsel of chocolate, peanut butter and oats hardens as it cools into perfectly formed cookies.

This striking, layered Angel Food Cake and Berry Trifle cuts a corner, all in the name of leaving your oven in the off position. It calls for store-bought angel food cake (which, though baked, wasn’t baked by you) to add a plush layer in between levels of tangy yogurt and juicy blueberries, raspberries and strawberries.

Stock up on even more no-bake treats that will keep you away from the oven all summer.

Check out more no-cook dessert recipes from our friends of #SummerSoiree:

Dishin & Dishes: Nutella No Bake Cookies

The Lemon Bowl: Frozen Banana Pops

Creative Culinary: Milk Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter and Coconut Balls

The Heritage Cook: The World’s Easiest Lemon Curd Parfaits (Gluten-Free)

In Jennie’s Kitchen: Black Raspberry Bruschetta

Devour: Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth in Seconds with 4 Microwave Desserts

The Wimpy Vegetarian: Grilled Ginger Peaches a la Mode

Elephants and the Coconut Trees: Arrowroot Milk Pudding with Dragon Fruit

Taste with the Eyes: Chocolate Banana Bites with Gourmet Pumpkin Seeds