When it comes to making a dessert in the summer, the last thing we want to do is turn on the oven to make a cake or pie. That’s why we love having an array of awesome (and simple!) no-bake desserts in our arsenal. Keep reading for some of our favorite kid-friendly picks, none of which will leave you a sweaty mess. Sounds like a win-win situation to us!

Mason Jar Ice Cream Cake

Mason jars can be used for just about anything, even dessert! We love these ice cream cakes from Evermine because not only can you mix it up and use whatever ingredients you like best, but there are also minimal melting messes to clean up afterward! Get the how-to here

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Strawberry Shortcake Sandwiches

This delicious "sandwich" is so easy, a budding pastry chef could do it all by herself. Using only four ingredients, we love The Novice Chef's version!

5-Minute Frozen Fruit Mousse

This frozen fruit mousse takes literally five minutes, and only requires a few ingredients. Top with freshly whipped cream and fruit and you've got an Instagram-worthy dessert ready to go. Find out how to make your own version here

Vegan Chocolate, Peanut Butter and Avocado Pie

Hear us out. This rich and fudgy dessert is made even better by some sneaky avocado. It’s also a no-bake masterpiece so you can whip it up in no time for any party, potluck, or mid-week treat. For the recipe, head to A Taste of Madness.

No-Bake Lemon Cheesecake Mousse Cups

The last thing you want to do on a hot summer day is turn on the oven. Luckily, you won’t have to with these no-bake lemon cheesecake mousse cups. They’re easy to make and assemble and look just as delicious as they taste. For the #1 reason to boycott your oven this summer visit Overtime Cook.

Frozen Banana Split Pie

What kid doesn't love banana splits? This pie from The Kitchen Is My Playground is sure to be a smash hit with the whole family, with its layers upon layers of ice cream, pineapple, bananas, pecans, and, most importantly, homemade chocolate sauce.

Kiwi Sorbet

Kiwi is the total star of the show in this guilt-free sorbet from Anja's Food 4 Thought. There are no crazy ingredients—just kiwi, lemon, and honey. You'll be cooled off in no time!

Tiramisu Slab Cake

What could be better than cocoa powder, espresso, ladyfingers and whipped cream all stacked up in a delicious bite? A recipe for tiramisu that requires no baking or stove-top prep, whatsoever. Both of your dreams are answered with this no-bake recipe from The View from Great Island

Homemade Twix Bars

Who needs expensive store-bought candy bars when you can make your own? You'll only need four ingredients to make these super tasty "Twix" bars from Back for Seconds.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

Who knew you could make delicious cookies without ever turning on your oven? This clever recipe from Wanna Come With? uses rolled oats, peanut butter and cocoa powder to create one amazing cookie.

White Chocolate Lemon Truffles

If your little ones aren’t as crazy for citrus as you are, have them try a white chocolate lemon truffle. They may change their tune. With just a few ingredients, they’re super simple to make—15 minutes of prep time and you’re done. Just make sure you factor in that the mix has to get cold and harden in the fridge for a few hours. The result is pure magic! For all the delicious details, and other ideas visit OMG Chocolate Desserts.

 

S'mores Muffin Tin Ice Cream Cakes

These little treats from Blender Happy only require one minute of microwave action. With a graham cracker base, hidden marshmallow middle and chocolate ice cream on top (you can use store-bought or make your own dairy-free ice cream), the hardest part is waiting for them to freeze. Find the recipe here

 

—Susie Foresman with Gabby Cullen