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!

Peanut Butter Cereal Bars

Crispy and crunchy come together in this six-ingredient recipe! Both PB and chocolate lovers will enjoy sinking their teeth into this treat that travels well and whips up in an hour! Head to Sweet Peas & Saffron to get the recipe.

Cherry Cheesecake Dip

Can you believe this gorgeous dip is no-bake? You can enjoy the rich flavor of cheesecake without turning on the oven with this simple recipe that requires more time in the fridge chilling then it does to make! Check out Carlsbad Cravings for the full recipe.

Salted Caramel Cups

How are these not crafted in the oven? This healthy-ish recipe combines items like oats, dates and nuts miraculously houses thick caramel for the ultimate surprise treat. Check out Pinch of Yum because you know you want this recipe!

Thin Mint Bites

Who needs Girl Scout cookie season when you can make these thin mint bites? Just three ingredients are all you need to make these fancy looking, awesome tasting mint cups. Check out Chelsea's Messy Apron for the recipe.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Lasagna

Move over, red sauce lasagna! This fun take on an Italian dish will satisfy your sweet tooth in a cinch. Just combine ingredients and chill before devouring. Want the complete recipe? Check out Bake Me Some Sugar.

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

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

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Ice Cream without an Ice Cream Maker

Imagine whipping up a delicious batch of ice cream—without needing any equipment than what you already have at home. We've got six great recipes that will do the trick. See them here

—Susie Foresman, Gabby Cullen & Karly Wood



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