6 Cool No-Bake Desserts for Summer

6 Cool No-Bake Desserts for Summer

Anyone can whip up these delicious and refreshing desserts, no oven needed, in no time!


By Lorraine Allen

There’s no need to slave over a hot oven to whip up a delicious and festive summer dessert. These six refreshing and sweet recipes are easy to make, and major crowd-pleasers too. Bonus: Your kids can help you assemble and prepare them, which makes them taste even better.

1. S’mores - The great thing about s’mores is that you can make them on a grill, over a campfire, or even in your microwave, in less than a minute! How cool is that? All you need are some graham crackers, chocolate bars, and (of course) marshmallows. If you can’t roast the marshmallows over an open fire, try this method to nuke your s’mores instead: Put a piece of chocolate on one cracker and top with a marshmallow, then microwave on a plate, open-faced, for about 10-15 seconds. Top with another cracker and serve! YUM!

2. Ice cream pies - Buy a premade cookie crust or graham cracker crust and fill with your favorite slightly-softened ice cream or frozen yogurt. Top with your favorite mix-ins, like sliced fresh berries, chocolate chips, sprinkles, or chopped nuts. Freeze for an hour or more, then slice and serve.

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3. Grilled fruit parfaits - The next time you have a barbecue, take advantage of the already hot grill to make dessert. Place halved, pitted stone fruits – peaches, plums, and nectarines – on the grill for a few minutes, then remove and cut into smaller chunks. Layer the grilled fruit in individual glasses between vanilla ice cream or whipped cream, if you prefer. For crunch, you can add granola or crumbled vanilla cookies between each layer. Feeling fancy? Drizzle the fruit with a little aged sweet balsamic vinegar.

4. Creamy homemade “ice cream” - Slice two bananas and freeze the slices in single layer on a small rimmed baking sheet, along with some fresh berries (or you can also just buy bags of frozen berries!). Blend bananas with a cup or so of frozen berries, a teaspoon of vanilla extract and three tablespoons of milk, coconut milk, or almond milk. Transfer to an airtight container and freeze at least two hours before serving. This creamy, cool dessert is a perfect replacement for store-bought ice cream. It’s got no added sugar, it’s versatile, deeeee-licious, and easy to make too.

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5. Ice cream sandwiches - These are really fast and simple to make, taste amazing, and are perfect for parties because no plates or utensils are needed! Buy large chocolate chip or sugar cookies and sandwich a scoop of slightly softened ice cream in between to make sandwiches. Roll the edges in mini chocolate chips or rainbow sprinkles.

6. Fruit salad with a kick - A fruit salad can be a bit boring, sure. But not this one! Cut one giant watermelon in half and scoop out the insides with a melon baller, reserving one empty half to use as a serving bowl. Add whatever other fruit you like to the watermelon, such as berries, plums, peaches, apples, honeydew, cantaloupe, and grapes. Squeeze two limes over this and tear up a small handful of fresh mint, and toss together. Cover and refrigerate for an hour before serving. This healthy dessert is sweet, simple, and refreshing.

What’s your favorite simple no-bake dessert?


Lorraine Allen is a writer, and mom and personal chef to one spunky 6-year-old girl with severe food allergies. You can enjoy their delicious recipes and follow their amusing family cooking adventures at Feeding Lina.

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