No oven? Or you simply want to make a dessert without using an oven for a change? It doesn’t matter whether you plan to make chocolate brownies, Oreo cheesecakes or lemon tarts! Here are 8 Easy No-Bake Dessert You Can Make at Home–piece of cake!
1) Chocolate Brownies
Chocolate and nuts are like a match made in heaven. Combine these two together to form brownies and you got yourself a bite-licious dessert that is quick and easy to make. And yes, you don’t necessarily need an oven too.
Here’s how: Coat a 9-inch baking dish using melted butter or nonstick cooking spray. Then follow by heating 414 ml of sweetened condensed milk and 56g of unsweetened chocolate in a pan over medium-low heat for around 10 minutes. Or at least until you see the chocolate milk mixture all melted and thickened.
Now, remove the pan from the heat and add in 2 1/2 cups of crushed graham crackers (you can substitute them with Marie or digestive biscuits). Mix half a cup of chopped nuts of your choice (e.g. walnuts, hazelnuts or peanuts) and stir the ingredients to incorporate them all together with a wooden spoon. Then, transfer the mixture to the baking/prepared pan. Make sure you spread them as evenly as possible. Sprinkle the top with chopped nuts and refrigerate for 2-4 hours or at least until the chocolate brownies become firm.
2) Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies
Got a jar of peanut butter in the kitchen? Instead of spreading it on a slice of bread or enjoying this nutty-licious treat straight from the jar, make some no-bake peanut butter cookies for a change… with an oatmeal twist.
Here’s how: Combine 1 cup of granulated sugar, 1/2 cup of unsalted butter and 1/2 cup of milk in a pan over medium heat. Stir occasionally until the butter is melted and the mixture all well incorporated. Bring them to a boil for a minute before removing the pan from heat.
Now, stir in 1 cup of smooth peanut butter, 2 tablespoons of vanilla extract and 1/2 tablespoons of salt. Add in 2 1/2 cups of rolled/quick-cooking oats until everything is well combined. Once down, line the baking pan with a parchment paper and drop the mixture one at a time using a cookie/ice cream scoop onto it. Let cool for around 30-45 minutes or at least until the peanut butter oatmeal cookies become all firm and set.
3) Oreo Cheesecake
Unless your taste buds or digestive system has a disagreement with cheese, it’s hard to say no to a heavenly slice of Oreo cheesecake. Or the whole cake, for that matter. The good news is, even if you don’t own an oven, you can still make a no-bake Oreo cheesecake.
Here’s how: Start by tossing 24 Oreos to a food processor and pulse until they become fine crumbs. Transfer the crumbs into a mixing bowl and stir in together 60g of melted butter until well-combined. Next, line a 9-inch springform pan with parchment paper and spread the mixture evenly by pressing it down. This will be the base a.k.a. bottom crust of your Oreo cheesecake. Chill the pan in the fridge.
Now, for the main part: the cheesecake filling. Add 453g of room-temperature full-fat cream cheese, 120g of powdered sugar, 450 ml of double/whipped cream and 15 finely-crushed Oreos in a mixing bowl and whisk them all together until smooth and well-incorporated.
Remove the pan from the fridge and pour in the cheesecake mixture on top of it. Use a spatula to spread it around evenly. Place the pan back into the fridge for at least 4 hours or until overnight (if you are not in a hurry). You can choose to top the Oreo cheesecake with whipped cream and Oreo cookies or enjoy as it is.
4) Apple Pie
Here’s another classic dessert recipe that doesn’t require an oven. That recipe in question is a no-bake apple pie.
Here’s how: To make the crust, process 6 graham crackers into fine crumbs using a food processor. Line a 9-inch springform pan or tart pan with foil and coat it with a nonstick cooking spray. Cover and set aside in the fridge until the crust becomes a bit hardened.
Combine 1 pack of lemon gelatin, 1/4 teaspoon of ground nutmeg and 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon in a pan filled with 1 1/2 cup of water. Add 5 apples (all cored, peeled & sliced) and bring everything to a boil. Reduce the heat to simmer until the apples become soft and tender. Next, stir in vanilla pudding mix and add 1/4 cup of water. Cook for around 2 minutes and keep stirring until the mixture becomes thickened. Remove from heat.
Transfer the mixture to the crust and spread them evenly. Place it back into the fridge for at least 2 hours. Serve with a whipped cream topping, a scoop of vanilla ice cream or enjoy as it is.
5) Nut Butter Protein Balls
Forget about the store-bought protein bars. Why not try no-bake protein balls where you can easily whip up at home in 10 minutes or so?
Here’s how: Start off by adding 1 1/2 cup of rolled oats, 1 cup of creamy peanut butter (you can use other nut butter like almond or cashew), 1/4 cup of honey and 2 scoops of protein powder in a mixing bowl. Stir until everything is well-combined (you can also add in some chocolate chips or coconut flakes). With wet hands, use a cookie/ice cream scoop to scoop the dough and roll them on your palms to form balls. Place the protein balls in an airtight container and refrigerate for 20 minutes or at least until they become firm. Enjoy!
6) Lemon Tart
Craving for some sweet, yet tarty lemon tart? Well, you can make them easily with this no-bake recipe below!
Here’s how: Process 5-6 graham crackers until they become fine crumbs using a food processor. Transfer the crumbs to a bowl and add 5 tablespoons of melted butter. Stir everything together until well-combined. Then, spread the crumb mixture into the bottom of an 8-inch tart pan and press them evenly. Set aside until it’s ready to use.
To make the lemon filling, pour 400g of sweetened condensed milk or 1/2 cup of granulated sugar into a pan. Add in 3 freshly-squeezed lemon juice and zest before pouring in a cup of heavy whipped cream and cook over low heat until the filling becomes glossy and thicker. Once done, remove the pan from heat and pour the filling into the crust you have prepared earlier. Refrigerate for at least 6 hours or until overnight. Slice and serve on its own or you can top the tart with some whipped cream or cut fruits like berries or mango.
7) Strawberry Icebox Cake
Ever tried making an icebox cake before? The good news is, it doesn’t require an oven and only uses a few ingredients too!
Here’s how: Beat 2 cups of heavy cream, 1/2 cup of powdered sugar and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract using a hand/stand mixer until stiff peaks form (Alternatively, you can cut this step by using a store-bought whipped cream instead).
Next, spread a thin layer of cream on the bottom of a square pan and make sure to smooth it evenly using a spatula. Continue by layering graham crackers on top and cover with another layer of cream. Add in 1/3 of sliced strawberries on top and layer with cream. Repeat the latter steps (sliced strawberries + cream and make sure the top ended with strawberries). Refrigerate for at least 3-4 hours or overnight before serving.
8) Rocky Road Fudge
If you are a huge fan of ice cream, you might have come across this particular flavour called “rocky road” — a combination of chocolate ice cream, nuts and marshmallows. Well, if you love rocky road ice cream, you might want to try this no-bake fudge recipe for a change.
Here’s how: Mix in 2 cups of semi-sweet chocolate chips, 414 ml of sweetened condensed milk and 2 tablespoons of butter in a double boiler (bain-marie). Stir the mixture occasionally and cook over boiling water until everything is blended all together.
Remove from heat and continue by stirring in 2 cups of roasted peanuts (or any nuts of your choice) and a bag of mini marshmallows into the mixture. Once done, pour in the mixture in a 9-inch baking dish lined with parchment paper and spread them evenly. Refrigerate for around 2-3 hours or at least until they become firm. Cut into squares and enjoy!
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