4 Easy No-Bake Desserts

Oven on the fritz? Want to save energy? Or are you just tired of trying to cut away the blackened burnt parts whenever you bake a cake? We tend to assume that making a delicious and satisfying dessert means that we have to shackle ourselves to the oven. But this needn’t necessarily the case. There are lots of great desserts that we can enjoy without even going near the oven. And no, we’re not talking about throwing together a quick and easy fruit salad. Whether you’re looking for a dessert with wow factor to serve up at your next dinner party, or a delicious treat for the family after a lazy Sunday dinner, these easy to make no-bake desserts are sure to be a hit. 

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No preheating, no seared hands, no smoky mishaps. Just gorgeous desserts that will make you a culinary legend…

Banana cream pie
The perfect dessert for a hot summer day, a banana cream pie is an exquisite combination of textures and flavors, with the smooth creaminess of the banana and cream topping contrasting with the firm brunch of the base. But that base doesn’t need to be baked for you to enjoy the satisfying juxtaposition. A crust can be made from vanilla wafers, some banana syrup and a little butter. 

Pecan run balls
Bring the holidays home early with these decadent, boozy rum balls which combine spice and warmth with a rich nuttiness that is perfect for any time of year. This rum balls recipe works great as a dessert with some ice cream, as a sweet snack with an after-dinner coffee, or wrapped up as a gift for friends, family and work colleagues. They take just 10 minutes to prepare and after an hour or so in the refrigerator, they’re good to go. 

Banana split fluff
Looking for something light and fluff yet so-very-satisfying to accompany an al-fresco dinner in the garden or family BBQ? Your family and guests won’t be able to get enough of this banana split fluff recipe. Whipped topping and condensed milk form the base of this recipe, combined with bananas, crushed pineapple, a little cherry pie filling and optional crushed nuts to lend some crunch to the mix. It looks (and tastes) like it took hours to prepare, but it can be ready in as little as 5 minutes.

Caramel shortbread pie
A decadent twist on the traditional no-bake cheesecake, this delicious dessert offers a satisfying combination of crunch and creaminess without the need for any baking whatsoever. The rich and crunchy crust is simply made from shortbread cookies, butter and sugar. To this, we add a light and fluffy mixture of cream cheese, heavy cream and vanilla. Keep the ingredients at room temperature when preparing to unlock the richness and decadence, before leaving in the refrigerator to set. Top with lashings of caramel sauce. This treat can be prepared in just 15 minutes, making it the perfect no-bake dessert for any occasion. 

So, the next time you’re hankering for a sweet and satisfying dessert, remember that you don’t need to go anywhere near your oven. 

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