July 10, 2019
With the summer heating up, the last thing you’ll want to do is slave over a hot stove to satisfy your sweet tooth. That’s why we’ve put together some of our favourite no-bake recipes, so you can get all the joy of baking with none of the heat. From delicious summer favourites like no-bake cheesecakes to rich chocolate mousse cakes, and from crunchy cookies to a crowd-pleasing rocky road, we’ve got something for everyone.
Our Favourite No Bake Recipes
No Bake Chocolate Mousse Cake
A chocolate mousse is perhaps the ultimate no-bake recipe. It’s perfect for chocoholics and those with a sweet tooth, and the best bit? It’s incredibly easy to make - just mix up the ingredients and pour into a mould or pie dish. In fact, the only difficult part is waiting for the mousse to set in the fridge!
If you want to take your standard chocolate mousse to the next level, why not try this No Bake Chocolate Mousse Cake recipe by Women’s Day? While they normally contain raw eggs, this recipe is made from a rich combination of whipped cream and dark chocolate, layered over a chocolate cookie base. It’s incredibly decadent, but that’s what makes it ideal for a fancy summer family gathering or BBQ.
Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies
Thought you couldn’t make cookies without turning on the oven? Then you’re in luck! You can make these fudgy Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies in just over 30 minutes, from start to finish. All you need to do is melt sugar, butter and milk in a saucepan and then mix with peanut butter, oats and a little vanilla flavouring. It really couldn’t be easier, could it?
We love the texture of these - they’re slightly chewier than baked cookies, and they’ll stay like that at room temperature for 3 to 4 days, or even longer if you keep them in the fridge or freezer. That way, they’ll make a deliciously fresh treat to keep you cool on a hot summer’s day!
For us, peppermint slices are extremely nostalgic. We remember making up huge batches of these minty fresh chocolate bars with our grandparents when we were children, so when we came across this recipe for Peppermint Slices by Good to Know, we couldn’t wait to give it a go.
You won’t believe how easy peppermint slices are to make. Sure, you’ll need a couple of things that might not be hanging around in your cupboard - green food colouring and peppermint essence, but once you’ve got them, you’ll be able to make peppermint slices as often as you like.
No Bake Mango Cheesecake
We love cheesecakes in summer - they make a deliciously light and fresh pudding that are really easy to adapt to your own tastes. Chocoholic? Why not melt some chocolate to drizzle on top? Fan of raspberries? You could make a sweet raspberry syrup and swirl it into the mix.The options are endless!
While we think that nothing beats our favourite baked cheesecake recipe bursting with tropical fruits, we’ve found a pretty great alternative in this no-bake mango cheesecake. It uses gelatine powder to help retain its shape while it sets in the fridge, which is quite common for no-bake cheesecakes. While gelatine can be tricky to get the hang of, the recipe also includes a few hints and tricks on how to do it right.
No-Bake Chocolate Tiffin
Chocolate Tiffin is a very rich, chocolatey treat that’s definitely going to satisfy your sweet tooth! Traditionally, it’s a mix of crushed biscuits, sweet sticky syrup, chocolate and raisins, topped with more melted chocolate. Because you’re using ready-made biscuits in this recipe, the baking has all been done before you!
Our favourite No-Bake Chocolate Tiffin recipe is this one from Baking With Granny, which makes use of ingredients that you’re likely to have around the house. It’s also really easily adaptable to suit your own tastes, by replacing the raisins with cranberries, or Digestive biscuits with Rich Teas or Ginger Snaps. All you need to do is melt some chocolate with butter, sugar, cocoa powder and golden syrup, which can either be done over a bain-marie or microwave. Then mix with crushed up biscuits and raisins before topping with melted chocolate. Leave to set in the fridge for at least 2 hours and you’re done!
No Bake Rocky Road
Much like the chocolate tiffin recipe above, Rocky Road is another super simple no-bake treat where the two hero ingredients are melted chocolate and biscuits. Yes, that means it’s likely to be super unhealthy but that’s not why we bake, is it?
The best bit about rocky road, aside from being really easy to make, is that you’ve got complete freedom as to what you put in it. As well as the traditional marshmallows, why not add your favourite nuts for a bit of bite, or dried fruit for some natural sweetness? You could even adjust your Rocky Road for the seasons. At Easter, you could add in some crushed Mini Eggs. If you're after some no bake Christmas treats, try adding some crushed gingerbread instead of biscuits.
Check out this Rocky Road recipe from Charlotte’s Lively Kitchen. It’s a really simple method that includes a top tip for freezing your marshmallows before mixing with the chocolate to help them keep their shape.
Salted Caramel Chocolate Torte
If you want to make a chocolate torte without the hassle of making and baking pastry, try this Salted Caramel Chocolate Torte recipe by Good to Know. Imagine this… a crunchy base made from crushed biscuits before being topped with a layer of sweet and sticky salted caramel. On top of that, there’s a rich and creamy chocolate meringue that turns fudgy once chilled, and then finished with more salted caramel and salt flakes. The saltiness of the caramel creates an incredible contrast to the sweet and rich chocolate, giving a flavour combination we just can’t get enough of at the moment.
It’s one of our favourite no-bake pie recipes because it’s so easy to make, but tastes like you’ve spent hours on it. Yes, the recipe calls for you to make your own caramel, but if the idea of doing that makes you sweat, you can also buy a ready-made caramel in a tin. Just don’t tell anyone we said that...
Sweet & Salty Pretzel Brownies
We’re self-confessed brownie addicts here at Bakedin. We love the fudgy goodness of our double chocolate brownie that bakes in the oven, so we’ll admit we were a little skeptical when we heard of a no-bake brownie. Still, any excuse to give it a go, eh?!
This Sweet & Salty Pretzel Brownie recipe by Woman’s Day isn’t quite as good as our own, but it’s still a great one to keep in your back pocket if your oven packs up or you really don’t feel like firing up the oven in the middle of a heatwave. It’s made from crushed crackers, condensed milk, butter, pretzels and, of course, chocolate. Beyond that, all you need is a microwave and fridge!
Mug Sticky Toffee Puddings
Normally a wintry treat, you can now make sticky toffee puddings fresh from the microwave - no ovens in sight! We love topping ours with good-quality vanilla ice cream for that perfect summer meets winter pudding. The best part? We include three sachets of sticky toffee pudding mix in a box, so whether you want to have an individual portion just for you, or share with two friends or family members, you can!
They’re super easy to make. Just mix up the contents of the sachet with milk and butter and pop in a mug in the microwave and you’ll have a delicious sticky toffee pudding ready to eat in under 2 minutes!
We hope these recipes go some way to stopping you from overheating while you bake this summer! What’s your favourite no-bake dessert? Share yours in the comments below!
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