I don't know about you guys, but this summer is a hot one. We are looking for ALL excuses not to turn on that oven. But hey, I still need to satisfy my sweet tooth, so we've rounded up our favourite dessert recipes that don't require any baking. AND they are all dairy-free and gluten-free.
Here are our top picks for quick and easy no-bake desserts that will help cool you off this summer.
1. Homemade Popsicles
Chill out the best way possible with our roundup of creamy fruit-filled ice pops. They're dairy-free, naturally sweetened, kid-friendly and require less than three ingredients. Oh, and no popsicle mould needed!
Craving something more refreshing? We've also got Green Tea Lemonade and Iced Coffee popsicles to quench your thirst. Do I really need to go on?
2. No-Bake Chocolate Bites
In case you didn't already know, we're kind of obsessed with dipping things in chocolate. We've dipped nuts, fruit (yup, watermelon too) and even sweet potato chips! We've even made our own version of Reese's Peanut Butter Eggs :)
3. One-Ingredient Banana Ice Cream
Got ripe bananas? Wait! Leave the oven off and skip the banana bread! Instead, freeze those banana slices and blend it into creamy perfection. One-ingredient banana ice cream has been the best thing we've discovered. Even better news? You can easily mix in your favourite flavours. Here are some of our favourites.
4. Watermelon Cake, Pizza, ...EVERYTHING.
We knew how awesome watermelon was but who knew there were so many ways to eat it?! You can dip it in creamy melted dark chocolate, turn it into a dessert pizza or even make a gorgeous cake out of it.
5. Grilled Summer Fruit
You might as well make dessert too if you already have the BBQ on! Take advantage of all the incredibly fresh fruits that are in season right now. Bring out those juices and pair all that warmed up goodness with a scoop of coconut ice cream, or keep it simple with a dash of cinnamon and drizzle of honey.
6. Chocolate Almond Butter Pudding
Believe it or not, the secret ingredient here is AVOCADO! As if we needed more reasons to love avocados. If you're in the mood for a decadent dessert that must involve chocolate, dig into this recipe. You won't be feeling guilty about this one :)
7. No-Bake Cakes
Yes, it's possible! Cakes like our Strawberry Brownie Cake set in the freezer to make the perfect summer treat to cool off to. Naturally sweetened, the crust is made of a coconut-date mixture and topped with velvety banana cashew cream.
8. Coconut Panna Cotta
Did you know you can make a dairy-free version of panna cotta? Yup! Using three simple ingredients: coconut milk, gelatin and maple syrup. Top it with fresh summer fruit, or warm up and puree a syrupy fruit sauce.
9. No-Bake Energy Balls
If you are a Tim Bit (donut hole) fan, our Coconut Brownie Bites and Apple Cinnamon Bites are the best replacement. A perfect on-the-go snack that's gluten-free, dairy-free, and sweet enough to take the edge off those sugar cravings. AND! They only take 15 minutes to make!
10. Cashew Cream Parfaits
For an equally delicious but dairy-free alternative to whipped cream, try soaking and blending cashews. It creates a smooth, creamy texture that can be naturally sweetened with banana, maple syrup or dates. We paired it with a homemade strawberry rhubarb sauce and it was heavenly.
Are you trying to avoid the oven during this summer heat too? What are your favourite no-bake desserts? If you try any of our recipes, don't forget to share your creations with us using #thatcleanlife!