You know that feeling in the height of summer when it's too dang hot to turn on the oven but you have a craving for a proper, decadent, homemade dessert? (Not fro-yo again.) We're not complaining about the hot weather, but it doesn't help with our sweet cravings. If you've reached the stage when you have chocolaty, rich, fruity goodness on your mind, we have the solution: no-bake desserts. The raw desserts and snacks will satisfy your sweet tooth in a way another ice cream cone can't.
Even better? They're healthy-ish (by dessert standards), thanks to wholesome ingredients. And most of the raw desserts set up in the fridge or freezer, so they tend to be delightfully refreshing. Basically, consider the no-bake desserts as much of a summer must-have as sunscreen or an iced coffee. Click through the gallery to see all the drool-inducing no-bake desserts and snacks that don't involve turning on the oven.
Image via @hazel_and_cacao
No-Bake Triple Layer Bounty Brownies
Would you believe that these decadent bars are no-bake and made with whole health-focused ingredients? There are dates, oats, seeds, nuts and dark chocolate layered together to create a coconut-chocolate dream. Bonus: The brownies are equally good in the fridge or freezer.
Image and recipe via @the_veggienator
No-Bake Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake
This no-bake chocolate cherry cheesecake is the thing to make to impress friends with summer birthdays, or to bust out for your next dinner party. (They will never know the cheesecake is vegan, paleo and gluten-free.) There are a few different steps, but the biggest challenge is waiting for the treat to firm up in the freezer.
Image and recipe via @bakeritablog
Chia, Raspberry and Oat Milk Parfaits
This chia parfait is a yummy option for when you're looking for something a bit more substantial and virtuous than ice cream. Oat milk and yogurt keep it vegan, while coconut sugar adds a touch of sweetness. Have it for breakfast, have it for dessert, or have it any time the mood strikes.
Image and recipe via @delicious_and_healthy_by_maya
Raw Vegan Chocolate Mousse Ice Cream Slabs
This has to be one of the most delicious and decadent hybrids we've seen in a while: They are slabs, not bars, you guys. They're full on flavor, but wholesome, thanks to hidden banana and avocado. These secret ingredients also add to the creaminess.
Image and recipe via @rawspirations