No-bake desserts are a great choice for beginner bakers, having fun with kids in the kitchen, or for people who just don't want to turn the oven on to make some sweet treats!
So, step away from the oven! These no-bake desserts are beautiful and delicious – and there’s no cooking required. Impress the family with one of these easy but elegant puds that can all be made without turning on the oven and include classic chocolate mousses, fancy fruit salads, tortes, a parfait and some irresistible ice cream treats.
These desserts are brilliant for making ahead if you’ve got a crowd coming over. They’re also ideal for family treats on hot days or for making while you’ve got dinner cooking in the oven.
Have a look at all of our delicious, bake-free desserts…
Mini Oreo cheesecakes are so easy to make with this easy no-bake recipe that takes just 20 minutes to prepare. You can make these ahead and pull them out of the fridge when you need them.
Get the recipe: Mini Oreo cheesecakes.
No-bake cheesecake is one of our all-time fave desserts - that cream cheese topping, the buttery biscuit base - oh, and the fact you don't have to cook it! Our Baileys version is particularly decadent - your pals will love it!
Fruit salad is always a good way of getting the family to eat more of their 5-a-day. Posh it up when you've got guests over or for a weekend treat by making our fizzy fruit salad. Add sprigs of mint leaves for a fancy finish.
Get the recipe: Fizzy fruit salad
We're addicted to fro-yo, ice cream's healther sibling. Once we discovered it's so easy to make our own we've stopped spending lots of money buying it too. Have a go by following our simple recipe - it's a fun school holiday's project to do with the kids, too.
Get the recipe: Frozen yogurt
A chocolate cake that doesn't need ages to rise in the oven - we like! This decadent torte is made with a chocolate fudge brownie base to save you even more time in the kitchen.
Get the recipe: No-bake chocolate torte
Whoever invented the ice-cream sandwich deserves a medal. Stuffing ice cream between two cookies creates an instant dessert and a few finishing touches, like garnishing it with sprinkles or coconut turn it into the easiest pud around.
You could make a trifle from scratch - or you could follow our recipe for these clever mini-fruit trifles which use swiss rolls, fruit cordial and instant custard. The only waiting around is for them to set in the fridge.
This fluffy strawberry cake looks so pretty - and it tastes as good as it looks! It's made in a similar way to a no-bake cheesecake - you whip up the topping, spoon it over the biscuit base and then chill in the fridge until it's set.
Get the recipe: Strawberry cloud cake
We've all heard of chocolate-dipped strawberries, but what about watermelon? This is the ideal dessert for serving outside on hot days or after a BBQ. Scatter pistachios over the top for a pro-finish.
These frappucinos look like piping hot cups of coffee, but in fact they are cool and creamy puds. The fluffy mousse underneath is topped with a layer of espresso jelly and finished with whipped cream.
This boozy jelly is definitely one for the adults. It's made with rose wine, filled with strawberries and served with a delicate mint cream.
This recipe from Slimming World is a clever take on classic Eton Mess, using light vanilla yogurt instead of whipped cream and ripe papaya, banana and passionfruit for a tropical twist.
Get the recipe: Slimming World's tropical Eton mess
Learn how to make chocolate mousse and you'll always have an easy no-bake dessert recipe up your sleeve. This classic French dessert is made with just three ingredients - dark chocolate, sugar and eggs. Follow our step-by-step picture recipe to make it.
Get the recipe: Chocolate mousse
Instead of buying a tub of sorbet, why not have a go at making your own? Just think how impressed the family will be. All you need to make this fat-free dessert are sugar, liquid glucose, a little lemon juice and a mango and passionf ruit smoothie.
This white chocolate parfait is a stunner! Serve it up as part of a festive spread, or on hot summer days, when the raspberries on top are in season. It's made with Bailey's, cream and white chocolate so it's definitely one for special occasions!
Your friends will think they're in a top restaurant when you treat them to this impressive white chocolate mousse with caramel sauce. Grate white chocolate over the top to finish or sprinkle over chopped nuts or shards of caramel biscuits.
Get the recipe: White chocolate mousse with caramel sauce
This posh pud looks like it was made by a masterchef but in fact it takes just 20 minutes to make - with no cooking whatsover! The rich filling is made with cream and melted chocolate, and then dusted with cocoa.
Get the recipe: No-bake chocolate truffle crunch
This has to be one of the fanciest twists on fruit salad we've seen. Carefully slice up ripe mango and papaya into neat strips and serve them with dipping bowls of sesame coconut sauce.
Get the recipe: Tropical fruits with sesame coconut dip
Granita is an easy Italian dessert of sweetened ice crystals. Coffee granita is one of the classic flavours, and it's a fat-free way of cooling down on hot days.
Depth charge! Drop scoops of lemon sorbet into cocktail glasses filled with Prosescco and fruit coulis to make this ultra-easy dessert.
Get the recipe: Sicilian cocktail
Grab your best bowls or some martini glasses to serve up this lovely berry mousse. It's made with fresh berries, sugar, Greek yogurt and egg whites and all you need to do is chill it in the fridge for a few hours.
Get the recipe: Light berry mousse
This delicious no-bake pud only takes 15 minutes to make. It needs to chill overnight, so it's the perfect make-ahead dessert which you can just whip out of the fridge at the last minute.