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During the hottest months of summer the last thing you want to do is turn on the oven, but your sweet tooth shouldn’t have to suffer just because of the heat. We’ve rounded up 32 of our favorite no-bake dessert recipes using just the stovetop or no heat at all.
Mousse is a light, airy dessert that’s perfect for summer. Fortunately, it can be made with a minimum of heat. Our classic chocolate mousse only requires chocolate be melted. For two interesting variations, try our sweet and tangy white chocolate-cream cheese mousse and elegant coffee and ricotta mousse.
Few things are as refreshing on a hot day than an ice pop. Our Mexican paletas—traditional ice pops—can be made in all sorts of flavors, from rice pudding and strawberries and cream to tamarind-chile and pineapple.
Ice cream is another beloved frozen treat. Our Vietnamese coffee ice cream is spiced with cardamom and cinnamon and sweetened with condensed milk. Olive oil might seem like an unusual dessert ingredient, but it makes for an elegant gelato that is smooth, grassy, and slightly savory. If you already have ice cream on hand, then a sundae is a great easy dessert. One of our favorites is vanilla ice cream topped with Grand Marnier-macerated strawberries.
To make granita, an airy ice treat, you have to use a fork to aerate the base as it freezes—it’s a great excuse to stand in front of an open freezer. Try our boozy mint julep granita or zest wasabi-mint version.
Find all of these treats and more in our collection of 32 no-bake dessert recipes.
Throughout India, creamy, chilled lassis are the go-to beverage for cooling off during the warmer months. To make them, milk or water-thinned yogurt is blended with ingredients such as strawberries or ripe mangoes. In the South India city of Hyderabad, the most popular lassi is made with Rooh Afza, a rose-scented syrup made with botanicals and sugar.
Throughout India, creamy, chilled lassis are the go-to beverage for cooling off during the warmer months. To make them, milk or water-thinned yogurt is blended with ingredients such as Rooh Afza, a scarlet-colored syrup tasting of rose petals and pine, or—for this recipe—ripe mangoes, resulting in a refreshing drink that’s as thick as a milkshake.
Throughout India, creamy, chilled lassis are the go-to beverage for cooling off during the warmer months. To make them, milk or water-thinned yogurt is blended with ingredients such as ripe mangoes or, as in this recipe, rose water and strawberries. Get the recipe for Strawberry Lassi »
Moscato and Peach Gelée
This refreshing gelée gets its light, fruity flavor from ripe peaches and semisweet fizzy moscato wine.
White Chocolate-Cardamom Panna Cotta
Sweetened with white chocolate only, this rich, Middle Eastern-inspired panna cotta gets its distinctive floral aroma from an infusion of blistered cardamom.
White Chocolate-Cream Cheese Mousse
In this updated take on a classic French dessert, cream cheese adds stability and a pleasing tang, which balances the sweet white chocolate without overpowering it.
Smooth, grassy, and slightly savory, this rich olive oil gelato makes for an elegant dessert—we love it topped with a sprinkle of sea salt.
An irresistible British dessert, banoffee pie has its share of fanatics on this side of the pond, too. Banana slices, sticky toffee, and whipped cream are arranged in layers over a cookie-like crust, resulting in a dense, cool treat. Get the recipe for Banoffee Pie »
When making these truffles, use supermarket-quality white chocolate, which has more stabilizers than expensive brands and sets up better.