32 no-bake desserts

Step away from the oven! Our no-bake desserts feature recipes for mousses, tortes and ice creams are beautiful and delicious - no cooking required!

Baileys no-bake cheesecake
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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!

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...

Baileys no-bake cheesecake

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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!

Get the recipe: Baileys no-bake cheesecake (opens in new tab)

Fizzy fruit salad

Fizzy fruit salad

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 (opens in new tab)

Frozen yogurt

Frozen yogurt

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.

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No-bake chocolate torte

No-bake chocolate torte

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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 (opens in new tab)

Chocolate and coconut ice cream sandwiches

Chocolate and coconut ice cream sandwiches

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.

Get the recipe: Chocolate and coconut ice cream sandwiches (opens in new tab)

Mini fruit trifles

Mini fruit trifles

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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.

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Strawberry cloud cake

Strawberry cloud cake

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 (opens in new tab)

Chocolate-dipped watermelon

Chocolate-dipped watermelon

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.

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Frappucino mousse

Frappucino mousse

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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.

Get the recipe: Frappucino mousse (opens in new tab)

Grown-up strawberry jelly

Grown-up strawberry jelly

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.

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Slimming World's tropical Eton mess

Slimming World's tropical Eton mess

This recipe from Slimming World is a clever take on the classic Eton Mess dessert. It uses light vanilla yogurt instead of whipped cream and ripe papaya, banana and passionfruit for a tropical twist.

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Chocolate mousse

Chocolate mousse

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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.

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Mango and passion fruit sorbet

Mango and passion fruit sorbet

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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 passionfruit smoothie.

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White chocolate parfait

White chocolate parfait

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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!

Get the recipe: White chocolate parfait (opens in new tab)

White chocolate mousse with caramel sauce

White chocolate mousse with caramel sauce

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.

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No-bake chocolate truffle crunch

No-bake chocolate truffle crunch

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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.

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Mini Oreo cheesecakes

Mini Oreo cheesecakes

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.

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Tropical fruits with sesame coconut dip

Tropical fruits with sesame coconut dip

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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.

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Coffee granita

Coffee granita

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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.

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Sicilian cocktail

Sicilian cocktail

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Depth charge! Drop scoops of lemon sorbet into cocktail glasses filled with Prosescco and fruit coulis to make this ultra-easy dessert.

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Light berry mousse

Light berry mousse

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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.

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Lemon and lime ginger crunch

Lemon and lime ginger crunch

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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.

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Vegan chocolate truffles

The chocolate vegan truffles are mouth-wateringly delicious.

The crunchy chocolate outside pairs deliciously with the creamy filling – perfectly satisfying those sweet cravings.

Get the recipe: Vegan chocolate truffles

Rocky road

Rocky road

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This oven-less recipe for rocky road is a must-make for anyone with a sweet tooth. They're perfect for making in advance and the delicious combination of melted chocolate, Maltesers

and marshmallows is one you won't forget in a hurry.

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Vegan Cheesecake

You'll love this vegan cheesecake recipe with blueberry marmalade and creamy yogurt. These vegan cheesecakes are packed with juicy blueberry fruits and a thick layer of biscuit. The cheesecake pots can be prepped in 20 minutes and will then just need time to set.

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No-bake cupcakes

No-bake cupcakes

These cupcakes are a great recipe to make with the kids as they require no baking – you simply chill a mixture of Madeira cake, raspberries, chocolate and cream cheese with a few store cupboard ingredients.

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maltesers bites

maltesers bites

The kids can get hands on with this easy no-bake recipe and they will be so proud of the end result. These Maltesers bars are easy to make, easy to slice and all too easy to eat!

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tiffin tower

tiffin tower

This spectacular no-bake tiffin tower is a fantastic finale to your Christmas dinner or any other special meal.

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no-bake berry blondies

no-bake berry blondies

These berry blondies are made using only 5 ingredients which makes them a really simple no-bake dessert or snack. They’re a great lunchbox addition because they can neatly be cut into perfect squares without falling apart.

Get the recipe: No-bake berry blondies

No bake vegan biscuits with fruit and nut

No bake vegan biscuits with fruit and nut

These vegan biscuits with fruit and nut are a real treat. Vegan cream cheese and cashew nuts make these biscuits rich and creamy, without using any animal products!

Get the recipe: No bake vegan biscuits with fruit and nut

Nadiya Hussain's No-bake mint Oreo cheesecake

Nadiya Hussain's No-bake mint Oreo cheesecake

No-bake mint Oreo cheesecake is a stunning recipe that takes only 30 minutes of prep and looks absolutely stunning with the chocolate dripping over the cake. Mint and chocolate are a classic combination so you know everyone will love it.

Get the recipe: Nadia Hussain's no-bake mint ores cheesecake (opens in new tab)

Watermelon fruit bowl

Watermelon fruit bowl

The kids will love helping you make this fun fruit salad with its very own watermelon bowl. Lace fruits onto skewers and stick them into the watermelon to make the fruit kebabs.

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