Our Top 10 No-Bake Dessert Recipes

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Life is complicated; dessert should be easy. Whether you’re short on time or trying to keep the kitchen cool on summer days, nothing should get in the way of enjoying a sweet treat – especially cooking. That’s why we’ve put together these 10 easy – and totally satisfying – post-dinner indulgences. From tantalizing cookies to sophisticated “cheesecakes,” not only do they come together without any baking, but you can bet there’s something to satisfy everyone on the list.

1. No-Bake Chocolate & Sunflower Seed Butter Oat Cookies
Made from ingredients you probably already have in your pantry, these chocolatey, nut buttery treats are soft, vegan friendly and a delight from first bite to last.

2. No-Bake Carob & Hemp Brownies
Let your cravings run wild with these nutrient-abundant brownies. Made with dates, hemp seeds and carob powder, they’re a satisfying – and healthy – way to please your post-meal sweet tooth.

3. No-Bake Blueberry Lime Pie
Side View of Pie Slice with Golden Crust, Purple Middle and Fluffy White Topping | Vitacost BlogA combination of tart and sweet flavors is sure to pique your palette. With just a little prep and some better-for-you ingredients, this blueberry and lime creation is an easy favorite.

4. Salted Peanut Butter Cup Bars
Bars of Caramel Topped With Chocolate Layer and Salt | Vitacost BlogThough reminiscent of the popular cup-shaped treat, these peanut butter bars are even tastier. Plus, they’re naturally gluten-free and vegan friendly.

5. No-Bake Vegan Coconut Key Lime Pie Bars
Close Up of Key Lime Pie Bars with Whipped Cream and Lime Garnish | Vitacost BlogSweet yet super refreshing, these plant-based coconut key lime bars are the perfect post-dinner treat or pool-side snack thanks to their bright tropical flavors.

6. Chickpea Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
Bowl of Cookie Dough With Spoonful of Dough on the Side | Vitacost BlogCookies are great, but have you ever indulged in cookie dough? Don’t bake and wait when you can immediately dig into this raw – and totally delicious – version.

7. Thanksgiving Dessert Balls
Pyramid of Seed and Dried Fruit Balls | Vitacost BlogWho says you can’t enjoy fall flavors year-round? Rolled oats, sunflower seeds, dried fruit and chocolate chips satisfy your cravings without sending you into a sugary spiral.

8. Easy Pistachio “Nice Cream”
Top View of Vibrant Pistachio Nice Cream Garnished with Nuts | Vitacost BlogIf you’ve never had “nice cream,” you’re in for a (cold) treat. This frozen pistachio dessert has all the right flavors without any of the dairy, preservatives or artificial additives.

9. No-Bake Sunflower Seed Butter “Cheesecake” (Vegan & Gluten-Free)
Slice of Peanut Butter Cheesecake With Dripping Chocolate Topping | Vitacost BlogWith a simple chocolate crust, creamy cashew-sunflower seed butter filling, and melt-in-your-mouth chocolate sauce topping, this vegan-friendly cheesecake is straight from your dreams.

10. No-Bake Dark Cherry Coconut Cups
Four Frozen Cherry Coconut Cups Stacked On Top of Each Other | Vitacost BlogWith alternating layers of decadent frozen coconut-cherry cream and tart cherry filling, you’d never guess these delight-inducing cups were made with better-for-you ingredients.

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