No matter how high the AC is blasting, odds are good you still won’t want to turn on your oven this summer. And we don’t blame you! Save the cookies for the holidays and serve up some no-bake desserts that won’t derail your diet. From chocolate mousse to fro-yo sandwiches, we’ve rounded up 15 healthy and easy no-bake desserts that you can enjoy guilt-free.
14 Easy No-Bake Dessert Recipes
1. Watermelon Slushie
Talk about summertime in a glass! This pink slushie is the ideal pick-me-up after your next workout. Sweet, juicy watermelon is fortified with the amino acid, l-citrulline, which can help ease muscle soreness.
2. Boozy Mojito Popsicles
Avoid the siren song of the ice cream truck — these pops are much better for you than soft serve. Plus, they come with a kick. Simply prep your mixture of soda, lime juice mint lemon and rum the night before and let them freeze overnight or for at least 12 hours. At 30 calories a pop, it’s OK to have more than one.
3. Fruit Salad with Bee Pollen
Need some inspiration for what to do with your bounty of summer fruit? A mix of berries and peaches is sure to hit the spot at your next BBQ. Drizzle your fruit salad with vanilla-infused honey to complement the tart produce.
4. Mint Chocolate Chip Protein Ice Cream
This minty refreshment gets its sweetness from frozen bananas instead of sugar. Thanks to protein powder each serving has 15 grams of protein to boot. Try a scoop to cool down after your next workout.
5. Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge
Reese’s has nothing on these fudge cups. Each piece has just 85 calories and 7 grams of fat. Your fudge will take roughly an hour to firm up in the fridge, but it will be worth the wait.
6. 5-Minute Avocado Chocolate Mousse
Chocolate lovers, rejoice. With 10 grams of fiber per serving, this dessert will keep you satiated, so you won’t be tempted to scarf down the whole recipe in one sitting. And the nutritional benefits don’t end there: Avocado and cacao powder deliver healthy fats and antioxidants.
7. German Chocolate Protein Mug Cake
Dining alone tonight? Make this single-serve dessert that you can cook in a microwave. Since the recipe calls for chocolate protein powder, each cake packs a whopping 13 grams of protein, the same amount you’d get from two hard-boiled eggs.
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8. Peanut Butter and Jelly Popsicles
Your inner child is going to love this popsicle version of the classic cafeteria sandwich. Creamy peanut butter and fresh raspberries are a match made in taste bud heaven. If you’re short on time, blend all the ingredients together instead of freezing different layers.
9. Gluten-Free Chocolate Molten Lava Cake
Warm, gooey chocolate cake doesn’t always require an oven. This decadent dessert takes a mere 50 seconds in a microwave — booyah! It contains just a third of the fat found in most lava cakes, so dig in without the guilt.
10. 4-Ingredient Vegan Strawberry Ice Cream
If you’re lactose intolerant or vegan, try out this sumptuous strawberry ice cream that contains no dairy. Fresh strawberries deliver vitamin C, fiber and natural sweetness. A dash of lemon juice brightens the flavor even more.
11. Coconut Chocolate Truffles
Mid-afternoon slump getting you down? Snack on these bite-sized truffles for sustained energy. Fiber-rich almonds and dates will have you good to go until dinner. The chocolate coating will quash any sugar cravings you might have, too.
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12. Cashew Cream and Fruit Parfait
It’s easier than you expect to DIY this nut-based “cream” that looks and tastes like the dairy version. And with cashews as a base, this topping is chock-full of healthy fats. Layer your cream with seasonal fruits and you’ve got yourself a picture-perfect parfait.
13. Vegan Chocolate Mousse
It might be hard to believe there’s no sugar in this chocolate confection, but dreams do come true. Not only do dates add sweetness, they fortify the mousse with five grams of fiber per serving. Talk about pulling nutritional double duty!
14. Frozen Yogurt Sandwiches
Skip the preservative-laden store bought ice cream sandwiches and make your own all-natural (and low-fat!) alternative. The best part: You can enjoy three of these fro-yo sammies for under 160 calories. To make them extra fancy, roll them in mini chocolate chips before putting them in the freezer.
14. Protein Frosty Shake
The creamy, delicious Frosty you loved as a kid just got a serious health makeover. Thanks to vegan protein powder, each smoothie has a whopping 26 grams of protein per serving. To get that unmistakable, thick Frosty texture, don’t forget to add some xatham gum before blending this bad boy up.