Life gets busy and as a mom, I can tell you that as much as I want to bake sweet treats for my family, I don’t always have the time. Baking takes up a lot of time that not everybody has, which is why I’m always looking for recipes that require virtually no prep or bake time.
If you’re like me and you don’t want to spend hours over the stove or peeking into the oven to see if your cake or cookies are done, then you’re in for a real treat. I’ve compiled some of my favorite no-bake quick dessert recipes for you to try.
10-Minute No-Bake Desserts
#1. Mini Cheesecake Cookie Sandwiches
If you have cream cheese and cookies laying around, you can easily make these sweet treats in under 10 minutes. I love to make these for my family because they’re quick and easy. It does require an electric mixer, but it’s worth it.
To start, you need cookies, chocolate chip cookies work best, but any cookie will do, cream cheese, icing sugar, caramel topping, a piping bag with a 1.5cm fluted nozzle, and dark chocolate.
What I like about this recipe is that you can substitute a lot of things. You can use any type of cookie you want, you can use any type of drizzle you want, and you can opt out of the chocolate drizzle on top of the cookies. For that, I love to use peanut butter drizzle. The recipe is for 6 servings, so you need to adjust accordingly for larger servings.
If you want to try the recipe, click here.
#2. Nutella Mug Cake
Nutella is a fan favorite in my house. My kids love to put it on bread and in wraps with bananas, but their favorite treat to make out of it is the mug cake. It’s a gluten-free treat that cooks in just 90 seconds. The recipe does require quite a few ingredients, but a lot of it you may already have in your cabinets.
You’ll need brown sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, an egg, milk, oil, and Nutella. You can also opt for chocolate sauce and ice cream to serve it with. Mix the dry ingredients and put them in the cup. Beat the wet ingredients and put them in the well you make with the dry ingredients. Spoon the Nutella in the center of it all. Microwave for 90 seconds and you have a delicious dessert.
I like to serve it with french vanilla ice cream and chocolate drizzle. You can use whatever ice cream you want. No matter what, it tastes amazing. Click here for the recipe.
#3. Coconut Roughs
Sometimes I like to make desserts that my grandma used to make. One of the desserts is coconut roughs. They’re delectable and so easy to make. The best part is that you can make them in large batches and they last for quite a while.
All you need for this recipe is copha, dark chocolate, shredded coconut, and slivered almonds. You’ll have to melt the copha and chocolate together. You can do this either in the microwave or in a bowl over simmering water. Stir in the coconut and almonds then place spoonfuls of it on a baking tray. Allow them to set at room temperature until firm.
I like to use chopped walnuts in my recipe as opposed to almonds. Both of them taste delicious though. You can even make the roughs with white chocolate or dark chocolate, whichever your tastebuds prefer.
If you want to give these a try, click here.
#4. Popping Candy Bark
I love to make these for my kids! They’re a quick and easy treat that requires just 3 ingredients. These are fun to make and fun to eat. My kids even make this on their own sometimes and it takes just 5 minutes to make.
All you need for this recipe is milk or dark chocolate, copha, and popping candy (pop rocks). Melt the copha and chocolate in the microwave and spread the mixture in a thin layer on a tray lined with parchment paper or foil. While the chocolate is still wet, sprinkle the pop rocks over the mixture. Score the chocolate with a warm knife into triangular shards and allow it to cool.
For an even more fun and tasty treat, I use white chocolate and put some peppermint extract in it. It’s a wonderful holiday treat for the whole family. If you want to make it a little more elegant, you can put edible gold leaf on the chocolate.
Click here for this super easy recipe.
#5. Mango Frozen Yogurt
A lot of desserts have a ton of sugar and chocolate in them, but this is a healthy treat that I like to make when I have a sweet tooth that I don’t want to satisfy with sugar. 2-minute frozen mango yogurt is a dessert for fruit lovers everywhere. It’s so simple to make and you can do it in just a few minutes.
To make this frozen yogurt, all you need is frozen mango pieces, creamy greek yogurt, and fresh mint leaves. Put all of it in your food processor, pulse 2-3 times, and then process for 15-20 seconds until smooth. If you’re like me, you can eat it right out of the processor container or you can put it into a bowl. Serve it immediately or you can freeze it for 30 minutes to an hour for a firmer consistency.
I love that you can substitute any fruit you want for this frozen yogurt. Don’t like mangos? No problem! You can use blueberries, strawberries, and any other frozen berries or fruit you want. You can even use flavored Greek yogurt for an extra boost of flavor.
The recipe for this treat is here.
#6. Pineapple Sundaes
I can’t even begin to express my appreciation for such a simple dessert recipe. These pineapple sundeas are the perfect comfort treat for any day of the week or year. You really only need a couple of ingredients and a few for garnish if you wish and 5 minutes of your time.
All you need for this simple dessert are some pineapple rings, ice cream, and optional caramel sauce, coconut flakes, nuts, mint leaves, and whatever else you want to garnish it with. You do need to saute the pineapple for a minute or two to get a nice carmeliaztion on it, but after that, it’s easy peasy pineapple squeezy.
I like to serve my pineapple sundaes with butter pecan ice cream drizzled with chocolate sauce and sprinkled with nuts. If you’re interested in trying this recipe, click here.
#7. Strawberry Crumble
If you have 7 minutes to spare, you’ll love this strawberry crumble recipe. I’ve made this recipe countless times when my family is hungry for a dessert that I can whip up in under 10 minutes. They’re not patient people, so I definitely need to utlilize these quick no-bake recipes.
The strawberry crumble is a delicacy in this house. It satisfies out sweet tooth without being too sugary or calorie-packed. The recipe consists of strawberries, vanilla bean paste, lime juice. Icing sugar, crunchy nut clusters, macaroon biscuits, and vanilla custard. You can substitute the vanilla custard for a different flavor if you prefer as well.
To make it, all you have to do is combine the strawberries, vanilla, lime juice, and icing sugar in a microwave-safe dish. Combine the muesli and macaroons in a bowl then sprinkle over the strawberry mixture. Microwave it for 2 minutes, separate into bowls, and serve with a dollop of custard and extra icing sugar.
Sound yummy? Click here for the recipe.
I wasn’t going to leave milkshakes off the list. They’re one of the easiest no-bake desserts to make and everybody loves them. The best part is that you can make them lactose-free and you can customize them however you want. I love to make them on a busy night after some pizza or burgers.
For a simple vanilla milkshake, all you need is milk and vanilla ice cream. Throw it in a blender and blend until you reach your desired consistency. See, it’s that easy! You don’t need to drive to the closest convenient store that makes them and pay $5 when you can do it right at home.
My favorite milkshake is mint chocolate chip with whipped cream on top and chocolate drizzle. You can add nuts to them, pineapple chunks, drizzle, sprinkles, whatever you have on hand. It’s the easiest no-bake dessert to make and ou can do whatever you want with them.
Here’s the recipe for a super simple milkshake.
There you have it, folks. Those are 8 of my favorite easy no-bake desserts for people with limited time on their hands. These desserts all take less than 10 minutes and they require limited ingredients. They’re perfect for the holidays, an after school treat, or to satisfy a sweet tooth at midnight. Keep up with us for more recipes like these.