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15 Easy Summer Desserts You Don't Need to Bake

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Summer's just around the corner, and with it comes the season of light, healthy, often chilled desserts. Make things easier on yourself and make one of these incredibly tasty, no-oven-needed recipes. Sign up for our newsletter to get the latest food news and recipes delivered straight to your inbox.


Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Take two of Italy's favorite post-meal treats—ice cream and coffee—and combine them into one deliciously chilled dessert. Minimal assembly required.

Get our recipe for Affogato

Ice Cream Sandwiches

low calorie ice cream sandwiches
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

The whole family can participate in making turning own sweet combo of cookie, ice cream, fruit, and nuts, into a delicious, colorful ice cream sandwich. Perfect for lazy Saturday afternoons spent in a back yard or at a picnic.

Get our recipe for Ice Cream Sandwiches

Olive Oil Ice Cream

Low-calorie olive oil ice cream
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Another easy way to upgrade store-bought ice cream is to add a pinch of flavor! Adding flaky sea salt to your scoop of vanilla will bring out intense flavors you've never experienced before, while good quality olive oil takes it up a notch in the silkyness department and adds a touch of spice.

Get our recipe for Olive Oil Ice Cream


Healthy paleta
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

These Mexican paletas combine fruit flavors with spices and citrus juice to create a lighter, better ice cream treat. No fussing involved—just puree the ingredients in a blender and freeze them in popsicle molds.

Get our recipe for Paletas

Yogurt with Fruit

Gluten-free yogurt with pineapple kiwi mango and ginger syrup
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

In a pinch, there's nothing more refreshing than chilled yogurt with fresh fruits, nuts, and a bit of drizzled honey, to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Get our recipe for Yogurt with Fruit

Banana Coconut Ice Cream

Whole30 banana coconut ice cream topped with almonds in a bowl
Posie Brien / Eat This, Not That!

Dust off your ice cream maker and use it for this simple yet clean (and Whole30-compliant) explosion of flavor. Coconut milk is a perfect non-dairy ingredient for those looking for vegan ice cream alternatives.

Get our recipe for Banana Coconut Ice Cream

Coconut Fruit Tart

whole30 coconut fruit tart with blueberries
Posie Brien/Eat This, Not That!

This magical, beautiful fruit tart needs no baking. You'll make the crust in a food processor, and whip up the filling in a blend before you chill it in the fridge.

Get our recipe for Coconut Fruit Tart

Strawberry Rhubarb Ice Cream

strawberry rhubarb ice with fresh strawberries and basil on a white table
Waterbury Publications, Inc.

Some say you know it's summer when rhubarb starts appearing in galettes, tarts, and salads. And if you strongly agree, try this really simple rhubarb + strawberry ice cream combo.

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Chocolate Pudding with Olive Oil and Sea Salt

Chocolate pudding with olive oil and sea salt
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Put the pudding cup down! This recipe omits eggs, which means it's easier to make and much lower in calories than traditional pudding. It's ready to eat after two hours in the fridge.

Get our recipe for Chocolate Pudding with Olive Oil and Sea Salt. 

Panna Cotta

panna cotta with fresh berries and syrup on a plate
Kiersten Hickman/Eat This, Not That!

Panna cotta is another dessert in the pudding category that doesn't require fussing or baking. Think of the most decadent vanilla dessert you've ever had, then make this vanilla bean panna cotta in no time and see how it compares.

Get our recipe for Panna Cotta


Low-calorie tiramisu
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

We're not saying this is the most authentic version of a tiramisu you'll ever have—we're saying it's the healthiest. But we don't skimp on flavor, so get ready to have your mind blown by a "healthy" dessert.

Get our recipe for Tiramisu

Avocado Ice Cream

Waterbury Publications, Inc.

Ice cream may not be the first thing you think of when you see an avocado, but trust us, it's is the perfect addition to your homemade dessert. It's thick, creamy, and highly fatty (we're talking about good fats, of course!), which makes for a satisfying ice cream scoop.

Get our recipe for Avocado Ice Cream

Whipped Chocolate Coconut Pudding

whole30 chocolate coconut pudding

Whisking is all it takes to make this vegan dessert come to life. Cocoa and coffee are the perfect antithesis to the coconut cream.

Get our recipe for Whipped Chocolate Coconut Pudding

Strawberries with Mascarpone

strawberries and vanilla mascarpone keto dessert
Waterbury Publications, Inc.

Strawberries and cream are a match made in heaven. No heat required here—simply whip the mascarpone into an airy cream and top with strawberries and a sweetener.

Get our recipe for Strawberries with Mascarpone

Almond Clusters

Dark Chocolate-Covered Almond Clusters with Coconut Matcha Sprinkle
Waterbury Publications, Inc.

You may have been buying a version of these at the grocery store. But seriously, make this fancy schmancy matcha version and you'll never feel guilty about dessert again.

Get our recipe for Almond Clusters

Chocolate Dipped Bananas

Dark chocolate dipped bananas
Waterbury Publications, Inc.

Dipping bananas in chocolate is the perfect way to make your family eat more fruit.

Get our recipe for Chocolate Dipped Bananas

Nutella Crepes

Banana nutella crepe
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Maybe you don't feel like baking during summer months, and this absolutely delicious dessert is an easy yet equally satisfying way to get a chocolate fix. Crepes require some time at the stove, but nothing compared to more complicated pastry bakes.

Get our recipe for Nutella Crepes

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