Baking is a passion of mine, but when the mercury is consistently reading over 90 degrees Fahrenheit, you couldn't pay me to turn on my oven. However, my sweet tooth still needs satisfying, and my kids still beg for treats, so I've found plenty of no-bake desserts that have become staple summer sweets in my house.
Bakers have really stepped up to the plate in the last several years, devising newer and more ingenious ways to create delicious, healthy treats without ever heating up your kitchen. And it's not just cookies. There are cheesecakes, puddings, no-churn ice creams, energy balls that are perfect for growing bodies, chocolates, caramels, and more. There is such diversity that baking (or no-baking, as it were) boredom doesn't stand a chance. And the best part? Most of these recipes are even simpler than their oven-baked counterparts, leaving you with more time to lounge in the backyard or chill on the beach.
Whether you're looking for something elegant for a special someone, or just want to get the kids out of your hair for 15 minutes so that you can read a book, take a shower, or have a glass of wine, there is a recipe here for you.