We do a ton of entertaining during the summer. While I love entertaining, I don’t have air conditioning. I know that seems CRAZY to a lot of people but in Canada, it’s not that unusual. We don’t have enough hot days to really justify the cost. This means that I try my best to find great, guest-worthy recipes that don’t involve turning on the oven. Easy no-bake desserts for the win!
Oh, and don’t worry. Easy no-bake desserts aren’t the only help I can give you to keep your kitchen cool. Nope, you can use my recipes for BBQ Crock-Pot Shredded Beef or Crock-Pot pulled pork as the main dish, some summer salads as the side and one of these yummy recipes as dessert. Easy peasy and no hot kitchen to worry about.
Easy No-Bake Desserts
My favourite no-bake recipes of all time are Strawberry Pie and Millionaire Pie. Both were favourites of my Granny. She often whipped these up for church potlucks. Each recipe makes 2 pies so they are perfect for a big gathering. Both have a refreshing tang from the lemon juice that keeps the pies from being too sweet.
Frozen sweet treats not only keep your kitchen cool, they keep you cool too. Both of these are easy peasy with normal ingredients and short prep time.
Refrigerated No-Bake Desserts
Banana pudding is the perfect dessert for a crowd. It's not the only delicious no-bake option that makes the refrigerator the star of the show. Stir together any of these for a sweet, cool treat.
No-bake cookies are a great grab and go option when you have guests. Plus you can keep them on hand for those times when people pop in unexpectedly.
Last, but not least, stir together this tart and tangy citrus salad. Unlike other "ambrosia" recipes, this one doesn't have marshmallows. It is a great foil for the big flavors of summer barbecues.
All of these recipes taste great, come together quickly and are guest and family approved!
Other Great Recipe Roundups to Check Out
Slow Cooker Desserts – Who knew there were so many sweet treats you could make in the Crock-Pot!
The best potluck recipes for summer. You know you need some new ideas for dishes to take!
Summer Instant Pot Recipes to Try – Yummy, delicious and easy in the Instant Pot.
Plus a few Items to make Summer Entertaining Easier (and Cuter)
My hubby’s favourite outdoor game…Cornhole! I love that these are travel-friendly. This set may be coming home with me this summer.