Easy No-Bake Recipes for a Quick Treat

26 August 2020

Do you have a sweet tooth but find it too troublesome to bake a cake? Surprise your family and friends (or even yourself!) with these easy no-bake recipes that are quick to make and extremely delicious! Whether you are a pro or an amateur baker, here are easy café-worthy no-bake desserts you can try at home. From cookies, cake to tarts, we got you covered with these simple recipes.

1. No-Bake Lime Tart

A good lime tart should have the right balance of sweetness and tanginess - each bite should leave a creamy but refreshing flavour in your mouth. To marry all the flavours and textures, finish it off with a dollop of yummy whipped cream!

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 4 hours
Servings: 8 to 10

Ingredients:
• 70g granulated sugar
• 85g unsalted butter (melted)
• 125g graham crackers
• ½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon
• 450g cream cheese (softened to room temperature)
• 300ml sweetened condensed milk (1 can)
• Zest of 1 lime
• 80ml lime juice (or 2 to 3 large limes)
• Toppings (you may include whipped cream, blackberries, chia seeds or lime slices)

Instructions:
1. Blend the graham crackers, sugar, unsalted butter and ground cinnamon in a food processor
2. Place mixture in a 9-inch tart tray and press evenly. You may use the back of a tablespoon for this.
3. Place in fridge and chill for an hour or until firm.
4. While waiting, prepare the filling by mixing cream cheese, lime juice, zest of one lime and sweetened condensed milk into a large bowl.
5. Use a hand mixer and beat until mixture is creamy and smooth.
6. Once done, pour the filling onto the graham cracker crust tray.
7. Refrigerate for about three to four hours or until filling is set.
8. Garnish with your favourite toppings such as blackberries and whipped cream. Best serve chilled!

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2. No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

Tough cookies don’t crumble, and you shouldn’t too because these No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies are so easy to make! They are highly addictive and you can munch on these without worrying too much about the calories.

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Servings: 15 to 20 cookies

Ingredients:
• 21.5g cocoa powder
• 240g rolled oats
• 125g almond butter
• 114g unsalted butter
• 1 tsp vanilla extract
• 122g milk
• 320g coconut sugar

Instructions:
1. Line two baking trays with parchment paper.
2. In a pot, melt butter over medium heat.
3. Add milk, coconut sugar and cocoa powder to the pot and bring it to a boil. Once it comes to a boil, turn on your timer for two minutes and once the time is up turn off the heat.
4. Add vanilla extract, rolled oats and almond butter to the mixture. Mix until well combined.
5. Scoop the mixture onto the baking trays with a medium-sized ice-cream scoop or tablespoon.
6. Flatten the cookies with the back of a spoon or to your desired thickness.
7. Refrigerate for 20 to 30 minutes or until cookies become firm, and they are ready to be devoured!

3. No-Bake Cheesecake Bites

Light, creamy cheesecake filling with buttery and crunchy graham cracker crust - cheesecake bites are one of the most popular no-bake desserts! These are not oven-baked, so let your fridge do all the work. Top your culinary masterpiece with strawberry jam for that extra oomph!

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: Overnight
Servings: 10 to 12

Ingredients:
• 140g graham crackers
• 1 tbsp granulated sugar
• 450g cream cheese (softened)
• 70g unsalted butter (melted)
• 150ml sweetened condensed milk
• ¼ cup fresh strawberries
• ¼ cup of strawberry jam
• ¼ tsp lemon zest
• 1 tsp vanilla extract
• 3 tsp fresh lemon juice

Instructions:
1. Using the Tefal Multifunction Easyforce Food Processor, blend the graham crackers to a sand-like texture.  
2. Pour into a bowl and add granulated sugar, melted butter and mix until well combined.
3. Line a cupcake tray with cupcake casings and spray lightly with non-stick cooking spray.
4. Take a tablespoon of the mixture and press it down into the cupcake liners to make it compact. Place in the freezer for a few minutes or until it becomes firm.
5. For the filling, mix the cream cheese in a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Mix until it becomes light and fluffy.
6. Add vanilla extract, sweetened condensed milk, lemon zest and juice into to the mixture. Mix until combined.
7. Put filling into a cupcake liner using a spoon and set it in the fridge overnight.
8. Once they are cooled overnight, take the cupcake liners off.
9. For garnishing, cut fresh strawberries and mix it with strawberry jam and put a dollop on the cheesecake bites.

4. No-Bake Caramel Pudding

If you think your favourite caramel pudding is challenging to make – think again. Using just three ingredients, you can create this golden treasure under 25 minutes.

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes
Servings: 2

Ingredients:
• 3 tbsp granulated sugar
• 2 large eggs
• 1 cup whole milk
• 70g granulated sugar
• 2 tbsp water
• 1 tsp oil

Instructions:
1. For the caramel sauce, place sugar and water into a saucepan. Stir using a whisk and cook over medium heat until it becomes golden brown. Pay attention to the saucepan and be careful to not burn the mixture.
2. Once done, grease a 7-inch pan with oil and pour the caramel sauce into it.
3. For the pudding, whisk eggs in a large bowl and add granulated sugar.
4. Once the egg and sugar mixture is well combined, slowly pour whole milk into the bowl and mix well.
5. Strain the mixture with a strainer into the pan with the caramel sauce.
6. Cover the pan with cling film and steam it over medium heat for 20 to 25 minutes
7. Let it cool and set it in the fridge for an hour.
8. Now the last thing to do is eat, and it is best served chilled.

5. No-Bake Chocolate Berry Tart

Don’t these Chocolate Berry Tarts look like they are from a Michelin restaurant? Lo and behold, they are actually so easy to make, that any amateur can try.  

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 4.5 hours
Servings: 8

Ingredients:
• 85g unsalted butter (melted)
• 170g coarsely chopped bittersweet chocolate (70% cocoa)
• 170g coarsely chopped milk chocolate
• 24 Oreo cookies
• 240ml heavy cream
• 56g unsalted butter (cut into small pieces)
• Toppings (mixed berries and/ or almonds)

Instructions:
1. For the tart crust, blend Oreo cookies and butter in a food processor until fine. You may also put them in a zip lock bag and crush using a rolling pin.
2. Place mixture into a 9-inch tray and press evenly.
3. Put in the fridge for about 30 minutes or until firm.
4. Place the bittersweet chocolate and milk chocolate in a heatproof bowl and set aside.
5. Using a small pot, bring heavy cream and butter to a low boil.
6. Remove the small pot from the heat and gently pour mixture over the chocolate. Let it stand for one minute.
7. After a minute, use a silicone spatula and mix until chocolate is evenly melted with a smooth consistency.
8. Once done, pour the mixture onto the Oreo crust and let it chill in the fridge for at least four hours or overnight.
9. For presentation, you may garnish with mixed berries and nuts. 

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