Easy & Delicious No-Bake Desserts That Will Change Your Life

You love dessert, right? After a savory, filling meal, there's nothing better than finishing it off with something sweet. Whether that's a cake, ice cream, cookies – who cares, as long as it tastes amazing? But if you want to switch things up with a new dessert from time to time, you may think that you need to learn to bake, or at least have the time and the money to visit a local bakery every day.

In reality, that's just not the case. You can make your own exciting desserts at home without having to even turn on the oven. And no, we're not just talking a bowl (or a pint, for that matter) of ice cream or a piece of chocolate. If you dig into these no-bake dessert recipes, you'll see just how delicious — and easy — making dessert can really be. 

If you have a few minutes, a few ingredients, and just a bit of patience, you'll be able to whip up these quick and easy treats in no time at all. Take a look at these options, and throw them together the next time you have guests over — or just when you want to treat yourself.

No-bake pumpkin pie

You're probably not expecting a pie to be on this list, and that's why we're starting off with it. Everyone loves the taste of pumpkin pie, even if you're not a big pumpkin fan in other dishes. This recipe is so easy, though, that you may just keep no-bake pumpkin pie in your house all the time. The best part? You're even making your own crust with this pie. Just crumble up some graham crackers, and you'll be good to go.

No-bake cranberry orange cheesecake

Now, you might have a problem when you make this no-bake cranberry orange cheesecake. It will look absolutely delicious, but it's so pretty that you may not want to dig in right away. When you do, though, you'll be blown away by this combination of flavors. It's somehow fresh and festive at the same time. We recommend serving this dish during the holidays, but really, it will be a winner at any time of the year. And to think: You don't even have to put this dessert in the oven!

No-bake peppermint pie

Listen, we know that peppermint pie isn't for everyone. That's totally understandable. But if you do like peppermint, then we have to tell you: You're going to fall in love with this no-bake peppermint pie. First of all, you won't believe how easy it is to make — you're going to have an amazing dessert ready in just 20 minutes. But even better than that is the fact that it looks so good. The crushed candy canes nestled in whip cream add some extra wow factor, which means it's great to serve at a get-together.

No-bake cookies

Feeling like something sweet but don't have anything in the house that will do? If you have a few pantry staples at your disposal, there's a good chance that you'll have everything you need to whip up a batch of these no-bake cookies. The chocolaty goodness in these cookies will have you coming back for more time and time again, and the peanut butter truly takes it to the next level. Plus, these cookies aren't too sweet, so don't worry about eating too many in a row.

Easy no-bake cheesecake

Lots of cheesecake recipes can seem difficult or time-consuming. But you don't have to spend a ton of time and energy making cheesecake if you don't want to. Instead, just check out this easy no-bake cheesecake recipe. This dessert is mostly made of crushed graham cracker crumbs as well as cream cheese, but there are all kinds of other goodies in there that will have you savoring every bite. And since it comes together so easily, you can throw it together on any night of the week when you need a sweet pick-me-up.

No-bake Oreo cheesecake

A plain cheesecake is good, and it definitely has its place. But when you're feeling a bit more indulgent (or feeding the kids), you might be better off making this no-bake Oreo cheesecake. It has the creaminess of any cheesecake, but the addition of crushed Oreos to the mix really makes this dessert a success. Since Oreos are so widely beloved and such a non-offensive flavor, this is a dessert that just about everyone (unless they're lactose-intolerant, of course) will love digging into. 

No-bake banana pudding

Banana pudding is one of those dishes that you can't help but love. If you grew up with it, it probably still has a place in your heart. Even though the flavor of banana can be too strong for some people, the sweet balance in this no-bake banana pudding recipe might prove them wrong. If you're looking for a way to serve desserts in individual dishes, you're going to love this pudding. You can prepare it in individual cups and jars so everyone gets their own treat. They'll come out so pretty that you'll want to keep making them again and again.

No-bake oatmeal cookies

Do you have some oatmeal in your pantry right now? If you're like most people, you do. And if you're like a lot of people, you're probably aware that you're not actually going to use it to make oatmeal. Just what should you do with it then? If you love cookies, you can't go wrong by preparing these no-bake oatmeal cookies. They're sweet but not too sweet, and they're only improved by the addition of raisins (though you can leave those out if they're not your thing). Prepare some of these at the beginning of the week, and you'll have stuff to snack on all week long.