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8 Delicious No-Bake Desserts (Including Gluten-Free and Vegan-Friendly Options Too!)

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author image Lynette Arceneaux
Based in Southern California, Lynette Arceneaux has worked as a writer and editor since 1995. Her works have appeared in anthologies, such as "From the Trenches" and "Black Box," in the magazine "Neo-opsis," and on numerous websites. Arceneaux, who holds a Master of Arts degree, currently focuses on the topics of health and wellness, lifestyle, family and pets.

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8 Delicious No-Bake Desserts (Including Gluten-Free and Vegan-Friendly Options Too!)
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When juggling work, kids, workouts and all of the other important pieces that make up our lives and keep our schedules busy, it can be hard to find the time (and energy) to just put together a dinner. If you can relate, then it’s likely that the last thing you want to do is turn on the oven to bake a dessert too. That’s when you need simple yet tasty no-bake options. Read on and you’ll discover eight delicious no-cook dessert recipes from several leading chefs and culinary experts. While some of the dishes are healthy and others are indulgent, all are elegant and utterly delicious. And the best part? No baking required.

1. Tropical Chocolate Truffles
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1 TROPICAL CHOCOLATE TRUFFLES

“These guilt-free tropical chocolate truffles are quick and easy to make,” says Joanne Mumola Williams, author of “Health Begins in the Kitchen: Delicious and Easy Vegan Recipes and Seasonal Food Plan.” Williams adds that you can replace the mangoes in the recipe with other dried fruits, such as apricots, tart cherries or cranberries. Truffles make it easier to keep portions small and overall calorie intake low compared with most other desserts. They’ll last for at least five days if kept lightly covered in the refrigerator. CALORIES PER SERVING: 96

Related: See Full Recipe and Nutritional Details in MyPlate

2. Fresh Figs With Raspberry Purée
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2 FRESH FIGS WITH RASPBERRY PURéE

The simple yet elegant fresh figs with raspberry purée, from award-winning author and chef Amy Riolo, is a perfect ending to a summer dinner with friends. Figs are an excellent source of fiber and minerals like copper and manganese. They’re available for two seasons: the “breba” season, which is the first few weeks in June, and the “new wood” season, which occurs August through October. Raspberries are high in antioxidants and fiber -- one cup provides eight grams. CALORIES PER SERVING: 222

Related: See Full Recipe and Nutritional Details in MyPlate

3. Easy Vanilla Chia-Seed Pudding With Blueberries
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3 EASY VANILLA CHIA-SEED PUDDING WITH BLUEBERRIES

From the kitchen of Joanne Mumola Williams, author of “Health Begins in the Kitchen: Delicious and Easy Vegan Recipes and Seasonal Food Plan,” this vanilla chia-seed pudding with blueberries is a delicious, gluten-free dessert. Although it needs to be refrigerated for a day, it takes only minutes to prepare. Williams suggests planning 24 hours ahead to allow the chia seeds to absorb all the liquid to create a thick pudding texture. Chia seeds are packed with fiber -- 10 grams in two tablespoons -- and they’re also a source of omega-3 fatty acids too. CALORIES PER SERVING: 162

Related: See Full Recipe and Nutritional Details in MyPlate

4. Fresh Fruit With Honey-Vanilla Whipped Ricotta
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4 FRESH FRUIT WITH HONEY-VANILLA WHIPPED RICOTTA

Emmy-nominated chef and cookbook author Nathan Lyon’s specialty is fresh, seasonal foods, and his fresh fruit with honey-vanilla whipped ricotta is no exception. Cherries, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries are all sources of anthocyanins, which are powerful antioxidants. Ricotta is a good source of calcium. CALORIES PER SERVING: 192

Related: See Full Recipe and Nutritional Details in MyPlate

5. Strawberries Romanoff
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5 STRAWBERRIES ROMANOFF

When blended, cashews can magically transform into a creamy, whipped, dairy-free topping that’s ideal for this decadent dessert classic from Joanne Mumola Williams, author and creator of the blog Foods For Long Life. Cashews are a good source of unsaturated fats, phosphorus, copper, iron and magnesium, while dates are high in dietary fiber and strawberries provide vitamin C. You can swap out strawberries for any seasonal fruit of your choice -- most berries work well. CALORIES PER SERVING: 219

Related: See Full Recipe and Nutritional Details in MyPlate

6. Raw Chocolate Avocado Tart
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6 RAW CHOCOLATE AVOCADO TART

Avocado and chocolate might seem like an odd pairing, but the subtle flavor and creamy consistency of avocados complements the indulgent and slightly tart flavor of raw chocolate. This raw chocolate avocado tart recipe is courtesy of Fernanda Capobianco, chef and owner of Vegan Divas in New York. Anchored by a crunchy chocolate pecan crust, the chocolate filling is half mousse and half pudding, with a silky texture from the avocado. Raw chocolate offers up antioxidants, and avocados provide nearly 20 vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients, including healthy fats, potassium, fiber, iron, vitamins C and E, folate, beta-carotene and lutein. CALORIES PER SERVING: 380

Related: See Full Recipe and Nutritional Details in MyPlate

7. Berry and Peach Parfait
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7 BERRY AND PEACH PARFAIT

Food Network Chef Aaron McCargo Jr. worked with dietitians from Fresenius Medical Care to develop this dessert for people with dietary restrictions due to kidney disease, but this berry and peach parfait is so light, visually appealing and downright scrumptious, it makes an impeccable end to any dinner. Greek yogurt is a good source of high-quality protein and berries, and peaches offer up nutritious phytonutrients and fiber. For this recipe, you can swap out other frozen fruits of your choice including mangoes, cherries and pineapple. CALORIES PER SERVING: 217

Related: See Full Recipe and Nutritional Details in MyPlate

8. Affogato
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8 AFFOGATO

“Our restaurant, Due Mari, in New Brunswick, New Jersey, is known for pastry chef Lauren Genco’s incredible affogato dessert,” says Anthony Jackson, representative of the global hospitality company Altamarea Group. “Affogato in Italian translates to ‘drowned in coffee.’ It’s a light and refreshing end to any meal,” Jackson adds. And, it’s an incredibly easy -- practically effortless -- dish to create. Place one scoop of gelato in a cup for each of your guests. Genco uses Fior di Latte gelato, which is very similar to vanilla, but feel free to try any flavor for yours. At tableside, pour one shot of espresso and one shot of amaro, an Italian herbal liqueur, over each gelato scoop. CALORIES PER SERVING: 278

Related: See Full Recipe and Nutritional Details in MyPlate

What Do YOU Think?
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WHAT DO YOU THINK?

Which of these no-bake desserts are you most excited about trying? What are some of your favorite desserts? Do you have any go-to no-bake recipes of your own already? Share your ideas and feedback with us in the comments below.

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