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7 Vegan, Nutrient-Rich No-Bake Desserts That Taste Like a Ray of Sunshine

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Whether it’s the beads of sweat accumulating on your upper lip or your back glistening like the misty air that radiates from a waterfall—these, my friend, are dead giveaways that summer's sweltering heat has officially entered the chat. As everyone claws their way outdoors to celebrate the sunshine and warmer days, poolside festivities and outdoor BBQs quickly become all the rage. Next thing you know, you’re tasked with bringing a supersized pasta salad, a dip for the masses to munch on, and a dessert fit for the entire friend group.

If the last thing you want to do is crank on the oven to bake a cake meanwhile simultaneously transforming your house into the Saharan desert, we’ve gathered the best vegan (and very *cool*) no-bake desserts to bring to your next shindig. From vegan brownie bites to creamy flan to matcha swirl cheesecake, we’ve got you covered. Best of all, you won’t even break a sweat— literally.

7 vegan no-bake desserts for summer

1. Brownie Bites

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Photo: Minimalist Baker

Just like a great BOGO deal, this recipe combines energy bites and dessert all into one. Made with just seven ingredients, one food processor, and a quick 15 minutes, you can enjoy this luscious and chocolatey brownie bites recipe by Minimalist Baker in no time. Rich in antioxidants (from the chocolate) and omega-3s (from the hemp seeds, walnuts, and almond butter), this recipe is one of the most delicious and healthy no-bake desserts that's perfect for satisfying your sweet tooth all summer long.

Get the recipe: No-Bake Brownie Bites 

2. Flan

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Photo: Minimalist Baker

Feel as though you’re on a tropical island getaway with this vegan flan by Minimalist Baker that’s eggless and dairy-free but still creamy, smooth, and entirely delicious. For the iconic caramel layer, recipe developer Dana Schultz uses coconut sugar in the place of refined sugars for the deep, rich, and golden sweet topping. Best of all, these flans can be made in individual-sized portions, so sharing is totally optional (and most definitely *not* a requirement).

Get the recipe: Easy Vegan Flan 

3. Bananas Foster Chia Pudding

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Photo: Feasting on Fruit

This drool-worthy bananas foster chia pudding recipe by Feasting on Fruit features layer upon layer of decadent goodness. From a creamy chia seed pudding to a gooey caramel sauce to caramelized cinnamon bananas, each bite of this no-bake vegan dessert will leave you smiling even bigger than the bite before. With a dessert this pretty, you can guarantee it’ll be plastered all over your friend’s newsfeed with requests demanding how to make it.

Get the recipe: Bananas Foster Chia Pudding 

4. Cookie Dough Bars

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Photo: Rainbow Plant Life

Bring back the childhood memories of sneaking a few bites of raw cookie dough right out of the bowl while your mom looked away with this cookie dough bars recipe by Rainbow Plant Life that’s parent-approved and just as delicious as you remember. Plus, with the help of a food processor, whipping it together for a last-minute event (that you completely forgot about) is really NBD.

Get the recipe: No-Bake Cookie Dough Bars 

5. No-Fuss Coconut Tart

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Photo: Half Baked Harvest

Make the most out of the summer harvest with fruits like raspberries and plums with this tasty no-bake tart recipe by Half Baked Harvest. Just like the name implies, this “no-fuss” and no-bake recipe comes together easily, with the majority of the “cooking” time spent chilling in the freezer. The gluten-free (and vegan) recipe features a coconut cashew crust, layered with a sweet white chocolate filling and garnished with freshly sliced figs and berries for a beautiful pop of color to brighten any summer tablescape.

Get the recipe: No-Fuss Healthy Coconut Tart 

6. Matcha Swirl Cheesecake

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Photo: Minimalist Baker

If the thought of making cheesecake might seem like a cumbersome task, this no-bake matcha swirl cheesecake recipe by Minimalist Baker will quickly change your mind. Between the bright green hue that screams summertime to the matcha-infused filling that will help perk you up, this easy cheesecake recipe is the perfect crowd-pleasing dish to bring to any party.

Get the recipe: Vegan Matcha Swirl Cheesecake 

7. Lemon Tart

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Photo: Bianca Zapatka

If the sun were a pie, it definitely would look like this vegan lemon pie by Bianca Zapatka. Bright like sunshine, sweet and tangy like summer, and filled with tons of bright, zesty fruit, this show-stopping dessert will turn heads the moment it enters the room. And if you’re wondering if this recipe calls for any artificial food coloring to achieve the vibrant yellow color, the answer is surprisingly no. With the help of turmeric (which is loaded with anti-inflammatory properties), you can quickly achieve this bright, beautiful hue of yellow to wow everyone in sight.

Get the recipe: Vegan Lemon Tart 

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