No-bake dessert recipes
Staying at home might be a dark and boring time for many people, so it’s good to find some activities to lighten up the mood. This could even be the perfect time for sweet tooths to level up their skills in the kitchen – no matter a novice or seasoned baker.
For those just starting out, here are 10 simple no-bake dessert recipes to get cooking.
1. Milo Lava Cake
You may have seen ooey-gooey lava cakes served with ice cream and fruit served at expensive prices at cafe. Surprisingly, you can cook it at home without needing an oven or even a microwave.
You can do it easily by steaming!
- 26g all-purpose flour
- 25g fresh milk
- 1 egg
- 2tbsp melted unsalted butter
- 1tbsp sugar
- 4tbsp Milo powder
- Mix egg, unsalted butter, milk, and sugar together in a bowl
- Add the flour together with Milo powder and mix
- Prepare a bowl coated with butter in order to pop your cake out easily, and then put the mixture into the bowl
- Prepare a steamer at medium heat and steam the cake for around 6 minutes (depending on the size and thickness of your utensils)
- Use the tip of the knife gently pop the dessert out
- Top with extra Milo powder and place your favourite toppings on top, like fruits or choco sauce
*Open the steamer lid carefully to avoid water falling on the dessert
Recipe adapted from Foobymay
We recommend preparing your favourite ice cream to enjoy with it.
2. Custard Caramel
Image credit: แม่อ้อค่า – maeaorkaa
This looks like an easy dessert you can cook at home, but the challenge is making it smooth and silky and not too grainy.
Let’s boost your dessert chef skills!
- 90g sugar
- 20g water
- 30g hot water
- 2 eggs
- 220g fresh milk
- 2tbsp vanilla extract
- Boil 40g of sugar with 20g water in medium heat until it turns brown. Be careful not to burn your sugar!
- Add 30g of hot water to make it more caramelised. Then, you get a homemade caramel.
- Pour the caramel into a mug and let it cool at room temperature
- Mix 50g of sugar and eggs together, then add milk and vanilla extract
- Mix it together slowly and avoid creating bubbles
- Once done, pour the mixture through a sift into a mug and cover with foil
- Place mug into boiling water (water should cover around ¼ of the mug). Cover the lid and leave for 8 minutes
- Once done, let it cool for 7 minutes
- Shovel around your pudding carefully and turn the cup upside down to pop it out
Recipe adapted from แม่อ้อค่า – maeaorkaa
3. Oreo Cheese Pie
Image credit: มาลา MALA
If you already have packs of Oreo in your pantry that don’t seem to be going anywhere, time to put them to use. This delicious dessert will be a household fave for sure. This can be a homemade treat for someone having a birthday during a quarantine too.
- 5 packs of Oreo (3 packs for your base, and 1 each for the filling and toppings respectively)
- 500g butter
- 500g cream cheese
- 150g sugar
- 2tbsp gelatin
- 5tbsp water
- 2tbsp lime juice
- 200g whipped cream
Image credit: KP Do Eat Their Own
- Separate Oreo biscuits from the cookie filling
- Put the cookies in a plastic bag and crush till fine
- Add melted butter into the ground cookies. You should be looking for a wet sandy consistency that you can mould around.
- Add mixture to the base of your mould. You can use a cake pan or even foil.
- Let it set in the fridge for 6-7 hours
- Beat cream cheese and sugar together
- Combine with melted gelatin and lime juice
- Add crushed Oreo crackers and mix
- Pour mixture over chilled cookie base and top with Oreo bits
- Leave in the fridge for 1-2 hours to set
Recipe adapted from KP Do Eat Their Own
4. Banoffee Pie
Image credit: ploybites
Banana + toffee = match made in heaven. ‘Nuff said.
- 200g cookie of choice (we suggest digestive cookies or Oreos!)
- 75g and 45g unsalted butter (for base and filling respectively)
- 100g sugar
- 150g and 480g whipped cream
- 1/8 tbsp salt
- 200g condensed milk
- 100g cream cheese
- 4 tbsp icing sugar
- 4 bananas
- Cocoa powder for decoration
Image credit: Charmthaiohio
- Put crackers into a sealed plastic bag and crush until fine
- Add 75g melted butter and combine
- Form your cookie base in your utensil of choice – like mini cups!
- Chill in fridge for 6-7 hours
- Heat sugar until it turns brown
- Add 150g whipped cream into a pot
- Add salt and 45g unsalted butter and combine well
- Boil until creamy. Once you reach a thick toffee-like consistency, set it aside to cool at room temperature
- Once cool, pour over cookie base
- Add banana slices
- Chill in fridge for 30 mins
- Beat 480g whipped cream, cream cheese, and icing sugar together until it turns creamy
- Pipe mixture over your banana-toffee mix
- Garnish with cocoa powder, it’s ready to serve
Recipe adapted from ploybites
5. Dark Choco Balls
Image credit: Foodbymay
This is one simple recipe you can get the kids to help with. After all, it takes just 2 ingredients!
- 180g condensed milk
- 130g cocoa powder
- Add condensed milk into a bowl and mix with cocoa powder
- Once the ingredients don’t stick to your fingers, it’s good to go
- Form it into a ball. This is probably the part the kiddos will enjoy the most
- Roll the balls around in cocoa powder and you’re done
Recipe adapted from Foodbymay
6. Rice cooker brownie
Chocolate lovers have to put this recipe to the test, because all you’ll need to make this homemade chewy brownie is simply a normal rice cooker.
- 150g all-purpose flour
- 2 bars of chocolate
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1tsp baking powder
- 150g salted butter
- 2 eggs
- 1tsp vanilla extract
- 2tbsp cocoa powder
Image credit: ครัวบ้านพิม
- Mix all dry ingredients together – flour, sugar, baking powder, and cocoa powder
- Add melted butter, vanilla extract, and eggs and mix
- Break chocolate bars and add. If you prefer biting into chunky chocolate bits, break it up into bigger pieces
- Pour batter into rice cooker pot and cook. This is done the same way one would cook rice, so it depends on each individual rice cooker. Be sure to check-in to see if it’s cooking well. You can poke a toothpick into the cake – if nothing sticks, it’s done!
Recipe adapted from ปันโปร – XL
7. Oreo ice cream
Enjoying ice cream on a hot day is always the perfect combo, and contrary to popular belief, whipping up homemade ice cream isn’t that difficult.
In fact, the only “tool” you’ll need for this recipe is an empty Pringles can!
- 1 pack of Oreo
- 250g whipped cream
- 2tsp vanilla extract
- 80g condensed milk
- 1 empty Pringles can
Images adapted from: แม่อ้อค่า – maeaorkaa
- Beat whipping cream with condensed milk in a bowl
- Add vanilla extract and crushed Oreo into the mix
- Pour mixture into a Pringles can and leave in a fridge for 6-8 hours to set
- Cut the paper can to get your very own homemade ice cream out
- While set, you can roll the ice cream gently in crushed oreo bits for extra texture. Enjoy!
Recipe adapted from แม่อ้อค่า – maeaorkaa
8. Tokyo – Thai-style stuffed crepes
Images adapted from: Foodbymay
Tokyo is a popular street food snack, which can be found in almost every corner, especially in front of schools. If you have children at home, this could be a perfect snack for them.
You can have this both sweet or savoury – up to you.
- 400g pancake flour
- 300g fresh milk
- 2 Eggs
- Base spread: jam, peanut butter, custard
- Crunchy fillings: cookie bits, crackers, pretzels
- Soft fillings: gummies, melted chocolate, marshmallows
- 200g minced pork
- Oyster sauce
- Soy sauce
- Ground black pepper
- Quail eggs
- Combine pancake flour, eggs, and milk into a bowl and mix together. Take note not to make it too mushy
- [Savoury] Prepare the filling by frying minced pork and seasoning together with oyster sauce, soy sauce, and sugar
- Set your pan to with medium heat (non-stick recommended)
- Pour your batter onto the pan and spread into a circle with your spoon
- Once little bubbles start to form, it’s time to lay on your spread and fillings
- Once the edges turn golden brown, you can roll it up and enjoy!
Recipe adapted from Foodbymay
Be a pastry chef during self-isolation
The quarantine is the perfect time to discover new experiences and hidden skills that you never knew you might have had before.
Cooking can also be the perfect activity for all family members to enjoy together too – so put your aprons on and have fun!