Cool down with these no-bake desserts that are perfect to satisfy a sweet tooth on the hottest days of the year.
These no-bake buckeye bars require no tedious rolling to make and they comes with a delicious dose of brown butter. Plus, they’re gluten free! See the recipe.
This refreshing and slightly sweet cantaloupe granita topped with crunchy candied pistachios is the perfect thing on a hot summer day. See the recipe.
Freezer Butterfinger Pie
This cream cheese and candy no-bake pie is perfect for a summer dessert. Simply mix together and freezer for a delicious Butterfinger pie. See the recipe.
Refreshing Mango Ice Cream
With a creamy mango curd as its base, this mango ice cream is so rich and refreshing at the same time. See the recipe.
Vegan: No-Bake Matcha Coconut Cream Pie
This no-bake, dairy free sweet will be a summer favorite. Green matcha combines with creamy coconut and a touch of sweetness to be a cool treat. See the recipe.
Check out these three fun, easy recipes that use nut milk. They’re all cold, refreshing and perfect for summer.
We love nut milks. Give us almond, cashew, walnut or event hazelnut and we can’t get enough. However, we’ve learned to get picky about our dairy-free milks and actually read the labels. That’s where Elmhurst comes in. Do you remember Elmhurst as being a milk company? Well they used to be! And now they make strictly nut milks, and quite delicious ones we might add.
The nuts milks are cold-milled and packed with 4 times more nuts than your usually store-bought beverage. Our favorite part is that they don’t contain any weird stabilizers or gums. They’re creamy, loaded with protein and contain nothing but water, nuts, cane sugar, salt and some other natural flavors. To celebrate our new nut milk find, we created three easy, cool dairy-free recipes for summer.
Hazelnut Milk Iced Coffee
This may sounds like a no-brainer to add hazelnut milk to your morning cold brew, but we took it a step further to get that latte froth that is still vegan. Here’s how: Combine your coffee and milk in your glass. In a blender or bullet, put about 1/4 cup more of hazelnut milk. Blend on high speed for thirty seconds to a minute. Spoon froth from blender onto top of your cold brew and enjoy!
Walnut Milk Punch
Milk punch is such a retro drink and served chilled with plenty of ice, it tastes like a boozy milkshake perfect for a sip by the pool. We used the earthy, darker in color walnut milk that is lighter on the palate and so refreshing.
Walnut Milk Punch
Recipe Type: Cocktail
- 1 part Elmhurst Walnut Milk
- 4 slices per drink Cucumber
- ½ part Lime Juice
- 1 part Tequila
- 1 part Simple Syrup
- (Try adding ½ part pineapple juice and reducing the simple syrup for added tropical flavor)
- Cucumber slices for garnish
- Muddle the cucumber slices a cocktail shaker.
- Add in walnut milk, lime juice, tequila, simple syrup and ice. Shake until cold.
- Strain into a fresh glass over crushed ice and garnish with a cucumber slice.
Cashew Panna Cotta
Being one of our favorite nuts, we had to create a whole dessert around it. This panna cotta takes minutes to make and the rest of the work is spend chilling the the fridge. Take it on a picnic, serve it cool or prep it ahead of time for a large party. However you like it, this creamy vegan dessert is perfect for summer.
We layered our jars with cashew ganache on the bottom. This is optional, but a delicious chocolate element to the dessert.
Serves: 3 jars of panna cotta
- 2 cups dark chocolate/vegan chocolate chips (I used enjoy life brand)
- ¾ cup cashew milk
- 2 cups Elmhurst cashew milk
- ⅔ cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon agar agar (if you just want it to be dairy free and not vegan, you can use gelatin instead)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Fruit to garnish, we loved topping ours with sweet-tart raspberries.
- Bring the cashew milk to a boil.
- Pour hot milk over chips and let sit for 1 minute.
- Stir until chips are melted.
- Pour equal amounts into the bottoms of jars or cups and refrigerate until set.
- Combine milk, sugar and vanilla in a saucepan and heat until a simmer and until sugar is dissolved.
- Remove from heat and stir in gelatin or agar agar
- Let cool in pan until room temp
- Pour into jars and refrigerate until set. About 4 hours.
- Top with fruit and enjoy!
Disclosure: We were not compensated for this post. We were however provided free product, but we genuinely love this nut milk and all of our opinions are our own.
PARTNER POST: Check out these easy entertaining tips for all your summer activities complete with charcuterie and pâté. This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Les Trois Petits Cochons.
Whether you are headed on a picnic or having a slew of friends over to enjoy your patio, check out these recipes and tips to creating the perfect summer charcuterie spread.
What to Serve When it’s Too Hot to Cook
On the hottest days of summer, keep things cool and turn to this charcuterie spread loaded with fresh herbs, fruits and simple sliced bread. See the recipe.
A Charcuterie Board Perfect for a Rooftop party
Check out these tips to serving up two summer canapés and a charcuterie board for an unforgettable rooftop party, no utensils for each guest needed. See the guide.
How to Host a Summer Rosé and Charcuterie Party
Here’s how to easily host a backyard rosé party complete with a delicious charcuterie board. See the guide.
An Easy Make-Ahead Accompaniment: Herb and Garlic Marinated Mushrooms
Herb and garlic marinated mushrooms bring something different to a charcuterie board. Mushrooms are cooked with thyme, rosemary, garlic and lemon, then allowed to marinate to intensify the flavors. See the recipe.
Pairing a Charcuterie and Beer Picnic
Paired with beer and as casual or elegant as you want it to feel, this charcuterie spread is perfect for a picnic or an evening on the patio complete with a chorizo cake. See the tips.
A Gourmet Addition
Take your next charcuterie board to a delicious new level with elegant Triple Cheese Gougeres. See the recipe.
Your Guide to Portable Charcuterie Picnics
Here are all the tips you need to have an easy and delicious charcuterie picnic. Hint: the secret is all in how you pack it. See the guide.
Check out more charcuterie recipes and inspiration here.
When it’s too hot out to think, this summer wine guide is here to save you the trouble. Cool down and relax with these refreshing summer sippers.
Bonterra Sauvignon Blanc 2016: $14
Bursting with acidity and grassy citrus notes, this organic wine is a blend of three California appellations. Together they create a lively wine perfect for patio drinking or with a summer seafood meal.
Contrade Malvasia Chardonnay Puglia IGT: $10
Just look at that price! Now chill the wine and sip away. This easy-drinking bottle is crisp, uncomplicated and just what your tastebuds need on the stickiest days.
Frank Family Vineyards 2015 Carneros Chardonnay: $35
Grown near the Pacific Ocean in the Napa-Carneros region, this barrel fermented wine brings rich notes to the palate. Expect to find aromas of ripe pear and warm caramel. However, things cool off on the tongue with bright flavors of lemon curd. If you’re looking for a fuller-bodied white wine that is still juicy and refreshing with a touch of acidity, this is it.
Trinity Hill Sauvignon Blanc: $15
Grown in Hawkes Bay, home of New Zealand’s oldest wineries, dating back to 1851, this Sauvignon Blanc is from some of the finest coastal vineyards. Refreshing acidity paired with herbal citrus notes and a touch of fruity sweetness make this wine the perfect guest at your hottest summer BBQ. Enjoy with a simple goat cheese appetizer or salad.
Mulderbosch Sauvignon Blanc 2015: $18
This white wine is energetic and refreshing behind its golden color. It has a complex, full-bodied nose that leads into a zesty, mineral-filled sip complete with flavors of cantaloupe and fig. Because it’s too hot to cook, we recommend ordering your favorite Asian takeout and pairing this wine with the spices dishes.
Bonterra Rosé 2016: $16
Made with organic grapes from Mendocino and winner of competitions and medals, this rosé is a true class act. Let the floral aromas with berries and key lime refresh your senses as tastes of watermelon dance on your tongue. This dry chilled wine is perfect on its own, but is great with a variety of light summer foods.