3 Simple and Easy No-Bake Summer Desserts, Make It Monday

We are now officially in June, and summer is fast approaching with cool spring being left behind for more and more heat. While I love baking and find it fairly relaxing, I don’t always want to heat up the oven (and the house) by baking in the summer, so I tend to gravitate towards no bake recipes. These are my favourite three recipes to use in the summer when you want something sweet for dessert but don’t want to deal with the heat of baking!

3 Simple & Easy No-Bake Summer Desserts

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Chocolate Chip Loaf, Make It Monday

If you have been reading my blog for a while, you will know that I bake a lot of desserts- cookies, cakes, pies, all regularly found in my kitchen! However, I am trying to diversify, albeit fairly slowly, starting with a loaf. I know that a lot of people will eat banana bread type-loaves for breakfast but I would argue that might not be the healthiest thing to eat on a regular basis. However, I do think that loaves are a nice evening snack, because they are great for a sweet tooth and can be fairly filling so that you don’t wake up at 1am with hunger pains. This chocolate chip loaf is a standard loaf recipe, and is quite delicious!

Easy Chocolate Chip Loaf

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Creamsicle Poke Cake, Make It Monday

As of lately, I’ve been quite curious about poke cakes; they seem fairly basic and easy to make but I’ve encountered many recipes thatΒ seem easy but fall apart immediately. However, I really like to lean into the summer recipes and we are finally getting a bit of heat here in Winnipeg, so I decided to actually pick a poke cake recipe and try enter- enter the Creamsicle Poke Cake!

Creamsicle Poke Cake

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Popcorn Marshmallow Mix, Make It Monday

Popcorn Marshmallow Bars- After sharing my S’Mores Bar recipe last week, quite a few people commented/ emailed/ messaged to ask where they could find graham crackers, which are more of a North American thing. (Update: I believe Tesco stocks them in the world food aisle, many Amazon country shops seem to have them, and in a pinch, digestives would work πŸ™‚ ) So I decided to come up with a similar recipe that might be more international friendly to source and make, as I know how frustrating it can be to find a recipe only to realise you can’t source the ingredient. (Castor sugar, I’m looking at you…) This is a popcorn based marshmallow mix that I would say is somehow even easier than the S’More mix!

Easy, Popcorn Marshmallow Mix

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S’Mores Bar- Make It Monday

In the spring and summer, I tend to gravitate towards more no bake recipes, as you don’t need your house to be warmer than it is already is and I usually find that they are faster to make! (When spring and summer combined are 5 months total, you have to maximise time outside. I think that s’mores are a favourite among most North Americans but if you don’t want to actually have a fire, you can get the delicious taste of a s’more without the work of a fire with this recipe!

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Homemade Dog Treats

If you have ever had a puppy, you will quickly learn that healthy and nutritious dog treats are far more expensive than the most premium dog food, as you can easily go through 100+ in one puppy class! I was doing research on alternatives to commercial training treats when one of my coworkers made training treats herself and brought them in for all of our dogs- these are an easy and nutritious way to train your dog at home and possibly use up some leftovers around your house.

Peanut Butter Banana Dog Treats

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Mini-Egg Cookies, Make It Monday

If you are like me, you love the chocolate and candy that comes with Easter, and maaaaaybe buy a little too much and end up with leftovers. (Or if you’re entirely done yours already, there should be cheap chocolate available tomorrow- mini creme eggs, hopefully you are waiting for me!) Although just sitting and eating Mini-Eggs is a delightful prospect unto itself, I do enjoy working different candies into my favourite recipes to make more of a great thing- henceforth, I took my favourite chocolate chip cookie recipe, and added crushed and full Mini-Eggs!

Mini-Egg Cookies

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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies, Make It Monday

When it is really cold out, or quite frankly, you are just hungry, oatmeal cookies are the perfect answer- you get a little bit of sugar for energy, you get a little bit of oatmeal for fibre, and the chocolate is just for fun! I took a monster cookie recipe with M&Ms and tweaked it a bit with chocolate chips, because I didn’t have M&Ms on hand and I had chocolate chips to use up- I also made a few small changes that I will note. These were a huge success with the family, and will absolutely be a re-do! Now to the cookies!

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

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When It’s a Long Weekend…

Adulthood: when it’s a long weekend but you have a bunch of things to do. Somehow the universe knows how to give us more to do on the weekend when there is an extra day of it… Thankfully the Canadian government decided to give us a day off in the middle of February, and after about 6 weeks of frigid temperatures, I will take the excuse of an extra day of not leaving the house.

When It's a Long Weekend....

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Cherry Cake Mix Cookies, Make It Monday

Cherry is one of my favourite flavours. Give me Cherry Coke, Cherry Sprite, cherry candy, the list goes on! It is fairly difficult to get your hands on cherry pieces for baking, though, at least here in Canada. So, I decided to go the cake mix cookie route with these. Baking from scratch can be a wonderful stress reliever, but cake mix cookies are a good way to come up with interesting flavours on a short amount of time- plus it is a good way to get into baking if you are new to it!

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