cold treats collage cold treats collage For hot days, it's great to have cold treats on hand. (Photo: Jerry James Stone, Sarah F. Berkowitz)

No-bake desserts for an easy, breezy summer menu

Don't let warm weather get in the way of a delicious dessert.

The summer heat has arrived, and the last place you want to be is hovering over your kitchen stove, right?

We're right there with you, sweltering in our hunger. So we decided to dig into our archives and bring you a handful of our favorite Israeli Kitchen desserts that require no heat but yield a delightful warm-weather treat.

Apricot almond bites

apricot almond bitesApricot almond bites are the perfect snack to get summer started right. (Photo: Sarah F. Berkowitz)

We have a tendency to forget about apricots unless we happen to be strolling by the peaches and plums and – poof! – there they are, those fuzzy little canary-colored gems of summer sweetness. And though we love to snack on them whole, there's also this spectacular treat you can make out of them: no-bake, three-ingredient apricot almond bites. Here's our recipe.


Chocolate pecan ice cream pops

chocolate pecan ice cream popsServe these pops as bite-sized snacks or with a popsicle stick or mini-fork for handheld convenience. (Photo: Sarah F. Berkowitz)

These ice cream pops are entirely customizable depending on what flavor ice cream you prefer, or even what flavor you've got in your freezer. You can crush up a few candy bars instead of the pecans if you so choose. The rules of ice cream pops are as follows: Be as creative as you want, and don't be afraid to experiment. Here's our recipe.


White chocolate strawberry pie

No-bake white chocolate strawberry pieThis dessert will make you look like a whiz in the kitchen. (Photo: Sarah F. Berkowitz)

If you want to look like a whiz in the kitchen without even opening an oven, this pie is yours. Sweet berries, a creamy white chocolate filling and chocolate drizzle. Have fun with the topping – choose from strawberries, blueberries and/or raspberries to create your own fruity masterpiece, and then drizzle away with more melted chocolate. Here's our recipe.


Tiramisu in cocktail glasses

Tiramisu in cocktail glassesThe steps to this tiramisu are simple, and the results are gorgeous. (Photo: Sarah F. Berkowitz)

You don’t have to be a sweet, weathered Italian grandmother to make a wonderful version of this creamy, gourmet dessert. The steps are simple, and the results are gorgeous. Tiramisu can be served in square pieces, a stemmed trifle bowl or individual cocktail glasses for a very elegant presentation, as in this recipe. It can also be made non-alcoholic, using 1/2 cup strong coffee in place of the liqueur. Here's our recipe.


Raspberry coconut parfait

raspberry coconut parfaitsThis raspberry coconut parfait requires only five ingredients. (Photo: Jerry James Stone)

The thing about summer desserts is that with all the fresh fruit in season, it takes very little ingredient-wise to create something amazing. This one takes five ingredients and can even be made vegan. Plus, if parfait's not your cup of tea, you can use this recipe to top waffles or pancakes, or even sponge cake for a decadent dessert. Here's our recipe.


Cashew date treats

Cashew date balls with coconut flakesCashew date balls with coconut flakes (Photo: Sarah F. Berkowitz)

As with the apricot almond bites above, these bites pack a flavor punch by combining fruit and nuts. And what's more, this dish makes a great party snack to please both your health-conscious guests and those with a strong sweet tooth. Here's our recipe.

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