No-Bake Recipes for When You Don’t Want to Turn on The Oven

Amelia ArvesenMarch 31, 2024

No-Bake Recipes for When You Don’t Want to Turn on The Oven

When the mercury rises, the desire to fire up the oven, stove, or grill plummets. You’re trying to stay cool as a cucumber dunked in sparkling water, not make yourself hotter near a 400-degree flame. Save yourself from more sweat with these 8 no-bake recipes, no oven or fire required. 


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PB&J Bites

The flavors might not change much, but there’s something really fun about a favorite food taking a new shape. These PB&J bites are even more packable than the sandwich form making them one of the best no-bake recipes out there.

Grocery list: Peanut butter, jam, quick cooking oats, and confectioners sugar

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Strawberry Yogurt Granola Bars

Your sunrise hike requires a grab-and-go breakfast. Prep this savory but mostly sweet no-bake recipe for granola bars the night before so they’re ready for when your stomach grumbles. 

Grocery list: Quick cooking oats, nut butter, honey or brown rice syrup, freeze-dried strawberries (instead of the fruit snacks), chia seeds, yogurt, powdered sugar, coconut oil, white chocolate

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Mexican Street Corn Dip

Playing cards at the picnic table requires a salty snack. This no-bake recipe for elote dip mixes in minutes and goes good with any kind of chip or cracker in your pantry. 

Grocery list: Canned or fresh corn, cream cheese, mayo, sour cream, cotija cheese, Tajin seasoning, cherry tomatoes, bell peppers, lime, red onion, jalapenos, garlic powder, cilantro, salt, black pepper, avocado

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Veggie Pizza Bites

Summer heat saps your energy. Pizza will replenish your energy. These bites are so easy they can come together on the side of the road, on the summit, or at the campground. 

Grocery list: Pre-made pita or naan, onion and chive cream cheese, red and yellow bell peppers, green onions, head of broccoli, shredded cheese

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Cobb salad is a solid no bake recipe

Summer Salads

Of course any salad you make is technically a no-bake recipe. So we’ve included a link to some of our favorite recipes from Eating Well. Make it at home or bring your ingredients on the road.

Grocery list: Follow the ingredients included with each recipe

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Cobb Salad Wraps

You can’t go wrong with a wrap, and this no-bake recipe bundles up a fan-favorite salad in a tortilla for a scrumptious meal. You’ll want to make or buy pre-cooked meat and eggs, if adding.

Grocery list: Tortilla wraps, mayo, romaine lettuce, cooked shredded chicken, cooked bacon, tomatoes, crumbled blue cheese, hard-boiled eggs, avocado, French fried onions

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Oreo Cream Pie

S’mores are our first pick for camping desserts, but Oreos come in close second. This recipe requires lots of different kinds of creams. Not that we’re complaining. 

Grocery list: Oreos, salted butter, heavy whipping cream, cream cheese, sour cream, powdered sugar, vanilla extract, whipped cream

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Oatmeal Cookies

No-bake cookies are their very own category of desserts. They’re crunchy but chewy, salty but sweet. Bring all the ingredients and make them at the campground for a fun family activity. 

Grocery list: Quick cooking oats, shredded coconut, crunchy peanut butter, vanilla extract, white sugar, milk, butter, unsweetened cocoa powder, cooking spray

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OUtdoor no-bake picnic

A camp chef without a heat source is a resourceful camp chef. Save these no-bake recipes for later because while they’re perfect for summer meals, they’re also easy and practical for campfire cooking year round.

Stay cool out there. Rent an RV near you with air conditioning

Amelia Arvesen, Outdoorsy Author


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