Three Kid-Friendly, No-Bake Desserts That Won’t Break the Bank

In theory, baking is a fun activity to do with your kids. It’s hands-on and creative, and you get to eat the tasty results! But some children aren’t quite ready to be pulling hot cookie sheets out of 350-degree ovens. The good news is, there are plenty of desserts that you can whip up with your kiddos, no oven mitts required. Walmart has you covered, with three ideas for no-bake sweets that are wholesome, easy, and heat-free.

Carrot Cake Balls

You don’t need an oven to create these moist, cake-like treats. All you need is a food processor—though your little one may need supervision to operate it safely.

In these gluten-free, refined-sugar-free carrot cake balls, fudgy dates and shredded carrots provide body and moisture, while almond flour binds them to form a sweet, nutty confection.

Start by pureeing pitted dates in the food processor, then add shredded carrots, chopped walnuts, cinnamon, shredded coconut, and pinch of salt; process until the mixture forms a thick paste. Sprinkle in some almond flour and pulse, adding more if needed to form a dough-like mass. Carefully remove the blade from the food processor and scrape the batter into a bowl. Scoop out rounded tablespoons, shape them into balls, roll them in chopped nuts or shredded coconut for decoration, and place each one in a mini cupcake liner. Chill to firm up the texture—cold temperatures can set a dessert, just like baking can. Now, eat!

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No-Bake Fruit Tart

Some of the best desserts can be made without turning on an oven. Exhibit B: This fruit tart.

To make the crust, start with graham cracker crumbs. You can buy them already ground, or make your own by crushing graham crackers into a fine meal in the food processor. Better yet, place them in a resealable plastic bag and let your kids pound them into smithereens with a rolling pin.

Mix the crumbs in a bowl with melted butter—the texture should be like soil, holding shape when you squeeze it. Transfer it to a pie plate and press it into the base and up the sides, then put the plate in the fridge for about 20 minutes. Chilling will firm up the butter and, in turn, the crust. No need to bake. Remove the crust from the fridge and spread the bottom with a layer of jam, then fill it with whipped cream or pudding, top with your favorite sliced fruit or berries, and serve!

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Banana “Ice Cream” Sundaes

Who says you need heat to make something sweet? For this dessert, all that’s required is a blender, and you have instant, healthy “ice cream.”

Start with pieces of frozen banana. Place them in a blender and puree until smooth. Freeze for later, or scoop the puree into serving dishes and serve with your favorite toppings: chopped peanuts, chocolate sauce, whipped cream, sprinkles, the works.

The starchy texture of the frozen bananas makes them prime for an instantly scoopable treat straight out of the blender—no need for time in the freezer that other homemade ice creams need.

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