Easy healthy no-bake cake recipes, using minimal ingredients and few recipe steps – healthy desserts are easy when you don’t turn on your oven.
Ultimate Guide to No-Bake Vegan Cakes (simple starter recipe + options).
Who doesn’t love no-bake cake recipes? Few pans and bowls to clean, no hot oven (welcome during hot weather seasons), and easy to store, just refrigerate or freeze.
And healthy. Because when you make a plant-based no-bake cake, you use healthy nutritious fresh ingredients, and you don’t break their nutritious structure with heat. So what you get is a dessert full of fiber, protein, calcium, potassium, magnesium, and many more benefits.
This particular post presents the bare bones of a basic recipe for a no-bake slice cake. Just 4 ingredients in the crust, and 5 in the creamy filling.
But if you want to add more bells and whistles, I provide you the options!
For instance, you can swap and add ingredients to the crust to increase bulk and nutrition and influence the texture.
And for instance, you can swap and add ingredients to the creamy filling to add to the flavor profile, and/or affect density or creaminess.
Also feel free to speckle that creamy layer with added chips or berries or seeds. Think of this recipe as a blank canvas.
Start with it, and then consider possible forks in the road.
Because that’s what makes life interesting, right? Choices.
Now, of course, you can make some radical changes to my crust recipe.
Such as, you can skip it completely and just use crushed graham crackers or even speculoos cookies, mixed with a bit of coconut oil.
And you can customize the creamy recipe as well, although I suggest you stick to the basics of my recipe somewhat to retain the texture and nutrition I intended.
One important ingredient I happen to include is coconut butter. I add it to most of my slice recipes because this delicious superfood not only makes no-bake cakes creamier, it adds nutrients that support digestion, battle disease and slow aging.
You can certainly change the flavor profile of the creamy recipe easily by swapping the lime (which is present in the base recipe to brighten the flavor) for lemon or orange or even an essence, such as peppermint.
And I recommend optional chips or berries or seeds to add texture and additional nutrition sometimes.
I personally made this recipe with poppyseeds recently because poppyseeds are a great source of minerals, specifically niacin, folate, calcium, iron and zinc.And, finally, the toppings!
I suggest thin fruit slices (figs or kiwi) or chocolate chips or a chia jam. You can take those suggestions or think of your own.
Since we are freezing to maintain structure, you can add almost anything that freezes! Although I wouldn’t suggest straight ice. That could break some teeth.😂
I hope you make this basic no-bake slice and share it with me so I can see how you customized it!
You might be interested in my other No-Bake Raw Vegan Cakes:
Easy Chocolate Raw Slices
Raw Pink Cashew Cream Parfait Slices
Raw Pumpkin Turmeric Cake
Lavender Lemon Cashew Cream Slices
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Ultimate Guide to No-Bake Vegan Cakes (simple starter recipe + options)
An easy basic healthy no-bake cake that you can make quickly as is, or customize it with your own ideas or the options I provide. This basic recipe makes 6 mini cakes or 3 (4-inch) personal cakes or 1 (8-inch) square cake (see links to pans below)
- 1 cup almond flour or hazelnut flour, or coconut flour
- 1/2 cup almonds or more matching flour, or walnuts, or pecans, or cacao powder or buckwheat groats or quinoa pops
- 2 tbsp maple syrup or 3 medjool dates or nut butter
- pinch of sea salt
- 2 cups soaked cashews
- 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1/4-1/2 cup nut milk or water or herbal tea
- 1/3 cup coconut butter
- optional brightener: 2 tbsp lime juice or swap for another juice or extract
- optional flavor enhancer: 1 tsp vanilla paste
Optional White “Candy” Ribbon Layer
- BLUE or PURPLE: 1/4 cup blueberries or 1 tsp matcha blue or butterfly tea flower
- PINK: 1/4 cup raspberries or 1 tsp pitya powder or pulp
- YELLOW: 1/4 cup mango or 1 tsp turmeric
- GREEN: 1 tsp matcha tea or 1/4 cup baby spinach (although this last will leave speckles)
- Crushed Nuts
- Dark Chocolate Bar (chopped into shards)
- Chia Fruit Jam 1 cups frozen berries, 1 tsp chia seeds, 2 tbsp maple syrup, 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
- Chocolate Cream melted chocolate bar, or healthy chocolate sauce = equal parts cacao powder, maple syrup, melted coconut oil
Rub pan of choice interiors with a light sweeping layer of coconut oil and some like to add parchment in some way, for instance cut a circle or square and line the bottom of the springform or removable bottom pans. If you use a traditional square pan, fully line with parchment paper and overhanging edges.
Make the Base
- Process base ingredients until crumbly. Do not over process or it will become pasty. Press this coarse layer into the bottom of your pan. Use a spoon to carefully flatten the surface, making the crust layer even. Put pan in freezer while you make creamy layer.
Make the Creamy Filling
Blend all ingredients until very smooth. Pour mixture over crust, cover pan loosely with a piece of parchment to keep it from drying out and cracking, and freeze 1-2 hours or until solid enough to cut.
Or,if you intend to make the additional white ribbon layer, blend those ingredients and pour on either the crust before you add the main creamy layer or pour on the creamy layer after it has chilled enough to withstand the weight of the next layer, maybe 30 minutes.Then add your toppings and refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze in an air-tight container for a month!
If frozen, defrost 20 minutes before eating. Enjoy!
Dee Dine is the recipe developer and writer behind Green Smoothie Gourmet. She shares her super healthy wholesome recipes on her blog and her Instagram that she feeds her family and friends. She gravitates toward recipes that are fast to create, plant-based, nutritious, easy, and use familiar ingredients. And chocolate is always a good idea! More about Dee.