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20 No-Bake Tropical-Inspired Desserts PERFECT for Summer

Skip the oven on hot days. Instead, try a no-bake dessert that reminds you of a tropical vacation.

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Key Lime Cream Pie

I am very proud of this luscious no-bake beauty. It’s so cool and refreshing—perfect for any summer potluck or get-together. Wherever I take this pie, it quickly disappears, with everyone asking for the recipe. —Shirley Rickis, Lady Lake, Florida

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Frozen Margarita MousseTaste of Home

Frozen Margarita Mousse

Who doesn't love a frozen Margarita? This creamy frozen mousse combines ready-to-drink margarita mix and whipped topping; it's easy to put together and the freezer does all the work. Garnish with additional crushed pretzels and kosher salt to enhance the sweet and salty flavor. —Debbie Glasscock, Conway, Arkansas

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Mango Almond Icebox CakeTaste of Home

Mango Almond Icebox Cake

This recipe was inspired by my friend who asked me to make a mango cake. It's easy to prepare, refreshing, light, and tastes absolutely fantastic. Strawberries can be used as well. —Rachel Simoneau, Danbury, Connecticut

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Key Lime Pie BallsTaste of Home

Key Lime Pie Balls

The classic creamy filling, graham-cracker crust and burst of lime are all mixed together in every bite of these rolled cookies. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Pina Colada Icebox CakeTaste of Home

Pina Colada Icebox Cake

This icebox cake has all of the flavors of a pina colada. It takes just one bite to escape to a tropical island! —Rachel Lewis, Danville, Virginia

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Panna Cotta with Papaya CoulisTaste of Home

Panna Cotta with Papaya Coulis

Panna cotta is an Italian dessert that means “cooked cream.” My friend and I developed a tropical version that’s rich, creamy, tangy and so refreshing. —Shauna Havey, Roy, Utah

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Italian Pineapple TrifleTaste of Home

Italian Pineapple Trifle

My grandmother made this rich, tempting trifle every year for our family’s Christmas Eve celebrations. Now I make it to carry on her special tradition. It’s an easy, delicious no-bake dessert everyone will love. —Ann-Marie Milano, Milton, Massachusetts

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No-Bake Mango Strawberry CheesecakeTaste of Home

No-Bake Mango Strawberry Cheesecake

Cheesecake is my mom's favorite dessert. I made this especially for her on Mother's Day to thank her for being such an awesome mom. Decorate to your own taste! —Elizabeth Ding, El Cerrito, California

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Pina Colada Molded SaladTaste of Home

Pina Colada Molded Salad

My gelatin ring gets a tropical twist from coconut, pineapple and macadamia nuts. It's a wonderful anytime treat. Now that I'm retired from teaching, I have more time for kitchen experiments. —Carol Gillespie, Chambersburg, Pennsylvania

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Frozen Hawaiian PieTaste of Home

Frozen Hawaiian Pie

Cool summer pies are one of Mom's specialties. This version offers pineapple, maraschino cherries and walnuts that are folded into a fluffy filling. It's an easy yet tempting no-bake dessert. —Jennifer Mcquillan, Jacksonville, Florida

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Coconut-Lemon Ice Cream CakeTaste of Home

Coconut-Lemon Ice Cream Cake

My family loves this lemon ice cream cake anytime, but it's especially refreshing on a hot summer day. The sweet cream of coconut and tart lemon juice make a delicious combo, and the streusel adds a nice crunch. —Janet Gill, Canton, Ohio

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Fluffy Key Lime PieTaste of Home

Fluffy Key Lime Pie

For a taste of paradise, try this no-bake Key lime pie recipe. It's low in fat, sugar and fuss. It truly is the best Key lime pie recipe ever! —Frances VanFossan, Warren, Michigan

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Coconut JoysTaste of Home

Coconut Joys

If you like coconut, you’ll love these no-bake, no-fuss sweets. They are cute as can be and make a satisfying after-school snack to keep in the fridge. —Flo Burtnett, North Gage, Oklahoma

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Creamy Pineapple PieTaste of Home

Creamy Pineapple Pie

Creamy Pineapple Pie is a light and refreshing dessert that's quick to make and impressive to serve. This is one of our favorite ways to complete a summer meal. —Sharon Bickett, Chester, South Carolina

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Frozen Key Lime DelightTaste of Home

Frozen Key Lime Delight

In the middle of summer, nothing hits the spot quite like this sublime Key lime dessert. Cold, creamy and tart, it looks like sunshine. —Melissa Millwood, Lyman, South Carolina

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Banana-Pineapple Cream PiesTaste of Home

Banana-Pineapple Cream Pies

My mother gave me this simple and delicious recipe years ago. The recipe makes two pies, so it's perfect for a potluck. I've never met anyone who didn't like it! —Robyn Appenzeller, Portsmouth, Virginia

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Coconut Rum BallsTaste of Home

Coconut Rum Balls

My mom has made rum balls for as long as I can remember. They look beautiful on a dessert spread and can be packaged in a decorative tin as a gift. I swapped coconut rum for the traditional rum and added shredded coconut. —Jana Walker, Macomb, Michigan

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Mango TiramisuTaste of Home

Mango Tiramisu

I love tiramisu and I wanted to make one with summer flavors. I swapped the Grand Marnier and Malibu rum for the usual coffee liqueur, giving a tropical twist. —Carla Mendres, Winnipeg, Manitoba

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Easy Key Lime Pie TrifleTaste of Home

Easy Key Lime Pie Trifle

I came up with this easy Key lime pie trifle because I adore Key lime pie in all its forms. It's a refreshing treat on a hot summer day, and since it can be made ahead, it's ideal for entertaining, too. The pie is easier to cut when still a little frozen, but be sure to let the pieces finish thawing before starting the recipe. —Barbara Moorhead, Gaffney, South Carolina

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No-Cook Coconut PieTaste of Home

No-Cook Coconut Pie

This creamy No-Cook Coconut Pie proves that a quick meal doesn't have to go without dessert. —Jeanette Fuehring, Concordia, Missouri

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Pineapple Orange CheesecakeTaste of Home

Pineapple Orange Cheesecake

Sweet orange marmalade is a less bitter product than traditional marmalade. Both contain unpeeled slices of citrus fruit.

Lisa Kaminski
Lisa is an associate editor at Taste of Home where she gets to embrace her passion for baking. She pours this love of all things sweet (and sometimes savory) into Bakeable, Taste of Home's baking club. At home, you'll find her working on embroidery and other crafts.