Between the turkey, stuffing and green bean casserole, your oven gets quite a workout during the Thanksgiving season. All that baking also makes it hard to multi-task in the kitchen, and whipping up part of your meal outside the oven can save you time during meal prep. Avoiding baked sweets doesn’t mean you need to miss out on your favorite flavors, though. These no-bake Thanksgiving desserts are sure to delight you and your guests.
Ice Creams and Sorbets
Sorbets and ice creams are about as far from baked goods as you can get, and they can be an unexpected but delicious capper for your Thanksgiving meal. Try a fall freeze, a unique frozen dessert with all the flavor of your favorite pumpkin pie. Alternatively, enjoy a harvest-inspired spiced berry sorbet, or entertain adult guests with a boozy strawberry and Grand Marnier sorbet. If you're craving a creamier dessert, use your Vitamix machine to make comforting apple pie ice cream, and amp up the seasonal flavor with a cinnamon-spiced apple syrup topping.
Make Holiday-Inspired Mousse
Pair your rich and hearty holiday meal with a lighter no-bake dessert, like a chocolate orange mousse. This treat requires just three ingredients and takes less than 10 minutes to prepare in your Vitamix machine, so you could easily make it between courses at your Thanksgiving feast. Adapt it to different palates by experimenting with other mix-ins — use a few drops of almond extract in place of the orange peel for a chocolate-covered almond mousse, or add a dash of cinnamon for a spiced cocoa version. If you want a break from regular chocolate, make "candy cane" mousse using white chocolate syrup instead of regular chocolate syrup, and a few drops of peppermint extract instead of orange peel.
No-Bake Tortes and Balls
Going for no-bake desserts doesn't mean you have to abandon traditional flavors. Serve a raw orange chocolate torte as a stand-in for baked pies or tarts.
Or serve your guests healthy but delicious avocado fudge balls. The dark chocolate, avocado and coconut butter make each ball rich and decadent-tasting, even though it's loaded with healthy fats. Customize your fudge balls with fun toppings — try slivered almonds, crushed pistachios or a dash of sea salt — or by adding orange, almond or raspberry flavorings to the avocado filling mixture.
Both of these impressive but simple desserts must be frozen before serving, so you can make them the day before your feast for a stress-free dessert.