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Save Time, Energy, and Money With These Easy No-Bake Recipes

Do you enjoy baking delicious pastries and desserts, but dislike paying high energy bills? Ovens can bring both warmth and joy to every household, however, they can also result in high energy consumption. Learn more about lowering your energy bills, meanwhile discovering some delicious, easy no-bake recipes.

Types of Ovens and Their Energy Consumption

Depending on the type of oven you have, energy consumption can vary. Generally, there are two types of ovens: gas and electric. Gas ovens create heat by sending gas to a burner in the oven chamber. Meanwhile, electric ovens create heat by sending electricity through a wire inside a heating element.

This chart assumes the cost of gas is 60 cents a therm, and electricity is 8 cents a kWh (find the lowest rate in your area):

Energy Cost Comparison Between Gas and Electric Ovens by BestBuy
Appliance Temperature Time Energy Cost
Electric Oven 350°F 1 hour 2.0 kWh $0.16
Gas Oven 350°F 1 hour .112 therm $0.07

Using your gas oven costs less than the electric oven. However, this is also depends on how much you are paying per kWh or per therm. Here is a way to make delicious desserts using no energy at all! This is your zero-cost option.

No-Bake Dessert Recipes, No Energy Consumption

Chocolate Dipped Marshmallows


Total preparation time: 40 minutes

Serves: 9-16

What you need:

  • 20 marshmallows
  • 50g of dark chocolate
  • ¼ cup of sprinkles

How to make it:

  1. Place chocolate in a heatproof bowl under boiling water and melt it carefully
  2. Take one marshmallow and dip the top half onto the chocolate 
  3. Leave the marshmallow with chocolate side up on a tray
  4. After 2 minutes, dip the chocolate side of the marshmallow onto the sprinkles
  5. Repeat this process with all the marshmallows
  6. Put them on the side to dry before serving

Key Lime Pie


Total preparation time: 4 hours (in fridge) 10 minutes

Serves: 6

What you need:

  • (1) 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • (1) 6-ounce can frozen limeade concentrate (not thawed)
  • (1) cup heavy cream
  • 16-ounce graham cracker piecrust
  • zest of 1 lime

How to make it:

  1. With an electric mixer, combine the condensed milk, limeade concentrate, and heavy cream. You must get a fluffy consistency.
  2. Now place the filling into a pie crust and smooth the top. Place it in the fridge and let it set, for 4 hours minimum.
  3. Sprinkle the zest over the pie before serving

Coconut Snowballs


Total preparation time: 10 minutes

Serves: 30

What you need:

  • (1) gallon French vanilla ice cream
  • (2) 14-ounce packages shredded coconut

How to make it:

  1. Using a small 1 ½ inch scoop, make ice cream balls, and roll each ball onto the coconut shavings
  2. Put the balls in foil paper on a tray and then cover them with more foil on the top before placing them in the freezer

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