Summer may be the season when you least feel like turning on your oven, but a baking addiction is year round. If you’re craving something sweet but don’t relish the thought of cranking up the heat in your kitchen, the slow cooker can be your best friend. There are a number of desserts that can be made within the space of its tightly sealed crock. Here are seven slow cooker dessert recipes that are especially suited for summer.
1. Slow Cooker Peach Crumble
The peach might just be the king of summer fruits. By incorporating them into this slow cooker crumble, all their sweetest, most succulent flavors and juices really shine. Get our Slow Cooker Peach Crumble recipe.
2. Slow Cooker Mango Tapioca Pudding
Coconut and mango bring a little taste of the tropics, while this tapioca pudding keeps things satisfying and creamy. Get our Slow Cooker Mango Tapioca Pudding recipe.
3. Slow Cooker Blueberry Butter
Low heat helps blueberries exude all their jammiest juices here, for a spreadable summer fruit that’s delicious on toast, cake, and more. Get our Slow Cooker Blueberry Butter recipe.
4. Slow Cooker Banana Upside Down Cake
By cooking this moist, dense cake with bananas in the slow cooker, the fruit gets caramelized and sweet in the most wonderful way. Get the recipe here.
5. Crustless Lemon Strawberry Slow Cooker Cheesecake
Cheesecake baked in the oven can set unevenly if you don’t do it right. But doled out into ramekins and slow cooked in a water bath, they come out perfect each time. Get the recipe here.
6. Slow Cooker Coconut Rice Pudding
Simmered in coconut milk, this rice pudding is incredibly tender and creamy, with just a dash of spice and sweet. Get the recipe here.
7. Slow-Cooker Summer Berry Grunt
Matching stewed berries with steamed dumplings, this is the sort of oozy, gooey dessert that tastes best warm, even in the summertime. Get the recipe here.
Miki Kawasaki is a New York City–based food writer and graduate of Boston University's program in Gastronomy. Few things excite her more than a well-crafted sandwich or expertly spiced curry. If you ever run into her at a dinner party, make sure to hit her up for a few pieces of oddball culinary trivia.