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No Bake Chocolate Lasagna {No Cool Whip}

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When life gives you a lasagnera, you make a lasagna! A decadent, layered No Bake Chocolate Lasagna to be exact! This post is sponsored by Lagostina. All opinions are my own.No Bake Chocolate Lasagna | A decadent layered dessert with chocolate graham crackers, creamy custard, chocolate ganache and no Cool Whip or oven needed!

No Bake Chocolate Lasagna

My brother-in-law was in town for the weekend, so I wanted to whip up a fabulous, chocolate dessert. It’s no surprise that my husband’s brother is also a chocoholic. It’s in the genes.

All the dessert lasagna recipes I’ve come across are made with instant pudding and Cool Whip. Even though I’m certain I could inhale one of those semi-homemade versions, Cool Whip does not agree with this aging body. It’s not worth the headache for a few yummy bites, so I had to get creative. Besides the box of chocolate graham crackers, this dreamy, no bake chocolate lasagna is made from scratch.No Bake Chocolate Lasagna | A decadent layered dessert with chocolate graham crackers, creamy custard, chocolate ganache and no Cool Whip or oven needed!

It’s super simple to prepare. Line the bottom of your dish with chocolate graham crackers, top with the whipped cream and homemade custard mixture and repeat, ending with a layer of graham crackers followed by a coating of glossy chocolate ganache.

Don’t worry about getting perfect slices, just scoop out a serving with a spoon and relish every single morsel. This no bake chocolate lasagna was an unmitigated success!! I know you’ll love it, too.

No Bake Chocolate Lasagna from scratch

Lagostina Lasagnera

My inspiration for this exquisite no bake chocolate lasagna was this stunning, Italian-made Lagostina Lasagnera pan. The gorgeous cherry and stainless steel lid makes it a breeze to take your savory or dessert lasagna to a dinner party, picnic or pitch in. With a heavy, durable 18/10 stainless steel construction and ergonomic handles, it’s perfect for baking up all sorts of pasta dishes and casseroles, too.

The bonus lid is so elegant, I can see giving it as a wedding  or holiday gift. It will be one of those family heirlooms that everyone will want. Check out Williams-Sonoma to purchase one for yourself or as a gift.

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Chocolate Lasagna | A cool, decadent layered chocolate extravaganza!

No Bake Chocolate Lasagna

A dreamy layered no-bake dessert!

  • Author: Liz Berg
  • Prep Time: 40 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 24 1x
  • Cuisine: Dessert

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 5 cups whole milk
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, cut into pieces
  • 5 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 packets Whip-It, whipped cream stabilizer, optional
  • 2 3/4 cups heavy cream, divided
  • 1 14.4 ounce box of chocolate graham crackers
  • 6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
  • 5 tablespoons light corn syrup

Instructions

 

Whisk together sugar, cornstarch and salt in a large saucepan.  Slowly whisk in milk, then heat to a boil, whisking, over medium heat.  Lower heat and continue to whisk till mixture thickens and large bubbles appear.  Remove from heat and add butter and vanilla.  Put custard into a large bowl, cover with plastic wrap and cool in fridge for about 2 hours.

After about 2 hours, place one layer of chocolate graham crackers along bottom of your Lagostina Lasagnera (or a 9 x 13-inch baking dish). Use smaller pieces to fill open spaces.

Whip 2 cups of cream with Whip-It until stiff peaks form. Fold about 1/3 of whipped cream into cooled custard.  When well combined, fold the rest of the whipped cream into custard.

Top graham crackers with half of the custard-whipped cream mixture.  Layer with more graham crackers, then top with the rest of the filling.  Place a 3rd layer of graham crackers over filling and refrigerate while making the chocolate topping.

Microwave chocolate, corn syrup and remaining 3/4 cup of cream for about 60 seconds.  Whisk and microwave again till all chocolate is completely melted.  Whisk mixture until smooth and allow to cool about 10 minutes.  Pour over graham crackers, and using offset spatula, smooth to cover top of dessert.  Chill at least 6 hours before serving.

Notes

The Whip-It is a whipped cream stabilizer. It will prevent the whipped cream from getting watery and adds a little more firmness to the filling. It will not make the filling firm enough to make perfect slices, so don’t worry if you don’t have any on hand.

Inspired from a Cook’s Illustrated Eclair Cake recipe.

Chocolate graham crackers are sometimes difficult to locate. I found a store brand and they worked just fine.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 slice
  • Calories: 245kcal
  • Sugar: 22g
  • Sodium: 90mg
  • Fat: 16g
  • Saturated Fat: 10g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 25g
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Protein: 3g
  • Cholesterol: 48mg


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93 comments on “No Bake Chocolate Lasagna {No Cool Whip}”

  1. Wow this sounds ridiculously great!!!

  2. oh now that looks over the top delicious I would love a pan like this!

  3. Definitely something savory and autumnal, maybe with butternut squash or pumpkin sauce, red onion, mushrooms, greens and tons of sage!

  4. This looks heavenly and I know it was well received by everyone. What a great pan to make it in!

  5. This pan calls for grandma’s lasagna! What a beautiful pan!!

  6. this sounds so good! Yum. Love the pan, it is beautiful.

  7. I’m drooling not just over this lasagna, but also over the pan. GORGEOUS on both counts! Although the chocolate lasagna probably tastes better 🙂

  8. I would make spinach artichoke chicken lasagna with this pan!

  9. Love that pan!!! Looks delish!

  10. The pan is mighty special but that “lasagna” is divine. GREG

  11. Cool whip is good but nothing beats home made whipped cream. This chocolate lasagna looks dreamy, Liz! I can see why it was such a big hit. I love the lasagna pan. It’s gorgeous!

  12. Like you, I would link the pancreas. Thanks for sharing so many yummy recipes.

  13. Looks like a delicious and fun dessert.

  14. Oh I’m pinning this one – a must make next time I have a family gathering (before Thanksgiving!) Sometimes I can’t find the chocolate grahams – so I load up when they’re available.

  15. Is there something you’d recommend using in place of corn syrup?

  16. Well yum! My kind of lasagna!

  17. This looks so yummy! I would love to make it in this pan.

  18. I want this pan and I want to make this chocolate lasagna. Come to Momma!

  19. Looks fantastic and I want the pan.

  20. I just put on 5 pounds looking at your photos!!! What an awesome dessert!

  21. Looks divine! The pan is awesome too!

  22. I’d make a beautiful eggplant lasagna in that gorgeous pan

  23. Liz,how much powdered sugar do you use in the cream? I would make this recipe. The grandkids love anything with whipped cream

    • Hi, Kitty,

      I checked my notes and although I was going to add 1/2 cup powdered sugar, I felt the custard was sweet enough without it and ended up not adding any. Thanks for catching that error in my recipe directions! Have fun making this!

  24. I would definitely use this for traditional lasagna but then I would love to try this chocolate lasagna or maybe a pumpkin type lasagna dessert! Yummy! Saw your post on IG so I came over to enter. Love this pan.

  25. This looks amazing, of course!

  26. That looks like a BEAUTIFUL pan! And my family goes crazy for desserts like this. Must. Make. Soon!!

  27. Can’t wait to try this recipe sounds amazing! That lasagna pan is absolutely gorgeous!

  28. I would make oven baked macaroni and cheese, with that golden brown layer of cheese on top.

  29. Beautiful pan. Desert looks good too!

  30. I’d love to use it for a vegan lasagna.

  31. I would make lasagna with spicy cajun sausage and my homemade tomato sauce, with basil and lots of cheese.

  32. I have made the one that has the cool whip in it, my family loves it. But I think that this homemade version would be so much better. Everything is better when it is homemade.

  33. Liz this looks wonderful. Since we all have a sweet tooth in my family I’m sure we’d have no problem polishing this off.

    As for the pan, it is beautiful. I’ve never heard of the company but will definitely check them out when I’m in WS next time.

  34. This is such a neat dessert and what an amazing giveaway!

  35. I would make a savory dish with Italian sausage and mushrooms.

  36. This no bake lasagna looks amazing!

  37. My kind of lasagna! Love this, Liz!

  38. Oh wow, anything, my chicken & stuffing casserole, baked mac & cheese, lasagna… thank you for the chance!

  39. I would make baked spaghetti

  40. Think this would be the perfect pan for my family’s fav mac & cheese.

  41. Such an awesome pan! I want this chocolate lasagna right now!

  42. I love veggie lasagna, so that is the first thing I would make.

  43. Vegetarian lasagna…yum yum 🙂

  44. Its great to see one of these recipes made without pudding and cool whip as we have neither in the UK. Looks lovely as usual Liz.

  45. I would make my homemade mac n cheese, with sweet onions and lots of bacon.

  46. I would make a traditional lasagna recipe!

  47. I would use it for all my baking fun!

  48. What a gorgeous pan! I would make a lasagna!

  49. How does Whip It compare to stabilizing with gelatin? I love the texture of the chocolate! And – weird coincodence – I happen to have chocolate grahams in my cupboard.

    • Jeff, I find that gelatin doesn’t always dissolve perfectly. Whip it is a powder and mixes in nicely. I haven’t compared side to side, but gelatin may make whipped cream a bet firmer.

  50. I soooo love your recipes, Liz. Would love to sit down and enjoy a meal with your family!

  51. baked spaghetti is what id make

  52. I would make a baked mac and cheese in it!

  53. I would of course make our meaty recipe lasagna in this beautiful pan. I’d try your recipe also and maybe try a double batch of brownies in it because the lid would be perfect for keeping them fresh for a couple of days. That’s about as long as they last around here!

  54. I would make a baked ziti in this pan. We love this filling meal and often make it on the weekends.

  55. I would make a Reeces Peanut Butter Chocolate Layer Cake.

  56. I would make jambalaya in this beautiful pan and I am convinced that you can slice anything perfectly.

  57. I would make a 3 cheese meat lasagna.

  58. I would like to make a sausage and spinach lasagna.

  59. That is a gorgeous pan! I would make Eggplant Parm!

  60. I would make a traditional lasagna recipe!

  61. I’d make something savory like eggplant or zucchini lasagna.

  62. I would make lasagna!

  63. I think that I would make Shepard’s Pie.

  64. I would make baked mac and cheese

  65. I would make a delicious sunday church bake casserole in this pan!

  66. I would make spinach artichoke chicken lasagna

  67. Traditional vegetable lasagna would be on my list to make…but maybe baking a large chocolate cake would be good too!

  68. I would make lasagna!

  69. i would make baked mac n cheese.

  70. id make a spinach veggie lasagna

  71. I would make my lasagna from a recipe I adapted to fit what my family loves. This is a great pan, thanks for the giveaway and sharing your yummy recipe.

  72. I would make this awesome chocolate lasagna for my chocolate crazed husband.

  73. Yum! Looks delicious! Mmmmm!!!

  74. My friend makes a cake called a twinkie cake, made with Twinkies and whipped cream and vanilla pudding and cherries. It is so good!

  75. I would use this amazing pan for my Banana Split No Bake Cake!

  76. I love zucchini and chocolate.

  77. What are you doing to us Liz:):):) There’s no way we’ll lose a few pounds and resist the temptation to make this:):):) Definitely a MUST-TRY recipe for everyone. Amazing work.
    xoxoxo

  78. ahhh such a gorgeous dessert lasagna-and I love that it uses actual cream instead of cool whip!

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