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No Bake Chocolate Lasagna {No Cool Whip}

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This No Bake Chocolate Lasagna is rich, creamy and absolutely irresistible. And perfect for those days you don’t want to turn on the oven!!

When life gives you a lasagnera, you make a lasagna! A decadent, layered No Bake Chocolate Lasagna to be exact!

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!

How to Make a No Bake Chocolate Lasagna

It’s super simple to prepare this No Bake Chocolate Lasagna. 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. 

As always, a berry or two and a sprig of mint can jazz up any dessert!

Chill at least 6 hours or overnight to allow the graham crackers to soften.

This no bake chocolate lasagna was an unmitigated success!! I know you’ll love it, too.

No Bake Chocolate Lasagna from scratch

Make Your No Bake Dessert Recipe in a 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.

Scroll down to see how you could win a Lagostina Lasagnera of your very own! Make sure to answer the Rafflecopter question in the comments to enter. Giveaway is now CLOSED.

No Bake Chocolate Lasagna slice on a white plate with a mint and a fresh raspberry

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Yield: 24

No Bake Chocolate Lasagna

No Bake Chocolate Lasagna

A dreamy layered no-bake dessert!

Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes

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 Information:

Serving Size:

1 slice

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 245 Total Fat: 16g Saturated Fat: 10g Trans Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 48mg Sodium: 90mg Carbohydrates: 25g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 22g Protein: 3g
 

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

  1. 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.

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

  3. baked spaghetti is what id make

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

  5. 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!

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

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

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

  9. I would make a 3 cheese meat lasagna.

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

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

  12. I would make a traditional lasagna recipe!

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

  14. I would make lasagna!

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

  16. I would make baked mac and cheese

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

  18. I would make spinach artichoke chicken lasagna

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

  20. I would make lasagna!

  21. i would make baked mac n cheese.

  22. id make a spinach veggie lasagna

  23. 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.

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

  25. Yum! Looks delicious! Mmmmm!!!

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

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

  28. I love zucchini and chocolate.

  29. 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

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

  31. Hi Liz,
    I am a  bona fide maple addict. Can you recommend an icebox cake recipe that uses maple flavoring or maple syrup?

    Thank you! 

  32. This is so good and loved that it was no bake!

  33. I was thrilled with how easy this was! It tasted so creamy and so good too, I will be making this again!

  34. Everyone at my house was really impressed! It was a huge hit!

  35. WOW! This taste to good! We love to make no bake treats and this is one of them!

  36. This was so easy to make! Everyone raved over it!!

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