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Best No-Bake Chocolate Lasagna Recipe

No-Bake Chocolate Lasagna – The easiest and the BEST recipe for classic Chocolate Lasagna, made with layers of pudding, cream cheese fluff, and an Oreo crust. It’s a totally sweet no-bake dessert treat everyone will love!

chocolate lasagna

What is Chocolate Lasagna?

Hands up if you remember eating Chocolate Lasagna as a kid. You can probably still taste each of the cold and creamy, sweet and chocolatey layers right now, amirite?

This classic Chocolate Lasagna recipe is an oldie, but a goodie. We always had it at church potlucks when I was a little girl, and I’ve loved making it for my family since my children were young.

If you’ve never tried this quick and easy treat before, be prepared to be amazed. One bite of this no-bake dessert and you are going to have to stop yourself from eating the entire pan. Seriously, it’s that good.

And in case you are still wondering, no. There are no lasagna noodles involved in this recipe…

overhead view of layered pudding cake with mini chips

Although the name includes “lasagna,” this is only in reference to the way the dessert is made of multiple layers and prepared in a large pan. That’s about as lasagna-y as this recipe gets.

Instead, you will find 4 dreamy layers of goodness that are incredibly easy to make, including a no-bake Oreo crust, chocolate pudding, cream cheese fluff, and whipped topping.  It’s very simple in flavor, but decidedly addictive!

slice of no-bake chocolate lasagna pudding cake with bite taken

Ingredients You Need

There are 4 delicious and distinct layers to this Chocolate Lasagna recipe. Here’s everything you need to make each sweet and yummy layer:

For the Oreo layer:

  • Oreo cookies
  • Melted butter

To make the Cream Cheese layer:

  • Cream cheese
  • Granulated sugar
  • Chocolate pudding cake
  • Cool whip (1/2 a container)

For the Chocolate Pudding layer:

  • Instant chocolate pudding
  • Milk
  • Instant coffee granules (to intensify the chocolate flavor)

Lastly, to prepare the Whipped Topping layer:

  • Cool whip (the remaining 1/2 of the container)
  • Mini chocolate chips or other toppings
Oreos in a food processor

How to Make the BEST Chocolate Lasagna Recipe

Step #1 – Make the No-Bake Oreo Crust

Set out a large food processor. Place the Oreo cookies in the bowl. Cover and pulse into fine crumbs. Then add in the melted butter and pulse to coat.

If you don’t have a food processor you can place the cookies in a zip bag and smash them with a rolling pin. It takes a bit more effort but is equally effective!

adding butter to the crushed oreos in a food processor

Pour the Oreo crumbs in a 9 X 13 inch baking dish. Press into an even layer, and chill while you prep the remaining layers.

Pro Tip: Using a piece of parchment (or wax) paper to cover the crumbled cookie and butter mixture will help you get the evenest layer and keeps your hands clean.

pushing on the Oreo crust to make an even layer

Step #2 – Make the Cream Cheese Layer

Next, rinse out the food processor bowl. Add in the cream cheese, sugar, and milk. Puree until smooth.

Then remove the blade and scoop HALF (8 ounces) of the Cool Whip into the cream cheese mixture. Fold with a spatula until smooth. You want to reserve the remaining half to top the Chocolate Lasagna.

cream cheese fluff mixture

Scoop the mixture into the baking dish and spread evenly over the crust. Put back in the fridge.

spreading the cream cheese fluff layer over the Oreo crust

Step #3 – Make the Chocolate Pudding

Again, rinse out the food processor bowl. Add in the chocolate pudding powder, milk, and instant coffee.

making the pudding layer

Cover and puree until smooth. Scoop the pudding into the baking dish and spread out evenly.

spreading the pudding layer on top of the fluff layer

Step #4 – Add the Final Layer to the Chocolate Lasagna

Now spread the remaining 8 ounces of Cool Whip over the chocolate pudding.

spreading on the final layer of cool whip onto the chocolate lasagna

Then sprinkle the top of the Chocolate Lasagna with mini chocolate chips. 

Get the Complete (Printable) Chocolate Lasagna Recipe + VIDEO Below. Enjoy!

chocolate lasagna with mini chocolate chips

Step #5 – Chill and Serve

Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours. For best cutting results, freeze for 2-3 hours.

When ready to enjoy, remove from the fridge or freezer, slice, and plate. But I recommend you let the frozen plated pieces sit at room temperature for 10-15 minutes before serving for the best texture.

no bake chocolate lasagna slice

Chocolate Lasagna Recipe Variations

There are a number of ways you can add a fun twist to this classic no-bake dessert recipe!

Feel free to add a splash of your favorite extract: Mint, rum, coconut, vanilla, or raspberry are just a few fun flavored extracts that taste fabulous mixed in with the chocolate pudding layer.

We love sprinkling on mini chocolate chips over the final layer, but there are lots of other tasty goodies you can use. Try topping Chocolate Lasagna with:

  • Chocolate shavings for an extra fancy dessert
  • Cocoa powderfor a tiramisu effect
  • Chopped almondsor other nuts you like
  • Shredded coconutparticularly good if you are including coconut or rum extract
  • Crushed Oreo cookiesif you just can’t get enough crumbled cookie yumminess
  • Chocolate sprinkleskids love this version!
no bake layered pudding cake slice

Make Ahead and Storage Suggestions

Chocolate Lasagna is a great make-ahead no-bake dessert recipe!

It can be made 4-5 days before serving and kept in the refrigerator, or kept in the freezer for up to 3 months. Cover the pan with one or two layers of plastic cling wrap. To freeze for more than a day, I suggest that you also wrap the pan in a layer of aluminum foil.

If the lasagna has been frozen for more than a few hours, let it sit on the counter for a several minutes before slicing and serving.

piece of chocolate lasagna cake with fork

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The Best No-Bake Chocolate Lasagna Recipe + VIDEO

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Chill Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
The BEST classic Chocolate Lasagna recipe, made with layers of pudding, cream cheese fluff, and an Oreo crust for an easy and delicious no-bake dessert!
Servings: 12 servings

Ingredients

Oreo Layer –

  • 40 Oreo cookies
  • 7 tablespoons melted butter

Cream Cheese Layer –

Chocolate Pudding Layer –

Whipped Topping Layer –

Instructions

  • Oreo Crust: Set out a large food processor. Place the Oreo cookies in a bowl. Cover and pulse into fine crumbs. Then add in the melted butter and pulse to coat. *If you don’t have a food processor you can place the cookies in a zip bag and smash them with a rolling pin. Then use a mixer for the other steps.
  • Pour the Oreo crumbs in a 9 X 13 inch baking dish. Press into an even layer and chill.
  • Cream Cheese Layer: Next, rinse out the food processor bowl. Add in the cream cheese, sugar, and milk. Puree until smooth. Then remove the blade and scoop HALF (8 ounces) of the Cool Whip into the cream cheese. Fold with a spatula until smooth. Scoop the mixture into the baking dish and spread evenly over the crust. Chill.
  • For the Chocolate Pudding Layer: Rinse out the food processor bowl again. Add in the chocolate pudding powder, milk, and instant coffee. Cover and puree until smooth. Scoop into the baking dish and spread out evenly.
  • Toppings: Spread the remaining 8 ounces of Cool Whip over the chocolate pudding. Then sprinkle the top with mini chocolate chips or chocolate shavings.
  • Cover and place in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours. For best cutting results, freeze for 2-3 hours, then cut and serve. Allow the frozen plated pieces to sit at room temperature for 10-15 minutes before serving.

Video

Notes

This is a great make-ahead dessert and can be made 4-5 days before serving, or kept in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Nutrition

Serving: 1pc, Calories: 533kcal, Carbohydrates: 72g, Protein: 8g, Fat: 25g, Saturated Fat: 13g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 7g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 42mg, Sodium: 657mg, Potassium: 302mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 51g, Vitamin A: 504IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 165mg, Iron: 4mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Author: Sommer Collier

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6 comments on “Best No-Bake Chocolate Lasagna Recipe”

  1. This recipe has ALL the good things in it! And you’re right- so easy to make! My whole family loves it!

  2. Question? Can you subsitute fresh whipping cream for cool whip? Do not like all the preservatives/chemicals that are in cool whip?
    Thanks
    Jeanne

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  4. This was incredible!! I love that it’s no bake!

  5. holy cow! this has become a favorite with me and my friends and I have been tasked to make it for any and every occasion!