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Chocolate Lasagna (No-Bake Dessert)

A classic recipe for Chocolate Lasagna. This easy, no-bake dessert is layered with crushed Oreos, cream, and chocolate pudding.

If you loved our popular Strawberry Pretzel Salad, you are in for a treat with this Chocolate Lasagna Recipe.

A slice of layered chocolate lasagna topped with crushed oreos and chocolate shavings on a white plate.

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Hey, hey, Valentina with Valentina’s Corner sharing our favorite no-bake chocolate lasagna recipe.

What is Chocolate Lasagna?

This dessert was made popular by Olive Garden’s Chocolate Lasagna. If you like chocolate cake but don’t like to bake, you have found yourself a new favorite dessert recipe. The dessert comes together so quickly. The crunchy Oreo crust with a cheesecake layer and chocolate pudding makes for a phenomenal combination of flavors.

We love make-ahead crowd-pleasing desserts like Panna Cotta and Baklava. This chocolate pudding layer dessert is a winner for parties and potlucks and loved by kids and adults alike.

A slice of chocolate lasagna on a plate with the dessert in the spoon.

How to Make Chocolate Lasagna:

  • Oreo crust- Using a food processor (or a ziploc bag with rolling pin), crush Oreos (with their cream) then combine with the melted butter and press into a 9”x13” baking dish. Refrigerate while you prepare the cheesecake layer.
  • Cheesecake layer- In a bowl, beat together the cream cheese with vanilla and powdered sugar. Fold in the cool whip. Carefully spread over the Oreo crust. Refrigerate as you prepare the chocolate layer.
  • Chocolate pudding layer- Beat the cold milk with instant chocolate pudding until it thickens. Carefully spread over the cheesecake layer. Refrigerate until it sets.
  • Cool whip layer- Spread the Cool Whip over the chocolate layer and top with reserved crushed Oreos or your favorite topping. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight and enjoy.
Step-by-step collage on how to make homemade chocolate lasagna.

TIPS for the BEST Chocolate Lasagna

  • Spread Evenly – It is easier to spread the layers if you add cream and pudding throughout the dish and not in one area.
  • Use original Oreos and not the double cream.
  • Chill Before Serving: Don’t take out the dish too early when serving. We recommend taking it our right before serving.
  • To cut clean pieces: run your knife under warm water and when slicing, continually wipe the knife clean.

Can I substitute the cool whip?

We have found that cool whip will keep longer and hold up better with refrigeration, but it can be substituted with an equal amount of whipped cream sweetened with sugar.

To replace 8 oz of cool whip: beat 1 ½ cups of heavy whipping cream on medium/high speed until soft peaks form then add 3 Tbsp of powdered sugar and continue beating until meadium/stiff peaks form. This will make 3 cups of whipped cream.

Chocolate lasagna in a glass casserole dish topped with crushed oreos.

More Topping Ideas:

You can be adventurous (by adding bacon bits) or more classic toppings once the layers are in place. Here are some options:

  • Chocolate mints, broken in pieces
  • Mini chocolate chips
  • Reese’s Pieces
  • Chocolate ganache
  • Chocolate shavings
  • Crushed Oreos
  • Melted chocolate, drizzled
  • Dusted with cocoa
  • Marshmallows

Can I Freeze Chocolate Lasagna?

Yes, this dessert is great to freeze, covered. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight before serving. You can serve it partially frozen and it will be a little like ice cream cake. Freezing works best when using cool whip without substitutions.

A slice of chocolate lasagna cake on a white plate topped with chocolate shavings.

More NO-BAKE desserts:

If you enjoyed this chocolate lasagna, you will love these crowd-pleasing desserts which are perfect for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Fourth of July, birthday parties or any occasion. They are easy and can be made-ahead.

Chocolate Lasagna Recipe (No-Bake Dessert)

4.8 from 5 votes
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Chilling Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours
Chocolate Lasagna Slice served on a plate

This Classic Chocolate Lasagna Recipe is DELICIOUS. An easy, no-bake dessert with an oreo crust, rich cheesecake layer, and chocolate pudding.

Author: Valentina Ablaev
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $10-$14
Keyword: chocolate lasagna, chocolate pudding cake
Cuisine: American
Course: Dessert
Calories: 362 kcal
Servings: 16 people

Ingredients

Crust Layer:

  • 14.3 oz pack of Oreos
  • 6 Tbsp unsalted butter melted

Cheesecake Layer:

Chocolate Pudding Layer:

  • 7.8 oz instant chocolate pudding (two 3.9oz packages)
  • 3 1/4 cup cold whole milk

Top Layer:

  • 8 oz cool whip refrigerated (whipped topping)

Instructions

Prepare Oreo crust:

  1. In a food processor or blender, crush the whole pack of oreos until fine. Set aside about 3 Tbsp of crushed oreos for the topping. Transfer to a bowl and combine with melted butter.

  2. In a 9”x13” baking dish, press the Oreo mixture into the bottom of the pan with a spatula to create a crust. Refrigerate while preparing the cheesecake layer.

Prepare cheesecake layer:

  1. In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese with vanilla and powdered sugar. Fold in the Cool Whip. Evenly and carefully spread the crust. Refrigerate while preparing the pudding layer.

Prepare chocolate pudding layer:

  1. In a bowl, beat together the pudding mix and milk until the pudding thickens.
  2. Spread the chocolate pudding evenly over the cheesecake layer. Refrigerate until pudding sets.

Top layer:

  1. Top with a cool whip as the final layer and sprinkle with reserved crushed Oreos then cover and chill at least 2 hours and keep chilled until ready to serve.

Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Lasagna Recipe (No-Bake Dessert)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 362 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 10g63%
Cholesterol 44mg15%
Sodium 424mg18%
Potassium 210mg6%
Carbohydrates 42g14%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 29g32%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 546IU11%
Calcium 114mg11%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Valentina Ablaev

I am Valentina, the creator behind the food blog Valentina’s Corner where I share our family’s favorite recipes. When I am not in the kitchen, I enjoy spending quality time with my husband and 5 children. We invite you to join us on our blogging journey!

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  • Kim Evans
    December 2, 2020

    How long can I keep this in the freezer? I made the full recipe but split it into two separate dishes, one for now and one for Christmas. Would this hold up well for that long?

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      December 2, 2020

      Hi Kim. Yes, this dessert is great to freeze, covered. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight before serving. You can serve it partially frozen and it will be a little like ice cream cake. Freezing works best when using cool whip without substitutions. I haven’t tried freezing it for a long time to advise, usually just a couple of days.

      Reply

  • Zina P
    November 28, 2020

    Something different for our Thanksgiving table, I was skeptical about how this would taste. Let me tell you, it was such a hit and plates licked clean! Thanks Valentina! I made this ahead and froze it for several days along with your pumpkin pie after both were completely ready to serve. They both freeze beautifully and defrosted tasted like just made. Thanks for hosting Valentina and finding this awesome treat.

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 28, 2020

      That’s just awesome! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review!

      Reply

  • Lily
    November 21, 2020

    Hi Natasha! I am such a fan of your recipes!! I am about to try this recipe. Have a question! I am hosting a group tomorrow and planning to serve this. I bought store-bout packages of jello. But the direction on the package calls for 2cups for 1.4oz. Should I ignore it and follow your recipe instead?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 21, 2020

      Hi Lily, please ignore the package instructions and use the recipe steps with the milk. I hope you love this recipe!

      Reply

  • Martha
    November 14, 2020

    How much cool do you need for lasagna dessert seeing that you have to put on top also.f

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    • Natasha
      November 16, 2020

      Hi Martha, in total, you need two 8 oz containers. We have that listed in the recipe card under the cheesecake layer and the top layer. I hope you love the chocolate lasagna!

      Reply

  • Susan
    November 14, 2020

    I’ve been making a similar dessert for over 40 years, I got it out of the newspaper Food Section that came every Wednesday. The recipe was called Watergate Cake. It had a baked, butter, flour, pecan crust and a layer of both vanilla pudding and chocolate pudding. I usually make it now with only chocolate pudding and a graham cracker crust because I always have those on hand but also love the Oreo crust as well. Seeing this I might just make this recipe for Thanksgiving. I saw Oreos yesterday at the store with a coconut caramel filling, thinking that would make a fantastic crust for this dessert. Thanks for inspiring my imitation.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 14, 2020

      Thank you so much for sharing that with me, Susan! I hope you try and love our recipe!

      Reply

  • Galya
    November 13, 2020

    You got me at chocolate lasagna 😍 saw this on your IG as I was thinking of what to make for a group potluck next week. Can you tell me where you get instant chocolate pudding? I’ve never heard of it before. Is it sold in a regular store like Safeway or Fred Meyer? Thank you so much for the recipe!

    Reply

    • November 13, 2020

      It is sold in all stores in the cake isle by the jello mix. I hope you love the recipe, Galya.

      Reply

  • Deb
    November 13, 2020

    My mom has been making this for 20 years. We call it Girdle buster. We use different cookies for the crust depending on what’s on sale and use one chocolate and vanilla pudding but its a family favorite.

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 13, 2020

      Nice, thanks for sharing that with us, Deb! I hope you will love our version too.

      Reply

  • Karen
    November 12, 2020

    I know it’s delicious because I make a similar one layering cut up chunks of chocolate cake in between the layers ending in whipped cream or topping. I will try yours though.

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 12, 2020

      Sounds awesome! I hope you love this recipe, please share with us how it goes if you try this.

      Reply

  • Craig Hoffman
    November 11, 2020

    Can I use whipped cream instead ?

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 12, 2020

      Hello Craig, it can be substituted with an equal amount of whipped cream sweetened with sugar.

      Reply

  • Enza Antonucci
    November 11, 2020

    Do you know if this dessert s considered gluten free? Looking for some desserts for my daughter for Thanksgiving.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 12, 2020

      Hello Enza, I have not tried making a gluten-free version of this recipe. I have a gluten-free Almond Cake recipe, you can try this.

      Reply

  • Dave McBroom
    November 11, 2020

    Chocolate lasagna!?…..
    There are no words.

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 11, 2020

      Yep, absolutely yummy!

      Reply

  • Hariny
    November 11, 2020

    Hi! I am a really big fan of your work! Your smile and attitude make my day! I really wish that you would reply back, again I’ve been watching all of your videos!! Hope you and your family have a good day!

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 11, 2020

      Hello Hariny, thank you so much for your good comments and for your support. I hope that you will love all the recipes that you will try on my website!

      Reply

  • Erin Hernandez
    November 11, 2020

    Probably a silly question but when you buy cool whip its in the freezer. But your recipe says to refrigerate it. Will it begin to melt in the refrigerator. How long should it be in there. Thank you

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 11, 2020

      Hi Erin, that’s right! We keep it in the freezer also until the day we use it. Anywhere from 1- 4 hours usually works. It softens it up just enough.

      Reply

      • Marion
        November 13, 2020

        Unfortunately cool whip is full of chemicals.

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        • Natasha
          November 13, 2020

          Hi Marion, please see the section above where I discuss a substitution.

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        • Zina P
          November 28, 2020

          Yes, it’s full of chemicals…unfortunately, we are inundated with chemicals all around us. However, even my daughter, who is so health conscious, concedes during the holidays and allows herself to savor a little “sin” during the holidays and goes back to cleansing her gut afterward with good, nutritious organic fare. Why not….Life is too short to worry.

          Reply

      • Roz
        November 13, 2020

        i called the company that makes Cool Whip years ago and asked if it could be defrosted and then frozen again for make ahead desserts and I was told that it can be defrosted and frozen 5 times. You might want to call them too because it is good information to have and to share.

        Reply

        • Natashas Kitchen
          November 13, 2020

          Thank you so much for sharing that with me Roz!

          Reply

  • Fai
    November 11, 2020

    yay! i’m the first to comment here. I love all your recipes Ms. Natasha. God bless 🙂

    Reply

  • Malak
    November 11, 2020

    Can you give a hint for your next video because I can’t wait

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 11, 2020

      You’ll know very soon don’t worry! Lol, but I totally understand the excitement.

      Reply

  • Kaitlyn M.
    November 10, 2020

    I can’t wait to make this! The name is so creative. I really love no-bake desserts because my oven is unpredictable.

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 11, 2020

      This one is definitely so delicious. I hope you can try this recipe soon!

      Reply

  • Lily
    November 10, 2020

    This was amazing; I love easy and delicious desserts like this! Thank you for such an awesome recipe, it’s perfect for large groups!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 10, 2020

      You’re most welcome, Lily. I’m happy that you loved this recipe!

      Reply

  • katerina @ diethood.com
    November 10, 2020

    YUM!! Such a fantastic dessert! It looks amazing!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 10, 2020

      Glad you loved this recipe!

      Reply

  • Allyson Zea
    November 10, 2020

    Wow! I can’t wait to make this for my family! I know everyone’s gonna love it!

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 10, 2020

      I’m sure they will! Please let us know how it goes.

      Reply

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