Time-Saving Treats (That Still Taste Great!)

Title imageEver find yourself in the mood for a homemade sweet treat, but just don’t have the time or energy to make Granny’s Heirloom Fudge Recipe, or Aunt Marge’s Famous Chocolate Cake? Here are a few made-from-scratch treats you can make with minimal effort.

Microwave Fudge:

This recipe has been my family’s secret weapon for years. Whether you were assigned snack duty for the weekly book club, or just want a quick way to treat family and friends, this recipe is sure to please (without slaving for hours over a hot stove!)

Ingredients:

2 cups chocolate chips (or any flavor you can find, I’ve made this recipe with chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, and butterscotch chips)

1 (14 oz.) can of sweetened condensed milk (to make it even easier buy the kind with the easy-open lids so you don’t have to fight with a can opener)

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Optional: chopped nuts, mini marshmallows, sprinkles, or other mix-ins

Instructions:

1. Line an 8×8 square dish with tinfoil or parchment

2. Pour the chocolate and condensed milk into a large, microwave-safe bowl, microwave on high for 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally. When chocolate is melted, remove and stir until smooth.

3. Add vanilla and any optional mix-ins and stir until well-distributed.

4. Pour into pan and place in fridge for 2 hours until firm.

Some people say that this fudge is a little soft for their liking, I personally like it the way it is, but you are free to add more or less chocolate chips to get the consistency you desire.

There is also another microwave fudge recipe variation which uses frosting. I have yet to try it properly myself (I had one failed attempt involving a shortage of ingredients), but you can try it out here.

Mug Cakes and Cookies:

I discovered these awesome single-serving treats while housesitting, I was craving a sweet treat, but didn’t want to make a mess of the kitchen baking a whole batch of cookies, so I found some mug cake recipes online and made myself a sugar cookie. It was tasty, quick, and made from scratch.

Here are 10 great recipes for different flavors of mug cakes, including the internet’s favorite flavor: Nutella!

This recipe is great if you’re feeling fancy.

Here is a Christmas Cake that look absolutely heavenly.

Here is the sugar cookie recipe that got me started on desserts in a mug (this blog also has two more mug cookie recipes here and here).

These recipes are great for when you come home from work and want to plop down on the couch with a tasty dessert. They come together easily in just a few minutes and taste great!

Banana Ice Cream:

This treat has been making the rounds on Pinterest for quite a while now. It’s amazing how simple it is and how much it tastes like the real thing! (Bonus: in addition to being quick and easy, this is also a great alternative to ice cream if you are vegan, allergic/intolerant to dairy, or just want to eat healthier)

The recipe is simple: slice up ripe bananas (Amount depends on how much ice cream you want), then put them on a plate and freeze them. Once your bananas are frozen, just blend them in a food processor or high-powered blender until smooth and silky. Voila! You now have a smooth, creamy banana ice cream. You can eat it fresh out of the blender for a soft-serve texture, or stick it in the freezer to let it firm up a bit.

You can find some tasty variations on this recipe here.

I hope you found a treat here that hit the spot! Which one was your favorite? Do you have any go-to recipes for when you need a quick snack?

Happy Learning!

-Lizzie

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