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10 Delicious Desserts You Can Make In 5 Minutes

10 Delicious Desserts You Can Make In 5 Minutes

Do you love desserts, but hate to cook? We have compiled a list of 10 tasty desserts that you can make in under five minutes – yes, you read that correctly! Check them out here.

1. 5 Minute Microwave Brownie

brownie

    This luxurious five minute brownie is the perfect chocolatey dessert. Since it takes less than a minute to prepare and less than a minute to cook, we think 5 minutes is actually too long!

    Ingredients

    2 tablespoons of butter
    2 tablespoons of sugar
    1 firmly packed tablespoon of light brown sugar
    ¼ teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
    Pinch of kosher salt
    1 egg yolk
    4 tablespoons of flour
    1 tablespoon of Hershey’s unsweetened cocoa powder
    2 heaping tablespoons of semi sweet chocolate chunks

    2. 5 Minute Caramelized Pecans

    pecans

      This tasty pecan dessert makes your home taste like Christmas. It is also a more healthy option than some of the others on this list. Delicious!

      Ingredients

      1 cup nuts

      ¼ cup sugar

      1 tablespoon butter

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      1/4 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)

      3. Berry Cobbler

      berry

        If you prefer a fruity dessert to a chocolate one, this super speedy berry cobbler is the perfect option for you. Simply put it in the microwave to cook.

        Ingredients

        3/4 cup strawberries
        1/4 cup powdered sugar
        1/3 cup flour
        1 tbs white sugar
        1/2 tsp baking powder
        1 tbs butter
        2 tbs milk

        4. Vegan Walnut Expresso Brownies

        vegan

          This delicious vegan dessert is perfect for anyone who likes a more adult taste. Seasoned with a little salt, these brownies are soft and moreish.

          Ingredients

          1.5 cups raw walnuts, divided
          1 cup raw unsalted almonds, roughly chopped
          2 – 2 1/2 cups Medjool or Deglet Nour dates, pitted
          3/4 cup cocoa powder (or raw cacao if you have it)
          1-2 tsp espresso powder or finely ground coffee (depending on preference)
          pinch sea salt

          5. Cookie Waffle

          cookiewaffle

            This totally delicious dessert takes less than five minutes to cook. It only has three ingredients, so it is perfect for you if you don’t want to make too much of an effort. Plus, it tastes amazing!

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            Ingredients

            Cookie Dough

            Chocolate Sauce

            Icecream

            6. S’mores Cups

            smores

              This S’mores recipe is fast and perfect for camp-outs and cold evenings. They taste perfect too. They’re so light and fluffy!

              Ingredients

              1 3/4 cups of graham crackers
              1 cup of chocolate chips (I used semi sweet)
              3 marshmallows for each cup (you could also use the mini ones)
              1 stick of butter

              7. Cowboy Bark

               
              Cowboybark

                This tasty dessert tastes as good as the picture looks — and that’s saying something! Crunchy and sweet, this dessert is perfect for after meals. It’s also really handy to take out with you as a snack.

                Ingredients

                16 ounces dark chocolate
                about 1 1/2 cups mini pretzels
                8 chocolate-stuffed Oreos, roughly chopped
                1/3 cup toffee bits
                1/3 cup coarsely chopped peanuts
                1/3 cup coarsely chopped almonds
                sea salt for sprinkling, to taste

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                8. Oreo Popcorn

                oreopopcorn

                  Oreo popcorn that is ready in five minutes. Yes! Our dreams have come true! This dessert is a perfect sweet snack. Make sure you have a food processor though.

                  Ingredients

                  12 Oreo cookies
                  11 oz white chocolate chips
                  5 cup popped popcorn

                  9. Mint Chocolate Dessert Dip

                  mintchoc

                    This speedy dessert is ideal for any ice cream lovers. You can use whatever you want to dip. We recommend biscuits or ice cream crackers! Minty and fresh, this dessert is easy to make even if you’re a beginner.

                    Ingredients

                    ½ cup unsalted butter (1 stick)

                    ¼ cup light brown sugar

                    packed ¼ cup granulated sugar

                    2 teaspoons pure mint extract ½ teaspoon

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                    pure vanilla extract

                    ¼ teaspoon salt

                    1 cup flour

                    3 tablespoons half and half

                    8-12 drops green food coloring

                    1 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

                    10. Cinnamon Roll Mug Cake

                    cinna

                      This tasty cinnamon mug cake is moist and light, and tastes like it was cooked in an oven. You’d never know the difference! It is beautiful to look at too, so it is is the perfect quick dessert for a dinner party if you want to impress your guests.

                      Ingredients

                      2 Tbsp applesauce
                      1 Tbsp vegetable oil
                      1 Tbsp buttermilk
                      1/4 tsp vanilla extract
                      1/4 cup + 1 Tbsp all-purpose flour
                      2 1/2 Tbsp packed light-brown sugar
                      3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
                      1 dash ground nutmeg (optional)
                      1/4 tsp baking powder
                      1/8 tsp (scant) salt
                      1 Recipe Cream Cheese Icing, recipe follows
                      1 Tbsp Cream Cheese or Neufchatel Cheese, softened
                      2 Tbsp powdered sugar
                      1 tsp milk

                      What do you think of these desserts? Send this list to your sweet-toothed friends and see what they think!

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                      Last Updated on October 5, 2020

                      Intermittent Fasting Weight Loss (The Ultimate Weight Loss Hack)

                      Intermittent Fasting Weight Loss (The Ultimate Weight Loss Hack)

                      Intermittent fasting weight loss is a type of diet that’s rapidly growing in popularity and becoming the way to lose weight. Scientists and nutrition experts like it, too. New books and articles on the topic are being published daily. Intermittent fasting is also popular with followers of the Paleo diet since our ancestors appear to have eaten this way for thousands of years.

                      I’ve been following this type of diet myself for 2 years. Doing so helped me lose and keep off 70 pounds without ever having to count calories, limit carbohydrates, or eat 6 to 7 meals a day.

                      This article teaches you all about intermittent fasting weight loss and details why it is one of the best weight loss diet hacks around. Once you finish, you will be able to implement into your diet and experience the benefits it offers almost immediately.

                      What Is Intermittent Fasting?

                      As you may have figured from its name, intermittent fasting weight loss is a diet plan where you set fasting periods during the day. This is usually between 16-20 consecutive hours, but it can be as little as 12 hours or as much as 24 hours (or even 36 hours).

                      While fasting you can eat and drink low calorie or calorie-free foods. Think coffee, tea, water, and vegetables.

                      The more time you spend fasting every day, the better your results. You can do these fasts as often as you like. Again, the more often you do so, the better[1].

                      Getting Started With Intermittent Fasting

                      Following this diet plan is super simple. All you have to do is choose a period of time during the day that you will fast. This should be between 16-20 hours.

                      The longer you fast each day, the better. Don’t worry about calorie restriction or measuring carbohydrates. Just focus on going about your day until it’s time to eat.

                      It’s best to choose a set period of time to conduct your fast. I like to fast from 8 PM to 4 PM the following afternoon. I’ll then have my first meal of the day and a snack or two a few hours later. Once 8 o’clock rolls around, it’s back to fasting.

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                      My experience with intermittent fasting is that it’s best to start with a 16 hour fast (i.e. 8PM one evening to 12PM the next day) for the first 1-2 weeks. Once you are comfortable with this schedule, you can increase the amount of time you spend fasting. Do this by adding 30 minutes to each fast until you get to where you are fasting for 20 hours at a time.

                      You don’t have to fast every day in the beginning either. You may be more comfortable breaking in slowly with 2 or 3 days per week, or trying alternate day fasting. Add additional days of intermittent fasting as you become more comfortable with this style of eating.

                      Tips To Make Intermittent Fasting Easier

                      1. Drink Plenty of Water

                      Squeeze a little lemon or lime juice into your water to help get rid of any cravings you experience. You can also drink coffee, tea, or other calorie-free beverages. After a few weeks, you will find that intermittent fasting keeps you from craving sugar entirely.

                      2. Take in Caffeine in the Morning and Early Afternoon

                      The caffeine in coffee and tea may actually make intermittent fasting weight loss a little easier since it’s good for curbing your appetite. Be careful not to overindulge as this may lead to you feeling a little too wired. I also recommend these natural energy boosting tips to keep you going during the day.

                      3. Avoid Artificially Flavored Drinks

                      One type of calorie-free drink that should be avoided are diet sodas and other beverages that use artificial sweeteners like Splenda and Sweet & Low. Studies show that the can actually stimulate your appetite[2] like a drink that contains sugar and cause you to overeat.

                      4. Don’t Gorge at Your First Meal

                      The first meal after your fast should be the amount of food you typically eat. Binging will only make you feel awful and diminish the benefits you get from the fast.

                      To avoid this, try creating meal plans, at least for the first few weeks. This will help you get into the rhythm of eating regularly portioned meals during your eating window.

                      5. Minimize Processed Carbohydrates and Sugars

                      While intermittent fasting does make it possible to eat a little looser than normal, you should still eat as little bread, pasta, rice, etc. as possible.

                      Focus instead on eating protein from beef, fish, or pork, carbohydrates from vegetables, fruit, and sweet potatoes, and healthy fats from foods like almonds, avocados, fish, and olive oil.

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                      You can find some carb sources that will aid your weight loss journey here.

                      How Intermittent Fasting Helps You Lose Weight

                      Eating this way has many benefits with regard to weight loss. The first is that when you’re fasting, your body will be forced to use its stored body fat for energy. Burning calories this way, instead of from the food you’re eating throughout the day, will help you experience significant weight loss, but specifically lose weight from any excess body fat you’re carrying.

                      This means that you won’t just be thinner, but you will also look better and be much healthier than if you lose weight the old-fashioned way[3].

                      Intermittent fasting can help optimize the release of the key fat-burning hormones in your body. This is especially true for the two most important hormones: human growth hormone (HGH) and insulin.

                      Human growth hormone plays a key role in turning on your body’s fat-burning furnace so that it gets the calories you need to work and play from stored body fat. Studies show that fasting can significantly increase the production of HGH[4].

                      The influence intermittent fasting weight loss has on insulin is just as impressive and possibly more important. Keeping your insulin levels low and steady is key to losing excess fat and keeping it off.

                      Diets that are rich in processed carbohydrates (bread, pasta, rice) and simple sugars (candy, cookies, and soda) have the opposite effect. They cause your insulin levels to rapidly spike and then crash every time you eat one of these foods. The net result of this phenomenon is that your body will store more of what you eat as excess body fat instead of burning it off as energy.

                      Chronically elevating your insulin levels like this can also lead to the development of type II diabetes, obesity, and other chronic health problems. Intermittent fasting easily solves this problem.

                      One study found that men who participated in intermittent fasting had “dramatically lower insulin levels and significantly improved insulin sensitivity”[5].

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                      This happens because you’re not giving your body food, so it will not produce insulin, allowing insulin levels to balance out until you eat again. This helps your body stay in a calorie and fa-burning state. You’ll also find that it gives you more energy throughout the day.

                      Another great weight loss benefit of intermittent fasting is that hunger pangs and cravings that may normally plague you throughout the day will be reduced, if not altogether eliminated. This is probably due to its ability to balance your insulin and blood sugar levels and, in turn, help correct other hormonal imbalances.

                      Intermittent Fasting Weight Loss FAQs

                      Now that you know what intermittent fasting is and how to get started, it’s time to answer your other questions.

                      Below are answers to the questions frequently asked about intermittent fasting. These answers should help you and make getting started a lot easier.

                      How Much Weight Will I Lose?

                      The amount of weight you lose with fasting is determined by how often and long your fasts are, what you eat afterward, and other factors. Fasting for 16-20 hours a day can help you safely lose 2-3 pounds of fat every week.

                      While losing this much weight every week is great, it’s how it makes it happen that’s really cool. Losing weight with intermittent fasting means that you will never have to count calories or plan and prepare several meals a day.

                      Can I Work out While Fasting?

                      Yes, you can. In fact, doing the right type of workout while fasting will help you lose weight faster and even build muscle.

                      The best workouts to do while fasting for weight loss are 3-4 intense strength training workouts weekly. This means anything from standard strength training to kettlebell or body weight workouts.

                      Focus on doing 3-4 total body exercises per workout with as little rest as possible between sets. Doing this will help you burn more calories during and after your workout. You’ll also build muscle, which will help you look and feel better as the weight comes off.

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                      Won’t I Lose Muscle When I Fast?

                      First of all, you aren’t fasting long enough for your body to start breaking down muscle for energy. You have, perhaps, hundreds of thousands of calories from your stored body fat to use before that will begin to happen. Studies actually show that even after fasting for 3 days, no muscle is lost.

                      Is Fasting Safe?

                      As long as you are healthy, not pregnant, and aren’t taking medications, fasting is safe. Like all diets, you should discuss it with your doctor before beginning an intermittent fasting style of dieting.

                      I also feel that it may not be smart to follow this type of diet when you’re especially stressed. Since this diet can be a little stress-inducing at first, doing so when your ability to be relatively stress-free and rested probably isn’t a good idea.

                      Are There Any Supplements I Can Take to Make Fasting Easier?

                      As with any other weight loss plan, it’s a good idea to take a few nutritional supplements to ensure that your daily requirements are met. This includes a once or twice daily multi-vitamin, fish oil, and vitamin D.

                      I’ve also found taking 10 grams of branch chain amino acids before and after my workouts really helps, too. They’re great for giving you more energy during your workout and decreasing post-workout muscle soreness.

                      For supplements to specifically help with digestion, check out this article.

                      Conclusion

                      Now you know what intermittent fasting is and how it can help you lose weight quickly, safely, and pretty much effortlessly.

                      If you want to give it a try, find a fasting schedule that fits with you lifestyle and give it a go.

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                      Featured photo credit: Toa Heftiba via unsplash.com

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