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15 Delectable No-Bake Desserts That’ll Sweeten This Fall

15 Delectable No-Bake Desserts That’ll Sweeten This Fall

The season of fall is here, and we know what that means no-baked desserts which contain pumpkin spice, apple desserts, and a whole lot of nutty flavors. But did you know that you can make fall-flavored desserts without turning on the oven? It’s true. So here are 15 delectable no-bake fall desserts.

1. Pumpkin mousse pie

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    For this dessert, you’ll need to mix pumpkin puree, cream cheese, and whipping cream and flavor it with pumpkin spices. The mixture is spread over a ready-made or graham cracker crust. The mousse mixture is ready to eat after 2 hours in the fridge. To get the full recipe, click here.

    2. Cake batter truffles

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      These lovely truffles are a great treat for your guests, and they’re healthy foods too. The main ingredients here are yellow cake mix and white almond bark. The vanilla extract adds to the flavor of these melt-in-your-mouth truffles. To get the full recipe, click here.

      3. No-bake apple pie bites

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        These little treats are the mini versions of apple pie. All you need to do to is cook the apples with lemon juice and spices to make a filling and put the mixture into mini phyllo shells. Top it off with whipped cream and served at room temperature. To get the full recipe, click here.

        4. No-bake white chocolate pumpkin fudge

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          If you’re looking for the best diet plan for weight loss, then this fall dessert is for you. The sweetness comes from white chocolate and pumpkin puree that you’ll need to melt together and refrigerate. To get the full recipe, click here.

          5. No-bake pumpkin icebox cake

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            It takes just a couple of minutes to whip this mouthful of cozy fall flavors. To make this creamy dessert, you need to layer graham crackers between a creamy mix of pumpkin puree, cream cheese, and whipped cream. To get the full recipe, click here.

            6. No-bake sweet potato cake

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              This is a dense, rich, and chocolaty dessert with coconut sugar that some consider a diabetic food. Sweet potato, cocoa powder, and shredded coconut are mixed to make this densely-textured dessert that is ready in just under 20 minutes. You can also substitute the coconut sugar with dates for an even healthier alternative. To get the full recipe, click here.

              7. Uptown figs

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                The combination of salty and sweet flavors may seem unusual at first, but once you’ve had a taste of these simple and healthy treats, you’ll understand why they’re all the craze lately. All you need is a whole bunch of figs, salted almonds, powdered sugar, and orange liqueur. To get the full recipe, click here.

                8. No-bake pumpkin pie jars

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                  The texture of this dessert is smooth and satisfying. It’s essentially a fall version of summer trifles. The recipe asks for pumpkin puree, cream cheese, and marshmallows which blend like a dream. The cookie layer adds just a bit of texture to perfect the dish. To get the full recipe, click here.

                  9. No-bake chocolate, fig, and date slices

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                    These are perfect desserts for the holiday seasons as they ooze with the aroma of orange, Grand Marnier, and honey. The soft texture comes from the slices if dried fruit mixed in melted chocolate. Once the mixture is cooled, it is ready to be sliced into bite-size pieces. To get the full recipe, click here.

                    10. Zuccotto

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                      You’ll be sure to impress your guests with this doomed-shaped liqueur flavored cake. The recipe requires semicircle cuts from a round sponge cake arranged around a layer of orange, ricotta, and cream filling. To get the full recipe, click here.

                      11. No-bake pumpkin pecan ice cream pie

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                        Pecans and pumpkins make the perfect fall combo. We’re sure this cool dessert will impress your guests at your Thanksgiving celebration. This recipe involves simple ingredient layering and freezing, so it’s good when you’re short of time. To get the full recipe, click here.

                        12. Banoffee pies

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                          Crunchy Anzac buckets topped with bananas, caramel, and cream makes this dessert everyone’s favorite. You’ll need a couple of small tart tins to make individual pies. The Anzac biscuits make for the base layer that is topped with creamy caramel and whipped cream. To get the full recipe, click here.

                          13. Pumpkin Apple no-bake dessert

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                            Cinnamon, graham crackers crust topped with a layer of pumpkin puree and apple pie filling and garnished with whipped cream makes for this delightful fall dessert. To get the full recipe, click here.

                            14. Chia, almond, and cacao balls

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                              Although this recipe requires a lot of ingredients, the process of making these flavorful and chewy balls is quite simple. You essentially just need to mix the ingredients in a certain order, and the dessert is ready in around 30 minutes. To get the full recipe, click here.

                              15. Choc-banana cheesecake

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                                For those looking for guilt-free indulgence, this low-calorie cheesecake is the perfect combo. The recipe is pretty simple. Just layer the biscuits in a greased spring form pan and mixing the other ingredients for the filling. After a night in the freezer, the dessert is ready for serving. To get the full recipe, click here.

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                                12 Best Brain Foods that Improve Memory

                                12 Best Brain Foods that Improve Memory

                                Nutrition plays a vital role in brain function and staying sharp into the golden years. Personally, my husband is going through medical school, which is like a daily mental marathon. Like any good wife, I am always looking for things that will boost his memory fortitude so he does his best in school.

                                But you don’t have to be a med student to appreciate better brainiac brilliance. If you combine certain foods with good hydration, proper sleep and exercise, you may just rival Einstein and have a great memory in no time.

                                I’m going to reveal the list of foods coming out of the kitchen that can improve your memory and make you smarter.

                                Here are 12 best brain foods that improve memory:

                                1. Nuts

                                The American Journal of Epidemiology published a study linking higher intakes of vitamin E with the prevention on cognitive decline.[1]

                                Nuts like walnuts and almonds (along with other great foods like avocados) are a great source of vitamin E.

                                Cashews and sunflower seeds also contain an amino acid that reduces stress by boosting serotonin levels.

                                Walnuts even resemble the brain, just in case you forget the correlation, and are a great source of omega 3 fatty acids, which also improve your mental magnitude.

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                                2. Blueberries

                                Shown in studies at Tuffs University to benefit both short-term memory and coordination, blueberries pack quite a punch in a tiny blue package.[2]

                                When compared to other fruits and veggies, blueberries were found to have the highest amount of antioxidants (especially flavonoids), but strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries are also full of brain benefits.

                                3. Tomatoes

                                Tomatoes are packed full of the antioxidant lycopene, which has shown to help protect against free-radical damage most notably seen in dementia patients.

                                4. Broccoli

                                While all green veggies are important and rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, broccoli is a superfood even among these healthy choices.

                                Since your brain uses so much fuel (it’s only 3% of your body weight but uses up to 17% of your energy), it is more vulnerable to free-radical damage and antioxidants help eliminate this threat.

                                Broccoli is packed full of antioxidants, is well-known as a powerful cancer fighter and is also full of vitamin K, which is known to enhance cognitive function.

                                5. Foods Rich in Essential Fatty Acids

                                Your brain is the fattest organ (not counting the skin) in the human body, and is composed of 60% fat. That means that your brain needs essential fatty acids like DHA and EPA to repair and build up synapses associated with memory.

                                The body does not naturally produce essential fatty acids so we must get them in our diet.

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                                Eggs, flax, and oily fish like salmon, sardines, mackerel and herring are great natural sources of these powerful fatty acids. Eggs also contain choline, which is a necessary building block for the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, to help you recall information and concentrate.

                                6. Soy

                                Soy, along with many other whole foods mentioned here, are full of proteins that trigger neurotransmitters associated with memory.

                                Soy protein isolate is a concentrated form of the protein that can be found in powder, liquid, or supplement form.

                                Soy is valuable for improving memory and mental flexibility, so pour soy milk over your cereal and enjoy the benefits.

                                7. Dark chocolate

                                When it comes to chocolate, the darker the better. Try to aim for at least 70% cocoa. This yummy desert is rich in flavanol antioxidants which increase blood flow to the brain and shield brain cells from aging.

                                Take a look at this article if you want to know more benefits of dark chocolate:

                                15 Surprising and Science-Backed Health Effects of Dark Chocolate

                                8. Foods Rich in Vitamins: B vitamins, Folic Acid, Iron

                                Some great foods to obtain brain-boosting B vitamins, folic acid and iron are kale, chard, spinach and other dark leafy greens.

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                                B6, B12 and folic acid can reduce levels of homocysteine in the blood. Homocysteine increases are found in patients with cognitive impairment like Alzheimer’s, and high risk of stroke.

                                Studies showed when a group of elderly patients with mild cognitive impairment were given high doses of B6, B12, and folic acid, there was significant reduction in brain shrinkage compared to a similar placebo group.[3]

                                Other sources of B vitamins are liver, eggs, soybeans, lentils and green beans. Iron also helps accelerate brain function by carrying oxygen. If your brain doesn’t get enough oxygen, it can slow down and people can experience difficulty concentrating, diminished intellect, and a shorter attention span.

                                To get more iron in your diet, eat lean meats, beans, and iron-fortified cereals. Vitamin C helps in iron absorption, so don’t forget the fruits!

                                9. Foods Rich in Zinc

                                Zinc has constantly demonstrated its importance as a powerful nutrient in memory building and thinking. This mineral regulates communications between neurons and the hippocampus.

                                Zinc is deposited within nerve cells, with the highest concentrations found in the hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for higher learning function and memory.

                                Some great sources of zinc are pumpkin seeds, liver, nuts, and peas.

                                10. Gingko biloba

                                This herb has been utilized for centuries in eastern culture and is best known for its memory boosting brawn.

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                                It can increase blood flow in the brain by dilating vessels, increasing oxygen supply and removing free radicals.

                                However, don’t expect results overnight: this may take a few weeks to build up in your system before you see improvements.

                                11. Green and black tea

                                Studies have shown that both green and black tea prevent the breakdown of acetylcholine—a key chemical involved in memory and lacking in Alzheimer’s patients.

                                Both teas appear to have the same affect on Alzheimer’s disease as many drugs utilized to combat the illness, but green tea wins out as its affects last a full week versus black tea which only lasts the day.

                                Find out more about green tea here:

                                11 Health Benefits of Green Tea (+ How to Drink It for Maximum Benefits)

                                12. Sage and Rosemary

                                Both of these powerful herbs have been shown to increase memory and mental clarity, and alleviate mental fatigue in studies.

                                Try to enjoy these savory herbs in your favorite dishes.

                                When it comes to mental magnitude, eating smart can really make you smarter. Try to implement more of these readily available nutrients and see just how brainy you can be!

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