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20 Easy And Amazingly Tasty Dessert Recipes

20 Easy And Amazingly Tasty Dessert Recipes

In each of us lies a hidden sweet tooth that may be a remnant of our initial eating patterns (our early ancestors were gatherers and all instincts would point towards fruit because it is a high-calorie, high-carbohydrate food source), or may simply show our culinary evolution.

Whichever the case is, most of us eagerly await for the dessert when attending a meal. And who can’t relate to that? The idea of crème brûlée melting in your mouth, or some crunchy cookies fresh out of the oven is enough to make one’s mouth watery. Here are a few dessert recipes that are both easy to prepare and delicious.

1. Autumn Cheesecake

Everyone loves cheesecake. The texture, the fine taste, the unique blend of flavors. There is something extremely homely and welcoming about a piece of cheesecake with whipped cream.

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    Ingredients

    • 1 Cup Graham Cracker crumbs
    • ½ Cup finely chopped pecans
    • 3 Tbsp white sugar
    • ½ Tsp ground cinnamon
    • ¼ cup unsalted butter (melted)
    • 8 ounces cream cheese (softened)
    • ½ cup white sugar
    • 2 eggs
    • ½ Tsp vanilla extract
    • 4 cups apples (peeled, cored, sliced)
    • 1/3 cup white sugar
    • ½ Tsp ground cinnamon
    • ¼ cup chopped pecans

    Directions:

    In a preheated oven (175 degrees C) bake the cracker crumbs, the 1/3 cup chopped pecans, 3 Tbsp sugar, ½ TSP cinnamon and the butter as the bottom layer. While this is baking in the oven, mix the cream cheese, sugar, eggs and vanilla in a large bowl, then add this to the baked bottom layer. Lastly, mix 1/3 cup sugar and ½ teaspoon cinnamon, then toss this composition over the sliced apples and add this to the cream cheese layer. Sprinkle with chopped pecans. Bake for 60 minutes. Done!

    Source: Autumn Cheescake

    2. Creme Caramel

    This is an extremely easy desert to prepare that requires only ingredients found in your fridge and is simple and fun to prepare.

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      Ingredients

      • 1 ¼ cups caster sugar
      • 300 ml thickened cream
      • 1 ½ cups milk
      • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
      • 6 eggs

      Directions:

      As always, start preheating your oven while you combine ¾ cup sugar and 1 cup cold water in a saucepan and cook over low heat. After the water has evaporated, cook at maximum heat for 5-7 minutes until golden. Pour the mixture into desert forms. The cream, milk and vanilla come together in a saucepan and are cooked while stirring. End by mixing the eggs and sugar in a bowl until smooth and adding it to the desert forms. Bake and cool in the fridge.

      Source: Creme Caramel

      3. Jello Dessert

      This fine looking piece of cuisine will surely please the most demanding of guests, and will look interesting enough to even try this Christmas.

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        Ingredients

        • 2 cups crushed pretzels
        • ¾ cup melted butter
        • 2 tablespoons sugar

        Filling:

        • 8 ounces of cream cheese
        • 1 cup of sugar
        • 1 cartoon frozen whipped topping, thawed

        Topping:

        • 3 ounces each of strawberry gelatin
        • 2 cups boiling water
        • 1/2 cup cold water

        Directions:

        Mix the pretzels, butter and sugar in a large bowl. Put the dough in an ungreased baking pan, and bake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees. After it is cool, beat cream cheese with sugar until smooth. Stir in the whipped topping and spread over the pretzel crust. Once you are done, refrigerate until cool. The topping can be made in a small bowl. Dissolve the gelatin in boiling water, add cool water and chill partially. Pour over the filling with care and refrigerate the dessert for 4-5 hours.

        Source: Prezel Jello Desser Recipe

        4. Mini Cheesecakes

        In all fairness, we have already gone through cheesecakes, but there is simply no justice done where this dessert is concerned.

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          Ingredients

          • Vegetable oil spray
          • 24 plain chocolate wafer cookies
          • 3 tablespoon(s)unsalted butter,melted
          • 8 ounce(s)cream cheeseat room temperature
          • 1/4cup(s)sugar
          • 2/3cup(s)romage blanc (6 ounces),at room temperature
          • 2 large eggs
          • 2 teaspoon(s)pure vanilla extract
          • 1/4cup(s)seedless raspberry preserves

          Directions:

          Place 12 muffin forms in the preheated oven, where you add the chocolate cookies and butter mixed and bake for five minutes. Beat the cream cheese, sugar and white cheese, eggs and vanilla and mix until smooth. Pour this mix in the muffin forms and bake until jiggly. Spread rasberry preserves on your mini cheese cakes and you’re set.

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          Source: Mini Cheese Cakes

          5. Lemon Layered Dessert

          Simple, delicious, and fast.

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            Ingredients:

            • 15 lemon cookies, crushed
            • 21 ounce can blueberry pie filling
            • 8 ounce frozen whipped topping
            • 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
            • 6 ounce frozen lemonade concentrate

            Directions:

            In parfait glasses, sprinkle the crushed cookies, then add die pie filling, whipped topping and lemonade with condensed milk. Repeat layers until ready. Chill and serve.

            Source: Lemon layered dessert

            6. Chocolate Buttermilk Cake

            With layer upon layer of chocolate, this will certainly be a treat, especially for the little ones. It is actually one of the easiest dessert recipes around.
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              Ingredients

              • 240 ml Water
              • 125 g unsalted butter
              • 35 g cocoa
              • 300 g plain flour
              • 1 Tsp baking soda
              • 440 g caster sugar
              • 2 eggs
              • 125 g buttermilk
              • 1 Tsp pure vanilla extract

              Filling:

              • 100 g unsalted butter
              • 500 g cream cheese
              • 320 g icing sugar
              • 50 g cocoa

              Directions

              Preheat the oven to 160 degrees C and prepare 2 cake tins by greasing them and lining them with parchment paper. Melt together the water, butter and cocoa in a pan. Combine the flour, bicarbonate and sugar, then add the cocoa mixture and whisk. Add the eggs, buttermilk and vanilla extract and whisk until smooth. Divide the composition for the 2 cake tins and bake them in the preheated oven. Allow to cool.

              Mix together the cream cheese and butter until creamy smooth. Add cocoa and icing sugar into the mix and beat until the mixture is fluffy.

              Assemble the cake by slicing the cooled cakes horizontally and adding the filling in between each layer. Enjoy.

              Source: Chocolate Buttermilk Cake

              7. Strawberry Shortcake

              Shortcakes are excellent deserts, refreshing, not too sweet and absolutely satisfying in every way. Here is an easy recipe that will knock your shoes off.

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                Ingredients

                Fruit layer and topping:

                • 8 cups strawberries
                • 6 Tbsp sugar
                • 2 cups whipped cream

                Shortcakes

                • 2 cups white flour
                • 5 tbsp sugar
                • 1 tbsp baking powder
                • ½ tsp salt
                • 8 tbsp unsalted butter
                • 1 egg beaten
                • ½ cup whole milk
                • 1 egg white

                Directions

                Crush 3 cups of strawberries in a bowl until they resemble a puree, while slicing the remainder of the strawberries and mixing them all up with the sugar. Let them macerate for a while. Preheat your oven. Combine the flour with 3 tbsp of sugar, the baking powder and the salt and mix together. Mix the butter in with the flour, then add the beaten egg and the milk. Combine all the ingredients, then prepare a dough (making sure not to overwork it) and cut 6 round dough biscuits. Place them on parchment paper and brush them with beaten egg whites.

                Sprinkle the remaining sugar over them and bake until brown. Prepare the whipped cream, then assemble your shortcakes by cutting your cooked biscuits into halves, then adding a portion of the sugar strawberries and whipped cream in between the two halves. Decorate with strawberries if desired and you’re done.

                Source: Strawberry Shortcake

                8. Angel Cake

                This is an extremely moist, light, fluffy cake that is also diet friendly- what more could the ladies wish for?

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                  Ingredients

                  • 1 ½ cups powdered sugar
                  • 1 cup flour
                  • 1 ½ cup egg whites (12)
                  • 1 ½ tsp cream of tartar
                  • 1 cup granulated sugar
                  • 1 ½ tsp vanilla extract
                  • ½ tsp almond extract
                  • a pinch of salt

                  Directions

                  Preheat your oven and place the rack in the lowest position possible. Start by mixing your flour and powdered sugar, then mix the egg whites with the cream of tartar separately until foamy. Then add the granulated sugar, vanilla extract, almond extract and the salt. Continue mixing the ingredients until a meringue forms, then sprinkle the sugar-flour mixture on top until completely incorporated. Put the mixture into a cake pan and bake for 30 minutes, turn the cake upside down and let it cool completely.

                  Loosen the sides with a knife, remove from pan and decorate to your heart’s desire.

                  Source: Angel Cake

                  9. Cherry Coconut Macaroons

                  This tasty desert is extremely easy to make, and a perfect choice for a cool afternoon. It is also healthy and suitable for diabetics.

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                    Ingredients:

                    • ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar
                    • 1 teaspoon almond extract
                    • 2-1/4 cups grated coconut
                    • 1/3 cups sugar substite
                    • 2 large white eggs

                    Directions:

                    Start by preheating the oven, and then batter together the egg whites and tartar cream until stiff peaks start to form. Add the sugar substitute (you can add more, according to your taste), the almond extract, and finally, the grated coconut. After the mixture becomes stiff, with a teaspoon make cookies on a tray. Add a cooking sheet beforehand and bake for 20 minutes. All done! Enjoy.

                    Source: Cherry Coconut Macaroons

                    10. Strawberry Angel Food

                    Number 10 on our list of dessert recipes is the Angel Food dessert. This recipe has received a lot of positive reviews, and this can only mean one thing: it’s fast and extremely tasty. It will only take you 15 minutes to prepare, and the strawberries mixed with sweetened cream cheese will definitely be a delight for the senses.

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                      Ingredients:

                      • one 10 inch angel food cake
                      • 1 container of frozen whipped topping
                      • 2 packages of softened cream chese
                      • 1 cup white sugar-flour
                      • fresh strawberries
                      • 1 jar of strawberry glaze

                      Directions:

                      Start by crumbling the cake into 9×13 inch dish. Prepare the cream cheese and sugar in a medium bowl, until it becomes light and fluffy. With your hands spread the cream cheese over the cake. Next you will have to combine strawberries and glaze until everything is covered. Put in the freezer for a few minutes/hours to chill.

                      Source: Strawberry Angel Dessert

                      11. Caramel Crunch Ice-Cream

                      The caramel crunch ice-cream is the easiest, most delicious ice-cream recipe you could find. It’s the ideal choice for a warm summer day.

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                        Ingredients:

                        • 1 litre low-fat vanila caramel swirl ice-cream
                        • 125gr chopped butternut snap biscuits
                        • half a teaspoon of ground cinnamon
                        • chopped dry roasted pecans
                        • wafle cones for serving

                        Directions:

                        Put the ice-cream in a bowl to soften up. Once it is soft enough, add the biscuit crumbs, cinamon and pecans. Place back in the ice-cream container and freeze for a few hours. Serve in scoops and add some syrup if you like.

                        SourceCaramel Crunch Ice-cream

                        12. Hummingbird Pudding Cake

                        The hummingbird pudding cake is filled with wonderful fruits like pineapple and banana, and its creamy cheese frosting works perfectly with the pecans. It is advisable to use deep yellow, ripe bananas.

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                          Ingredients

                          For Cake

                          • 2 large eggs
                          • 1 cup (7 ounces) firmly packed light brown sugar
                          • 1/2 teaspoon salt
                          • 1 large ripe banana, mashed (about 1/2 cup)
                          • 1/2 cup canola oil
                          • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
                          • 1 (14 1/2-ounce) can crushed pineapple in syrup
                          • 1 1/4 cup (6 1/4 ounces) all purpose flour
                          • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
                          • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
                          • 2/3 cup pecan halves, chopped, plus extra for garnish

                          For Cream Cheese Frosting:

                          • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
                          • 1/3 cup (1 1/3 ounces) plus 1 tablespoon confectioners’ sugar
                          • 1 tablespoon dark rum (or milk)

                          Directions:

                          Granted, it requires a few extra ingredients, but it only takes 15 minutes to prepare, so it is super easy. For the cake, preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a 9-by-9 inch baking pan and prepare the eggs, sugar, salt and banana in a large bowl. Stir until completely combined, then add he pineapple juice.

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                          Once you are done, also add flour, baking soda, cinnamon and chopped pecans to the bowl, and whisk until completely combined. Transfer the mixture to wire rack to cool off , after baking for 35 minutes. The cream frosting can be done in another bowl, by stiring cream cheese with sugar. Add some rum or milk, and spread over cooled cake.

                          SourceHummingbird Pudding Cake

                          13. One-Bowl Chocolate Cake

                          Sometimes we feel the need to eat something delicious, luckily for us there are countless dessert recipes around to enjoy, but we simply don’t have time to waste preparing them, and we all know that home made treats are better than the ones we can find in stores. Here’s how you can make the One-Bowl chocolate cake:

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                            Ingredients:

                            • ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
                            • 1 ½ cups of all-purpose flour
                            • 1 ½ cups of sugar, and 1 ½ teaspoons of bakind soda
                            • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
                            • ¾ teaspoon salt
                            • 2 large eggs
                            • ¾ cup buttermilk
                            • ¾ cup warm water
                            • 3 tablespoons saf flour oil
                            • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
                            • chocolate frosting

                            Directions:

                            Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, and prepare the cake pans with butter (2 inches deep). After you butter the pans, dust them with cocoa. Put flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cocoa in the mixer, and beat until fully combined. Add eggs, buttermilk, water, oil and vanilla and prepare until the mixture is smooth. Divide the content between two pans, bake for 35 minutes and let it cool. Add chocolate frosting on one of the cooled layers, add the second layer, and use frosting for the finishing touches.

                            SourceOne-Bowl Chocolate Cake

                            14. Quick Brownies

                            This is undoubtedly the easiest, fastest, and tastiest brownie recipe ever. I love brownies, and there are many people who share my opinion.

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                              Ingredients:

                              • 2 cups of white sugar-flour
                              • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
                              • ½ teaspoon salt and baking powder
                              • ½ cup walnut halves
                              • 1 cup of buttermilk and 4 eggs
                              • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
                              • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

                              Directions:

                              Melt the butter and then mix all of the ingredients together in the following order: sugar → butter → cocoa powder → vanilla extract → eggs → flour → baking powder → salt → walnut halves. Bake the mixture in a greased pan at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes. Done!

                              Source: AllRecipes.com

                              15. No-Bake Cookie Bars

                              Number 15 is an amazing recipe that takes a little under 30 minutes to finish. The whole idea is not to bake anything, so it’s really fast. We recommend using Oreo cookies for this dessert.

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                                Ingredients

                                • 2 ½ cups of crushed vanilla sandwich cookies (or Oreo cookies)
                                • 1 can of sweetened condensed milk
                                • 10 oz chopped white chocolate (or black chocolate)
                                • ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
                                • ½ cup mini chocolate chips for decoration

                                Directions:

                                Add foil to a baking dish, and spray it with cooking spray. Crush the cookies in a food processor or manually, and combine with chopped chocolate and sweetened condensed milk. Melt everything together by stirring frequently. In a separate bowl stir cookie crumbs with melted chocolate mixture until everything is completely mixed. Wait two minute then add ½ cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips. Put everything in a pan, sprinkle mini chocolate chips, and let it chill for 30 minutes.

                                Source: No Bake Cookies

                                16. Basic Crepes

                                This Basic Crepes recipe can be made from ingredients that regular people have lying around in their house, it only takes 30 minutes to complete, and it tastes delicious. It is one of the most versatile dessert recipes because you can combine it with any type of filling.

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                                  Ingredients:

                                  • 1 cup of all purpose flour
                                  • ½ cups of water
                                  • ¼ teaspoon salt
                                  • 2 tablespoons melted buttermilk
                                  • 2 eggs
                                  • ½ cups of milk

                                  Directions:

                                  Whisk together the flour, and the eggs. Gradually add milk and water, while stirring continuously. Next add the salt and butter, and beat until smooth. Heat the pan a bit, and scoop the batter onto the griddle. Tilt the pan with a circular motion for better coverage. Cook the crepes for 2 minutes until the bottom becomes light brown. Let it cool off, and serve with fruit, jam, or finetti.

                                  Source: AllRecipes.com

                                  17. White Chocolate and Raspberry Sundae

                                  I can feel my senses heighten at the mere site of the Raspbery Sundae. This super easy recipe is a great choice for after meal, or a healthy solution for your little ones.

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                                    Ingredients:

                                    • 1 liter vanila ice cream
                                    • chocolate Tim Tam white biscuits
                                    • 2/3 cup caster sugar-flour
                                    • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
                                    • 300g packet frozen raspberries
                                    • white chocolate curls

                                    Directions:

                                    Put the ice-cream in a large bowl, and let it soten for 10 minutes. Don’t let it melt. Next fold biscuits through the ice-cream and spoon the mixture into a 7cm-deep. Freeze over night until firm.

                                    18. Easy Pudding Cookies

                                    What’s the best secret to a perfect party at home? Tasty deserts of course. But this time you won’t have to cook all afternoon in order to create the perfect deserts, because you can make pudding cookies really fast and easy.

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                                      Ingredients:

                                      • 1 cup of butter
                                      • 1 cup packed brown sugar-flour
                                      • 1 pkg. JELL-O Chocolate instant pudding
                                      • 2 eggs
                                      • 1 teaspoon baking soda
                                      • 2 cups of flour
                                      • 1-1/2 pkg. BAKER’S White chocolate, chopped

                                      Directions

                                      Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and beat the butter and sugar in a large bowl (until fluffy). Add dry pudding, and whisk until fully blended. Add the eggs and baking soda, then sprinkle flour gradually. Last but not least, add the chocolate to the mix. In a pan with baking sheets add tablespoons of dough, and bake for 12 minutes.

                                      Source: Easy Pudding Cookies

                                      19. Berry Berry Cool Pie

                                      This dessert is extremely refreshing and tasty. It only takes five minutes to prepare, but it must be cooled in the freezer for approximately five hours.

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                                        Ingredients:

                                        • 1 can sweetened condensed milk (make sure it is sweetened)
                                        • ½ cup lemon juice
                                        • 2 cups of assorted fresh berries
                                        • 1 tub of frozen non-dairy whipped topping, thawed
                                        • 1 Pie crust

                                        Directions:

                                        In a bowl add the condensed milk and lemon juice. Stir in the berries, and fold in whipped topping. Spread the crust and leave it to freeze for five hours until firm. Serve after the dessert stays for 30 minutes at temperature room, and garnish for an extra artistic effect.

                                        Source: Berry Berry Cool Pie

                                        20. Fruit and Almond Tart

                                        Fruits are really healthy, and so are almonds, and somebody has kindly created the most delicious recipe with both. It takes 25 minutes to prepare, and an hour to chill.

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                                          Ingredients:

                                          • 1 ½ cups of Multi-Grain crackers, crushed
                                          • ¼ cup granulated sugar
                                          • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
                                          • ¼ cups of butter, melted
                                          • 12 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese, softened
                                          • 1/3 cups of firmly packed brown sugar-flour
                                          • ¼ cups milk
                                          • ¼ teaspoon almond extract
                                          • ½ cup finely chopped almonds (toasted)
                                          • 3 cups of strawberries, seedless grapes, raspberries, blueberries, bananas, oranges etc.
                                          • ¼ cup red currant jelly, melted

                                          Directions:

                                          In a bowl, mix the multi-grain crackers, granulated sugar and cinnamon. Next you have to add the butter and mix until combine. Add the dough to a 9 ½ – 10 inch tart pan with a removable button and bake for 8-10 minutes at 350-400 degrees Fahrenheit. Cool completely. Separately, beat cream cheese with brown sugar, milk and almond extract until fluffy.

                                          Add the almonds. This mixture will be put on top of the cooled dough. The last step is to top with fruit and drizzle jelly. Put in the freezer for one hour, and serve.

                                          Source: SnackPicks

                                          I hope you liked our tasty and simple recipes, and we hope you enjoy them on a wonderful afternoon with your family or friends.

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                                          25 Best Self Improvement Books to Read No Matter How Old You Are

                                          25 Best Self Improvement Books to Read No Matter How Old You Are

                                          I remember the first time I got my hands on a self-improvement book. I was baffled. At that moment, I realized my fate was not set in stone. I could become my own drill master and coach. The books I read would set out the training course for me to overcome. All I had to do was listen to that voice that aspired to climb higher and higher.

                                          Every time I committed to a new challenge, I knew it was going to be outside of my comfort zone. But after enough iterations, I also knew it will not just be part of my repertoire, it will be part of me.

                                          Not all self-improvement books are made equal. Some help start you out on your journey, others give you a boost when you’ve achieved experience in certain areas.

                                          Here are the best ones that I recommend to read no matter how old you are:

                                          1. Whatcha Gonna Do with That Duck? And Other Provocations

                                          by Seth Godin

                                            This book is a masterpiece, and unlike most self-improvement books, this one targets an infinite array of areas in which you can, and ultimately must, improve.

                                            With its ruthless honesty and genuine inspiration, Godin makes you ponder the difficult questions you wouldn’t ever dare to ask yourself. The result is a completely new perspective of the world- a fresher, more vibrant perspective, packed with new and bold possibilities.

                                            If you need a friend who understands you, a boss that forces you to venture deep in your non-comfort zone, a wise guru that tells you what needs to be left behind and a sage that proclaims the coming of a new age, then look no further; you will find these shrewd voices all tied together in this magnificent book. Make sure to get this one.

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                                            2. Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets

                                            by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

                                              Perhaps it is the fact that randomness played such a significant role in my years as a poker player that I find this book utterly important.

                                              We often attribute skill where there is only luck; we confuse correlation with causation and we underestimate the incredible effect small changes can have.

                                              This book gave me a perspective that I unfortunately rarely encounter in others: you can do everything right and still lose, or do everything wrong and still win. It is thus not about the outcome; it is about your actions that have lead you there.

                                              This important message is central to many of my decisions I make in my life. This book by Taleb helps you develop such a perspective so you will be able to live in a world one cannot fully understand, where the results are not always clear markers of performance and where chance seems to play games with our fates. Stop being fooled by randomness!

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                                              3. The 48 Laws of Power

                                              by Robert Greene

                                                I read this book in a time where I thought power was something I should attain. Power for power’s sake. And while I disagree with my former self on this point, the fact remains that power is very real, it forms the invisible scepter of all hierarchical relations around us.

                                                I still recommend this book. I believe it is important to know how people use power for their own benefit and what to do to protect yourself from certain abuses of power.

                                                Besides the fact that all stories in this book gravitate around power. It contains many life lessons, amazing historical anecdotes. If read in a certain light, the ability to use power for good.

                                                From Caesar to Goethe, Sun-Tzu to Machiavelli, this eye opening book spans a wide range of human development. If you, like me, would rather be interested in something less egotistical, perhaps Greene’s latest book Mastery will suffice (I haven’t read that one myself).

                                                Another great book in the same style, but this time around; covering a wider scope, and perhaps, something that will make the world make a better place.

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                                                4. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change

                                                by Stephen. R. Covey

                                                  The title of this book doesn’t capture it all. Covey shares with us seven habits one should adapt to become truly effective in whatever you would like to achieve.

                                                  Of course, it is not as easy as it sounds. He stresses the fact that we need to go through a paradigm shift – a fundamental change in how we perceive the world and ourselves.

                                                  This book can be read as a guide, with practices and everything, to go through the stages in order to make such a shift happen. Part shock-therapy, part ageless spiritual wisdom, Covey’s book is packed with wisdom that actually makes a difference.

                                                  And as I mentioned, don’t let the title of the book fool you; it is about much more than just becoming more effective. It is about becoming a whole integer person who not only seeks the best in oneself, but also in the people around her.

                                                  A must read for anyone who feels there is always something left to learn.

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                                                  5. The Psychedelic Explorer’s Guide: Safe, Therapeutic, and Sacred Journeys

                                                  by James Fadiman

                                                    While finding a book on psychedelics in this list of books on self-improvement might come as a surprise, I believe any metaphysical distinction between tools such as books, meditation or molecules hold no ground. They should all be solely judged on their merits. And the merits of certain chemical keys, used in a constructive way, are perhaps bigger than any book in this list.

                                                    The Psychedelic Explorer’s Guide will teach you how to prepare yourself and your surroundings, what and how much to take, and what do do when something goes wrong. So you can safely enhance your thinking, creativity, introspection and emotional balance.

                                                    This book contains everything you need to know about using psychedelics as a tool for self-improvement while drawing on extensive scientific literature and personal wisdom. A must have for the beginning and experienced psychonaut alike.

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                                                    6.  Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time

                                                    by Brian Tracy

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                                                      We all know how that destructive downward spiral feels.

                                                      We have to do some big tasks of which the thought alone triggers resistance. We aren’t sure how and where to begin and feeling overwhelmed before we even start. We get easily distracted to get rid of that feeling, only to suddenly realize that hours went by- precious hours- and then find ourselves in the same position as before, still not knowing where and how to begin, but now, feeling guilty on top of it which expresses itself in more craving for distraction.

                                                      Ad infinitum

                                                      To break this spell of procrastination before it paralyzes us, Tracy advises us to Eat That Frog: to set our priorities straight, deconstruct larger tasks into smaller ones, learn when to tackle the big frog first or to start out with something else.

                                                      Tracy is truly a motivational writer. While I wished he had gone a bit deeper into the psychological reasons why people procrastinate, it is still a must have for anyone who wants to break the spell and get shit done.

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                                                      7. Think and Grow Rich: The Original 1937 Unedited Edition

                                                      by Napoleon Hill

                                                        A from 1937, this book by Hill is a masterpiece. Don’t bother with the edited versions since they all omit important and controversial information: some historical, and some pertaining to the goal of the book, which is to think and grow rich.

                                                        The word rich might imply that this book is all about material gain, and while it certainly covers that area, it is about much more than that.

                                                        This is perhaps the first explicit mention of positive thinking on how to care not just about the cash in your pocket, but also the thoughts in your head.

                                                        This book has been able to withstand the destruction of time. It covers all the basics from planning, decision making and persistence, to the more advanced techniques as auto-suggestion, transmutation and what we can learn from fear.

                                                        This is not a grow rich book, but a timeless guide to find out what actually matters. As it says clearly in the beginning ‘Riches can’t always be measured in money!’

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                                                        8. The Attention Revolution: Unlocking the Power of the Focused Mind

                                                        by Alan Wallace

                                                          In a world that is dominated by ever stronger technologies designed to grab your attention, a way to empower yourself is to bring that attention back to where you want it to shine. This book offers just that.

                                                          In The Attention Revolution, Wallace describes the path to attaining Shamatha, a buddhist meditation state of mind that is free from any flickering of distraction. It is a hard and long path, probably not possible for us to reach in this lifetime. However, even getting to stage two or three will make everything in life easier.

                                                          A wonderful introduction to meditation, The Attention Revolution will inspire you to take on the challenge and see what training your mind can actually achieve.

                                                          Once you have achieved such level of focus, you can put it to use to open your heart with the practice of The Four Immeasurables or deepen the practice with this wonderful commentary by Dudjom Lingpa, both by Alan B. Wallace.

                                                          Before you read this book, you may want to take a look at this guide so you get a better idea on how to prioritize your life:

                                                          The Ultimate Guide to Prioritizing Your Work And Life

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                                                          9. The Paleo Manifesto: Ancient Wisdom for Lifelong Health

                                                          by John Durant

                                                            In the last 10,000 years or so, it seems we have been propelled into an ever faster paced world forged by our own hands and minds. Only recently have we been able to reconstruct our journey and reflect back upon our humble origins.

                                                            This amazing book is such a reflection. It goes back to the paleolithic searching for answers to health and longevity.

                                                            Between science and his personal experiments, Durant weaves a mind blowing story that will convey the importance of an evolutionary perspective on how to live well.

                                                            It covers everything from nutrition to exercise, from sleep to fasting, from ancient practices to modern biohacking and even has an outline for a vision of the future where depression and obesity have become obsolete.

                                                            If you only have room for a couple of books on this list, make sure this one is included.

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                                                            10. Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation

                                                            by Daniel J. Siegel

                                                              As my Burmese meditation teacher often proclaimed, ‘Mindfulness alone is not enough!’ Siegel seems to have taken this to heart and made an unique synthesis between meditation, psychoanalysis and neuroscience which he calls ‘Mindsight‘. As he says himself, a potent combination between emotional and social intelligence.

                                                              All of us deal with one disorder or another, something that seems to disturb the very core of our being at ease; and while it might not always be the best strategy to want to get rid of it, it certainly helps to understand and have compassion for that little aspect that upsets that perfect image of ourselves.

                                                              Brimming with techniques, insights and epiphanies, this book contains everything you need to know to reprogram your brain and to optimally use its capacity of neuroplasticity. A great book for spiritual seekers and scientists alike.

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                                                              11. How to Win Friends & Influence People

                                                              by Dale Carnegie

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                                                                This is the first self-improvement book I have ever read and it is also probably one of the oldest in this category.

                                                                Written in 1937, mainly for the door to door salesman of that era, this book by Carnegie can truly be called a classic. It shows what we all intuitively know:

                                                                It doesn’t matter what your line of work is or what you want to achieve. If you are doing business of any kind, you need to make it about the other person.

                                                                Being nice helps, a lot. And while I might not fully defend the premise of this book because it doesn’t distinguish between genuine interest and faking it to get what you want; it still contains a treasure chest full of timeless wisdom.

                                                                Everybody wants to feel appreciated, and rightfully so. Learning to take a small effort to make someone’s day will make the world better no matter what your goal is.

                                                                I still spontaneously remember some of his guidance, and perhaps this quality is the reason why this book still draws millions of readers to this day.

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                                                                12. Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy

                                                                by David D. Burns

                                                                  Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is the most effective therapy used by psychologists today. It consists of identifying thought patterns that have a detrimental effect on your self-image and mood; and deconstructing these in order to break out of these destructive cycles.

                                                                  If you want to know how this works, which moods are central in your life, what thought patterns are causing your depression, how to overcome self-judgment and guilt, how to defeat approval and love addiction and how your self-perfectionism is hindering you, then don’t look further.

                                                                  Cognitive Behavioral Therapy has helped millions of people and it can help you, and this is the best book for the job. Packed with scientific research, exercises and examples, this is the best improvement your self is going to get.

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                                                                  13. Psycho-Cybernetics, A New Way to Get More Living Out of Life

                                                                  by Maxwell Maltz

                                                                    What can a plastic surgeon tell us about happiness?

                                                                    By dealing with his patients, Dr. Maxwell Maltz experienced firsthand that having your expectations come true doesn’t automatically result into a more positive life experience. Their outward appearances did indeed change but their inner insecurity remained.

                                                                    This caused him to find other means to help his patients, resulting in visualization techniques. He found a person’s outer success can never rise above the one visualized internally.

                                                                    This book carries a very honest and humbling story, loaded with fundamental truths about our psychology and how our own philosophy affects us. This is all told by a very compassionate writer.

                                                                    Of some books it can be said that it will be valuable for years to come, and I am absolutely positive that this is one of them.

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                                                                    14. Thinking, Fast and Slow

                                                                    by Daniel Kahneman

                                                                      This brilliant book by Nobel prize winner Daniel Kahneman is a lucid account of all the amazing research he has done over the years. He is the founder of behavioral economics – the way our psychology affects our decisions – and explains in simple prose how our thinking is divided in two systems: one fast and one slow. (Here’s an explanation on how these two systems work.)

                                                                      The fast one is almost instant; it consists of the hardwired instincts that govern emotions, a remnant of an evolutionary past, an unconscious irrational machine.

                                                                      The slow one is deliberate, self-reflexive and logical, but can easily be distracted and takes a lot of effort.

                                                                      Both play a large role in our lives and Kahneman explores when the fast system fails and why the slow system is often not utilized.

                                                                      Packed with mind blowing examples and sharp analyses, this book teaches you how to learn to make sound judgments, and use the best of both systems.

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                                                                      15. An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth: What Going to Space Taught Me About Ingenuity, Determination, and Being Prepared for Anything

                                                                      by Chris Hadfield

                                                                        A few extraordinary people journey to the edge of our world and come back with a unique story to tell. Colonel Hadfield is such a person, and his story is perhaps the most important one in this list.

                                                                        While the other books in this list teach you to be independent, visualize your future and dream big, this astronaut’s guide turns these all upside down.

                                                                        A truly remarkable book, overflowing with mind-blowing stories that illustrate the life lessons he learned as one of the most accomplished astronauts that ever lived.

                                                                        Full of compassion, warmth and genuine self-reflexive humor, he conveys to us to be prepared for the worst and never let yourself be swayed from enjoying every moment.

                                                                        Part action story, part no-nonsense hard truth and part timeless spiritual wisdom, this book makes you feel like you stepped onto a rocket ship and experienced what he did while learning these most valuable lessons on the way.

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                                                                        16. Perfect Health Diet: Regain Health and Lose Weight by Eating the Way You Were Meant to Eat

                                                                        by Paul Jaminet & Shou-Ching Jaminet

                                                                          No self-improvement list is complete without a nutrition book and the Perfect Health Diet is arguably the best diet book on the market now.

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                                                                          If you are overweight or not, feel sick, or just looking for an extra boost in health (and keep it this way), then look no further.

                                                                          From reading decades of studies the authors construct the optimal way to eat, destroying popular food fads in the process. They explain in sufficient details the optimal macro-ratios of which starches are safe, which vitamins and supplements to take and what foods, or what they call toxins, to avoid.

                                                                          This book is a great supplement to the Paleo Manifesto as it shares its basic evolutionary perspective; we were evolved to eat non-toxic, high fat, moderate protein and carbohydrates.

                                                                          And sometimes, going around with no food at all, can be a very healthy thing. If your body is not in optimal health, then it is almost no use to read the other books. Make this your priority number one.

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                                                                          17. Failing Forward: Turning Mistakes into Stepping Stones for Success

                                                                          by John C. Maxwell

                                                                            At one time or another, we will all fail. What matters most is how you deal with it once you do.

                                                                            Will you give up? Or will you use it as a stepping stone for success?

                                                                            I recently read an article about new start-ups in silicon valley. Its hypothesis was the more you had failed in the past, the more likely you were going to get funding.

                                                                            Why?

                                                                            Because failing teaches you invaluable lessons, and if you decide to continue after you hit the pavement, the more you have it in you to deliver.

                                                                            Now, this is not in anyway our instinctual reaction to failing. Most of us dread it, avoid it or refuse to fail at all costs. All three are by far sub-optimal. It is far better to accept failure where it arises, to accept responsibility and use it as a way to learn about yourself and your weaknesses.

                                                                            Only when you are absolute honest with yourself with respect to failure can you hope to grow. This wonderful book will teach you how to do exactly this. A honest book for everyone searching for a clean mirror.

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                                                                            18. The Power of Now

                                                                            by Eckhart Tolle

                                                                              The Power of Now hardly needs any introduction. It is perhaps the book that has had the most impact on our collective consciousness in recent years.

                                                                              It inspired millions of people all over the world to live a more fulfilling and compassionate life, all through the practice of mindfulness. Mindfulness consists of moment to moment non-judgmental awareness. 

                                                                              It is a technique that alleviates depression, increases emotional intelligence and develops compassion. And only recently has come to the west, which remained weary and skeptical until science had validated a wide array of its claims.

                                                                              The brain can be trained. The Power of Now teaches you how to release your attachment to certain thoughts and states of mind, thereby clearing the mind to fully embrace the present moment.

                                                                              If you already have read this book and are looking for deeper understanding, readWherever You Go, There You Are.

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                                                                              19. The Last Lecture

                                                                              by Randy Pausch

                                                                                At some point or another, almost all of us has come across The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch. (If you haven’t, watch this powerful message here.)

                                                                                What would you say when you only have a few months left to live? This was probably Pausch’s question he posed to himself when he had to deliver his lecture a week later.

                                                                                But being confined to an academic setting and short time frame, he felt he had more to share, thus marking the birth of this book.

                                                                                Filled with stories about his childhood, it is a very down to earth exploration of what it means to chase your dreams, to be a good person and live a life that gives value to others.

                                                                                A beautiful mixture of humor and optimism, his tender voice will be a source of inspiration for everyone who will take the time to listen, something he tried to impart on his readers.

                                                                                A very lovely read. And don’t forget, ‘It’s not about the cards you’re dealt, but how you play the hand.’
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                                                                                20. Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead

                                                                                by Brené Brown

                                                                                  I love Brené Brown’s books. She writes about an insight that I have found to be scary but true at the same time.

                                                                                  Vulnerability, unlike we have been taught, is not a weakness, but a power to be tapped. Growing up with the idea that we have to hide certain parts of ourselves, to look strong and persevere at all costs always seemed a facade to me. And now she has the research to back that up.

                                                                                  From that place of vulnerability comes a sense of worthiness, which for most of us, needs to be cultivated every day. Only if we get in touch with that tender spot of our hearts can we connect with others and develop genuine compassion, which are prerequisites, Brown tells us, for living a ‘wholehearted life.’

                                                                                  The reality, however, is that we often close down, feel neglected and misunderstood, and rather want the vulnerability and perhaps even ourselves to disappear.

                                                                                  This book is an amazing antidote for that common instinct. Want to be truly convinced? Check out her amazing ted talk here.

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                                                                                  21. The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark

                                                                                  by Carl Sagan

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                                                                                    We all find UFO’s fascinating. We all really want to believe in magic or visiting aliens. (Surely the crop circles are conclusive proof!) And some of us believe the government is poisoning us with chemtrails.

                                                                                    At the same time we are fascinated by the progress made by science, by all the new technology and medicines and the fascinating discoveries being

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                                                                                    22. Philosophy for Life

                                                                                    by Jules Evans

                                                                                      As philosopher Sloterdijk puts it; ‘philosophy is a beautiful child of an ugly mother.’

                                                                                      Philosophy first arose when the old Greek polis states were at the brink of destruction. Philosophy, according to Sloterdijk, was not just a way to make sense of the world, to come to knowledge or truth, but to serve as a psychological immune system.

                                                                                      This book is an amazing expression of this perspective. From the stoics to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Jules Evans writes about some of the amazing philosophical techniques we can use to train and improve our cognitive immune systems.

                                                                                      He weaves ancient stories with modern applications, from heroism to cosmic contemplation. Philosophy for Life is a beautifully written book that makes it easy to understand the practical nature of philosophy.

                                                                                      Perhaps the book would have been better if he would have gone deeper into the subject matter, but nonetheless he captures the essence of what philosophy can mean for the modern person. A must read.

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                                                                                      23. Man’s Search For Meaning

                                                                                      by Victor. E. Frankl

                                                                                        If I had to pick one book from this list for mandatory reading, I would choose this one.

                                                                                        For three years, Viktor Frankl labored in four different Nazi concentration camps, including Auschwitz. He tells us about his experience and that of his fellow prisoners.

                                                                                        Both chilling and uplifting, confronted with the idea that they would be trapped there for the rest of their lives; he gives us an account of those who found meaning and those who succumbed to nihilism.

                                                                                        A blend between a memoir, a psychological investigation and a self-help book, Frankl delivers a powerful message:

                                                                                        Finding meaning lies at the core of being human.

                                                                                        From his own experience as a psychiatrist, combined with anecdotes from his time in the concentration camps, he tells us how important it is to find meaning in our own lives and what we can become if we don’t.

                                                                                        Suffering, he conveys to us, is inevitable. But as to how we cope with it is dependent on ourselves. If we can find meaning, even in the worst acts our species have ever inflicted upon their fellow men, we will be able to move forward with renewed purpose.

                                                                                        I also recommend you to check out this article to help you find out your purpose and passion that will motivate you to live in a meaningful way: How to Get Motivated and Be Happy Every Day When You Wake Up

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                                                                                        24. Simplify

                                                                                        by Joshua Becker

                                                                                          This is a fun little book written by Joshua Becker, a big proponent of minimalist living. We all know that quote from Fightclub: “Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy shit we don’t need.” 

                                                                                          Well, this is ending.

                                                                                          Slowly we are outgrowing an era where the unquestioned mantra ‘more is always better’ dictates our behavior. Rather, we now find ourselves, our lives and our homes cluttered with too much information, too much stuff and just too much shit we don’t need.

                                                                                          This simple book helps you become aware of the freedom gained from living with less. It is a small book, easily read under an hour, but it carries a persuasive punch to start living live in a very different way.

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                                                                                          25. Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On It

                                                                                          by Kamal Ravikant

                                                                                            The fundamental ground upon which all true self improvement is build is called self-love. Because in the end, no matter which way you turn, if you don’t love yourself, you will sabotage yourself at one point. You will think that, for some reason or another, you are not worthy. And if you think that, why would you truly want to achieve anything?

                                                                                            And this is not just about achievement. This is about how you approach yourself every day; this is what you see when you look in the mirror.

                                                                                            We make so many snap-judgments about ourselves- often without being conscious of them- that are filled with negativity, haltering us before we can even begin to heal. This powerful book shows you the antidote.

                                                                                            Self love. Not to be confused with creating some narcissistic image of ourselves that some previous books in this list implicitly endorse, but self love, that inner gratefulness that no external condition can take away.

                                                                                            Self love, that infinite source you can share with others.

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                                                                                            Final Thoughts

                                                                                            Now that you’ve got a list of the most inspirational books to improve your life, what should you do next? Read them all?

                                                                                            It’s of course best to read them all, but we only have so much brain energy to take all this knowledge. What if I tell you there’s a way to boost your brain power? Here it is:

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