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Fruit Desserts

Easy cleanups, perfectly portioned servings, quick to make — there are so many reasons to love mug desserts. I’ve picked out a handful of my favorite dessert recipes that can be made in minutes with a mug, a microwave, and just a few ingredients. Enjoy!

Everyone loves a good cheesecake, but sometimes we just want a slice. This one-serving cheesecake, made with a graham cracker crust, from Kirbie’s Cravings is baked in the microwave and then stuck in the fridge for about an hour to cool. Top it off with your favorite fruit.

Our favorite childhood treat comes to life in thanks to just 60 seconds in the microwave, courtesy of Gemma from Bigger Bolder Baking. Her strawberry pop tart mug recipe is filled with strawberry jam and then spooned with icing and sprinkles. See ya later, toaster!

A warm, cake-like blueberry muffin is what you need for tomorrow morning’s breakfast. Five Heart Home refers to this berry-bursting recipe as the “Cliff Notes” version of a cake, meaning it’s ready in minutes and only requires a few ingredients.

Health-conscious recipe creator Mike of The Iron You has, with some trial and error (25 tries to be exact), perfected the cinnamon roll in a mug recipe. A coconut-y icing is melted over the finished gooey pastry after microwaving for two minutes. Mike provides alternative ingredients for vegans, as well.

If your chocolate craving is calling, stop right here. Another scrumptious recipe from Five Heart Home, this chocolate peanut butter mug cake is made in just one minute. That means in just 60 seconds, you have your own mug-size peanut butter lava cake.

Jenn from Princess Pinky Girl recommends using challah bread in this mug french toast — the sweet and buttery texture of the bread is ideal. A sprinkle of chocolate chips add even more sweetness to this quick cinnamon-laden breakfast!

Skip the Dunkin Donuts drive-thru and indulge in a mug-made jelly donut. Another gem from Gemma, Bigger Bolder Baking is this sweet “Mugnut”. Gemma uses a strawberry jam for the center, but feel free to use whatever flavor suits you.

Heather Likes Food shares her must-have tip for perfect microwave coffee cake. There’s a secret ingredient to this cake that gives it moisture despite being cooked in a microwave: applesauce.

Can’t wait until after Thanksgiving dinner for a slice of pumpkin pie? The texture of this pumpkin pie in a mug is a perfect mixture of a cake and a pie. Gingersnap cookies and pumpkin puree make this quick dessert very fall friendly — but let’s be honest, we wouldn’t mind eating pumpkin pie in the middle of March.

S’mores lovers, rejoice! Behold, a s’mores treat that doesn’t even require a bonfire. Cookie Dough and Oven Mitt provides a s’mores cake, filled with graham cracker bits and chocolate pieces. If you’re looking for more of that bonfire feel, place a couple mini marshmallows on top and brown them with a torch.


Ahh, watermelon. The juiciest, most flavorful summer fruit there ever was. We love including luscious watermelon in cocktails and fruity salads, but it can do so much more! Read on for some of our favorite bloggers’ takes on wonderful watermelon.

Naturally, we’re starting things off with a zingy, fresh cocktail! These Watermelon Mexican Mules from The Candid Appetite feature tequila instead of traditional Moscow Mule vodka—but who’s complaining?

Molly from My Name is Yeh created these tiny watermelon-and-yogurt cakes for her baby chickens’ first birthday! For a more human-friendly version, she recommends lightly-sweetened yogurt or whipped cream to slather between watermelon slices.

We can always count on Half Baked Harvest to deliver on colorful, incredibly flavor-packed dishes, and these Minty Watermelon-Cucumber Margaritas are no exception. Whether you like your margs frozen or on the rocks, you won’t want to miss these.

If you’re already making delectable watermelon margaritas, you might as well save some watermelon to make the zesty salsa for these Grilled Halibut Tacos with Watermelon Salsa from Heather Christo. Serrano chili pepper, fresh cilantro, and lime are a perfect match for sweet, juicy watermelon.

There’s no better way to beat the heat than with an ultra-cool fruit-and-ice pop, like these Raspberry-Strawberry-Watermelon Pops from I Am a Food Blog. We love the tip about blending the fruit but not ALL the way—so there’s still delightful little chunks of fruit for texture.

Okay, we know there are countless ways to make a watermelon cocktail. But you NEED to try these Watermelon Ginger Spritzers from Kitchen Konfidence! Vibrant watermelon paired with sassy ginger beer is the way to go.

These tart Watermelon Raspberry Sorbet Sandwiches  from Dessert for Two will make you forget all about those traditional ice cream sandwiches of yesteryear. We’d wager these would even taste amazing with a little burrata on top.

This Grilled Watermelon Salad from What Should I Make For is summer on a plate. Grilled watermelon, crispy prosciutto, and tangy balsamic dressing elevate this dish to ULTRA craveable.

Sure, you’ve had a wedge salad before. But you’ve never had one like this Joy the Baker creation! Pile watermelon high with greens, avocado, feta, and jalapeno for a Watermelon Wedge you’ll never forget.

These Watermelon, Feta, and Blackberry Skewers from A Healthy Life for Me could honestly pass for appetizers OR dessert. So… that means we can have some before AND after dinner, right!?

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We’re wild for watermelon, and not just a slice. This fun and fruity round-up features everything from watermelon pico de gallo to boozy watermelon slushies. Now that’s what we call summer.

Watermelon Tequila Pops

What’s better than a margarita? Watermelon-tequila push popsThe Little Epicurean looks to Grand Marnier for double the trouble.

Watermelon Caprese

Trendy pineapple isn’t the only fruit heating up these days. Give honey-brushed watermelon a quick flip on the grill, then top with all the makings of a classic caprese salad. Two favorites in one? Thanks, How Sweet It Is!

Spicy Watermelon Soda

Pop, fizz, drink. This Spicy Watermelon Soda from Vegetarian Ventures is pure summer in a glass, thanks to pureed watermelon and homemade jalapeno simple syrup. Keep it sassy with a squeeze of lime.

Watermelon Cucumber Salad

The spinach can wait. My Diary Of Us tosses watermelon, cucumber, and mint in honey for the salad of the summer. Lemon gives it a lip-puckering finish.

Watermelon Pico

This is the stuff epic summer parties are made of. Grab a bag of golden chips and scoop up some watermelon-mango pico from Damn Delicious for sweet, colorful deliciousness in every bite.

Boozy Slushies

Put the “chill” in chill out, with boozy strawberry-watermelon slushies from Cravings Of A Lunatic. Sparkling water makes the fruity concoction extra fizzy.

Watermelon Ice Pops

 Pool day? Don’t forget the pops! Eat Yourself Skinny looks to watermelon puree and lime sherbet to create the chilly treats. Think you see seeds? Spoiler alert: they’re actually chocolate chips. Genius!

It’s not summer without strawberry shortcake! From lush strawberry shortcake dip to strawberry shortcake sangria, here are 7 ways to celebrate the iconic dessert.

Strawberry Shortcake Donuts

Nothing beats a cakey doughnut with strawberry glaze. Delish Knowledge makes her Strawberry Shortcake Baked Donuts with apple sauce to keep them extra fluffy. Did we mention they’re vegan? Delish!

Strawberry Icebox Cake

I scream, you scream… you know the drill. Mariah’s Pleasing Plates plays up two of our favorite childhood snacks — strawberry wafer cookies and ice cream — in this gorgeous Strawberry Shortcake Icebox Cake. One cool bite and we’re sold.

Floral Shortcake

Just a sprinkling of lavender buds makes a world of difference in this floral take on Strawberry ShortcakeMy Kitchen Love blends hers right into the frosting, alongside fresh lemon zest and curls of whipped cream.

Strawberry Shortcake Dip

Bet your BBQ guests didn’t see this one coming. Grab a stack of shortbread cookies or graham crackers and dunk your way to deliciousness with a bowl of Strawberry Shortcake Dip from Just A Little Bit Of Bacon. Warning: the cream cheese base is undeniably addictive.

Strawberry Shortcake Pancakes

Waking up early on the weekend isn’t usually our forte, but for a stack of these Strawberry Shortcake Greek Yogurt Pancakes, we’ll make an exception. Cafe Delites makes them with half the guilt — so you can have your cake and eat it, too. Pass the strawberry syrup, please!

Strawberry Shortcake Sangria

Put the “happy” in happy hour with a pitcher of Strawberry Shortcake SangriaLemon Tree Dwelling looks to just four ingredients to mix it up: pink moscato, whipped cream-flavored vodka, strawberry simple syrup, and strawberries. Hello, summer in a glass!

Strawberry Shortcake Float

If The Spoon Fits knows exactly what we want in a summer drink: dessert, ice cream, and booze. Combine the classic flavors of strawberry shortcake with Grand Marnier and carbonated blackberry soda to achieve the ultimate Ice Cream Float.

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Blueberry Coconut Ice Cream Pie

We are THIS close to the official start of summer; aka Memorial Day and I can’t wait for all the summer picnics, pie baking and fresh BERRIES! To start the summer off, I am throwing this blueberry coconut ice cream pie together. Isn’t it lovely? I made this pie for Mother’s Day actually and my whole family loved it! And let me tell you, it is incredibly easy to make. It is almost no-bake since we are only quickly baking the crust for 10 minutes. So that counts right?

Blueberry Coconut Ice Cream Pie

I used this recipe for inspiration and built upon it with one of my favorite flavors; coconut. I know coconut goes great with berries so I decided to throw in some into the almond crust, which by the way is completely gluten-free. Add some toasted coconut flakes to the crust for an added crunchy (tropical) twist.

Blueberry Coconut Ice Cream Pie

To make the filling, you will need a blueberry sauce. Use fresh or frozen blueberries for this. You can also use your favorite berries. I can see this being wonderful with raspberries or blackberries. They all will be great for a summer picnic/ dessert. For an enhancement of the berry flavor, I added a little almond extract to the blueberry sauce. It’s a good idea. Try it the next time you are making any berry filling.

Finally, I used a homemade coconut ice cream recipe but you can use any store bought one you love. This coconut recipe is creamy good and one of my favorites.

Blueberry Coconut Ice Cream Pie

This pie is DEFINITELY one that you should add to your summer list! Enjoy :)

Notes:

I used this recipe and adapted it with the following changes:

1) Add 1/2 cup toasted coconut flakes to the crust. I used unsweetened coconut flakes but you can use the sweetened kind too. Pulse the coconut flakes with the rest of the crust ingredients.

2) I used 4 tablespoons unsalted butter for the crust.

3) I added a 1/4 teaspoon almond extract and 1/4 teaspoon coconut extract to the blueberry sauce. Stir in extracts after you remove the sauce from heat.

4) I used 1 quart of homemade coconut ice cream instead of vanilla ice cream. Feel free to use your favorite coconut ice cream recipe here.

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banana frozen yogurt

With all of the recipes for “nice cream” flooding my social media accounts—you know, the ice cream made simply by blending up frozen bananas into a smooth and creamy dessert—I’ve been experimenting with the idea at home. I like to incorporate some protein into my snacks and desserts, both for myself and for kids, when possible to provide balanced energy and avoid potential sugar crashes. This recipe for Greek Frozen Yogurt takes the idea of banana nice cream up a notch by pairing it with rich Greek yogurt and a swirl of decadent peanut butter.

After the first time I made this recipe, I realized something pretty amazing: It’s essentially a less-sweet version of the Peanut Butter Banana Frozen Yogurt from Ben & Jerry’s that my husband likes. You get more real banana flavor but the same creaminess and peanut butter swirls—and it’s ready to make whenever you have just a few simple ingredients on hand. Since the weather has been warmer, we’ve had this for dessert, of course, but also for afternoon snacks. It’s super satisfying and really delicious!

ripe bananas

I started with this recipe for Strawberry Greek Frozen Yogurt and used this as my ingredient list:

2 cups plain Greek frozen yogurt (2% or whole milk)
2 cups sliced very ripe bananas
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 tablespoons honey
2-3 tablespoons creamy peanut butter

blended frozen yogurt mixture

Blend everything together in a blender, then you can just follow the instructions as written in the original recipe. (Or, to make this “instant” frozen yogurt, try using frozen bananas and serving the blended mixture right away!)

banana frozen yogurt with Greek yogurt and peanut butter

After storing this dessert in the freezer, it does need a little time to soften before serving, so plan to take it out of the freezer about 15 minutes ahead of time. This will ensure that it’s easy to scoop and has the best texture. And if your kids prefer popsicles, try freezing the blended mixture into freezer pops!

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