Easy Dessert Treats the Whole Family Will Love

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Who doesn’t love treating the family to a three-course meal? Well I suppose that’s if you don’t have to prepare and cook it yourself. Children and adults will agree that dessert is one of the most exciting courses we look forward to when eating out but with little or no time to prepare special treats in today’s hectic schedules, dessert is something that is often left out or pre-bought to save time. Baking with your kids is a great way to bring everyone together and get a flavour of what everyone likes to sample, and it also doesn’t have to feel like a chore when whizzing up an evening meal.

There are tons of no bake or simple recipes to try that are super quick and incredibly tasty. Each providing a dessert the whole family will love. Take a look at these easy desserts to whip up when you have little time to spare.

Banana split pops

These are super quick to make and offer a dessert treat in a jiffy. All you have to do is peel a banana and pop a lolly stick in the end, dip in melted chocolate and sprinkles and freeze for a few hours. Top the banana split pop with whipped cream and a cherry for the ultimate alternative to a banana split.

American pancakes

Fluffy pancakes not only create a great breakfast treat, they also offer the perfect dessert option that kids and adults will love. The best American pancake recipes offer a simple, no fuss way to create a tasty sweet treat. Whip them up with plain flour, baking powder, caster sugar, milk, egg and melted butter and top with anything that takes your fancy. Why not try melted chocolate or perhaps a mix of fruits for those that fancy a healthier option.

Chocolate dipped oranges

We’ve all heard of chocolate covered strawberries but why not mix it up a little with our favourite citrus fruit. Chocolate orange is the perfect alternative and super quick to make. Segment a clementine, dip the majority of it in melted chocolate, and add a pinch of flaky sea salt and pop in the fridge for 20 minutes until firm. Enjoy!

Chocolate mousse

This dessert can be ready in under half an hour, perfect for preparing before dinner and enjoying straight after. Melt some plain chocolate, whisk into milk, fold the cream into the cooled chocolate mix, refrigerate for 25 minutes and delve in to dessert heaven.

Summer berry compote

Fruit is a great way to introduce children to an alternative in healthy sweet treats. They are also perfect for dessert. Compote is super easy to create; just mix your favourite combinations together add a touch of caster sugar then refrigerating for approximately 20 minutes. You can add this compote to a range of sweet treats including meringue nests or ice cream.  

Digestive based cakes

For a delightfully crunchy dessert option, creating a digestive biscuit based cake is a great choice. Finely crush digestive biscuits and mix with melted butter, line a tart or cake base with the mixture and press firmly into the tray. Bake in a preheated oven for approximately 8 minutes and top with a range of delicious options. You could try fruit, cheesecake mix, banoffee fusion or your own creative creation.

Banana frittata

This dessert is a twist on the traditional pancake. Made in a very similar way and with the same ingredients, the only extra element is adding some bananas to the recipe. This is an ideal way to get children into eating fruit with a sweet alternative and you can also try apple pancakes or frittatas too.

Homemade fruit ice cream

Now this might sound like it takes hours to make but if you can spare about 10 minutes, it’s perfect for when you have little time or people drop in unexpectedly for dinner. Choose what fruit flavour you’d like to create. It could be strawberries, summer berries or perhaps mango but it has to be frozen. Mix the frozen fruit and sugar in a processor, process until the fruit is roughly chopped and decrease the processor speed whilst slowly pouring in the double cream until fully mixed in and serve. If you make a big batch, why not pop it in the freezer for future dessert treats.  

Creating your favourite desserts can be a really quick way to treat the family. Mealtime doesn’t have to feel like a chore and these quick and easy options offer a delicious complement to a family meal any day of the week.

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