This list of incredibly simple yet tasty desserts proves the answer is no. From lava cakes and bread pudding to lemon bars and cobblers, these recipes use real, whole ingredients, take less than 20 minutes to prep, and most are healthier than what you'd normally be noshing on to satisfy your sweet tooth. There are a few exceptions, but at first glance, you'll understand why leaving them off this list was out of the question.
Hosting a dinner party anytime soon? Guests will love this to-die-for cobbler. Plus, it's easy to prep beforehand and let cook in the Crock-Pot while you make the rest of the meal. Basil is an unexpected and delicious accent flavor, and any dessert you can top with vanilla ice cream is a win in our book.
Sweetened with maple syrup and mixed with cinnamon, cardamom, and ginger, this dessert is better for you and packed with flavor. Plus, it's vegan, gluten-free, and paleo!
Bonus: You can eat these baked apples for breakfast as well! This recipe is so simple—just five ingredients including optional (or is it?) ice cream. Use a healthier granola (homemade or KIND) that is high in fiber and protein and low in added sugars. Feel free to spice it up with some cinnamon and cloves.
This may have been created to go over oatmeal in the morning, but why not scoop it over ice cream for dessert? We love that you can opt for less sugar and not worry about sacrificing taste if you do. You'll not only keep it healthier but will also get a touch more tartness from the dried fruit.
If you have extra bananas lying around the house, this dessert is a great way to use them. It also doesn't hurt that the classic only takes 10 minutes to prep. Serve over ice cream or a slice of pound cake. You can omit the rum, but we love the extra dimension it adds to the flavor.
Puddings and Dips
A delicious way to get rid of day-old bread, this Crock-Pot combo will make your whole house smell like pumpkin spice (i.e. dreamy). Tip: If you don't have old bread, just cut fresh bread into cubes, and throw them in the oven for a few minutes to dry out a bit.
Talk about quick: This chocolatey goodness only takes five minutes to whip up and throw in the slow cooker! Let's be real, this is not the healthiest dessert on the list, but it's an incredibly scrumptious way to enjoy seasonal fruit. Plus, it's a perfect recipe for large get-togethers. Grab some strawberries, bananas, and cake, and get dipping!
This pudding is slightly more time-intensive than the rest, but the end result is absolutely stunning (just look at that picture) and oh-so-good. The mixture of orange and ginger delivers a delightful zing in every bite. If you can't find golden caster sugar, white works too! (Crunched for time? Just omit the orange slices.)
We're not going to pretend this dish is healthy—but, honestly, omitting it just felt cruel. Who isn't crazy about Nutella? No fear, this recipe keeps the hazelnut chocolate spread to a minimum without sacrificing flavor. Put this indulgence on the calendar: Valentine's Day and your birthday are both fair game.
When it comes to bread pudding, this recipe is on the healthier side, especially if you use whole-wheat bread. The maple syrup, walnuts, and dried cranberries lend a nice wintry flavor that will make you want to curl up in front of a fire. To make it even better for you, just cut the caramel sauce.
Cakes and Bars
We love how simple this recipe is, and cooking it in a Crock-Pot makes it extra moist and delicious. Just be sure to line the slow cooker so the cake is easy to remove. Don't forget to use pure pumpkin (which is chock-full of nutrients and vitamins like vitamin A, potassium, and fiber) rather than pumpkin pie filling.
This cake is every chocolate lover's dream—and well worth the two hours it takes to whip up in your slow cooker. Calling all gluten-free and dairy-free chocolate fiends: This recipe can be adapted just for you.
All the things we love most—peanut butter, chocolate, and a Crock-Pot—in one perfect recipe. Sublimely decadent and simple to make, this dessert is the stuff of sweet dreams.
If you're not a big chocolate fan (it happens, people) but still want to dig into a gooey, lava-textured cake, this recipe is for you. Use fresh raspberries, and top it off with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or whip cream.
When it comes to apple desserts, this recipe takes the cake. The blend of apples and citrus is incredible and adds a nice twist to the traditional apple dish. The recipe feeds 10, so it's ideal for a medium-size dinner party.
These gluten-free, paleo cookies only take five minutes to prep and are incredibly tasty. You'll start wondering if there's any reason to ever make regular cookies again when you can just throw these in the slow cooker and go about finishing the chores (or that latest Netflix show you're binge-watching).
Have you ever made lemon bars in a Crock-Pot? You'll never go back. These are a splurge when you consider the butter content, but the recipe makes 12 bars. Solidify your friendships and give some away, or store them in the freezer and pull one out when you deserve a treat.
This "dessert" is not even classified as one—it’s that healthy. Sure, you can have these for breakfast or a snack, but don’t deny that the bars—packed with apples, almond butter, and maple syrup, oh my—are just as able to satisfy sweet cravings.
This bread has the mouthwatering apple cinnamon taste of the donut that it's named for. But with honey as its sweetener and whole-wheat flour and flaxseed (which is full of protein and fiber), it's about as healthy as you can get for a donut-like dessert.
This recipe keeps gingerbread on the healthier side by using gluten-free flour, natural spices, and almond milk or water. Substitute a natural sweetener like honey or molasses, or use regular sugar instead of going for the Swerve sweetener.
Making banana bread just got way easier. Toss these eight simple ingredients together, throw in a slow cooker, and four hours later you'll have a delicious, healthy treat. Plus, it's another great excuse to use up overripe bananas and add a little extra potassium and fiber to your diet.
Equally tasty on a winter or summer day, this lemon poppyseed bread has the perfect pop of citrus (and is a welcome change from the banana and pumpkin bread you've been making all season). Opt for Greek yogurt instead of sour cream to make this an even healthier option.
A zucchini bread recipe that is so fast and easy to mix up you'll make it all the time. Plus, it helps fill you with a little green goodness while you're enjoying dessert. If you prefer, you can leave the chocolate chips out, and it will still taste like heaven.