These speedy desserts require minimal washing up – and more importantly, they're all just for you

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We’ve all been there – you’ve had your dinner and you’re craving something sweet, but the shops seem an awfully long way away from the sofa ...

What you need is something quick, perfectly proportioned and so easy you can make it with one eye still on Eastenders. What you need is: a single-serve dessert. 


We’ve marvelled at the genius of the 5-minute microwave mug cake, but there’s a whole world of lazy, selfish puddings out there to satisfy your sweet tooth – from secretly green avocado mousse to gooey-and-proud peanut butter cookies.


Quick, polish it off before anyone else catches the scent! What cookie? No, there was never a cookie. 


1. One minute chocolate peanut butter mug cake

No healthy substitutions here – just a little ramekin of rich, molten glory made from ingredients you've probably got in the cupboard.  


If it was any easier, it'd be called "eating peanut butter and Nutella straight from the jars". Get the recipe.

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2. Microwave apple crumble

Buttery, caramelised and sweetly spiced, this three-minute apple and cinnamon micro pudding is on a whole other level to the "emergency" crumble you tried to make with a tin of stewed fruit and a box of musesli at the end of a student dinner party (probably).


Plus, you get to pretend you're a giant eating a normal-sized crumble. What's not to love?

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3. Chargrilled pineapple with mint sugar

Firing up the barbecue for a solo dessert would really be an exercise in treating oneself, but this fragrant pineapple creation works just as well in a griddle pan too. Get the recipe.

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4. Two minute Biscoff mug cake

We've heard the rumours that some people manage to do things with Biscoff biscuit spread other than immediately eat it all straight from the jar, and now here is the proof. Get the recipe.


Still, you only need to control yourself for 60 seconds. Stay strong.


5. Summer berry ice

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ... summer berry soft-scoop – whizzed up in seconds using frozen fruit and chilled custard. Get the recipe.

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6. Dark chocolate and sea salt cookie

As well as looking like heaven on a plate, this cookie monster is gluten-free, dairy-free and ready in 15 minutes.


Blogger Sophie even claims you're allowed to eat it for breakfast, and we're not going to fight her on that. Get the recipe.

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7. Peanut butter balls

They might look like a snack for the bird table, but this is actually the acceptable face of a peanut butter binge.


These energy-boosting fruit and nut balls are nice for sharing, but even better for rustling up on a quiet evening and keeping all to yourself. That's just how we roll. Get the recipe.

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8. Carrot cake in a mug

A much more joyful way to use up an old carrot than putting it in yet another soup, this microwaved wonder doesn't even need butter or eggs.


What is in it, you ask? Magic, probably. Get the recipe here.

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9. 10-minute microwave cheesecake mug cake

Sure, it requires a modicum more effort than just spreading cream cheese on a biscuit – but look how cute this weeny microwave cheesecake is. Get the recipe here.


See also: previous comment about pretending to be a giant. 

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10. Cheat's Eton mess

If eggs makes a meal out of anything, then meringue nests make a pudding out of whatever you have in the fridge. This lazy Eton mess recipe serves four people, so scale the ingredients down for a solo dessert. Or don't.

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11. Microwave chocolate chip cookie

The way the cookie crumbles? Er, this one doesn't. But when it's squidgy, molten and ready in 120 seconds, your stomach isn't going to be complaining. Get the recipe.


12. Chocolate avocado pudding

Avocado wasn't content with just being the most Instagrammed toast topping in town – now it's branching out into the dessert realm too.


Pretty Bee's chocolate and avocado pudding is dairy-free, nutritious and doesn't taste remotely like salad. Promise.

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