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14 super-easy dessert ideas that will be on the table in just 15 minutes

Level up from your usual bowl of ice cream with these super-quick but oh-so-delicious dessert ideas! From banana split sundaes to no-bake strawberry tarts, these recipes will satisfy your sweet tooth with minimal effort.

By Harriet Keown
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    3 delicious sorbet recipes you can make in an instant

    Want freshly-made frozen treats in a flash? These instant sorbet recipes are just what you need. All you need is a few ingredients, a blender and five minutes up your sleeve - and voilà!

    New Zealand Woman's Weekly|

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    Banana split sundae with warm toffee rum sauce

    The classic banana split gets a delicious upgrade in this sophisticated sundae recipe. Bananas are cooked in a gooey warm toffee rum sauce then served with ice cream and nuts. Heaven!


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    Easy affogato

    Scoops of vanilla ice cream are “drowned” in strong roasted espresso coffee in Nici Wickes' version of this Italian favourite. The hot-cold combination is deliriously good

    New Zealand Woman's Weekly|

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    Chocolate ricotta pudding

    This highly decadent and indulgent chocolate ricotta pudding recipe is drizzled with homemade chocolate sauce. Serve hot for dessert with scoops of ice cream for a real treat!


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    No-choc crackle slice

    We are obsessed with this no-choc crackle slice! Packed with powerfoods such as chia seeds and sunflower seeds, this nutritious and delicious snack is perfect for the lunchbox.

    Woman's Day (NZ edition)|

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    Toasted marshmallow s'more

    This American classic campfire sweet treat is believed to have been so-named due to the cries of "some more"! They come in many shapes and sizes. This version uses marshmallows and caramel-filled chocolate. Yum!

    Woman's Day|

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    Mug mud cake pudding

    Who doesn’t love a winter pudding to warm up with on a cold night? Cooking for one doesn’t need to be hard either - this mug mud cake pudding is scaled down to suit you, fitting perfectly into one large or two smaller mugs.

    New Zealand Woman's Weekly|

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    Watermelon dessert pizza with vanilla cream

    This watermelon pizza recipe is here to take the title of your favourite summer dessert! Simple yet showstopping, this 'pizza' is the perfect sweet treat for adults and kids to enjoy this sunny season


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    Blackberry parfait

    The quality of store bought meringue is excellent, and once smothered fresh blackberries, yoghurt and cream your guests won't know the difference. For a grown up version, splash a little blackberry liqueur such as crème de mûre for a boozy twist.

    Australian Women's Weekly|

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    No-bake strawberry tarts with creamy mascarpone filling

    All you need 10 minutes and six ingredients to make this sweet strawberry tart recipe come to life. Serve these no-bake tarts as a simple yet sophisticated summer dessert the whole family will love

    New Zealand Taste|

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    Citrus coconut balls

    These little balls are a fantastic standby for an after-dinner sweet treat, and great to have on hand for unexpected guests.

    New Zealand Woman's Weekly|

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    Mini fruit and custard tarts

    These delicious mini fruit and custard tarts are incredibly easy to make, but will make you the star of your next dinner party. Could dessert get any cuter?

    New Zealand Woman's Weekly|

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    Seared maple-glazed peaches with spiced zabaglione

    This recipe sees juicy peaches seared to perfection with maple syrup and coconut sugar, then served with zabaglione (a custardy-like Italian dessert). Enjoy for a simple yet sophisticated sweet treat


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    Chocolate miso sauce

    The addition of miso in this simple chocolate sauce recipe adds a beautiful depth of flavour and subtle saltiness. Some will think this is a strange combination, but it's really a perfect match

    New Zealand Taste|