I am sharing 10 quick recipes of delicious snacks and desserts which you can enjoy yourself or make for your family which do not require you to stay hours in kitchen preparing for cooking some thing special.
1. One Minute Chocolate Mug Cake (Keto Friendly Option)
The best way to satisfy your sweet tooth with tasty and quickest way is to make microwave oven chocolate cake. On top of that, you can make it healthy version with keto friendly ingredients to keep check on your diet. I also like to include healthy sweetener options like date paste, maple syrup or shukar (cane sugar). As it is a quick bake recipe, i also prefer to skip an egg but you can add if you like it. So lets get you to the recipe.
- 4 Tbs of any flour (all purpose, whole wheat, sorghum and oat flour for gluten free option, 6 Tbs almond flour for Keto)
- 3 Tbs of cocoa powder
- 3 Tbs of Sugar (brown, white, maple syrup, date paste)
- 1/2 tsp of baking powder
- 3 Tbs of milk (regular, coconut, almond, soya)
- 1 tbs of oil (butter, coconut or any other)
- Chocolate chips or pieces of chocolate (optional)
Mix all dry ingredients in large oven proof mug and then add wet ingredients. Mix all the things properly. There should be enough space left to rise the cake. If you are adding any chocolate then add them now. Put the mug in oven and bake it for 1 minute. Check in between after 30s. Depending on your oven, the timing can vary to 1 minute to 1 and half. Once the time is over, let it set for few minutes as it will still need a time to set. Enjoy your quick mug cake.
2. Quick Bread Pizza
Are you craving for pizza and don't have time or energy to make dough and assemble all the ingredients then try this quick bread pizza recipe for cheesy bite. You can add any options of veggies or protein you like which you can find easily or just go simple and add basics. Layer it with healthy layer of cheese and bake in microwave oven or on non stick skillet.
- Bread slices
- Pizza sauce (Ketchup, chili garlic or marinara sauce can work as well)
- Vegetables (bell pepper, onions, tomato, olives, mushrooms or others)
- Mozzerella cheese
- Dry herbs (oregano, basil, thyme or mix herbs )
Put bread slice on flat surface and spread your selected sauce evenly on it. Now top the slice with diced or thinly sliced vegetables. You can also add chicken or turkey cooked slices, if available. Now add the layer of mozzarella cheese. Top with olives and herbs at the end. If you baking it in oven, then place the slice in oven proof plate and bake for 2 minutes. Depending on your oven the time can be little less or more. Just stop when the cheese is melted and is flowing. Wait for few minutes before devouring your pizza bread.
3. Apple/strawberry crumble in microwave
This is the most delicious dessert you can make in microwave after mug cake is apple or strawberry crumble. You can also add other fruits if you like. The recipe i am sharing is healthy, gluten free, dairy free and egg free. On top of that, you can make it in one bowl rather then cooking things separately.
- 1 cup chopped apple or strawberries
- 1/2 tsp coconut oil (any butter)
- 1 tbs brown sugar
- 1tsp corn starch
- Pinch of cinnamon
- 2 tbs coconut oil
- 2 tbs brown sugar
- 3 tbs quick oats
- Pinch of cinnamon
Combine topping ingredients in a bowl. In microwave safe bowl or ramekin add your choice of fruit and oil or butter. Microwave it for one minute. Then add sugar, corn starch and cinnamon, mix well. Now add layer of topping mixture on top of filling and spread equally. Now put it in oven for two minutes. Depending on your oven power the timing can vary from less or more. Once the crumble is bubble and apples are soft with set layer of topping, it is time to stop the oven. Remove from oven and let it set for few minutes and serve with whipped cream, ice cream or as it is
4. Ket Friendly Flex seed Crackers
Crackers are the best to snack when you are craving. However finding healthy crackers are difficult. all the recipes or store bought are full of sugar, trans fats and carbs which can interfere with your healthy lifestyle. We are sharing the perfect recipe for low carbs crackers which you make very easily and quickly with just few ingredients and they will definitely keep you satisfied for longer.
- 1 cup whole flax seeds
- 1/2 cup Water
- 1 tsp dried herbs (rosemary, basil, thyme)
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder (Mulitple options include onion powder, chili flakes etc)
- 1/4 tsp salt
Mix flax seeds, water and seasonings in a bowl and refrigerate for overnight. After removing mixture from fridge, stir well to combine everything and then place it between two sheets of butter paper or plastic sheets so you can roll it out. How thin you make your crackers is up to you. Now peel off the top layer of parchment carefully and place the crackers on a baking sheet. Bake at 250 degrees for 1 hour or until the crackers are crispy. You can also try to make them on non stick pan. Once they are done and have cooled down, break in slices and store in air tight container.
5. Egg & Veggie Pan Cake AKA Veggie Omelet (Keto)
The easiest and most healthy pan cake or rather you can call it omelet is filling, quick to make and is very healthy. All you have to do is combine the ingredients, pour on heated skillet and cook for few minutes and your breakfast is ready.
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup of chopped veggies(bell pepper, spinach, green onion, sun dried tomatoes, mushrooms etc)
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 Tbs oil
- Black pepper to taste
- 1 spoon of milk (Optional)
Beat eggs in bowl with milk. You can omit milk but it will add fluffiness in the omelet. Mix salt and pepper. You can also add red chilies or peprika, if you want. Now add all the vegetables and mix well. Brush oil in non stick pan and once heated pour the egg and veggie better in pan and spread equally. Cook for a minute and the flip to other side and let it cook for 2 minutes on low flame so the vegetables are softened. You can increase or decrease the cook time depending on how cooked you like your vegetables. Once done, move to a plate and enjoy your healthy breakfast with tea or coffee.
6. Yogurt Salad
It is the perfect lunch in summers and mostly known as raita but with more ingredients. Where raita is mostly made with green chutney in yogurt, this salad includes more ingredients and is very refreshing in hot days. All you have to do is beat the yogurt with some seasoning and add chopped veggies, chickpeas or even boiled chicken.
- 1 cup yogurt
- 1 cucumber
- 1 large tomato
- 1 small onion
- 1/2 cup cabbage
- 1/2 cup boiled chicken, chickpeas, kidney beans etc (Optional)
- Handful of cilantro
- Few leaves of mint
- Salt to taste
- Black pepper to taste
- Dried herbs
Beat the yogurt with fork or hand beater to make smooth consistency. Now add salt, pepper and herbs and mix again. Now add chopped vegetable, chicken, chickpeas or beans. Whatever you want to add. Mix well and serve immediately or chilled for 30 minutes for more cooling salad.
7. Tortilla Chips
Missing the store bought tortilla chips then don't worry, you can make your own, similar to Doritos.
- Dried herbs
- Salt and pepper
Cut tortillas in triangular shape like Doritos and place them in baking dosh. Season with herbs and cheese. You can also add salt, pepper or other seasoning you like. Now bake them at 250 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes. checking occasionally, if they are not burnt. As depending on the thickness of your tortilla, the baking time can be different to make them crispy. Once the chips is crispy, remove them and cool don before serving.
8. No bake granola energy bars
Energy bars are all rave nowadays and for very good reason. They are packed with many nutrition value and are very filling. They are perfect as pre-workout snack. The recipe we are sharing is the simplest and quickest one. You can customize it as you like and add more ingredients if you want
- 1 cup of rolled oats
- 1 cup of almonds
- 1 cup of dates, pitted
- 1 cup dry cherries
In food processor blend dates and almonds until mixture is gooey. Alternatively if you do not have food processor which can blend dates, you can first soak dates overnight and then blend them with little water. Once pureed pour mixture in pan and cook until the date paste is formed. This paste is perfect alternative for regular white sugar. Now mix other ingredients in date and almond paste and combine well. Press mixture on parchment paper lined in pan evenly. Put in the fridge for about a half hour to firm. Remove from pan with parchment paper and cut into even bars
9. Caramel Popcorn
Popcorn are healthy snack for get together for movie night or binge watching. However why go for plan popcorn when you can make caramel popcorn at home easily.
- Packet of popcorn
- 1/2 cup butter
- 2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
Make popcorn according to the instruction. You can pick any popcorn either microwave or the ones which can be made in pan. Now to make caramel, heat the butter in pan with brown sugar and salt. stir constantly. Once the sugar is melted, let it cook for few more minutes and add baking soda. Remove from heat and pour over popcorn slowly and stir continuously, so all the popcorn are well coated before the caramel is cooled down. Serve once the caramel popcorn are cooled down.
10. Easy Alfredo Pasta
Craving for carbs, then what is better then cheesy pasta where you do not have to cut all the vegetables. It is easy to make and very filling, while you can make it in less then 30 minutes.
- 1 packet of any pasta
- 1 tbs all purpose flour
- 1 tbs butter
- 2 cup milk
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- half cup cheddar cheese and mozzarella cheese
Cook pasta according to instruction. On medium heat, melt butter then add flour and stir continuously. Add warm milk in butter and flour mixture, little by little while stirring. Now add salt and pepper or any herbs you want to add and stir until it thickens. remove from heat and add to your cooked pasta. Now top with layer of cheddar and mozzarella cheese and bake in microwave oven for few minutes, until the cheese is melted, almost 3 minutes. Top with parsley and enjoy.
Let me know which recipe is your favorite and if you are going to make one.