Easy Desserts I: How to satisfy cravings the fast and cheap way

One of my new year’s resolutions was to post more on my blog and try out many new recipes. Unfortunately, that resolution is failing in the face of a super-demanding semester. So the last time I shopped for food, I decided to look for things that wouldn’t take time to make and also didn’t cost me a bomb. Strangely, I managed to find a combination of super-cheap and easy to whip up desserts. Here are some of these ideas:

1. Yellow Cake – Banana Muffins

Main Ingredient: Pillsbury Moist Supreme Yellow Cake Mix costing  just $1

  • 1 (18.25 ounce) package yellow cake mix
  • 2 very ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  1. Prepare yellow cake mix according to package directions. Preheat oven to 350 F
  2. Mash the bananas with the baking soda and stir into the cake mix batter. Pour batter into one greased and floured 9×13 inch baking pan/muffin trays
It took me 5 minutes to prepare the batter and around 15 minutes for my cupcakes to bake. Just keep checking yours with a fork – if the fork comes out clean and the batter’s not runny, then your cupcakes are ready! I personally prefer them refrigerated.
You can use walnuts and chocolate chips as well (though depending on your cake mix, your batter could already be pretty sweet, so you might stay off chocolate chips or similarly sweet frosting).
Alternatively, if you’re making these cupcakes for a fancier occasion, you can try putting this awesome lemon glaze on your cupcakes: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/paula-deen/lemon-blossoms-recipe/index.html

Yellow Cake Mix Cupcakes

2. Parfait

Main ingredient: 1-2 cups of yoplait light/fat free yogurt costing 60 cents each!

I only recently discovered Yoplait’s many flavors and their fat free/light flavors are absolutely delicious. My favorite ones are: Strawberry-Banana and Blueberry. The Red Velvet and Blackberry are also decent, but the Boston Creme Pie is a bit of fail.

So if these yogurts are not enough by themselves, go ahead and whip up a parfait! Most of us have granola, different kinds  of berries or bananas always lying at home. It makes  for a delicious, filling and a healthy snack.

Berry Parfait













Some other ideas include:

1. Toasted Waffle Ice Cream Sandwich (though I personally would not add maple syrup to this): http://allrecipes.com/recipe/toasted-waffle-ice-cream-sandwich/detail.aspx

2. Chocolate-covered strawberries (http://www.marthastewart.com/313844/chocolate-covered-strawberries?center=276948&gallery=275225&slide=281675

3. Grilled banana-nutella panini (http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes-and-cooking/quick-and-easy-dessert-recipes/pictures/page-4.html)