While it’s definitely the most wonderful time of the year, it’s also the most hectic. Sure, you got through Thanksgiving in one piece, but now you have to worry about hosting Christmas and New Years—which means purchasing a plethora of presents and concocting impressive menus, all while seriously considering to “forget” to press send on the text inviting to your SO’s snotty sister.
Clearly, there’s no better time to take a step back from the stress and unwind. While we’re not typically proponents of eating our feelings, these easy slow cooker desserts sure can help. They require zero cleanup and they’re basically impossible to screw up or burn. The best part? All you need is your nifty slow cooker—no rolling pin or cookie cutters required! Heck, you can even whip up one of these recipes for your guests. And if you’re a big fan of using the oh-so-practical crock pot for savory dishes, too, be sure to give one of these 20 Best Soups For Your Slow Cooker a spot on your dinner table!
Hot Fudge Cake With Peanut Butter Sauce
Nutrition: 199 calories, 7.7 g fat (3 g saturated) 227 mg sodium, 31.1 g carbs, 1.2 g fiber, 20.1 g sugar, 3.6 g protein (calculated with skim milk)
Let’s be real: It’s virtually impossible to resist any dessert that’s build upon a decadent fudgy chocolate cake—especially when it’s smothered in a creamy PB sauce. And just a heads up: leftovers of this recipe will not exist. I repeat: they will not exist. So if the chocolate and nut butter lover in your life happens to get angry that you didn’t leave him a taste, consider ordering one of these 5 Gifts For Peanut Butter Lovers Under $15—and check the express shipping box while you're at it!
Get the recipe from Pinch Of Yum.
3-Ingredient Healthier Crock-Pot Hot Chocolate
Nutrition: 197 calories, 1 g fat (0.6 g saturated), 140 mg sodium, 39.9 g carbs, 2.4 g fiber, 36 g sugar, 9.9 g protein (calculated with skim milk and ⅔ cup honey)
Nothing makes a snowy winter day more bearable than a cup of warm chocolatey goodness. A mug of this comforting drink is filled with antioxidant-rich cocoa (one of these 5 Helathiest Spices On The Planet) and sweetened with honey. Cheers to that!
Get the recipe from The Busy Baker.
Gooey Slow Cooker Caramel Blondies
Nutrition: 169 calories, 5 g fat (2.9 g saturated), 167 mg sodium, 29.4 g carbs, 0 g fiber, 19.3 g sugar, 2 g protein (calculated with skim milk)
One word: caramel. That 3-syllable gift to mankind is one that always leaves us super excited to whip out our own crockpots. These slow-cooked blondies are über rich and soft—especially once you’ve topped them with a blanket of ooey-gooey caramel sauce. Don't worry, we’re drooling right there with you.
Get the recipe from Taste And Tell.
Slow Cooker Crispy Chocolate Almond Candy
Nutrition: 183 calories, 10.9 g fat (3.7 g saturated), 147 mg sodium, 21.5 g carbs, 1.4 g fiber, 13.5 g sugar, 3.1 g protein (calculated with 1 tsp sea salt)
These crispy candies actually do a lot less damage than their yummy title implies. They pack a perfect sweet and salty flavor as well as some satisfying crunch (thanks to the healthy fat-filled almonds)—all for less than 200 calories! Plus, they’re vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, and consist of only four guilt-free ingredients. It doesn’t get much better than that!
Get the recipe from Lauren Kelly Nutrition.
Slow Cooker Mint Chocolate Pudding Cake
Nutrition: 267 calories, 10.3 g fat 93.5 g saturated), 10 mg sodium, 42.9 g carbs, 2.5 g fiber, 29.3 g sugar, 4 g protein
Warm soup and steaming hot lattes definitely make the nippy weather a bit more bearable—and so does this cozy, minty chocolate pudding cake. Not a fan of peppermint? You can easily swap the mint chocolate chips for butterscotch chips, peanut butter chips, or even more chocolate chips. The options are endless—seriously!
Get the recipe from Beyond Frosting.