80+ Easy Desserts to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

updated Jan 5, 2024
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Is dessert not a foundational part of fall? There are leaves changing colors, apples being picked, pumpkins being carved, and desserts being made. Whether you’re baking with your kids, craving something chocolate-y, or looking for something you can make with no oven, it’s the perfect time to lean into your sweet tooth.

Here are over 80 of our favorite dessert recipes, with a little something for everyone.

Easy Cake Recipes

It’s almost impossible to narrow down all of our favorite cake recipes, but here are 15 delicious ones to start with.

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Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
A classic sweetly-spiced pumpkin sheet cake with soft cream cheese frosting.
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Cherry Shortcake

In lieu of individual shortcakes, this one big shortcake really makes a statement — and reduces the amount of time spent on assembling before serving.

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Gingerbread Bundt Cake
This cake — full of warm-yet-citrusy coriander; heady notes from the allspice, clove, and cinnamon; and depth of sweetness from molasses — delivers all the cozy, familiar tastes of the season with a bit of heat and pizzazz thrown in the mix.
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Buttery Streusel Coffee Cake
The butteriest, most delicious streusel coffee cake in all the land.
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Blood Orange Olive Oil Cake
On top of its lovely texture, this cake has a delightful flavor — suffused with the sweetness of freshly squeezed blood orange juice and fragrant bits of zest that edge toward bitter in the best way possible.
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Honey Apple Cake
With layers of fresh apple cake, honey buttercream, and a touch of crunchy oat crumble, you may even end up devouring a slice of this one for breakfast!
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Southern-Style Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Ganache Frosting
This classic, southern-style chocolate cake isn't just a great chocolate cake. It's the very best chocolate cake.
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Peppermint Mocha Snack Cake
This coffee-spiked chocolate cake topped with a sea of crushed peppermint candies is a holiday staple that's easy to whip together.
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Chocolate Lava Cakes
With just five ingredients, this classic restaurant dessert is surprisingly easy to whip up at home, and thanks to their surprise-inside center, they're guaranteed to delight whoever you're serving.
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Pear and Cinnamon Crumb Cake
Remember that classic coffee cake you grew up eating — the kind with the buttery cake and sugared crumb topping you loved so much? Well, we’re taking it just a bit further this season.
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Nutty Banana Sheet Cake
This fluffy sheet of banana cake is the perfect partner to a mix of crunchy, earthy nuts and seeds.
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Coffee and Walnut Cake
Between the rich coffee flavor and toasted walnut flavor, this sophisticated layer cake is what to turn to when a celebration is in order.
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Chocolate Coconut Cake
This eggless chocolate cake is moist and fudgy, while the hint of cinnamon and strong coffee give it great flavor.
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One-Bowl Apple Bundt Cake
Topped with a sweet and tangy cream cheese glaze, this is the ultimate apple cake for fall celebrating. And comes together in one bowl.
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Funfetti Cake
If you’re looking for a big, sprinkled, colorful sugar bomb for your next party, this is your thing!
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Matcha-Vanilla Sour Cream Pound Cake
If you’ve never baked with matcha, you’re in for a treat. It adds an earthy, lightly toasted flavor to this cake, which keeps it from tasting too sweet (making it a great breakfast or afternoon snacking cake).
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No-Bake Desserts

No oven? No problem! These delicious desserts require zero baking.

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Icebox Cake

Turn whipped cream and Oreo thins into the ultimate no-bake summer dessert.

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No-Bake Creamy Lemon Mousse
This easy, no-bake dessert comes together in just 20 minutes.
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Berry Chantilly Tiramisu
This dessert mashup is better than the original –– and so much easier.
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Orange Creamsicle Mousse
Orange juice concentrate, cream, mascarpone cheese, and vanilla extract whip together into an easy, silky Creamsicle mousse.
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No-Bake Peanut Butter Bars

The no-bake peanut butter bars with a rich chocolate topping come together with just five ingredients.

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No-Bake Mango Bars
A trifecta of buttery, ginger-spiked graham cracker crust, a smooth mango filling, and a blanket of fluffy whipped cream on top.
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Fancy No-Bake Chocolate Caramel Tart
It couldn't be easier to make this chocolate caramel tart that looks as fancy as anything you would find at a restaurant, thanks to two very clever shortcuts.
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No-Bake Fat Elvis Peanut Butter & Banana Pie
This indulgent Fat Elvis pie is just what your next family get together or office party ordered. Be warned, however, once your friends and family know this recipe is under your culinary belt, making it won’t be a one-time affair!
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No-Bake Peanut Butter Pie with Chocolate Whipped Cream
All three components of this pie — the crust, the filling, and the topping — are made in the food processor, meaning it's all prepped and assembled and ready to chill in the fridge in just 10 minutes.
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No-Bake Boston Cream Pie Strata
This no-bake recipe is an icebox cake composed of layers of graham crackers and fresh, homemade vanilla pudding, topped with fudge frosting.
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No-Bake Strawberry Icebox Cake
This cake has layers of graham crackers, barely sweetened whipped cream, and sliced fresh strawberries. It’s rich, but it’s hardly sweet at all.
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No-Bake Easy Pumpkin Cheesecake
All the best parts of pumpkin cheesecake - the light-as-air spiced pumpkin filling, the crumbly graham cracker crust, the swoosh of whipped cream - are packed into a single serve treat.
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No-Bake Cookies
This step-by-step recipe for classic no-bake cookies will set you up for success every single time.
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Kid-Friendly Desserts

Kids can be picky when it comes to … everything. These kid-friendly desserts are sure to be winners in your household.

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Funfetti Cookies
A box of cake mix and a few pantry staples are all you need to make festive Funfetti cookies.
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Classic PB&J Snack Cake
This classic peanut butter cake is swirled with sweet jelly and more peanut butter.
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Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake
This celebration-worthy chocolate chip cookie cake topped with chocolate frosting and sprinkles.
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Cookies & Cream Rice Krispies Treats
The classic marshmallow and cereal treat get a chocolate and vanilla cookie makeover.
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Easy Homemade Fudge Pops
This recipe for cold, creamy, and chocolate fudge popsicles calls for just 5 ingredients.
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M&M's Cookies
These cookies are an old favorite that your kids are sure to love. Sprinkle your child’s favorite color through their cookies, or make these cookies extra-special by using chocolate candies or mini M&Ms to spell out your child’s initials on the top.
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The Best Cut-Out Sugar Cookies
The best cut-out sugar cookies you can make! A delicious dough, with tips for cutting out pretty shapes and easy decorating.
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Brown Butter Pretzel Rice Krispies Treats
Upgrade classic Rice Krispies Treats with brown butter, crunchy pretzels, and puddles of dark chocolate.
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Ooey Gooey Indoor S'mores
Here's how to make your favorite campfire treat, no fire required.
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Pizza Party Cookie Cake
You thought this sweet treat was a pizza, didn’t you? Don’t feel too bad: Everyone always falls for this trick! What you’re looking at is actually a sugar cookie cake that’s decorated to look like a pizza.
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Easy Chocolate Desserts

Being that chocolate is one of the most important food groups, it’s only right that we include some of our easiest, most favorite chocolate recipes.

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Easy Chocolate Mousse
This two-ingredient version of this classic dessert might be the only dessert recipe you need for the rest of your life.
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Simple Chocolate Sheet Cake
Chocolate sheet cake will revolutionize your celebration cakes — decadent enough to rival layered birthday cakes, yet simple and easy enough for celebrating that B+ in algebra.
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Easy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
No mixer required for these soft and buttery one-bowl cookies.
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Cloud Cake
This 5-ingredient flourless chocolate cake gets its lofty height from beaten egg whites.
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One-Bowl Caramel Skillet Brownies
These are brownies that satisfy like no other; they’re intensely chocolatey, chewy yet still fudgy, and made even more decadent with swirls of gooey caramel sauce and a healthy sprinkle of flaky sea salt.
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Dark Chocolate and Hazelnut Skillet Blondies
This recipe doesn’t need a lot of explanation or clarification. It really is as easy as melting a stick of butter in your pan, adding some brown sugar and tossing it all together with your dry ingredients before transferring it back into the skillet to bake.
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Itty Bitty Brownie Bites
Itty bitty means you can eat more than a few of these brownie bites and no one will take a second glance. These are especially awesome because they also happen to be gluten-free, thanks to the exclusive use of almond flour.
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Chocolate Wacky Cake
This is the perfect dessert to make for last-minute guests or for those times when you crave a slice of cake, but don’t want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen.
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The Easiest Chocolate Pudding Cakes
When you plunge your spoon through the delicate, crackly crust of this single-serve dessert, the lush, oozy center is likely to remind you of a molten lava cake.
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Toasted Coconut & Almond Chocolate Clusters
Not only are these dark chocolate-dipped coconut and almond clusters totally irresistible, they also happen to be vegan and paleo-friendly.
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Dark Chocolate Walnut Cookies
With cocoa powder in the dough and chunks of chocolate speckled throughout, these cookies are sure to conquer your deepest chocolate cravings.
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Dark Chocolate Walnut and Cherry Holiday Bark
This four-ingredient recipe has a combination of savory California walnuts and chewy dried cherries set into dark chocolate, and it comes showered with a little crunchy salt on top.
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Brownies, Bars, and Squares

Brownies! Bars! Squares! These recipes include everything from peppermint cream squares to Speculoos-swirl brownies.

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Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars
This recipe channels everything there is to love about sugar cookies, and brings them to you in the form of a bar cookie.
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Layered Chocolate Toffee Bars
With a buttery shortbread base and a rich, thick layer of semi-sweet chocolate and chopped toffee bits, these sweet treats are outrageously impressive.
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Maple Pecan Pie Bars
These maple pecan pie bars bring you all the flavor of pecan pie, with none of the fuss.
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Caramel Fudge Brownies with Marshmallow Cream
These brownies are five-alarm fudge factor. The caramel makes them chewy and dense while the marshmallow cream adds a pop of color and flavor contrast.
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Dark Chocolate Brownies with Raspberry Goat Cheese Swirl
These brownies are all dressed up and ready to catch someone’s eye: Their thick, fudgy bottom is studded with raspberries and topped with a sweet, creamy goat cheese swirl.
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Fudgy Miso Brownies
These brownies, with their combination of dark chocolate and savory white miso, are the perfect example of enjoying all things at once.
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Bittersweet Brownies with Salted Peanut Butter Frosting
If you love a good chocolate and peanut butter combo, these brownies will blow your mind.
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Peppermint Cream Squares
Settling down with a glass of cocoa and one of these bars at the end of the day is a very happy thing indeed.
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Malted Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Squares
Too often folks shy away from using salt in desserts when really it just enhances so many of the flavors already there. Such is the case with these. The peanut butter flavor shines and the malted milk powder melts into the marshmallow mixture beautifully and imparts a special nuttiness.
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Cornflake and Peanut Butter Squares
These gluten-free bars are super-easy to make: Mix crunchy cornflake cereal with honey and peanut butter, and bake just briefly so everything holds together.
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Chocolate Truffle Shortbread Bars
What more is there to say besides Chocolate Truffle Shortbread Bars? These make for the perfect winter treat.
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Speculoos-Swirl Skillet Brownie
If you like your brownies chewy, dense, and rich with chocolate, this is the recipe for you. Add a few swirls of melted speculoos — that sweet cookie spread that’s second only to Nutella — and you have brownie perfection.
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Desserts with 5 or Fewer Ingredients

These easy recipes are the perfect desserts for days when you’re craving something sweet, but don’t have a ton of ingredients at home.

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2-Ingredient Brownies
Have chocolate chips and eggs on hand? You can make these in a little over 30 minutes.
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3-Ingredient Oreo Balls
Oreo balls are a decadent and impressive three-ingredient treat that perfectly straddle the line between cookie and candy. To make them you just need Oreo cookies, cream cheese, and chocolate.
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Frozen 3-Ingredient Peanut Butter-Pumpkin Bites
You only need three ingredients for these frozen treats: chocolate-covered pretzels, pumpkin purée, and peanut butter!
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Cherries Jubilee

Cherries Jubilee is an easy yet ultra-impressive dessert that comes together in just 20 minutes on the stovetop using cherries plus a few basic pantry ingredients.

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2-Ingredient Crunch Bars
These are inspired by those Crunch bars that call to you in the checkout aisle. Next time, forget the bar and remember this two-ingredient recipe.
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3-Ingredient Peanut Butter and Banana Popsicles
Banana ice cream is a simple, modern classic that shuns fuss and finesse at its core, but why let that stop you from making it a bit more exciting?
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2-Ingredient Watermelon Sherbet
Yes, you can turn watermelon into a creamy sherbet with just one other ingredient: sweetened condensed milk.
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4-Ingredient Nutella Mug Cake
This cake comes together with four common baking staples you likely already have in the kitchen: flour, baking powder, milk, and Nutella.
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4-Ingredient Funfetti Fudge
This four-ingredient fudge is a dessert mash-up of the very best kind.
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5-Ingredient Mini Pumpkin Pies
Ready to bake the cutest mini pumpkin pies for your Thanksgiving table? Here's how to do it!
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2-Ingredient Nutella Brownies
Fudgy, chewy brownies made with just Nutella and eggs? If I hadn't tried it myself, I wouldn't believe me either.
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3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies
They're soft, chewy, and ready in less than 30 minutes.
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Chrissy Teigen's 3-Ingredient Chocolate Mousse with Salty Rice Krispies–Hazelnut Crackle
This three-ingredient chocolate mousse is topped with a crave-worthy hazelnut crackle.
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3-Ingredient Slow Cooker Apple Pie
Slow cooker apple pie dump cake is everything you love about warm apple filling with a gooey, cake-like topping, and it comes together with three ingredients.
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3-Ingredient Oatmeal Cookies
They're soft, chewy, and ready in under 30 minutes.
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Nutritionally Mindful Desserts

Celebrate with your health in mind with these low-sugar, vegan, or nutrient-dense desserts.

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3-Ingredient Healthy Ice Cream
The combination of coconut milk, cornstarch, and fruit or vegetable juice (or a combination of the two) is all it takes to make this healthy vegan ice cream.
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How To Make The Best Chocolate Avocado Pudding
Calling all chocolate-lovers! This sweet treat is as chocolatey and luscious as any other pudding. It’s also vegan, gluten-free, and packed with all the good fat that comes with creamy avocado.
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4-Ingredient Chocolate Banana Coconut Cookies
These banana-coconut cookies are the easiest snack option for those 3 p.m. munchies. Hold on to those brown bananas — they're just what this recipe needs.
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Harvest Cake
A double layer earth-inspired confection filled with zucchini, carrots and beets. Frosted with goat cheese frosting and sweetened mostly with the vegetables themselves and also some maple syrup.
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Yogurt With Caramelized Figs
It’s rosemary-scented honey, it’s toasted pistachios, it’s the trace of your favorite olive oil and finishing salt. It’s luxury for breakfast, brunch, or dessert — and don’t wait for a special occasion to make it.
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Balsamic Berries with Honey Yogurt
A light and fresh dessert of mixed berries marinated in balsamic vinegar and topped with honey-sweetened yogurt.
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Cashew–Cardamom Chia Pudding
Have you fallen in love with chia seeds yet? If not, let this be your gateway recipe. The spicy cardamom flavor gets a hint of sweetness from agave, but mostly relies on the hazelnuts and cashews for creaminess.
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Dark Chocolate Snack Bites
These decadent snack bites are like chocolate bark, but a bit fancier with their uniform shape. Top them with any combination of dried fruit, nuts, and seeds that you like.
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Strawberry and Pistachio Frozen Yogurt Bark
Who says you can’t do breakfast for dessert and have a sweet one while you’re at it? Load frozen yogurt up with fresh fruit and nuts — and go with any combination you please.
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Vegan Dark Chocolate Peppermint Bites
These dark chocolate truffles get their sweetness and texture from Medjool dates that have been soaked and then blended with almonds. You can indulge on these guilt-free.
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