10 Incredible Microwave Baked Desserts

Think your microwave is only for heating and reheating? Think again. You can bake up a number of warm, gooey treats in individual portions to suit your diet and your on-the-go lifestyle. Once you get the hang of this new style of micro-baking, you won't soon forget it. (See also: 8 Things You Can Microwave Besides Food)

Check out these amazingly easy recipes, most of which come together in less than five minutes.

1. Chocolate Brownie I

Mix batter in a mug to make these delicious microwave brownies. All the ingredients are the same as what's in your regular batch — flour, sugar, cocoa powder, etc. — but the serving size is sweetly single.

2. Chocolate Brownie II

If you have dietary restrictions, this gluten-free vegan brownie recipe will change your life. I like how the author places a muffin liner in her mug for easy cleanup. Those of you without avocado on hand can easily substitute coconut, canola, or even olive oil in its place.

3. Blondies

These decadent two-minute blondies come together in a pinch. Microwave them in either a mug or ramekin for best results. And make them fancy by adding peanuts, caramel, and chocolate chips for a melted turtle crunch topping.

4. Oatmeal Muffins

I first fell in love with microwave baking with this pecan-chip muffin recipe. Over time I learned to use the base ingredients (flour, oats, banana, milk, baking powder, and oil) with a variety of add-ins in equal ratio for a different muffin each morning.

5. Blueberry Muffins

I was always afraid that if I used fruit, my muffins might explode into a juicy mess. Not with this blueberry flax micro-muffin recipe. If you're not keen on using standard pancake syrup, try agave nectar, honey, or real maple syrup. The orange zest is sure to take this one over the edge into favorite breakfast territory.

6. Chocolate Cake

You can have your cake and microwave it, too. This chocolate mug cake takes a mere minute to rise and set. The center is undeniably fudge-filled. Top with a dollop of Nutella for extra goodness.

7. Vanilla Cake

Bake up a batch of vanilla microwave cakes and wow your friends with your skills. Spray ramekins with cooking spray so nothing sticks and fill each half full to avoid spill-over. Then cover with plastic wrap and leave room for a little steam to escape. Cook one minute. Done!

8. Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yes, you can also bake chocolate chip cookies in a microwave. The best part? When you're done cooking, you can top the warm cookie in the mug with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. A single-serve treat in one handy dish.

9. Peanut Butter Cookies

The same goes for peanut butter cookies. (Are you pinching yourself yet?) This recipe gets its unique flavor from dark brown sugar, so don't skimp on this ingredient. And follow the instructions carefully — you only add the yolk of the egg — save the whites for a lean omelette.

10. Fruit Cobbler

A box of baking mix can yield endless desserts in your kitchen. Try whipping up this microwave cobbler with any fruit you have on hand. You first mix the fruit with sugar on the bottom of the mug before topping with the Bisquick topping.

Do you use your microwave for more than popping popcorn? What are your favorite recipes?

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