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Eat Your Feelings: Warm Chocolate Desserts For Stressful Times

When the world is stressing you out, a snuggly blanket of warm chocolate can be right there with you to feel all the feels.

1) Chocolate Banana Bread Pudding

You don't have to have banana bread in the house to make this cozy spoonable dessert.

Chocolate Banana Bread Pudding

Photo by TTV78

Top tips: Double the amount of chocolate chips in the mix (because chocolate) and use scalding hot water for the water bath it bakes in.

Try this easy no-slosh water bath method: Set the bread pudding pan into the larger roasting pan you'll use for the water bath, making sure there are a couple of inches of clearance all the way around. Set the whole thing in the oven, and pour water in the roasting pan until it's about halfway up the sides of the pudding pan. Remove the pudding pan, leave the roasting pan in the oven, and turn on the oven so the water and the oven heat at the same time while you prep the bread pudding. Then set the pudding pad into the roasting pan.


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2) Chef John's Chocolate Lava Cake

Fact or fiction? This was actually a brilliant rebranding by a chef whose cakes came out of the oven too soon.

Top Tip: Since these little cakes have molten centers, you can't use the toothpick trick to test for doneness. Instead, look for the edges of the cake to pull away from the sides of the ramekins. That tells you the outer cake is baked.

3) Best Mug Cake (Paleo)

Can you bear to wait 9 minutes for caveman-friendly chocolate bliss?

Best Mug Cake Paleo

Photo by Yoly

Top Tips: Use coconut oil instead of olive oil to go with the coconut flour in this speedy single-serve chocolate cake in a mug.

4) Grillswith (Donut Happiness)

A sundae served on top of a grilled donut. What? Apparently, it's a favorite late-night snack at the University of Virginia. Someone out there get us a hi-res photo, quick!

5) Dessert Nachos

Sweet, salty, creamy, crunchy all in one. Sort of like mixed emotions.

Dessert Nachos

Photo by Melissa Goff

Top Tips: Lower your broiler rack a notch or two and keep an eye on them so they don't scorch.

6) Chocolate Wontons

Crispy on the outside, melty chocolate and sweet strawberries on the inside.

Chocolate Wontons

Photo by House of Aqua

Top Tips: Don't feel like frying? Juliegd broiled half her batch instead of frying them, and her son liked them better. "I sprayed both sides with cooking spray. I put them under the broiler for about a minute on each side."

7) Warm Flourless Chocolate Cake with Caramel Sauce

Rich, warm, chocolaty, and gluten-free!

Warm Flourless Chocolate Cake with Caramel Sauce

Photo by abapplez

Top Tips: You'll know this cake is done when the edges are puffy and the surface is firm except for a small jiggly bit right in the center. The residual heat will finish baking this off.


More: See how to make perfect caramel sauce.


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