Frugal Tip Tuesday – slow cooker desserts for easy summer baking

At first this tip might not seem frugal, but it is! If you have air conditioning in your home, using your oven while it is running is counter-productive. You end up heating the house a bit, which makes your a/c work harder, which in turn increases your bill! This is why we try to avoid using the oven during the summer months, unless there is a cool morning and we have the windows open.

Avoiding using the  oven is very difficult for me, I love to bake, and roast, and bake, and bake, and bake. Not being able to bake yummy desserts in the summer is just not fair. As nice as ice cream or a no bake cheese cake is, I would much rather have a warm gooey brownie or chocolate chip cookie. Roasting or baking food, I can live without for a few months, since most of it gets replaced with yummy bbq which we aren’t able to have all year round.

After using my slow cooker yesterday for some buffalo chicken, I wondered about slow cooker desserts. Here are some awesome looking ones that I found:

Triple Chocolate Peanut Butter Pudding Cake  

Chocolate Bread Pudding

Slow Cooker Berry Cobbler

I actually ventured out with the kids this morning to pick up some chocolate chips and peanut butter chips to make that first recipe. The toddler helped assemble it all, and the house smelled amazing while it cooked for 2 hours in the slow cooker. Unfortunately it didn’t taste very good. Well, my husband enjoyed it, and so did the toddler, but I didn’t care for it. Next time I would add more cocoa powder and skip the peanut butter chips, since they just made the entire thing taste like peanut butter instead of chocolate. 

Have you ever made a dessert in your slow cooker? I’d love to hear about it, or any other tips you have!

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