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10 Brain-Boosting Dessert Recipes

Filled with fibre, anti-oxidants, minerals and nutrients, these brain-boosting desserts are as delicious as they are healthy.

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Hot Raspberry Souffle is one of the easiest brain-boosting dessert recipesPhoto: Reader's Digest Brain Power Cookbook

Hot Raspberry Soufflé

Don’t be daunted by the thought of making soufflés-these pretty pink ones are easy! You can make this recipe with a variety of different berries-all berries are a good source of fibre and anti-oxidants that are essential for good cardiovascular and brain health.

Get the recipe for Hot Raspberry Soufflé.

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Chocolate, Chia and Coconut Chilled CookiesPhoto: Reader's Digest Brain Power Cookbook

Chocolate, Chia and Coconut Chilled Cookies

While these cookies contain many valuable nutrients, they are high in energy and should be enjoyed in moderation. This recipe is a good source of minerals such as copper, iron and magnesium that the brain needs for optimal functioning.

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Saffron and Pistachio Puddings with Cardamom and Honey SyrupPhoto: Reader's Digest Brain Power Cookbook

Saffron and Pistachio Puddings with Cardamom and Honey Syrup


Saffron is believed to be a natural mood-enhancer, perhaps even protecting against depression. Research studies are investigating how its properties can be used to treat mood disorders.

Try making these puddings yourself!

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Wholemeal and Walnut Grape FocacciaPhoto: Reader's Digest Brain Power Cookbook

Wholemeal Walnut and Grape Focaccia


Red grapes, walnuts and rosemary combine beautifully in this elegant and wholesome Italian-style bread that is high in anti-oxidants and rich in traditional flavours.

Get the recipe for Wholemeal Walnut and Grape Focaccia.

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Chilled Lime CheesecakePhoto: Reader's Digest Brain Power Cookbook

Chilled Lime Cheesecake


Silken tofu makes a light and creamy filling for this no-bake cheesecake, and the sweet-tart flavour of pomegranate complements it perfectly. If pomegranates aren’t available, use blueberries or raspberries.

Get the recipe here.

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Guilt-Free Chocolate BrowniesPhoto: Reader's Digest Brain Power Cookbook

Guilt-Free Chocolate Brownies


Black beans boost the nutritional value of these brownies, adding fibre, minerals, and low glycaemic index carbohydrate to keep you feeling satisfied.

Get the recipe for Guilt-Free Chocolate Brownies.

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Ginger and Chocolate Cannellini Bean CookiesPhoto: Reader's Digest Brain Power Cookbook

Ginger and Chocolate Cannellini Bean Cookies


No one will suspect that beans are the main ingredients, or that the fats contained in the cookies are healthy ones from almonds and olive oil. These cookies really are full of surprises!

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Buttermilk Puddings with Mixed BerriesPhoto: Reader's Digest Brain Power Cookbook

Buttermilk Pudding with Mixed Berries


Buttermilk is low in fat, high in calcium and great for cardiovascular health to help maintain a good blood supply to the brain.

Get the recipe for Buttermilk Puddings with Mixed Berries.

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Banana and Raspberry Yogurt Ice CreamPhoto: Reader's Digest Brain Power Cookbook

Banana and Raspberry Yogurt Ice Cream


Frozen berries are great for this recipe, and you can use your choice of berries, or a mixture, instead of the raspberries. Yogurt is used here instead of cream for a healthier treat.

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Pear, Cranberry and Ginger CrumblePhoto: Reader's Digest Brain Power Cookbook

Pear, Cranberry and Ginger Crumble


Full of fibre, anti-oxidants and potassium, versatile pears can be a healthy snack or a superb dessert, as they become wonderfully fragrant when poached. In this crumble, they are combined with anti-oxidant-rich cranberries for a brain-boosting treat.

Get the recipe for Pear, Cranberry and Ginger Crumble.