Maybe it's just me, but every time I look on my social media feeds someone is baking desserts or breads that look incredibly delicious. According to Google Trends , as the coronavirus continues to spread , searches for 'banana bread' have skyrocketed. In the last 30 days, these searches are up 84% in the UK and 54% worldwide. Maybe it's stress baking, or maybe it's boredom, but people are in the kitchen living their best lives.
But here's the challenge: I'm trying to skip going to grocery stores and with food deliveries being spotty , I'm finding it harder to create the desserts my family loves while stuck at home. I can't seem to keep enough flour, sugar and eggs around. Enter: 3-ingredient recipes designed for mamas like me, who decide to make large dishes only to realize I have half of the ingredients.
Here are our favorite 3-ingredient desserts your entire family will love:
1. Peanut butter cereal bites
Total time: 15 minutes
- Peanut butter
- Honey nut cereal
- Put 1-part peanut butter and 1-part honey in a bowl.
- Microwave for about a minute. Stir until combined.
- Add 3-4 parts cereal. Stir.
- Scoop into bite size pieces and place on wax paper to cool.
Recipe from Tasty .
2. Chocolate fudge
Total time: 90 minutes
- 3 cups semisweet chocolate chips
- 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
- 1/4 cup butter
- Walnuts and pretzels, optional
- Add semi-sweet chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk and butter (or margarine, if that's all you have on hand) in a large microwaveable bowl.
- Warm in microwave on medium until melted, about 3-5 minutes. Be sure to stir about every minute.
- Pour fudge mixture into a well-greased 8 x 8 inch glass baking dish. Refrigerate until set.
3. Shortbread cookies
Total time: 40 minutes
- 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- Confectioners' sugar, optional
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in flour. Press dough into an ungreased 9-in. square baking pan. Prick with a fork.
- Bake until light brown, 30-35 minutes. Cut into squares while warm. Cool completely on a wire rack. If desired, dust with confectioners sugar.
4. Healthy banana oatmeal breakfast bars
Serves: 1 bar
Total time: 30 minutes
- 6 to 7 mashed bananas
- 1 cup of peanut butter
- 4 cups of old fashioned rolled oats
- Preheat your oven to 350F. Line an 8 x 8 inch pan with parchment paper and set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine your mashed banana, peanut butter, and old fashioned (rolled) oats and mix until a thick dough remains. If the batter is too thin, add some extra oats. If using chocolate chips, fold them in, using a rubber spatula.
- Pour the batter in the lined pan and spread out on an even layer. Top with some extra chocolate chips and bake for 12-15 minutes, or until golden brown on top and a skewer comes out clean.
- Remove from the oven and allow the breakfast bars to sit in the pan for 10 minutes, or until loose enough to transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Recipe from a Big Mans World .
5. Peanut butter cups
Total time: 1 hour and 15 minutes
- 3 tablespoons powdered sugar, sifted
- ½ cup creamy peanut butter
- 1 cup chocolate, melted
- Prepare a cupcake tin with 6 liners.
- Stir peanut butter and powdered sugar together until smooth.
- Spread 1 to 2 tbsp of chocolate in the bottom of each cupcake liner.
- Dollop 1 to 2 tsp of the peanut butter mixture on top of the chocolate.
- Cover each dollop of peanut butter with more chocolate and smooth out the top.
- Refrigerate for 1 hour or until chocolate has hardened.
- Remove peanut butter cups from the liners.
Recipe from Tasty .
6. Sugar cookies
Total time: 30 minutes
- 1 stick unsalted butter, plus 2 tbsp. salted butter
- 1/3 cups sugar
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- Sprinkles, optional
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
- Use an electric mixer to cream the sugar and butter, whipping the two until the butter is almost white and the mixture is light and fluffy, almost like a slightly gritty frosting, then stir in flour.
- Form the cookies into 1-inch balls, placing them about two inches apart on a baking sheet. If using sprinkles, flatten cookies into a disc shape and top with sprinkles.
- Bake for 15 to 17 minutes, or until the edges of the cookies are lightly golden.
Recipe from Delish .
7. Cake mix cobbler
Total time: 55 minutes
- 2 cans peaches in light syrup
- 1 box yellow cake mix
- 1/2 cup butter, melted
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Pour peaches into a baking dish. Sprinkle cake mix on top and pour melted butter all over.
- Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown, about 50 minutes.
Recipe from All Recipes .