3-Ingredient Recipes to Add to Your Quarantine Baking List

You probably already have these ingredients in your pantry and fridge.

By Melanie Haid
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Right now, going to the supermarket can seem like a risk you may not want to take. If you’ve been limiting your trips to once every two weeks (or even more), you’ve probably noticed your recipe ideas have likely run dry — and your pantry inventory is following right behind it. But you don’t need to plan extravagant meals with lots of ingredients in order to make delicious food. There are a bunch of three-ingredient recipes out there that are simple and delicious to whip up at home.

Whether you’re looking for something new to try or have taken up baking as a quarantine hobby, these recipes are perfect and can help you conserve your ingredients in this uncertain time. Try one (or all) of them by yourself when you have free time, or enlist others in your house to help out and make it a fun activity to pass the time.

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Banana Pancakes

Just because you’re stuck at home doesn’t mean you can’t indulge in a delicious pancake breakfast every now and then. These 3-ingredient banana pancakes, featured on Tasty, can be made with just bananas, eggs, and cinnamon. This recipe makes four servings, which can be made in 15 minutes or less. Bananas are a healthy carb packed with nutrients like vitamin C and potassium, which makes this recipe a better alternative to traditional boxed pancake mix. If you’re not a fan of cinnamon, swap it out for some peanut butter instead.

Buttermilk Biscuits

If you’re in the mood for some southern comfort food, try making The Seasoned Mom’s buttermilk biscuits — no rolling pin necessary! The only ingredients needed to make these are flour, buttermilk, and butter. However, if you’re missing some of these ingredients, the recipe details how to make homemade buttermilk using regular milk and how to make self-rising flour if you don’t have it on hand. This recipe will yield 16 small, golden-brown biscuits after just 15 minutes in the oven.

Artisan Bread

If you’ve wanted to try making your own bread at home, but don’t know where to start, this artisan bread from cookbook author Jamielyn Nye is a great place to start. With no kneading required, three ingredients, and only five minutes of prep time, this recipe is super easy (plus you’ll fill your house with that delicious fresh-baked smell). You can shape the dough however you want to make a full loaf of bread, rolls, or even pizza dough.

Banana Nut Cookies

If your desire to bake is messing with your usual health-inclined habits, these cookies from SkinnyTaste are the solution you’ve been looking for. Using only bananas, oats, and walnuts, these cookies give you the satisfaction of dessert using only healthy ingredients. To make them gluten-free, opt for gluten-free oats. This recipe is naturally also egg-free, dairy-free, vegetarian, and vegan — for the tastiest result, use ripe bananas.

Banana Bread

If you don’t know what to do with the boxed cake mixes you have lying around, use them to bake banana bread. This recipe idea, from Stockpiling Moms, is good because it’s flourless; you don’t have to worry about wasting or buying flour (which is currently sold out in a lot of places). You can use any kind of yellow cake mix, whether it be gluten-free or sugar-free, as well as eggs and bananas for this recipe.

Flourless Chocolate Cake

If you’re in the mood for something decadent that’s also gluten-free, try your hand at baking flourless chocolate cake. This recipe from Gimme Some Oven is moist, spongy and super easy to make using only eggs, chocolate, and butter. Top your cake with powdered sugar, fruit, or nuts before serving.

Small-Batch Recipes for One

If you live alone or are only baking for yourself, try these recipes that have a lower yield so you don’t go overboard on the baked goods in your house.

If you love cooking and baking as a way to pass the time at home, remember that there are always substitutions for common recipe ingredients if you’ve run out. No matter how much food you’ve got left at home, you can always experiment and create something delicious with the ingredients that you already have. 

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Article written by Melanie Haid