You don’t need a fully stocked pantry to make something delicious. In fact, you don’t even need that many ingredients. While we hold nothing against decadent desserts and fancy entrées, sometimes simplicity is best. Using fewer ingredients can make a recipe less involved when we don’t have the energy for complicated meals and it can also be easier on our wallets.

We know that it’s easy to make pancakes, truffles, and energy bites using just five ingredients or less and who doesn’t love the novelty of something that’s both easy to make and delicious? You don’t even have to stir the batter for these 2-Ingredient Oatmeal Banana Pancakes — the blender does all the work for you and all you need to do is cook them. These Raspberry-Filled Chocolate Coconut Truffles  use only five ingredients and the cost to make one serving is under $5. Need an afternoon pick-me-up? Then these Peanut Butter Cup Energy Bites are just what you need. They’re perfectly peanutty, chocolatey, and require only five ingredients to make.


All of these recipes are great, but we can take it to the next level with these 10 recipes you won’t believe are made using under five ingredients.

1. Cauliflower Veggie Burger

10 Recipes You Won't Believe Are Under 5 Ingredients

This Cauliflower Veggie Burger will definitely be best veggie burger you’ll ever make — and it contains only five ingredients! Roasted cauliflower is and spicy curry paste and baked until it’s crisp on the outside, but tender on the inside. It’s topped with a creamy and sweet maple tahini dressing that can be made in a pinch. Serve these burgers with a side of sweet potato fries and use the extra maple tahini dressing for dipping.

2. Chocolate Raspberry Candy Bars

10 Recipes You Won't Believe Are Under 5 Ingredients

Oh, yeah. You best believe that you can make a dessert that will leave everyone wanting seconds using minimal ingredients, and these Chocolate Raspberry Candy Bars are proof. A sweet raspberry filling is made light and fluffy using a combination of coconut oil, raspberries, non-dairy milk, and maple syrup and is topped with a rich layer of dark chocolate. Quick and easy to make, these sweet treats just melt in your mouth.

3. 5-Ingredient Almond Feta Cheese

10 Recipes You Won't Believe Are Under 5 Ingredients

Almond cheese made with only five ingredients? Yes, please! This 5-Ingredient Almond Feta Cheese is so easy to make — all you need is a food processor and a little bit of patience as it sets overnight. Treat your guests (or yourself) to this gourmet cheese by serving it with crackers, fruit, and wine.

4. Raw Chocolate Walnut Brownies

10 Recipes You Won't Believe Are Under 5 Ingredients

These Raw Chocolate Walnut Brownies are really easy to make and no, we’re not just saying that. They’re made by combining almonds and walnuts with Medjool dates and cacao powder, creating a rich, fudgy taste and texture. They’re also topped with a chocolate fudge and the brownies themselves require no baking at all.

5. 3-Ingredient Artisan Bread

10 Recipes You Won't Believe Are Under 5 Ingredients

What do you do when you run out of bread? Forget running to the store for plain old sandwich bread and make this 3-Ingredient Artisan Bread instead! Made from ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry, like flour, yeast, and salt, this bread will become a household staple.

6. 4-Ingredient Paleo Coconut Shortbread

10 Recipes You Won't Believe Are Under 5 Ingredients

If you love coconut, you are in luck! These 4-Ingredient Paleo Vegan Coconut Shortbread cookies are easy to make and take about 20 minutes from start to finish! They have a strong coconut flavor due to both the coconut flour and coconut oil and they’re both grain-free and gluten-free! Sit down and enjoy a few of these cookies and a hot mug of tea or coffee … yum!

7. 3-Ingredient Energy Bars

Energy Bars

These 3-Ingredient Energy Bars will be one of the easiest things you will ever make. They take less than 10 minutes to whip up, not counting optional refrigeration before cutting, and they require no baking at all. They are loaded with naturally sweet Medjool dates, nuts, and seeds of your choice, and chocolatey cacao nibs. Grab one of these bars to snack on whenever you’re on the go!


8. BBQ Jackfruit


Green jackfruit is a great substitute for meat in recipes. When green jackfruit cooks and softens, it begins to pull apart, taking on an appearance similar to pulled pork. To make this BBQ Jackfruit, canned jackfruit is cooked in a slow cooker until tender with barbecue sauce, diced onion, and bell pepper. This BBQ Jackfruit tastes so good, you definitely won’t believe that it’s made from only four ingredients.

9. 3-Ingredient Coconut Avocado Mousse

10 Recipes You Won't Believe Are Under 5 Ingredients

This 3-Ingredient Coconut Avocado Mousse is super simple to make and totally delicious. This creamy treat is full of healthy fats from avocado, plus some nutty flavor from the flaked coconut. Topped with a handful of cacao nibs, not only is it great for breakfast but it also makes a fantastic sugar-free snack.

10. 3-Ingredient Oreo Truffles

10 Recipes You Won't Believe Are Under 5 Ingredients

These 3-Ingredient Oreo Truffles are one of the easiest and most delicious treats you could possibly make, and a definite crowd-pleaser! Made with chocolate and vanilla sandwich cookies, coconut cream, and chocolate chips, these chocolate truffles are irresistible.

These recipes are all delicious proof that you don’t need much to make crave-worthy snacks and meals. Which one do you want to try? Tell us in the comments!


Lead image source: BBQ Jackfruit