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While there are definitely some days we’re eager to get into the kitchen and spend hours creating an elaborate, and very involved plant-based dish, sometimes what we really want is to just whip something up effortlessly, with simple ingredients we already have on hand. Autumn is coming, after all — between preparing ourselves for the back-to-school season and squeezing in more activities while the evenings are still light, sometimes we just don’t have the mental energy to shop for a nineteen-ingredient dinner. And that’s okay!

There are countless satisfying recipes that are cost-effective, easy, and most of all, tasty, with an ingredient list you can count off on one hand. Not convinced? Use this feature about 21 Healthy Recipes With 5 Ingredients or Less That Are Completely Vegan and check out these 10 Snack Ideas That Are Made From 5 Ingredients or Less to get an idea of what we’re talking about.

We’ve looked through our Food Monster App to bring you a comprehensive list of some of our favorite recipes that use five ingredients or less to get you all the way from breakfast through to dessert. Check them out below!


1. 3-Ingredient Chocolate Cereal

This 3-Ingredient Chocolate Cereal is the perfect back-to-school breakfast because it is crunchy, naturally sweet, and will totally take you back to childhood. The opposite of typical, sugary cereals, this is made with just three ingredients and is completely gluten-free and healthy!

2. 4-Ingredient Flourless Pumpkin Plantain Pancakes

Thick, soft, and fluffy 4-Ingredient Flourless Pumpkin Plantain Pancakes. What more could you want? Made with just four ingredients, these healthy pancakes are gluten-free and sweetened naturally with stevia. The pumpkin purée mixed into the plantain flour, also known as banana flour, gives these vegan pancakes their awesome soft, fluffy texture.

3. Nutty Cherry Smoothie

Break out your frozen cherries and make this Nutty Cherry Smoothie. Cherries are packed with anti inflammatory properties and are well known for being one of the most effective natural sleeping aids.

4. 3-Ingredient Artisan Bread 

This 3-Ingredient Artisan Bread is the perfect way to start out your morning. It’s easy to make, has an amazing texture, and you can pile it high with all the toast toppings your heart desires.


5. Peanut Butter Cup Energy Bites

These Peanut Butter Cup Energy Bites are perfectly peanut-y, chocolatey, and require only five ingredients to make. Try not to eat the whole batch at once!

6. Instant Raw Applesauce

This Instant Raw Applesauce is so convenient.As long as you have a couple of apples, some apple cider vinegar (or lemon juice) and a pinch of cinnamon you’ve practically got homemade applesauce already. All it takes to make this delicious raw applesauce is a couple of minutes in a good quality blender or food processor and it’s ready to go!

7. Salty-Sweet Pistachio Crisps

These Salty-Sweet Pistachio Crisps come together so easily, thanks to the magic of store-bought wonton wrappers! Just make sure you check the package to see if they’re egg-free – otherwise, vegan puff pastry should do the trick. This is a perfect recipe for those times when you need to make a last minute “fancy” snack that everyone will go crazy for.

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8. Avocado Pumpkin Panini With Caramelized Onions 

Better than grilled cheese, this ooey-gooey gluten-free Avocado Pumpkin Panini With Caramelized Onions is filling and delicious, thanks to the creamy pumpkin and avocado. Caramelized onions make everything better.


9. Baked Sriracha Tofu

This hot and spicy Baked Sriracha Tofu is the perfect protein to round out salads, vegetable bowls, and or really, anything you can dream up. It’s crispy on the outside, moist firm on the inside, and glazed in a fiery sriracha marinade that is the perfect blend sweet and spicy.

10. Coconut and Turmeric Roast Potatoes 

Turns out, coconut flour makes a delicious coating on roast potatoes. Who knew?? These Coconut and Turmeric Roast Potatoes make a fantastic and healthier option if you’re craving a breaded french fry on the side of your meal.

11. 5-Ingredient Garlic Onion Black Bean Burgers 

These 5-Ingredient Garlic Onion Black Bean Burgers are so easy to make. Paired with a tahini lime sauce, these are melt-in-your-mouth, let’s-have-these-every-night kind of delicious. Make extra sauce and put it on everything. Better yet, make extra burgers, crumble them into salads, pasta … everything! This is a versatile recipe that will become one of your staples that everyone will love.


12. Pumpkin Pudding 

This vegan Pumpkin Pudding is a beautiful, dense and sweet dessert. It’s easy to make and looks absolutely stunning. The maple syrup gives a lovely rich caramel taste which works so good with the pumpkin puree and pumpkin spice. This is the perfect dessert to amaze your favorite people!

13. 3-Ingredient Chocolate Fudge

If you don’t feel like baking but crave a simple and delicious treat, this creamy and rich 3-Ingredient Chocolate Fudge is the way to go! It requires only three main ingredients and takes 10 minutes of your time (the freezer will do the rest). Also, it’s totally healthy and good for you. Oh yes, this fudge is a complete chocolate perfection. The secret ingredient for making this chocolate fudge extra creamy is adding coconut cream.

14. 5-Ingredient Dark Chocolate Skillet Brownie 

This 5-Ingredient Dark Chocolate Skillet Brownie is the perfect small portion, healthy, but oh so rich and chocolatey. If you were one of those kids who would always sneak spoonfuls of your mom’s brownie batter while she wasn’t looking, we have a good feeling that this is the treat for you.

15. Red Wine-Filled Chocolates 

Chocolates aren’t just for Valentine’s Day. These Red Wine-Filled Chocolates are made from silky chocolate filled with gooey date caramel that’s infused with red wine – and they’re super easy to make!

If you’re on the hunt for even more vegan recipes that only use five ingredients or less, then we highly recommend downloading our Food Monster App, which is available for both Android and iPhone, and can also be found on Instagram and Facebook. The app has more than 8,000 plant-based, allergy-friendly recipes, and subscribers gain access to ten new recipes per day. Check it out!

Lead image source: 5-Ingredient Dark Chocolate Skillet Brownie