Trying new recipes can be fun, but if you’ve ever glanced at a recipe and the ingredient list looked like it contained every item in the grocery store, you probably moved on to another recipe with less ingredients. While using lots of spices and ingredients can lead to some amazing dishes, it’s also possible to make incredible meals with less than a dozen ingredients. Just look at How to Create 10 Different Healthy Meals From Just 5 Ingredients or Less!

Recipes with fewer ingredients are usually less expensive, quicker and easier than those with long ingredient lists. We have tons of recipes with 10 or fewer ingredients and even plenty with only five ingredients or less. Take a look at these 21 Healthy Recipes With 5 Ingredients or Less That Are Completely Vegan, 20 Recipes You Can Make With 5 Ingredients or Less and these 10 Snack Ideas That Are Made From 5 Ingredients or Less.


For this roundup, let’s allow ourselves a few more ingredients but not too many. As always, salt, pepper, water, lemon, and lime juice are freebies. Here are 20 delicious recipes you can make with 10 ingredients or less.

1. Creamy and Cheesy Nut-Free Chickpea Fondue

Chickpea Fondue

It only takes eight ingredients to make this Creamy and Cheesy Nut-Free Chickpea Fondue. It’s also easier to make than traditional fondue. Just toss everything in the blender and you’re ready to start dipping. Serve this at your next party or get-together for a fun, interactive dish.

2. Easy Carrot Soup

Easy Carrot Soup

You’re just seven ingredients and three steps away from sitting down to a warm bowl of this Easy Carrot Soup. Roasted carrots and white beans are the not-so-secret base of this carrot soup recipe. A healthy soup from natural ingredients, it’s rich, creamy, and nutritious!

3. Turtle Cheesecake Baked Oatmeal

Turtle Cheesecake Baked Oatmeal

This Turtle Cheesecake Baked Oatmeal is going to be your new favorite breakfast, and maybe even dessert. Baked oatmeal is great right out of the oven, but when you take cake-like baked oatmeal and refrigerate it, it transforms into a breakfast that’s dense and creamy, like cheesecake. Cheesecake for breakfast, oh yes!


4. Chickpea and Pistachio Falafel

Chickpea and Pistachio Falafel

This Chickpea and Pistachio Falafel recipe is so simple to make and only has a handful of ingredients. The addition of pistachio nuts adds some crunch and a delightfully nutty flavor. You’ll have a hard time resisting these fresh out of the oven so don’t even try.

5. Nut-Free Chocolate and Banana Bars

Nut-Free Chocolate Banana Bars

These Nut-Free Chocolate and Banana Bars taste like a cross between a granola bar and banana bread. You’ll feel like you’re eating a decadent treat, especially with the chocolatey-ness from the cacao and sweetness from the bananas and dates. The quinoa and oats will keep you full and going, as will the good fats from the chia seeds and tahini. As a snack, it really packs a punch!

6. Mushroom and Butternut Squash Millet Pilaf

Mushroom and Butternut Squash Millet Pilaf

With less than ten ingredients, you can make this beautiful Mushroom and Butternut Squash Millet Pilaf. The flavors of roasted butternut squash, woody shiitake mushrooms, and fresh rosemary sprigs come together to create this comforting dish. Plus, it can be ready for dinner in just 30 minutes.

7. Healthier Cinnamon French Toast

Healthier Cinnamon French Toast

This Healthier Cinnamon French Toast is not only delicious but so easy. Instead of flour, the batter is made with bananas! Top this crispy French toast with maple syrup for a yummy and healthy twist on the classic brunch dish.


8. 5 Ingredient Gingerbread Superfood Bites

Gingerbread Superfood Bites [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

These 5 Ingredient Gingerbread Superfood Bites are seriously gooey and the mix of spices and yacon syrup recreate the taste of gingerbread perfectly. They are also a perfect way to sneak in some extra goodness with the chia seeds. Only five ingredients and this raw treat is ready to eat.

9. Cherry Pumpkin Galette

Cherry Pumpkin Galette

Using wraps instead of making dough is the magic shortcut in these Cherry Pumpkin Galettes. The tart cherries, subtly sweet pumpkin, and just the right amount of cinnamon make these galettes a real treat. Serve them fresh off the skillet with a fruity sorbet or vanilla ice cream.


10. Kale and Cranberry Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Kale and Cranberry Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

These Kale and Cranberry Stuffed Sweet Potatoes are a mini-meal on their own! With beans, kale, cranberries, and walnuts, they’re colorful, filling, and delicious. Less than ten ingredients make them easy to make for a yummy and healthy meal.

11. Crispy Seasoned Cauliflower

Crispy Seasoned Cauliflower

These Crispy Seasoned Cauliflower Bites have an addictive crunch and flavor that’ll tempt you to eat them all. The secret to their addictive crispiness and flavor is baking them in a blend of spices and just a little bit of potato starch. They’re so easy to make and so versatile, you’ll find yourself using this recipe again and again.

12. Cauliflower Veggie Burger

Cauliflower Veggie Burger

It takes fewer than ten ingredients to make both the Cauliflower Veggie Burger and the delicious maple tahini sauce to put on it. The burger is made with roasted cauliflower and lentils and some bold seasoning. The maple tahini sauce is rich, easy, and a perfect condiment for this burger.

13. Purple and Pink Sushi

Purple and Pink Sushi

If you think sushi is complicated, think again and make this pretty Purple and Pink Sushi. It gets its pretty colors from the kale, sweet prunes, and tangy pickled red onions. This creative sushi looks almost too good to eat … almost!


14. Life-Changing Cheese Sauce

Life-Changing Vegan Cheese Sauce [Gluten-Free]

Can cheese sauce change your life? Well, this Cheese Sauce is made with potatoes and carrots, it’s easy, it’s inexpensive, and it’s delicious. Pour it over your favorite veggies or mix it with pasta to make mac and cheese. That sounds kind of life-changing to us.

15. Creamy Cauliflower and Squash Bisque

Creamy Cauliflower and Squash Bisque

This Creamy Cauliflower and Squash Bisque is rich and luxurious. The roasted squash gives this soup complexity and depth of flavor. Even with the pepitas as a garnish, this yummy soup is less than ten ingredients. Serve this with a slice of crusty bread for dipping!

16. Pistachio Pesto Pasta

Pistachio Pesto Pasta

When you want a dish that’s filling, delicious and easy, this Pistachio Pesto Pasta is the perfect choice. The pesto is made with spinach, fresh basil, and pistachio nuts. Toss your favorite gluten-free pasta in it and you have an easy meal that you can make on your busiest weeknight.

17. 6 Ingredient Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough For One

6 Ingredient Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough For One [Vegan]

Do you ever have those days where you just need chocolate? Of course you do, we all do. Instead of just reaching for a handful of chocolate chips next time that craving strikes, make this 6 Ingredient Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough instead! It takes all of four minutes to make and is the perfect treat for when you’re having one of those days.

18. Un-Chicken Salad

Un-Chicken Salad

This Un-Chicken Salad is undeniably easy to make and unbelievably delicious. Just six ingredients and you’re ready to put it on a sandwich, eat it straight out of a bowl, put in a wrap, pile it on a salad, or eat it straight with a spoon. This un-chicken salad is so quick and so good, it will become a staple your home.

19. Super-Healthy, Ultra-Cheesy Mac and Cheese

Super-Healthy, Ultra-Cheesy Mac and Cheese [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

You can stop searching because this Super-Healthy, Ultra-Cheesy Mac and Cheese is the last mac and cheese recipe you will ever need! Why? It’s nut-free, soy-free, and gluten-free, ridiculously easy to make, and the cheese sauce is addictive. Seriously, it’s creamy, cheesy, and rich, and comforting – and the whole recipe is less than ten ingredients.

20. Six Ingredient Spirulina Snackies

Six Ingredient Spirulina Snackies [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

If you’ve been wanting to try adding some of the nutrient powerhouse spirulina into your life but you’re not quite sure what to do with it, try making these Six Ingredient Spirulina Snackies. They are quick and easy to make with just a handful of healthy ingredients. You can never have enough healthy snacks around the house.

There’s no reason a recipe has to take longer to read than to eat the actual dish. You can get plenty of flavor and feel satisfied with any of these easy recipes.

Lead image source: Cauliflower Veggie Burger