Imagine with me for a second. It’s Wednesday, the armpit of the week, if you will. You just got off from another long day of work and all you want is to unwind with something sweet. When a moment like this strikes and you need some dessert stat, you don’t have time for endless ingredients or an hour at 350 degrees. You need a dessert with five ingredients or less.
From one fellow dessert lover to another, I can tell you I’ve found myself in this situation many times. Although, mine is also accompanied by a screaming tot who’s also demanding something sweet ASAP. But, luckily, there is a quick escape. Many delicious and delectable desserts can be make quickly and, as an added bonus, they can be created with five ingredients or less. You can whip these up when you’re rushing out the door, in a pinch when guests come over or when you just need to satisfy your sweet tooth. Here are nine easy-to-make, low-maintenance dessert recipes that require less than five ingredients (most likely ones you already have on hand.) Share them with friends, or fly solo and enjoy it all yourself — I’m not here to judge.
1. 5 Ingredient Pumpkin Ice Cream
Move over PSL, there’s a new contender in town. This pumpkin ice cream is as beautiful as it is simple to make. With only five ingredients, Kate from Short and Sweets really has a good thing going.
2. White Chocolate Caramel Rice Krispies
As if Rice Krispies treats weren’t already everyone’s favorite treat. Kimberly from Bake Love Give amps up this childhood classic with her caramel Rice Krispies treats. They are the perfect fall version of the tried and true favorite.
3. Rocky Road Fudge
Rocky Road is so much more than an ice cream flavor. Thanks to Beth from Budget Bytes, you can now have a rocky road fudge that is all things crunchy, salty, and sweet.
4. Peanut Butter Oat Bars
Not only are Cookies and Cups’ three ingredient peanut butter oat bars delicious (I mean, you can’t go wrong with peanut butter) but they don’t even require an oven. They’re the perfect treat to make on a hot summer day, or when you want something cool and fast.
5. 5-Minute Puppy Chow
Another childhood favorite with an adult twist. This super simple cinnamon puppy chow from Damn Delicious is so easy to make, and you can whip it up in five minutes or less. I’ll go get my watch.
6. DIY Thin Mints
Are Thin Mints your addiction too? Welcome to the club. With Deliciously Yum’s three-ingredient Thin Mint recipe you can save your sweet tooth the pain of waiting for Girl Scout cookie season
7. Coconut Ice Cream
Nothing is as refreshing as a bowl of coconut ice cream. The good news is you can make it with only three ingredients, thanks to DIY Candy.
8. Chocolate Banana Pops
Jackie from Domestic Fits intended for her chocolate dipped banana pops to be an after-school snack for her kids, but I’m thinking it looks tasty enough for dessert lovers of any age. With a grand total of three ingredients, these are perfect if you need a quick and easy dessert fix.
9. Graham Cracker Toffee
Gimme Some Oven’s recipe for graham cracker toffee is mature enough to serve at your next dinner party, but not without sacrificing the simplicity and fun-factor of your childhood.