6 Quick and Easy Recipes With Only 3 Ingredients

Gone are the days where we could come home after a long day at school and there would be a meal waiting for us.

Nowadays we have to fend for ourselves while working and/or being in school for more than 40 hours a week. And as Kimberly “Sweet Brown” Wilkins has always said, ain’t nobody got time (or money) for that.

Below are some of my top picks for simple, budget-friendly recipes that only need three ingredients to make – some of which you probably have in your kitchen right now. These recipes are perfect for those who are constantly finding themselves in a rush, perpetually broke and/or just plain terrified at the thought of turning on a stovetop.

Via: Eugenie Kitchen

3-Ingredient Pancakes

Perfect for: a quick breakfast; when you don’t get paid until Friday

Notes: Gluten-free, Flourless and Low-calorie

You Will Need:

  • 1½ large bananas, ripe to overripe
  •  2 eggs
  • ⅛ teaspoon baking powder
  • Optional: Maple syrup, butter or blueberries, to serve


  1. In a mixing bowl, crack in the eggs and add in baking powder. Whisk it good.
  2. In another bowl add in 1½ large bananas. Lightly mash with a fork, but not too much. There should be chunks of bananas to make fluffy pancakes. Reminder: these should be ripe bananas.
  3. Pour wet mixture into mashed bananas and stir to combine.
  4. In a frying pan, cook mini pancakes over a medium low heat. 1 or 2 tablespoons of batter is enough for each mini pancake. When bubbles begin to form on the top, flip it over and cook for about one minute more, or until light brown. Serve immediately when hot, but don’t expect them to still be there when cooled.
Via: The Big Man’s World

3-Ingredient No Bake Cereal Bars

Perfect for: when you need snacks throughout the week; when you literally cannot cook to save your life

Notes: Gluten-free, Vegan, Oil-free and Dairy-free; Cereal bars are fine at room temperature but best kept in the freezer or fridge for crunchy texture.

You Will Need:                

  • 2 cups any dry cereal or whole oats (can use Whole O’s- Cheerios would work if you don’t care about strictly gluten-free)
  • 1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon peanut butter (can sub for almond/cashew – just not actual butter)
  •  1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon sweetener of choice (I use brown rice syrup and maple syrup)


  1. Line a baking tray with baking paper and set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add your dry cereal and set aside.
  3. On a stovetop or in the microwave, melt your nut butter with your sticky sweetener and then pour the mixture into the crispy rice cereal and mix well.
  4. Pour mixture into the lined baking tray and press firmly into place. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to firm up.
Via: Eat Good 4 Life

3-Ingredient Tomato Cheese Toasts

Perfect for: when only have 10 minutes to get in a quick lunch or snack

Notes: Recipe makes 6 pieces of toast; You can use gluten-free bread for a gluten-free version

You Will Need:

  • 6 whole grain bread slices
  • 6 slices provolone cheese
  •  6-10 slices tomatoes, sliced
  • Optional: Fresh herbs, like basil


  1. Place the 6 slices of bread in a baking tray. Arrange the slices of cheese over the bread followed by the tomato slices.
  2. Place the toasts under the broiler for 6-7 minutes. Make sure you check closely at around 5 minutes for burning. If it helps, keep the oven door slightly ajar. They go from 0-100 very quickly.
  3. Sprinkle with fresh herbs and pepper flakes, if desired.
Via: The Comfort of Cooking

3-Ingredient Baked Ham and Cheese Roll-Ups

Perfect for: making the night before and taking with you to class or work for lunch

Notes: Makes 8 slices

You Will Need:

  • 1 ball pizza dough
  • 8 oz. thinly sliced deli ham
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Optional: Fresh parsley, for sprinkling; Mustard or horseradish sauce, for serving


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Roll out pizza dough on a lightly floured surface. Press to form a 12 x 8-inch rectangle. If you’re too lazy to measure, it is about the length and width of a shoe box.
  2.  Arrange ham slices evenly over dough – be sure to leave 1/2 inch of dough showing on edges. Sprinkle evenly with cheese. Starting at one of the short ends, roll up the dough to form a log. Pinch the seam together to seal and place, seam side down, on a greased baking sheet.
  3. Bake for 50 minutes, or until deep golden brown. Let stand 10 minutes before cutting into 8 slices with a serrated knife.
  4. Serve with mustard or horseradish sauce, if desired.
Via: Gimme Some Oven

3-Ingredient Nutella (OMG) Croissants


Notes: Please refrain from eating all the Nutella from the jar (I know, it’s hard); Makes 12 croissants; To make these vegan, use Pepperidge Farm puff pastry, melted vegan butter (instead of an egg) and vegan chocolate hazelnut spread

You Will Need:

  • 1 package (2 sheets) store-bought puff pastry, thawed but still cool
  • 3/4 cup Nutella
  • 1 egg (plus 1 tablespoon of water)


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper or misting with cooking spray.
  2.  Sprinkle a cutting board or other flat surface lightly with flour. Then spread out the puff pastry sheet so that it is flat. Use a rolling pin to roll out the puff pastry until it is smooth and even. Use a pizza cutter or knife to then cut the puff pastry along the three folding lines into thirds. Then cut each long rectangle into two long triangles, making six triangles total.
  3. Place a dollop (about 1 tablespoon) of Nutella on the wide end of the triangle, and use a spoon to spread it out just a bit over the triangle. (Try to leave at least a 1/2-inch border all the way around the edges of the triangle, though, so the Nutella doesn’t seep out during baking.) Then, beginning with the wide end of the triangle, roll the dough up into a croissant shape. Place on a baking sheet, and turn in the edges of the dough slightly to make a “U” croissant shape.
  4. Repeat with the remaining five triangles. Then repeat with the second sheet of puff pastry and remaining Nutella.
  5. In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg and one tablespoon of water until combined. Then liberally brush the egg mixture onto the top of each croissant. (You can also use the egg wash to help seal the ends of the croissant, if they are not holding together.)
  6. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until the croissants are golden and flaky. Serve immediately or store in a sealed container for up to 3 days (if they last that long).
Via: Bless Her Heart Ya’ll

3-Ingredient Parmesan Crisps

Perfect for: snacking, quick appetizers for parties

Notes: Gluten-free, Low-carb

You Will Need:

  • Parmesan cheese, shredded
  • Garlic powder
  • Basil, finely chopped


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place tablespoons of the parmesan cheese on the baking sheet, spreading each heap out into a thinner circle. Sprinkle with garlic powder and basil.
  2. Bake in the oven for 5 minutes or until the outside edges become golden brown. Enjoy them crispy, within one day of making.


Now who says cooking can’t be easy (and delicious)?

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