5 amazing bake-off worthy recipes with 5 ingredients or less
You should be in the throes of Great British Bake Off obsession by this point.
The only downside to the show, is when you don't have snacks while you're watching. No bag of crisps or piece of toast is gonna cut it while you're watching all these delectable treats, though.
That's why we've compiled our favourite easy treats that have five ingredients or less, so you can feel like star baker without breaking the bank.
Gluten free macaroons
Not the difficult French macarons you may see on GBBO, these ones are much easier, and suitable to coeliacs. Here's what you need:
- 400g desiccated coconut
- 400g sweetened condensed milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Pinch of salt
- 2 extra large eggs, room temperature
First, preheat your oven to 165 degrees or gas mark 3.
In one bowl, mix together the coconut, condensed milk, and vanilla.
In a separate bowl, add the egg whites (you can use the yolks for something else as you don't need them here) and add the salt. Whip until it forms soft peaks. You can do this in a mixer if you have one.
Gently fold the egg white mixture into the coconut mix and make ping-pong sized balls.
Place them on a tray, leaving about an inch between each ball. Bake for 25-30 minutes and leave to cool.
Avocado and chocolate truffles
The reign of the avocado just won't end, but they're not just good smashed on toast. Avocado are a great (and healthy) vegan option for a sweat treat. You'll need:
- 1 ripe avocado
- 250g chocolate chips
- 2 tbsp cocoa powder
Scoop out the avocado flesh and mash it up. You don't want any lumps so use a potato masher and go over it multiple times.
Microwave the chocolate chips in ten second intervals until completely melted, stirring at each break.
Mix the avocado mash and chocolate, refrigerate for at least an hour, and once it's cooled make small balls.
Roll them in the cocoa until they're completely covered and they're done. Don't tell your friends they're made with avocado - we bet they won't notice.
2 ingredient Nutella souffle
Souffles are a hard one if you're entertaining, because there's a lot of pressure to make sure it rises appropriately. However, if you're just digging in in front of the TV you don't need to worry, as it'll taste good either way. With only two ingredients, it's stress-free shopping beforehand.
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup Nutella
Preheat your oven to 190 degrees or gas mark 5.
Separate the eggs and add the yolks to a bowl with the Nutella, putting the whites in another bowl.
Mix the Nutella and yolks until combined. Then whisk the whites until they form stiff peaks.
With a spatula, gently fold the whites into the chocolate mix, one third at a time.
Spoon into a ramekin or oven-proof mug and bake for 15 minutes.
Get some ice cream... STAT!
Mini banoffee pies
This one is - as Prue on Bake-Off would say - worth the calories. It even has one of your five-a-day!
You will need 6 small flan tins for these, so hit up your parents and borrow theirs, or see if you can grab some from a baking/homewares shop. Here are the ingredients:
- 225g digestive biscuits, crushed
- 85g butter, melted
- One tin of Carnation caramel
- 3 small bananas
- 150ml carton whipping cream, softly whipped
Mix the melted butter and crushed biscuits, and press with a spoon into the tins. Put in the fridge to chill.
When they're cool, divide up the caramel on place on top.
Slice up the bananas, save six (for decoration) and mix them in with the cream. Pour this over the caramel.
Decorate with the bananas and dig in.
No-bake lemon dessert cups
For something a bit tangier, try these lemon and white chocolate dessert cups. You don't need to bake these, and we won't tell anyone that the lemon curd is shop bought if you don't! These are made in shot glasses, and we know you'll have plenty of those lying around. Ingredients are as follows:
- 175g digestive biscuit crumbs
- 6 tbsp melted butter
- 250g lemon curd
- 350g white chocolate chips
- 300 g or 11 oz cream cheese
Combine half the melted butter with the crushed biscuits, and put about two tablespoons of that mix in each shot glass.
Top with one tablespoon of lemon curd each, and put in the fridge to chill.
Put half of the white chocolate and the rest of the butter in the microwave. Heat at ten second intervals until melted. Once this is done, add the cream cheese and four tablespoons more chocolate chips.
Pipe this on the top, and sprinkle the remaining white chocolate over for decorations. Once they're chilled, they're ready to go!
If you're ready to get your soggy bottom down the shops to get these ingredients, you'll be happy to know you can get 10% off your shop at the Co-op with your NUS extra or Young Scot card. AND, if you become a Co-op member, you'll get an extra 5% back on own-brand products.
More money, more treats!