20 Pantry Desserts That Don’t Need Butter, Milk, or Eggs
If your fridge is looking a bit bare and you're low on traditional baking ingredients, there's no reason to let that stop you from enjoying some decadent desserts. Even when you don't have milk, butter, or eggs, your pantry is ready to provide ingredients for chewy no-bake cookies, rich wacky cakes, and irresistible fudge. Here are 20 satisfying desserts you can make with what you have on hand.
One Bowl Chocolate Fudge
Semisweet chocolate and sweetened condensed milk are the base for this ultra easy fudge recipe. Here it's flavored with vanilla extract and walnuts, but you can use the base recipe and add in what you've got on hand for a unique dessert.
Rice cereal squares are coated with melted peanut butter and chocolate chips, and finished off with a final coating of powdered sugar. "LOVE this recipe," says canfield15. "I have found that using a paper grocery bag works better for coating the chow with the powdered sugar though."
Aquafaba, the liquid from a can of chickpeas, is a magical ingredient that whips up just like egg whites. Just be sure to use low- or no-salt canned varieties to avoid an overly salty meringue.
You'll only need flour, coconut, condensed milk, and a touch of vanilla to make these rich and chewy cookies. Drizzle with a little melted chocolate, if you've got it. Recipe creator Kristil Kimbro Lyle says, "This recipe has won many 1st place ribbons at my state fair."
Oaty Cereal Bars
Easily serving as a dessert or a snack, these sweet bars are made with a syrupy peanut butter base that's tossed with your favorite cereal.
Recipe creator Mary Knipe says, "This cake is make without milk or eggs and is moist, dark and delicious. A brain child of the Depression era when ingenious cooks developed a cake that could be made without expensive and scarce ingredients."
Confetti White Puppy Chow
If you're the one who always licks the spoon after mixing up the cake batter, then this recipe is for you. Sprinkles, almond bark, and cake mix coat crispy cereal squares for an irresistible treat.
Chocolate Blueberry Bark
You just need two simple ingredients to make this addictive chocolate bark. Dried blueberries add a deep, rich flavor, but you could also sub in dried cherries or cranberries.
2-Ingredient Peanut Butter Fudge
Peanut butter and white chocolate are all you'll need for this easy treat. "This fudge was awesome," says fcvfdlorie. "I will never make it any other way again."
Chocolate Covered Potato Chips
Salty, crispy potato chips dipped in melted chocolate. Yes, it's that simple. "Just as good as the kind you buy in candy stores," says Annette P. "I popped mine in the freezer about 5 mins to get them to dry quick."
Taste all the gooey goodness of traditional s'mores in a bite-size form that's easily made in the oven. Coconut oil and graham crackers make the base, which is then layered up with chocolate chips and marshmallows.
Vegan Chocolate Mousse with Aquafaba
Reviewer HollyK says, "Whipping up the aquafaba it looked just like heavy whipping cream - I never would have guessed. This was delicious and SO easy and a big hit with all my guests, not just the vegetarians."
Dark Chocolate Almond Rocks
"Rock on!" says Buckwheat Queen. "How can you go wrong with dark chocolate and toasted almonds? You can't. Period."
These no-bake bites are actually pretty healthy with an ingredients list that includes wheat germ, peanut butter, and coconut. Roll in your favorite toppings, such as sprinkles or chopped nuts, for a crunchy exterior.
Chocolate Chip Crispies
No marshmallows? No problem! Reviewer SMITSP says, "This is even easier than the traditional rice krispies treats and just as yummy."
Peanut Butter Haystacks
Sweet from butterscotch chips and a little salty from peanuts, these ultra crunchy treats are made with the surprising base of chow mein noodles.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Cornflake Cookies
"Tasted like a Reeses PB Cup but crunchy," says Heather Cambilargiu. "So easy to make and I had all the ingredients already! Will definitely make again."
Nutella® Puppy Chow
The classic crunchy dessert gets an upgrade with Nutella. If you're a big peanut butter fan, recipe creator MRamberg suggests substituting in half for the Nutella.
Reviewer Minnesota_Girl says, "Bought all the stuff for S'mores for recent camping trip and of course didn't get around to making them. Found this method and enjoyed the treat in the comfort of my air conditioned home."