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The 9 Easiest Recipes EVER: 3 Ingredients or Fewer

Posted Nov 6 2013 - 9:00am

While cooking meals in your dorm or apartment can be a great way to stay healthy and save money, as busy collegiettes with heavy course loads, extracurriculars and social lives, it can be tough to find time to spend in the kitchen. With this list of easy recipes that use no more than three ingredients, you can effortlessly and inexpensively whip up some healthy and tasty snacks!


1.  Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Made with bananas, oats and no added sugar, this chocolate chip oatmeal cookie recipe from The Burlap Bag is quick and guilt-free!


  • 2 medium ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 cup of rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. 
  2. Spray a non-stick cookie sheet with cooking spray.
  3. Combine the mashed bananas and oats in a bowl.
  4. Fold in the chocolate chips and place a tablespoon of each on the cookie sheet.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes.

2. Oat and Date Bars

Cooking couldn’t get easier than this no-bake oat and date bar recipe from Colorful Canary. With its only two ingredients being oats and dates, this recipe provides a tasty, nutritious and high-fiber snack option.


  • Medjool dates 
  • Oats 


  1. Pulsate water and dates in a food processor until a thick, smooth paste forms.  It should be the consistency of a thick jam.  
  2. Add the oats; pulsate until blended.
  3. Press into the bottom of a glass pan to about 1/2" thickness and chill.
  4. Once chilled and firm, cut and serve.

3.  Banana Pancakes

It’s sometimes hard to set aside enough time to work a healthy breakfast into a hectic schedule, so this three-ingredient banana pancake recipe from Eugenie Kitchen is the perfect choice for the busy, health-conscious collegiette. The combination of eggs and bananas provides protein and potassium to kick-start your day!


  • 1 ½ large bananas
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/8 tsp baking powder


  1. Crack the two eggs into a bowl and whisk together.
  2. In a separate bowl, mash the banana with a fork or masher, but do not over-mash as this will cause your pancakes to not be fluffy. Be sure to use enough egg to hold the mashed banana together, but make sure that you don’t use too much banana, or else the pancake will not hold.
  3. Combine both bowls of ingredients together and stir.
  4. Cook in a pan over medium-low heat, using only about one to two tablespoons of batter for each.
  5. Once bubbles begin to form, flip the pancake over and allow it to cook for an additional minute.


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